Congressman Jon Runyan (NJ-03) made the following statement in response to today's announcement from the Air Force that Joint Base McGuire-Dix- Lakehurst remains one of four alternate basing locations for the National Guard-led Main Operating Base 2 (MOB 2) for the Air Force's new KC-46A refueling tanker:
"The fact that Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL) was selected as a finalist, out of an impressive list of 54 bases, is further proof that the Joint Base is an indispensable asset vital to America's military readiness and national security. I remain confident that JBMDL is an exceptional future basing location for the Air Force's new tanker, and other missions. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will continue to aggressively advocate, and seek opportunities to promote JB MDL and the outstanding men and women who work there."
As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Runyan has been one of the chief proponents of JB-MDL in the selection process for the base location of the Air Force's new refueling tanker. He has written to the Air Forces on two separate occasions explaining the reasons why JB-MDL is an ideal candidate to host the new tanker. Congressman Runyan has also met with Air Force, Air Mobility Command, United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), New Jersey National Guard, and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst leadership regarding basing the new tanker here in Southern New Jersey.
While JB-MDL was not selected as the primary basing location, as one of the alternate locations it will undergo an environmental impact study, and will remain under consideration.
Copies of the letters from Congressman Runyan and members of the New Jersey delegation in support of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) and the New Jersey National Guard's 108th Wing as the ideal strategic location and unit to receive the new Main Operating