Today Air Force senior leaders are asking all Airmen for suggestions on a name for the service's newest tanker aircraft, the KC-45A.
"I've asked that we seek our Airmen's help to find a name for the KC-45," said Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne. "I prefer the name emphasize our heritage or our future horizon, but I'm most interested to see what our Airmen suggest."
As the future operators of the KC-45A, Air Mobility Command officials gathered many good suggestions from personnel in their units. Those submissions will be on the list of names considered during final selection. However, the opportunity to submit proposed names is now open to all Air Force personnel. Until May 30, active duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen, as well as Air Force government civilians, can submit their suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We at Tanker War Blog think that naming a plane when the contract is still in protest is a bit premature to say the least. But, we will hold our own informal contest for naming the EADS KC-30. All Airmen and the general public can send their entries to email@example.com.
Suggested names must be brief, no more than two short words. Along with the suggestion, entrants must include a brief explanation for their idea.
All entries are due by 30 May, and TAnchorman will post the best submissions on 1 June. He will also periodically provide contest updates on his site here.
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