Baldacci, along with senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, and congressman Mike Michaud, welcomed Lieutenant General Craig McKinley: director of the Air National Guard.
McKinley was given a tour, and was introduced to several members of the 101st air refueling wing. He then met with Baldacci and the delegation behind closed doors.
At a press conference following that meeting, Baldacci said he made the case for Bangor to be designated as the home of a new tanker about to be constructed. He also encouraged McKinley to consider Bangor for an active-duty associate unit of 200 men and women.
The governor said the base’s continued excellence in achievement make it a prime location for expansion.
":This is a facility that outperforms every other air guard facility in the country.": Baldacci told TV5 Saturday. ":They’re not doing it out of competition, they just perform and execute their jobs tremendously well. There’s going to be a decision on a tanker location and a complement, possibly, of active duty down the road. It’s nothing imminent or pending, but this is an opportunity to meet with the general to let him know the state and the community support the military.":
Senator Collins said she’s also pushing for the construction of a new hangar that could accommodate a brand-new tanker, should the Bangor base be chosen as the newest tanker home.