The intelligence complex at McConnell Air Force Base is scheduled to be named this morning in honor of Robert Gates, former defense secretary and CIA director. It’s fitting that a native Wichitan who has played such a crucial role in the nation’s defense and intelligence gathering for four decades will have a permanent tribute to his service in his hometown. It’s what goes on within the complex that will be the real tribute, of course – the handling by the Kansas Air National Guard’s 184th Intelligence Wing of intelligence collected by manned and unmanned aircraft around the globe.
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