The Air National Guard at Key Field is preparing to receive two KC-135's in July from an Air National Guard Base in Ohio and several others will arrive at a later time.
The guard says it is preparing to go into conversion again. From a C-27 airlift mission back into the air fueling mission. The KC-135's left Key Field back in March of 2011. This transition will take place in stages over the next several months.
The 186th Air Refueling Wing says employment there will remain at around 1,100 people. That's about the same number being used for the airlift mission now. Col. Franklin Chalk says the refueling mission is a long-term, viable mission and will require minimal training for personnel at Key Field.
"Well, it's very, very good reaction," Chalk says. "Everybody is as pleased to get back in doing what the, the field was designed to be an air fueling base, and it's good to get back doing that."
Col. Chalk says this is something that everyone at Key Field has been fighting for for a long time now. A special ceremony is being planned for July when those first two KC-135's arrive at Key Field.