The new KC-46A tanker mission at McConnell Air Force Base took another welcome step forward Monday with a groundbreaking ceremony for the infrastructure work, which includes three new hangars. McConnell was selected last year to be the main active-duty operating base for the tankers, and the first of 36 tankers are expected to begin arriving in early 2016. There has been some bickering lately between Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, and his GOP primary challenger, former Rep. Todd Tiahrt, about who deserves credit for the project. But many people worked for years to secure the project, which is a big and needed economic boost for the region. As Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., told The Eagle editorial board Monday, “What a wonderful day for Wichita.”
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