Ground-breaking set Monday for McConnell AFB

06/30/2014 7:19 AM

06/30/2014 8:49 AM

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.

That construction is expected to be completed in March 2017.

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