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If Trump budget passes, McConnell Air Force Base to get rifle range

A KC-135 tanker sits on the flight line at McConnell Air Force Base.
A KC-135 tanker sits on the flight line at McConnell Air Force Base. File photo

McConnell Air Force Base could receive $17.5 million in federal funding for the construction of a Combat Arms Facility under President Donald Trump’s budget proposal released Tuesday.

The funds for the construction of the a postal and rifle range would come in fiscal year 2018.

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, said the proposed project is an indication of the Air Force’s priorities.

“I am pleased to see that McConnell Air Force Base remains a priority for the Air Force,” Moran said in an emailed statement. “Their investment in military construction to accommodate the arrival of the KC-46A tankers and the new construction requested to support readiness with a new combat arms facility in fiscal year 2018 demonstrate their commitment. I am proud that the airmen and civilians at McConnell continue to play a major role in Air Force missions.”

The base is nearing completion of $267 million of construction projects related to the arrival of new KC-46A tankers.

The $4.1 trillion budget proposal will go to Congress, where it will likely be modified.Trump’s proposal generally increases budgets for the military and national defense.

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