Menendez, Booker: JBMDL Makes It to Next Round of Selection Process to Host Next Gen Military Air Refueling Tankers

Menendez, Booker: JBMDL Makes It to Next Round of Selection Process to Host Next Gen Military Air Refueling Tankers


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker again touted Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL) today after the United States Air Force (USAF) included the South Jersey base in the next round of the selection process to host the next generation of air refueling tankers, the KC-46A.

“The Air Force’s decision to include Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on the short list of bases under consideration to host the next generation mid-air refueling aircraft confirms what we already knew: JBMDL is strongly positioned from a geographic and strategic standpoint to continue hosting the Air Force’s critical refueling mission with new, state of the art aircraft,” said Sen. Menendez.  “I will continue to work with my delegation colleagues in Congress and JBMDL leadership to fight for JBMDL throughout this selection process.”

“Today's news is a testament to the unique capabilities Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst provides to the region and nation, which is why I was proud to write to Air Force Secretary Deborah James in support of JBMDL hosting the KC-46A tanker last year,” said Sen. Booker.  "This important step in the selection process demonstrates the critical role that JBMDL plays in our national defense strategy, and I will continue to work with the rest of the New Jersey delegation and JBMDL leadership to ensure that our military’s needs are adequately served.”

The Air Force is moving forward with a replacement plan for its aging fleet of air refueling tankers, and notified Congress today that JBMDL is among the remaining five finalists for the next basing round for the KC-46A. The air refueling mission of the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command is a core mission at JBMDL and is home to the 305th Air Mobility Wing (Active Component) and 514th Air Mobility (Reserve Component). These two units currently fly the KC-10 Extender. The New Jersey Air National Guard’s 108th Air Wing flies the KC-135 air refueling tanker

JBMDL is competing with the following bases for the next Main Operating Base 4 (MOB 4) for the KC-46A: Dover AFB, Dover, Del.; Fairchild AFB, Spokane, Wash.; Grand Forks AFB, Grand Forks, N.D.; and Travis AFB, Fairfield, Calif.

USAF announced that the next basing location must include both active and reserve components.  The candidate bases will be scored under categories of mission, environmental, capacity and costs.  Site visits will be conducted this summer and the final basing decision is expected in the winter of 2017.