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Schumer, Gillibrand bringing key Air Force official to Falls base

A key advisor to the secretary of the Air Force has committed to visiting the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and could be a major boost to the facility, according to Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten M. Gillibrand.

Lt. Gen. James “JJ” Jackson, chief of the Air Force Reserve, was invited as the Air Force is considering where to move its KC-135 aircraft fleet, the lawmakers said.

Schumer and Gillibrand described the Niagara County base as having “world-class facilities” that had previously flown the KC-135 and still had the infrastructure to support them.

The base currently flies C-130H cargo aircraft and MQ-9 Reaper drones.

The Air Force will be moving its KC-135 fleet as it brings online new KC-46A tankers.