- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AP) - Ground has been broken for the start of construction on a new training unit at Altus Air Force Base in southwestern Oklahoma.

The base will be the Formal Training Unit for the KC-46A Pegasus - which will replace the KC-135 as an air refueling tanker. The new aircraft is expected to arrive at the base starting in May 2016.

The Lawton-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/1bmgJ2p ) the mission is expected to bring about 570 people to Jackson County, including military and their dependents. Air Force officials say the project will cost about $56 million.

Military officials including 97th Air Mobility Wing Commander Col. Bill Spangenthal joined state and local officials for Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony.

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Information from: The Lawton Constitution, http://www.swoknews.com