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KC-46 pilot selection board calls for nominations

Pilot selection board; KC-46 pilots needed for new squadrons

Pilots interested in becoming KC-46 tanker pilots to fill positions in the Air Force’s first two operational KC-46 squadrons at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, have until Sept. 7, 2018, to submit their application packages. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Kat Bailey)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- Air Mobility Command will conduct a KC-46 Pilot Selection Board later this fall to choose about 104 pilots for McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, to populate the Air Force’s first two operational KC-46 squadrons.

 

The KC-46 Pegasus is set to bring increased capability to the Air Force tanker fleet as the service’s number of KC-135 Stratotankers decreases and its KC-10 Extenders are phased out over the next 10 years.

 

The board seeks a broad range of experience and encourages pilots in their first and second flying assignments to apply to fill pilot positions in the 344th and 349th Air Refueling Squadrons and fill select 22nd Air Refueling Wing staff positions.

 

“We also encourage applicants with experience in non-mobility platforms, such as the RC-135 Rivet Joint, E-3 Sentry and E-8 Joint STARS, to apply,” said Maj. David Kim, Mobility Air Forces assignments chief.

 

Commanders should nominate appropriate crewmembers who have demonstrated the highest flying skills, knowledge and abilities with diverse levels of aircrew experience.

 

“The board is looking for the most qualified Airmen to fulfill this critical program,” Kim said. “If Time-On-Station or Date Eligible for Return from Overseas restriction waivers are necessary, AMC/A3 will request them from the Air Force’s Personnel Center.”

 

Kim said weapons officers are also encouraged to apply, with potential follow-on opportunity, to stand-up the KC-46 Weapons Instructor Course at a future date.

 

Packages are due to AMC/A3TF by Sept. 7. For detailed application instructions, search “KC-46” on myPers.

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