Joint Base breaks ground on $82.5M hangar for KC-46 refueling jets

Joint Base breaks ground on $82.5M hangar for KC-46 refueling jets

By:  Kelly Kultys
Burlington County Times

The hanger is part of an overall $146.5 million construction project that began Monday, as military officials and legislators broke ground on the new home for the Air Force’s next generation KC-46 refueling tankers.

The shovels officially went into the ground Monday morning marking the start of construction that will house the U.S. Air Force’s next generation, KC-46 refueling tankers at the megabase.

″(The new KC-46 construction) has been critical to our national security, our defense, but it’s also a great economic driver for New Jersey,” U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez said. “We’re proud of this groundbreaking because it’s not just a new edifice that’s going to be constructed on the base but it’s really an enhanced mission with the new KC-46s, something we’ve worked on to make a reality.”

The base is New Jersey’s second-largest employer, and Burlington County’s largest, with more than 42,000 military and civilian employees on site, and it contributes close to $7 billion to the state’s economy.

Menendez said securing the two dozen refuelers helped to send a message that “the future of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst” was brighter than ever.

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