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Published September 29, 2010, 04:23 PM

Defense Department Document Signals "real progress" on UAS Mission for GFAFB

Congressional delegation calls signing of ROD an important step forward.

North Dakota's congressional delegation says Defense Department leaders are moving forward on plans to base UAV's at Grand Forks Air Force Base.

The delegation says the Defense Department recently signed a document called a Record of Decision. In a joint statement released today, Senators Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad and Congressman Earl Pomeroy say the signing is an important step forward and signals the beginning of real progress toward a UAV Mission for Grand Forks.

Signing the R-O-D allows the Air Force to begin construction and personnel planning to establish a UAV mission at Grand Forks.

Grand Forks was promised a UAV mission in 2005 when the Base Realignment and Closure Commission decided to end the base's tanker mission.

There is currently only one squadron of tankers still at the base.