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Hoeven touts Grand Forks area’s unmanned aircraft capability to industry execs

November 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., brings Northrop Grumman officials to Grand Forks Air Force Base and UND hoping to attract more business developments. Continue Reading

Going on duty just like Mom and Dad

October 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Air Force Base volunteers give children a feel for their parents’ deployment in a family event Saturday. Continue Reading

Conrad to talk base retention in Grand Forks

August 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Senator Kent Conrad, D-N.D., will be stopping in Grand Forks Thursday to meet with the city’s base retention committee. The group will discuss ways to enhance the base’s value to the nation’s defense. Topics include several ventures such as securing a new air refueling tanker mission and expanding unmanned aircraft programs at Grand Forks Air Force Base. Continue Reading

Grand Forks Co. aims to attract UAS industry to Grand Forks Air Force Base

August 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Base Realignment Impact Committee, of which the county is a part, proposes to lease 300 acres of unused land from the Department of Defense and develop it for use by the unmanned aircraft industry. Officials say the industry is interested and they anticipate more jobs. Continue Reading

Group to seek intel facility for Grand Forks Air Force Base

April 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A Grand Forks group is planning to lobby a top military official to bring a sophisticated intelligence facility for unmanned aircraft to Grand Forks Air Force Base during a May 1 visit to travel to Washington, D.C. Continue Reading

Sen. Hoeven presses for continued support of GFAFB in 2013

March 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Senator meets with senior Air Force official about Global Hawk, encourages Grand Forks as site of new refueling tanker missionHoeven met with Terry Yonkers, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics, in preparation for a hearing next Tuesday of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction. The group will review the Air Force’s military construction budget for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. Continue Reading

MATTERS AT HAND: A glance through the donut hole shows economic clouds

February 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

We’re all encouraged that the flood outlook is so rosy that is to say, there is a very small chance of flooding. Having experienced both flooding and drought, I think drought is worse. Flooding comes and goes even at Devils Lake, although the cycles there can be very long ones. Drought is something all together different. It proceeds slowly and it chokes life.
Of course, it is far too early to imagine that drought is imminent, though. Seeding is a couple of months away. Continue Reading

N.D. delegation: BRAC lacks support in Congress

February 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Berg, Conrad, Hoeven instead suggest closing overseas bases, trimming Department of Defense costs to find savingsNorth Dakota’s congressional delegation remains strongly opposed to a new round of domestic military base closures that could put the future of Grand Forks Air Force Base in jeopardy. Continue Reading

Officials in Dakotas wary of proposed defense cuts

January 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Proposals to slow the growth of the nation’s defense spending could mean big changes to the military infrastructure in the Dakotas, officials say. Continue Reading

Ready to take off: 2012 an important year for UAS development for GFAFB, region

January 8, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Base Realignment and Impact Committee and Grand Forks Air Force Base could know this year if the local base will become home to a sophisticated center to gather, analyze and distribute intelligence from remotely piloted aircraft, such as Global Hawks and Predators assigned to the base. Continue Reading