Fairchild Air Force Base should get word later this month whether it will become the permanent home for the Air Force's new KC-46A tankers.
A decision was expected this week but has been postponed.
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers has been a strong advocate of Fairchild landing the next generation of tankers. She said Fairchild is strategically positioned because of it's relationship with the Washington Air National Guard.
"One distinguishing factor for Fairchild is the association between the Guard and the active duty. Fairchild is the only base that has the association and it's a model for the Air Force, and the Guard, the Air National Guard is making a big push. Fairchild should be the one," she said.
Fairchild is one of four bases vying for the new tankers, but one question hanging out there in Airway Heights is would the Spokane Tribe's proposed casino project jeopardize Fairchild's chances of getting the KC-46A?
A new study, compiled by Madison Government Affairs, a Washington, DC-based government relations firm, and paid for by the Spokane Tribe, said it would not impact Fairchild's chances of getting the tanker.