Job demand to increase as Tinkerís KC-46 campus build moves forward

Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 By: Justin Tinder Source: VeloCity

The Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex continues to positively impact Oklahoma’s economy as the Air Force requirements increase for the construction of the KC-46 campus at Tinker Air Force Base.

The massive program, which began in 2019, is expected to take more than a decade and result in more than $600 million in construction. The construction project is the single-largest to hit Tinker Air Force Base since the 1940s.

The KC-46 Pegasus is the Air Force's newest air refueling platform and will eventually replace the KC-135 Stratotanker which has been in service in various configurations since the 1950s. Air Force aerial refueling tankers routinely support U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft during combat operations and non-combat activities, such as training and long-distance movements, as well as providing similar support to American allies and partners overseas.

“Getting to be on the front end of a project that will have an impact well into this century is very unique,” said Daniel de Robles, an area engineer at the Central Oklahoma Area Office. “It is a great opportunity for the staff we have out here for the corps.”

The 568th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS), which currently employs approximately 150 personnel, will take delivery and begin maintaining its tanker in September.

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