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Sent: Friday, December 18, 2009 5:15 PM
Subject: North Dakota Continues to Play Key Role in National
has had a good year supporting our nation's defense.
In September, Minot Air Force Base
stood up a second B-52 squadron in response to the Air Force's renewed
commitment to our country's nuclear arsenal. I've spoken multiple
times to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force urging them to
ensure we dedicate the necessary resources to this vital mission.
This new squadron shows they are paying close attention. We also
have a new dormitory for our junior airmen in Minot funded by the economic
We have also
just gotten great news about Grand Forks Air Force Base. After
repeatedly urging the Air Force's senior leadership to expand the UAS
mission there, they have announced that Global Hawk Block 20s will be
based at Grand Forks-with 180 new personnel. These Global Hawks
provide a communications relay vital in the mountains of
Dakota National Guard continues to serve our country well and make me
proud. The delegation and I hosted supporters of the 119th
Wing from Fargo at the Pentagon this September where we met with the
Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force. The Air Force's
leaders praised the wing's daily work flying UAS missions overseas and
reaffirmed their commitment to bring C-27J Joint Cargo Aircraft to Hector
field next year.
We have more
than 700 North Dakota National Guardsmen deployed to Kosovo, Iraq and
Afghanistan today. They are in my prayers daily as I'm sure they are
in yours, especially during the holidays.
Finally, the North Dakota
congressional delegation also secured four military construction projects
in a recently passed bill: a new security forces facility in Grand
Forks, a new control tower and missile training complex at Minot, and a
readiness center in Bismarck for our Guardsmen.
I'm proud of these accomplishments
and look forward to working just as hard next year to support North
Dakota's efforts to improve our national security.
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