Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter issued the following statement on the U.S. Air Force's selection of the 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease as the preferred location to base the KC-46A air refueling tanker:
"This is extraordinary news and a very proud day for the remarkable men and women at Pease," Shea-Porter said. "This decision is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the 157th Air Refueling Wing. I am confident they will carry out these missions with the utmost professionalism, leaving no doubt that they were the right choice for this distinct honor. I stand ready to support them every step of the way."
Congresswoman Shea-Porter has strongly supported bringing the KC-46A to Pease. In the 110th Congress, Shea-Porter secured almost $9 million in funding to build a new facility for the WING Headquarters Operations and Training facility at the base. In the 111th Congress, she also secured $10 million to help the 157th Operations Group, which is responsible for the air refueling mission, consolidate its components into a single building, thus improving its command communications and overall efficiency of operations.
In March, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter toured the Pease Air National Guard base to meet with Air Force and Air Guard leaders and show her continued support for Pease and the 157th Air Refueling Wing as the Air Force evaluated final candidates to receive the KC-46A tanker. Prior to that, Congresswoman Shea-Porter joined New Hampshire's Congressional delegation in sending a letter to the Air Force Chief of Staff expressing support for the selection of Pease.