Grand Forks Air Force Base Plays Vital Role in National Security

Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp met with Colonel Benjamin Spencer, Commander of the 319th Air base Wing

GRAND FORKS, ND — Senators Heitkamp and Hoeven are working together to make sure Grand Forks Air Force Base continues to play a vital role in protecting national security.

The senators met with Colonel Benjamin Spencer, Commander of the 319th Air base Wing.

They reviewed base operations and talked about the renovations of a building for Customs and Border Patrol operations on base.

They also expressed their continued support for the base’s Global Hawk intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

“They’re in the fight every day globally,” Sen. Hoeven said. “Whether it’s the Korean Peninsula or the Middle East or anywhere else, we don’t always realize that because we don’t always see it, but it’s a vital mission that’s relevant every day and our men and women in blue at Grand Forks are doing an amazing job. ”

The Senate has authorized nearly $300 million for the Global Hawk, including the RQ-4 Global Hawk program at Grand Forks Air Force Base.

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