PoliticalNews.me - Jan 19,2013 - New Hampshire's 157th Air Refueling Wing Recognized for Excellence
Pease unit receives Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte congratulated New Hampshire's 157th Air Refueling Wing, based at Pease Air National Guard base, on receiving the prestigious Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. The award from the Secretary of the Air Force recognizes a unit's exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement. This announcement marks the 11th time that the 157th has received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.
"This recognition is a testament to the 157th's exceptional service in providing the best tanker support in the Air National Guard," said Shaheen and Ayotte, both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "As the Air Force continues its evaluation process for the KC-46A, this award further demonstrates why the 157th is an ideal unit to receive the next generation tanker."
Shaheen and Ayotte recently announced that Pease is one of only five Air National Guard installations under consideration as a potential candidate to receive the new KC-46A air refueling tanker, which will replace the KC-135 tankers that the Guard currently flies out of Pease. In meetings with Air Force officials over the past year, Shaheen and Ayotte have repeatedly praised the New Hampshire National Guard's 157th Air Refueling Wing and highlighted Pease's unique advantages as an ideal location to base the KC-46A.
The Air Force is expected to begin detailed, on-the-ground site surveys of candidate bases to assess each location against operational and training requirements, potential impacts to existing missions, housing, infrastructure, and manpower. Once the site surveys are complete, the Air Force will select preferred and reasonable alternative locations and begin an Environmental Impact Analysis Process in the spring of 2013. The selected Air National Guard base will receive aircraft beginning in fiscal year 2018.