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Cheers and jeers for week of Jan. 6-12, 2013

By From page A8 | January 12, 2013

Jeers to the news that Travis Air Force Base will not be the home of the new KC-46A air refueling tankers.

Travis was left off the short list of bases released this week that are still in contention for the tankers. The Fairfield base is already the home to 27 KC-10 Extender tankers and hoped to be the main operating base for the new tankers, starting in 2017.

Being bypassed is certainly not a game-changer for Travis, but should service as a rallying point for lobbying efforts for the base, both in Congress and in the Air Force.

Cheers to Jim Kellogg and Wendy Wasserman, the Vacaville couple who will be grand marshals of the 2013 Fiesta Days in Vacaville.

The husband-and-wife team have been involved in a variety of causes for decades – from local events such as the Onion Festival to such things as Wreaths Across America and the United Way telethons.

“We want the community to know how honored we are,” Wasserman said this week. The community is honored to have them living here.

Cheers to the 9th Air Refueling Squadron’s role in carrying shipments of clothes and food to Afghan refugees.

The group, which carried the shipment on one of its KC-10 Extender air tankers to Charleston Air Force Base, helps the nonprofit Trust in Education. A federal act allows Travis to package and ship the donated goods to where they are needed in refugee camps and villages in and around Kabul, Afghanistan.

Another example of Travis doing good around the world.

Cheers to news of potential realignment among leagues in the Sac-Joaquin Section, the regional organization for local high schools. The SJS is looking at moving schools in two local leagues – the Solano County Athletic League and the Monticello Empire League.

We like the idea of occasional adjustments, but hope the section will listen to input from local teams, including Armijo High School, which has been a member of the MEL since its founding in 1976 and is a candidate to be moved to the SCAC. Armijo should only move if school officials are in favor of it.


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