Senator Moran meets with Secretary of Defense nominee
Kansas Senator Jerry Moran hosted former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, the President’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, for a conversation on issues relevant to military activities in Kansas and national security.
During their meeting, Moran stressed the importance of the military presence in Kansas and his desire to advance opportunities for the state. Moran and Hagel discussed the recent Air Force basing announcement for KC-46A tankers.
“I let the Secretary of Defense nominee know that the United States Air Force has recognized the critical role Kansas plays in our national security and global air mobility by selecting McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita as a finalist for the Formal Training Unit and Main Operation Base No. 1, as well as Forbes Airfield in Topeka as a finalist for Main Operation Base No. 2 for the KC-46A tanker program,” Moran said. “I was glad to have the opportunity to highlight the positive attributes and incredible capability at McConnell and Forbes supporting air mobility within the United States and globally.”
Moran advised that the Kansas delegation has been engaging the Air Force for quite some time on the issue of tanker bases. The senator advocated for Kansas tanker bases, and asked Hagel to be mindful of the critical role they play in our national security.