MacDill AFB KC-135s reposition in wake of Hurricane Irma

KC-135 landing

A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., lands at McConnell AFB, Kan., Sept. 7, 2017. Aircraft were evacuated from MacDill AFB as a precaution to protect them from Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin McClellan)

KC-135 landing

A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., taxis to a parking spot after landing at McConnell AFB, Kan., Sept. 7, 2017. Aircraft were evacuated from MacDill AFB as a precaution to protect them from Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin McClellan)

KC-135 landing

A KC-135 Stratotanker pilot assigned to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., waves from the cockpit after landing at McConnell AFB, Kan., Sept. 7, 2017. Aircraft were evacuated from MacDill AFB as a precaution to protect them from Hurricane Irma. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin McClellan)

KC-135

A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., taxis to a parking space Sept. 7, 2017, at McConnell AFB, Kan. McConnell is housing the KC-135s to help keep them safe during Hurricane Irma. The aircraft are expected to return to MacDill AFB once weather conditions improve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker)

Plane lands

A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., lands Sept. 7, 2017, at McConnell AFB, Kan. McConnell is housing the KC-135s to help keep them safe during Hurricane Irma. The aircraft are expected to return to MacDill AFB once weather conditions improve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker)

KC-135

Maintainers work on KC-135 Stratotankers assigned to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., after landing at McConnell AFB, Kan., Sept. 7, 2017. McConnell is housing the KC-135s to help keep them safe during Hurricane Irma. The aircraft are expected to return to MacDill AFB once weather conditions improve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- McConnell will welcome 11 KC-135 Stratotankers assigned to MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 7 to 8 after they evacuated due to the threat posed by Hurricane Irma.

Irma, which is currently a Category 5 hurricane, threatens a large part of the United States’ east coast. MacDill is evacuating aircraft as a precaution to ensure no harm comes to them.

“The safety of our Airmen and aircraft is paramount,” said Col. April Vogel, 6th Air Mobility Wing commander at Macdill.

Being here will ensure the aircraft and aircrews from MacDill are out of harm’s way until they can safely return to their home station, protecting millions of taxpayer dollars.

"As the home of air refueling, we are always ready to assist, whether it's by delivering combat air refueling in the middle east or providing a safe haven to our brothers and sisters in arms who are fleeing adverse weather,” said Col. Joshua Olson, 22nd Air Refueling Wing commander here. “In the past two years, Team McConnell has evacuated its own aircraft twice and we're happy to be able to return the favor."