WASHINGTON, D.C. (KSDK) - Members of Congress from both sides of the river are expressing concern after the Air Force's decision not to select Scott Air Force Base as a main operating center for the branch's next generation aerial refueling tanker.
"I am disappointed and concerned that the Air Force did not select Scott Air Force Base for the Air National Guard's first KC-46A's," said Senator Mark Kirk. "I am also concerned that Scott did not receive a site visit from Air Mobility Command until just yesterday. Scott's central location, capable Guard members, and proven track record make it an ideal candidate to serve as the Air National Guard-led Main Operating Base 2."
"I am very disappointed in the Air Force's decision not to select Scott Air Force Base - one of our nation's most important and valuable air bases - as a location for the KC-46A refueling tanker," said Senator Dick Durbin. "I will continue to work with my Senate colleagues and the Air Force on all future opportunities to utilize Scott's central location, superior infrastructure, and skilled and experienced workforce."
"The men and women serving at Scott Air Force Base, many of whom are Missourians, carry out missions critical to our national security interests around the globe," said Senator Claire McCaskill. "While I'm disappointed that Scott wasn't selected in this round of basing for the KC-46A, I'm confident that the base will continue to be a strong candidate for future basing decisions."
"I'm disappointed in the Air Force's decision not to consider Scott Air Force Base as the location for the Main Operating Base of the new refueling tanker," said Senator Roy Blunt. "I believe Scott is a strong candidate for this opportunity, and I'll continue to work with my colleagues to support our national security interests."
The Air Force selected five other candidate locations after a review of existing refueling bases.
In a letter written to the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force September of last year, Senators Kirk and Durbin highlighted the capabilities and world-class reputation of Scott Air Force Base.
The joint Illinois and Missouri delegation will continue to review the decision made by the Air Force.