Forging the KC-46: New Training Center Opens to Prepare Tanker Aircrews

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September 9, 2016 | Originally published by Date Line: September 9 on

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AFNS) — A new training center for the KC-46 Pegasus was officially dedicated here Aug. 30, along with the activation of the 56th Air Refueling Squadron, which will be the formal training unit for the Air Force’s next-generation refueling aircraft.

The integration of the KC-46 into the Air Force is one of the top three aircraft modernization programs intended to maintain global vigilance, reach and power.

“Today’s event marks an important milestone for (Air Education and Training Command) and the United States Air Force,” said Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, the AETC commander. “Safety, proficiency and the ability to make the complex seem routine were the hallmark of the Air Force’s refueling training with Altus (Air Force Base) leading the way. Today, we stand again, on the shoulders of giants, as we reach a new milestone in dedicating our newest formal training unit, the 56th ARS.”


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