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.

Lt. Col. Patrick Cain explains significance of the 22nd Maintenance Group's new hangar at McConnell Air Force Base. (Video by Beccy Tanner / Feb. 23, 2017)

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