09.13.17

Burr Statement on Stationing of New Tankers at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the decision to station the new KC-46A tankers at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base:

“Yesterday, I was notified by the Secretary of the Air Force of the final decision to base the KC-46A Pegasus Air Refueling Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. These 12 new KC-46A aircraft will serve as a vital tool for our military, providing any fixed-wing aircraft with mid-air refueling capabilities a prolonged amount of time in the air for use in either logistical or combat operations. For years, I have worked with Senator Tillis, our Senate colleagues, committees of jurisdiction, and the citizens of Goldsboro to advocate for the necessary funding required for the maintenance and operation of the KC-46As. This final decision could not be more timely, as the capable Airmen of Seymour Johnson are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the 4th Fighter wing this September. I appreciate all of the hard work by Secretary Wilson and the citizens of Goldsboro, and I am honored to have the opportunity to continue to advocate on behalf of all of our nation’s military assets in North Carolina.”