Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Dakota Boys Deliver for Grand Forks AFB

In case you missed it, there were two editorials on BRAC this weekend that talk about what a fantastic job the Dakota Boys did for Grand Forks. There’s no doubt that this was a team effort, but there is also no doubt who the leader of this team was: Kent Conrad. He, and they, have done a remarkable job.

On Saturday:

“Grand Forks Air Force Base will keep some tankers for two extra years, boosting the base’s chances of landing an entirely new tanker wing in about 2012. That coupled with the promise of a much-sought-after Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or UAV mission, means the future for Grand Forks and its base looks good…. The fact that [GFAFB] was [not closed and] instead ‘realigned’ on that list was due largely to lobbying by North Dakota’s congressional delegation, governor and others. But you might not have caught the continuing power of that lobbying – the proof that ND’s representatives made the right call in recent weeks, and that the Grand Forks region owes them an enormous debt…. Congratulations to all for a job well done.”

On Sunday:

“At it’s final hearing in Washington, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission gave Grand Forks Air Force Base a new lease on life…. The base will be home to unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, the fastest growing flying mission in the military…. What an opportunity for Grand Forks. The community should start now to prepare the field for these aircraft, because their numbers and importance are sure to grow.”

Once again, the Dakota Boys delivered for ND. They always put ND first.