Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at MacDill Air Force Base to be named Chief Operating Officer of KC-46 Pegasus – CBS Tampa

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CW44 News at 10) – Governor Ron DeSantis applauded The U.S. Department of Air Force’s decision to designate MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa as the next Main Operation Base for 24 KC-46 Pegasus tankers.

After conducting on-site surveys assessing locations based on factors related to mission, infrastructure capacity, community support, environment and cost, the decision was made that MacDill Air Force Base could be the next Main Operation Base for 24 KC-46 Pegasus tankers.

“Today’s decision by the Air Force further strengthens Florida as the most military-friendly state in the country,” Governor Ron DeSantis said. “I look forward to seeing the job growth and economic impact that these advanced aircraft will bring to the Tampa area.

24 KC-46s will replace active KC-135 Stratotankers located at MacDill AFB.

“Under the leadership of Governor DeSantis, our state continues to make U.S. military operations not only welcome but integrated into Florida’s structure,” said Acting Secretary of Commerce Marc Adler, President and CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. “Today’s decision will have a positive impact on the Tampa Bay area in the years to come and is the culmination of an incredible partnership between the State of Florida and the Tampa Bay Region to support men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces.”

A final decision will be made following an environmental impact assessment, which is expected to take place in the fall of 2023. Fairchild AFB, Washington, is considered a reasonable alternative and will also undergo an environmental impact assessment.

“I would like to congratulate the entire Florida Defense Support Task Force and am proud to stand with the Governor and the many Florida executives who supported the MacDill Air Force Base’s bid,” said Dane Eagle, secretary of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “We will continue to support the growth of our military, military families and military communities and help provide meaningful job opportunities throughout the state.”

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