Fairchild AFB and the 92nd Air Refueling Wing are expected to provide key capabilities for the Air Force for decades, even though officials so far have not selected the base to host the KC-46A, the service’s next generation tanker, Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck, commander of the 18th Air Force, said last week during a visit to Spokane, Wash. The installation, however, will be getting 12 additional KC-135s, making it the military’s largest wide-bodied active-duty base and the 92nd, the largest tanker fleet in the Air Force, reports the Spokesman-Review. “This wing is responsible for a lot of mission sets,” Tuck said. … To increase the accuracy of its cost estimates for military construction projects, DOD needs to ensure its primary guidance for developing cost estimates, the Unified Facilities Criteria, fully incorporates all of the steps needed for producing reliable estimates, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Two of the three high-value projects the agency examined experienced cost growth of more than 30 percent from initial estimates, the agency found.
Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sean Campbell