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Press Release: Aircraft assigned to MacDill evacuate

A KC-135 Stratotanker taxis toward the runway, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.  Aug. 29, 2019, MacDill’s leadership team ordered the departure of the KC-135’s as a precautionary measure in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Bowman)

A KC-135 Stratotanker taxis toward the runway, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Aug. 29, 2019, MacDill’s leadership team ordered the departure of the KC-135’s as a precautionary measure in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Bowman)

An aircrew from the 91st Air Refueling Squadron, walks toward a KC-135 Stratotanker, Aug. 29, 2019, on the flightline at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. MacDill’s leadership team ordered the departure of the KC-135’s as a precautionary measure in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Bowman)

An aircrew from the 91st Air Refueling Squadron, walks toward a KC-135 Stratotanker, Aug. 29, 2019, on the flightline at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. MacDill’s leadership team ordered the departure of the KC-135’s as a precautionary measure in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Bowman)

A KC-135 Stratotanker takes-off MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Aug. 29, 2019.  MacDill’s leadership team ordered the departure of the KC-135’s as a precautionary measure in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Bowman)

A KC-135 Stratotanker takes off at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Aug. 29, 2019. MacDill’s leadership team ordered the departure of the KC-135’s as a precautionary measure in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shannon Bowman)

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

Due to Hurricane Dorian, KC-135s from the 6th Air Mobility Wing on MacDill AFB are evacuating to McConnell AFB, Kansas, beginning Thursday, August 29, 2019.

MacDill aircraft are evacuating as a precaution due to the projected winds and are expected to return to MacDill AFB when conditions return to normal.  

“The safety of our service members, families, and aircraft are paramount,” said Col Stephen Snelson, 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander.

MacDill authorities are in consultation with Hillsborough County officials and are not anticipating an evacuation of MacDill AFB as of 29 August 9:00 a.m. However, we will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as they become available.