Bill Includes Funds For McConnell Construction

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran says the final Omnibus appropriations bill includes $219 million for upgrades at McConnell Air Force Base to accommodate the new KC-46A tankers.

The Kansas Republican said in a news release Monday that a vote is expected this week in the House and Senate.

Moran says the funding is a vital step on McConnell's path to becoming the home of the new tankers. The KC-46A tanker fleet will begin arriving at McConnell in 2016, bringing more than 200 airmen to the base.

Projects at the Air Force base include an installation of weapon system trainers and construction of hangars, parking space and a hydrant fuel system. A squadron operations and aircraft maintenance unit building will also be built at the base.