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You may hear alarms and sirens at McConnell next week, Air Force says

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McConnell Air Force Base held a ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 16, 2017, to signify completing the preparation for the arrival of the KC-46A Pegasus.
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McConnell Air Force Base held a ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 16, 2017, to signify completing the preparation for the arrival of the KC-46A Pegasus.

If you live or work near McConnell Air Force Base, you may hear alarms and sirens next week.

An influx of base activity will start Tuesday and continue through Saturday for an annual readiness exercise, Air Force officials said in a news release. The community can expect abnormal alarms, sirens and announcements during the 24-hour operations throughout the week. Personnel should expect delays in normal service on the base.

The training exercise is designed to help airmen of the 22nd Air Refueling Wing in Wichita “prepare to respond to external threats through a series of simulated deployment scenarios,” the release said.

“Our team puts in the hard work to fuel the fight downrange,” said Col. Josh Olson, the air refueling wing commander, in the release. “We are putting our training to the test by exercising our ability to execute combat-ready air refueling at a moment’s notice.”

The exercise is expected to put airmen under “extremely taxing conditions” and simulate operations in a “stressful deployed environment,” the release said.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds refuel over Kansas with help from tankers based at Wichita's McConnell Air Force Base. The Thunderbirds will return to McConnell for an air show in September.



Jason Tidd: 316-268-6593, @Jason_Tidd

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