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Tankers in flight

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on March 5, 2012 1:46 PM

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A 916th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker takes flight Sunday. Top officials from the Reserve wing are beginning to talk about just why they feel Seymour Johnson Air Force Base should be one of the first two bases to house the new KC-46A -- a decision that will be made by top Air Force brass by the end of the year. Among the reasons they believe they are "well-postured" are the base's proximity to receiver aircraft from the Air Force, Marines and Navy and the fact that a Reserve Association already exists at the Goldsboro installation -- in "USAF Force Structure Changes: Sustaining Readiness and Modernizing the Total Force," a report published the first week of February, officials said they intended to "establish Active or Classic Associations at all continental U.S. KC-46 locations."