North Dakota lawmakers are happy campers following the visit of Gen. Michael Moseley, Chief of Staff, to Grand Forks AFB, N.D., on Tuesday and one day later the word that a site review team is on the way. According to a joint statement, Moseley told the lawmakers that he considers Grand Forks “a top candidate for a future tanker mission.” The base already will get an unmanned aerial vehicle mission, but Sen. Kent Conrad, Sen. Byron Dorgan, and Rep. Earl Pomeroy hoped for more. Dorgan said, “I had little doubt that General Moseley would be impressed by a firsthand look at Grand Forks.” Gen. Duncan McNabb, head of Air Mobility Command, notified the Congressional delegation Wednesday that he would send a five-person team to survey the base’s infrastructure from March 26 to March 30.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.