MacArthur Leads 282 Bipartisan Elected Officials Calling for KC-46 Placement at JBMDL
Washington, D.C. - Congressman MacArthur today announced a coalition of 282 state, county and elected officials that have formally requested the placement of the KC-46 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
The Air Force is in the process of introducing the KC-46 into the refueling fleet, currently led by the KC-10 that received protections from Congressman MacArthur in the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). MacArthur organized 106 officials from Ocean County and 148 officials from Burlington County with an additional 28 officials at the county and state level to sign a letter in support of the placement of the KC-46. MacArthur has also been working with key people in New Jersey and at the Department of Defense to make sure JBMDL is considered as the ideal location for the placement of the new tanker.
“Our residents rely on the security and economic benefits that Joint Base-McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst provides for our community,” said Burlington County Freeholder Latham Tiver. “Given its strategic location and existing assets, the Joint Base MDL is the ideal location for the next generation tanker. On behalf of my fellow Freeholders, and the residents of Burlington County, I want to thank Congressman MacArthur for leading this tremendously important effort for our region.”
“I can’t think of a better installation to host the new KC-46 aerial refueling tanker than Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst,” said Congressman Tom MacArthur. “The Joint Base is one of our nation’s premier air mobility installations, and a great option for housing the KC-46. I was proud my amendments protecting the current refueling tanker were included in our nation’s defense bill, as well as the government funding bill passed in December. These protections were critical to the survival of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the 42,000 New Jersey residents employed there, as well as the tens of thousands of additional jobs that rely on the base. Thank you to every elected official joining us in the fight to place the KC-46 right here in South Jersey.”
MacArthur’s position on the House Armed Services Committee gave him the opportunity to fight for JBMDL with provisions in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prohibit a potential Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and the retirement of the KC-10 until 2017.
Full text of the letter can be found here