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Three-dozen local political and business leaders have been invited to fly to Scott Air Force Base, Ill., on April 1 and 2 as part of the Air Force Civic Leader Tour Program.

Scott houses the headquarters of the Air Mobility Command, which governs both of the units stationed at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base, the 107th Air Refueling Wing and the 914th Airlift Wing.

The commanders of both units, Col. James Kwiatkowski of the 107th and Col. Gerald VonBerge of the 914th, will be going along on the tour.

Niagara Falls base public affairs officer Neil E. Nolf said the trip is part of a regular Air Force program designed to familiarize local leaders with Air Force operations. It is especially aimed at employers whose support of National Guard commitments by their employees is considered vital, Nolf said.

The commander in chief of the U.S. Transportation Command and commander of the Air Mobility Command, Gen. Walter Kross, is a 1964 Niagara University graduate who has visited the Niagara Falls base several times, Nolf said.

Several officials from Niagara University have been invited on the tour, including university President Rev. Paul Golden.

Kross is in charge of deploying personnel and equipment from all the armed forces to anyplace in the world they are sent.

Those taking the trip will be charged $90 for their meals and lodging. They will leave from the Niagara Falls base at 2:30 p.m. April 1, aboard one of its KC-135 tankers. The group will fly back to Niagara Falls, arriving at 4:30 p.m. April 2.

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