McConnell Air Force Base ranks near bottom of magazine’s list of top bases for airmen

WICHITA — AirForceTimes on Tuesday released a report of the top bases for airmen.

“No matter the service, no matter the era, one of the favorite pastimes of troops has always been comparing duty stations — griping about the lousy ones and singing the praises of the good ones,” the magazine said.

McConnell Air Force Base might have cause to gripe – about the list.

McConnell makes the list, but of 68 bases on it, McConnell was tied for 66th.

“McConnell is a great place to work, live and raise a family,” 22nd Air Refueling Wing Commander Col. Joel Jackson said in a statement. “I am proud of our base, proud to be a part of the Wichita community. The people and Airmen of Wichita and McConnell AFB make it where I want to live.”

Affordable housing and recreational opportunities helped Scott Air Force Base in Illinois and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio tie for tops on the list.

Jackson has his own list of things to brag about for McConnell.

“Team McConnell benefits from an unparalleled level of community support and partnership, enhancing the quality of life for our Airmen and their families,” he said in the statement. “As a result, McConnell AFB was selected as the runner-up for the 2013 Commander-in-Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence, which recognizes DoD’s (Department of Defense) exemplary base. Today, the support of the numerous communities surrounding McConnell AFB enables the total force to continue to build on that success, and accomplish our mission of global reach each and every day.”