In preparation for the arrival of the new refueling tankers at McConnell Air Force Base, a ground-breaking ceremony will be held Monday morning at the base for infrastructure construction.
The ceremony, which starts at 11 a.m., is open to base personnel and invited guests, a McConnell spokesman said.
Congress has allotted $197 million for this phase of the work to be done in preparation for housing the KC-46A tanker. The first of 36 tankers slated for McConnell are expected to begin arriving in early 2016.
In May, Chicago-based Archer Western Aviation Partners was awarded a contract for $143.72 million to be the general contractor on the initial work that includes construction of three hangars and an aircraft parking apron.
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That construction is expected to be completed in March 2017.