MacArthur Leads Letter Urging Funding for KC-46 Hangars
Washington, D.C. – Congressman MacArthur today urged Secretary of Defense James Mattis to include funding in the fiscal year 2018 budget for new hangars to house the KC-46 tankers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, as well as any other construction that would help ease the KC-46 transition. MacArthur was joined by Representatives Chris Smith, Frank LoBiondo, and Donald Norcross in this request.
“The placement of the KC-46 tankers is critical for our national defense, for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and for the over 42,000 New Jersey residents who are employed at the base,” said Congressman MacArthur. “Now, it is vital that new hangars for the KC-46 are funded as soon as possible so they are completed in time for the arrival of the tankers. Preparing for new KC-46 refueling tankers with new hangars will ensure no interruption in our vital air mobility mission and will help save lives.”
“Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst has an outstanding record of supporting crucial missions that have been at the forefront of U.S. national security and defense. The basing of the next generation of refueling tankers at the Joint Base is a natural fit for the Air Force and a win for our Joint Base and local communities,” said Congressman Chris Smith. “Ensuring timely funding for the hangars where the KC-46As will be based is not only good for the tens of thousands who are employed at the Joint Base—it is good for the safety and power projection of our nation.”
“Ensuring the readiness of our military assets at the Joint Base is critical for our national security. New hangars for the KC-46 fleet should be a priority for the upcoming Defense Department funding and I appreciate the bipartisan effort of the New Jersey delegation in advocating for its inclusion,” said Congressman Frank LoBiondo, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee.
“The next generation of air refueling tankers at New Jersey’s Joint Base provides certainty for future generations of New Jerseyans and we are working together to ensure there are no preventable delays for that new fleet,” said Congressman Donald Norcross. “As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will continue to fight to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and its strategic importance to our state and country’s national security.”