171st Air Refueling Wing being considered as base for new tanker plane

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PITTSBURGH —

The National Guard Bureau is considering the 171st Air Refueling Wing as a base for a new tanker plane.

It’s one of five National Guard locations being considered.

On Tuesday, a public meeting was held in Pittsburgh to get public input about the proposal and its environmental impact on the area.

“It would be wonderfully exciting for us.  It would be great to be the first unit to get the new tanker.  We're flying aircraft that are really quite old, from the ‘50s,” said Maj. Karen Bogdan.

Similar public meetings will be held in each of the other four cities being considered.  Those locations are Kansas, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Ohio.