Walorski, Holcomb Advocate Bringing New KC-46A Pegasus Aircraft to Miami County’s Grissom Air Reserve Base in Meeting with Top Air Force Reserve General
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb today urged strong consideration of Grissom Air Reserve Base (ARB) to host a fleet of new KC-46A Pegasus aircraft in a meeting with U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard W. Scobee, Chief of Air Force Reserve.
“The brave men and women who serve at Grissom play a critical role in maintaining military readiness and supporting defense operations around the world,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I’m grateful to General Scobee for sitting down with Governor Holcomb and me to hear more about the advantages Grissom would offer as a base for KC-46A Pegasus aircraft and to share his insights into the selection process. I have no doubt that selecting Grissom for this vital mission would be good for the U.S. Air Force, good for Miami County, and good for our national defense.”
“Grissom Air Reserve Base plays a critical role in our country’s national security and I’m proud of the men and women who dedicate their lives in serving our country,” Gov. Holcomb said. “By selecting Grissom to become the fifth KC-46A Main Operating Base would mean more jobs and opportunities in Miami County. I appreciate Rep. Walorski and General Scobee meeting with me to discuss this unique opportunity for Indiana.”
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Lt. Gen. Richard W. Scobee, Rep. Jackie Walorski, Gov. Eric Holcomb, and Chief Master Sgt. Timothy C. White Jr. (L-R) discuss Grissom Air Reserve Base and the KC-46A Pegasus aircraft.
As Chief of Air Force Reserve, Lt. Gen. Scobee advises the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force Chief of Staff on reserve matters. As Commander of Air Force Reserve Command, he oversees all Air Force Reserve units globally.
Grissom ARB, located in Miami County, Ind., is among six candidate bases for future Reserve-led operations of the new KC-46A aerial refueling and strategic military transport aircraft. A total of 12 KC-46As will replace the KC-135 Stratotankers at the selected location. The designation would add 190 new jobs to Grissom, bringing total personnel servicing the 434th Air Refueling Wing to 112 officers, 555 enlisted, and 34 civilians.
Walorski recently led the Indiana congressional delegation in a letter to Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth highlighting the many advantages Grissom would offer as the fifth Main Operating Base for KC-46A aircraft.
A copy of the letter is available here.
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.