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General: Travis won’t suffer from KC-10 retirement

travis, 7/31/13

A KC-10 Extender air tanker sits on the flight line at Travis Air Force Base as a C-17 Globemaster III comes in for a landing earlier this summer. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic file)

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FAIRFIELD — The proposed retirement of the KC-10 air tanker fleet will not mean a loss of manpower at Travis Air Force Base when the KC-10 squadrons there are retired, a delegation of Solano County leaders were told when they met Monday with the commander of Air Mobility Command.

“A bridge mission would maintain the manpower,” said Fairfield City Manager Sean Quinn, one of those who journeyed to Scott Air Force Base, Ill., for a meeting with Gen. Paul Selva.

In time, that would be replaced by a yet-to-be-determined mission for the base, which Selva told local leaders was an essential part of Air Mobility Command and an important part of maintaining the American presence in the Pacific and Asia.

The delegation of Travis Community Consortium members included Fairfield Mayor Harry Price, Solano County Supervisor Linda Seifert and Solano County Administrator Birgitta Corsello.

They met with Selva to talk about the proposal to retire the 59-aircraft KC-10 fleet as part of Department of Defense’s efforts to deal with billions of dollars in federal budget cuts the military is expecting to endure during the next decade. Travis is home to 27 of the KC-10s.

At present, the proposal calls for phasing out the KC-10s over a four-year period starting in the 2015-16 fiscal year, with a trade-off each year between McGuire Air Force Base and Travis, according to Quinn.

Quinn said Selva’s argument supporting the retirement of the aircraft “was well-thought out,” pointing out that the KC-10 was more expensive to maintain than the KC-135 during the period of time it will take to deploy the KC-46, the Air Force’s next generation of air tanker.

“He made a very strong case for why the KC-10 is being retired,” Seifert said.

Where the first tier of KC-46s will be stationed has already been decided, but where future tiers of KC-46s will be deployed hasn’t.

Overall, the meeting was described as very positive – with this area’s support of Travis praised for its willingness to work with the Air Force on any issues affecting Travis.

“He said the community partnership between the base and the community is unique,” Seifert said.

Price said Selva was pleased with the zoning and long-term planning around Travis, including the acquisition of the Wilcox Ranch to keep the base from being encroached upon and the moratorium concerning wind turbines near Travis.

“He pointed out that this part of the country, particularly Fairfield, has been very mindful of the military presence that is needed at Travis Air Force Base,” Price said.

Selva both pointed out the advantages the base has when it comes to its proximity to transportation hubs and fuel sources, as well as concerns such as the potential for compacted airspace due to the large amount of air traffic generated by airports in the San Francisco and Sacramento areas.

“He explained how important it is for our folks (local and congressional representatives) to be so supportive and mindful of the role of supporting Travis’ need for available airspace,” Price said.

One area the Travis Community Consortium will be aggressively looking into is how the base and the surrounding community can expand public-private partnerships to allow the Air Force to carry out its mission more efficiently and economically, said Chairman Bud Ross, who was in Southern California to meet with members of the Governor’s Military Council.

The delegation said that meeting with Selva has significantly lowered the level of concern for Travis’ future when the KC-10 departs.

“It does not mean we can’t be vigilant,” Seifert said of protecting Travis’ needs and missions.

Fairfield has thus far championed the lobbying efforts of the Travis Community Consortium. Price said consortium members are now being “pretty aggressive” to convince more of the area’s communities and businesses – both within and around Solano County – to provide funding and support for the consortium’s efforts.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or ithompson@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ithompsondr.

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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
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  • Rich GiddensDecember 13, 2013 - 4:23 pm

    We need to cap spending and bring about greater cost savings in defense and social spending. Keeping billets on a base that are not necessary is waste. Doing it delibertly is fraud----all so California's rotten State and local governments can stuff their fat faces while spitting on GI's as they steal/waste their tax dollars! Gee, aren't we great? No! We don't need to waste 3000 billets to the tune of billions so your slug politicians and employee thugs can feel good about themselves.

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  • Justin AhlquistDecember 14, 2013 - 4:16 am

    Largest cost of travis is the civilian employee and the location. Closing travis and macguire and relocating the installations to a midwest base would save money would consolidate manpower and assets. The kc-10 is a proven tanker is the kc-46?

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  • T.December 14, 2013 - 8:38 am

    Funny, I didnt see any KC-135s on that last minute trip to Africa. I guess the 30 KC-10s and crews that were alerted and supported POTUS aren't really needed. We got the mission done with a 100% success rate. Lets see the 135's do that.

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  • N SuriDecember 16, 2013 - 10:42 am

    Your 100% correct the K -135 can never do what the KC-10 can do across the board!

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  • JoeDecember 14, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    The KC-10 is an extremely valuable aircraft that is cheaper to operate than the 2x KC-135s that will be needed to replace it. And of course way cheaper than the 2x $250m KC-46s slated to replace it at Travis. Perhaps our local civilian leaders should meet with some local KC-10 operators for more information.

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  • Old KC-10 GuyDecember 14, 2013 - 6:27 pm

    The Air Force itself was the death of the KC-10 with the support of Boeing. The takeoff capabilities were degraded because the Air Force was smarter on takeoff data than McDonnell Douglas, FAA, FedEx ad all the operators of DC-10-30s, 2 failed attempts by the Air Force for a GATM mod, costing millions of tax payers dollars while the KDC-10 modified their planes with an off the self system. The KC-10 is a more capable tanker than the pending KC-46, it is real shame that the Air Force was the demise of the Extender.

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 14, 2013 - 8:31 pm

    Remember when Santasorio mismanaged the fuel load and flamed out an engine during an A/R?. I remember when it happened but nobody told us who did it until one night I hopped a ride on a KC10 over to Spain. I went into the flight deck and yelled "hey---did you hear about the idiot who flamed out an engine during an A/R?"----Santa immediately said "It was me!"......LOL! Hey, stuff happens. The KC10 is a sweet airplane with lots of thrust you can trust---but it can get away from you if you're not careful. Its really easy to bust an altitude because it's so powerful. I'm really sorry the party is ending like this. Too bad about the failed mods to become GATM compliant. That really bites.

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  • N SuriDecember 16, 2013 - 10:40 am

    It crazy to ever think the KC-10 is an inefficient and costly aircraft. The KC-46 is only Marginally better with it's capabilities than the KC-135 and far, far behind what the KC-10 can currently do. Even with the worst mathematical abilities one could utilize you cannot substitute in cost efficiency the KC-46 or the KC-135 on nearly every mission the KC-10 conducts today. It simply cannot be done. Already with the yet to be produced KC-46 there are concerns, great concerns about its ability in ref to ETOPS plus there are more. I wonder why a company called air refueling and cargo solutions inc are quickly working upon a highly advance KC-10 clone aircraft to augment services within our military and our allies? I sincerely don't think these people are as naïve as the Air Force to be spending several hundred million dollars to build these prototypes just for the fun of it and that's because the KC-10 cannot be factually be replaced by any aircraft currently out there like it or not!

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