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Forum Communications, Published December 12 2012

Air Force delays release of tanker base list

GRAND FORKS – The U.S. Air Force has delayed its decision to release a list of bases eligible to receive the KC-46A aerial refueling tanker mission, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Wednesday.

Hoeven, who met last week with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh to make the case for Grand Forks Air Force Base to be a site for the new tanker mission, said Welsh had indicated that he expected to announce the finalists Wednesday.

While the Air Force did not have an alternative date, Hoeven said the indications are that the list will be released sometime over the next few weeks.