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Officials celebrated the steel-topping of the new 50,000 square-foot, two-bay KC-46 aircraft hangar at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Army Corps of Engineers and contractors working on the construction of the hangar.  "Part of having the aircraft at the base is being able to conduct maintenance inspections immediately and on a regular basis. So having these facilities here ready, especially as wintertime is coming, is going to pay dividends," Taydus said.  Construction on the $53 million hangar is expected to be completed in July 2021, said Paul Jalowski, resident engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the base.   “Right now, the next big milestone would be to get the building closed in before the real weather turns so we can keep working on the inside,” Jalowski said.   The new state-of-the-art air-refueling jets being built by Boeing will become the new workhorse for the Air Force’s Air Mobility Wing.  “The Joint Base plays a critical role in our national security and our state’s economy, and the incoming KC-46 tankers will strengthen both," U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross said. Their arrival is also expected to protect the Joint Base and the thousands of jobs that rely on it.  “The KC-46 mission is critical to the future of our Joint Base and our community. This construction milestone demonstrates the progress we’ve made and serves as a reminder of the work remaining,” said U.S. Rep. Andy Kim, D-3 of Moorestown.   The base is home to over 40,000 jobs, making it the state’s second largest employer.  "Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst not just plays a vital role in our nation’s defense, but it also helps support local businesses and drive South Jersey’s economy. I am looking forward to the new KC-46s being delivered and the beginning of the next chapter in the Joint Base’s history,” U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said.   The KC-46 is known for its advanced refueling capabilities, including the ability to refuel two aircraft simultaneously and capacity to get refueled in flight itself, according to military officials, as well as carry cargo passengers and be used for air medical evacuations.  The new tanker jets are intended to replace the Air Force’s entire fleet of its 1980s era KC-10 tankers and a large portion of its even older KC-135s, which date back to the 1950s.  “We already have a history of air refueling with the KC-10, as well as the KC-135 which the Air National Guard houses on the other side (of the base),” Taydus said. “So, continuing that legacy of having air refueling tankers here is huge for us.”  George Woolston is a South Jersey native who covers several topics for the Burlington County Times.

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American Liberty Forum of Ramona Chairman Dan Summers will host the Water Regulations Today and Tomorrow Meeting on June 27. AB 1668 would require the state Water Resources Control Board to adopt long-term standards for the efficient use of water and would establish specified standards for per capita daily indoor residential water use. ALFOR Chairman Dan Summers said the Water Regulations forum will help inform the public of pending water rationing requirements that will limit individual use of water. The forum will also address a proposal to attach meters to water wells in order to charge for its use, Summers said. “That has an enormous impact on the people of Ramona, especially people who are on water wells,” Summers said. “The American Liberty Forum of Ramona’s purpose is to inform the public about these issues.” Summers said both bills have been signed into law by former Gov. Jerry Brown in May 2018 and are on track to be enacted within the next few years. Panelists who will be available to answer questions during the Water Regulations forum include Ramona Municipal Water District Board Director Jeff Lawler, Erin Lump click here of the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District in Escondido, Mike Sannella of the Vallecitos Water District in San Marcos, and Kathleen Coates Hedberg of the Helix Water District serving San Diego’s east county communities including La Mesa, Lemon Grove, El Cajon, Spring Valley and Lakeside. RMWD Director Jeff Lawler said one of the intents of AB 1668 includes limiting indoor water use to 55 gallons per person per day by 2023. A challenge in executing the law is determining how much water households consume for indoor versus outdoor use, and possibly setting additional consumption levels for outdoor water use, he said. “We can’t differentiate between indoor versus outdoor water use so a standard will have to be set for indoor and outdoor water use,” Lawler said. Ramona Municipal Water District Board Director Jeff Lawler joins several panelists discussing water issues.