Air Force Selects New Hampshire’s Pease ANGB for New Refueling Tanker

Earlier this year, The New England Council submitted written comments supporting the selection of Pease Air National Guard Base (ANGB) in Portsmouth, NH, as the base for the Air Force’s new KC-46A mid-air refueling tanker.  The comments were submitted as part of the Air Force’s Environmental Impact study after Pease had been identified as a top choice for the new aircraft.  The Council was proud to join with the entire New Hampshire Congressional delegation, as well as Governor Maggie Hassan, in supporting the selection of Pease for this new aircraft.

We were pleased to learn today that Pease ANGB has been officially selected by the Air Force to receive the new KC-46A refueling tanker.  In selecting Pease, Air Force officials explained that the base was chosen because of its highly successful existing active-duty association, which would lead to lower active-duty manpower requirements. They also noted its location in a region of high air refueling receiver demand was also a key consideration.

As noted in the Council’s comments, the selection of Pease is expected to have tremendous economic and public safety benefits for the region. In particular, the selection of Pease is expected bring much-needed new jobs to our region, including 70 full-time and 50 part-time jobs, addition an estimated $7 million to the local payroll. In addition, as a result of the selection, our region’s economy and local communities will benefit from $45 million in military construction. On the public safety front, the region will benefit from enhanced FEMA region 1 response and increased cargo and aeromedical evacuation capacity.

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