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U.S. Air Force recognizes Grand Forks Air Force Base airmen for meritorious service

According to an Oct. 25 news release from GFAFB, the U.S. Air Force recognized members of the 319th Reconnaissance Wing with the Meritorious Unit Award. The award was given for exceptional service for the period between June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2021, during which airmen “made significant advances in unmanned aviation while providing over watch and communication support during the drawdown of United States forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

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Airmen salute during the singing of the national anthem at the 319th Reconnaissance Wing change of command ceremony at Grand Forks Air Force Base on June 28, 2021. Contributed / U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dakota C. LeGrand
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Airmen at Grand Forks Air Force Base have been recognized for meritorious service.

The U.S. Air Force recognized members of the 319th Reconnaissance Wing with the Meritorious Unit Award, according to an Oct. 25 news release from GFAFB. The award was given for exceptional service for the period between June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2021, during which airmen “made significant advances in unmanned aviation while providing over watch and communication support during the drawdown of United States forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Airmen at GFAFB have received this award 11 times for its past and present missions.

“This award is more than a medal," said Col. Timothy Curry, commander of the 319th Reconnaissance Wing. "This is the Air Force acknowledging at the highest level that warriors of the 319th have a global impact each day they show up to work.”

Airmen at Grand Forks Air Force Base have multiple roles. They partner with the Grand Sky Technology Park, Department of Homeland Security and NASA, for the integration of small unmanned aerial systems and beyond visual line of sight flight operations into the national airspace.

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Airmen there also operate the Global Hawk intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission, and enabled the first-ever live ISR streams from the aircraft directly to ground-based Marine forces.

In a Tuesday release, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said GFAFB plays an integral role in global missions and is vital for national security. Hoeven applauded members of the unit for their service.

“This award is very well deserved and honors the significant advancements in technology, unmanned aviation and ISR at GFAFB. as the airmen and women work tirelessly to protect our country,” Hoeven said. “That’s why it’s important we continue working to make upgrades and modernize our forces.”

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