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CBP Begins Unmanned Aircraft Operations in N.D.

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Program will increase CBP's security capabilities in the northern tier

WHAT: Ribbon-cutting ceremony of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Unmanned Aircraft Program at Grand Forks Air Force Base, in Grand Forks, N.D. marks the beginning of operations along the Canadian border.

WHO: U.S. Senator Kent Conrad, U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, Governor John Hoeven, U.S. Congressman Earl Pomery, CBP Office of Air & Marine Assistant Commissioner Michael Kostelnik, and CBP National Air Security Operations Executive Director John Stanton.

WHEN: Monday, February 16 at 1 p.m.
See important notice below for entry to Grand Forks AFB.

WHERE: Grand Forks AFB, Grand Forks, North Dakota


Grand Forks Air Force Base is a secure installation. Media interested in attending this event must contact Tech. Sgt. Amanda Callahan at (701) 747-5015 no later than noon on Friday, February 13th in order to arrange for entry to the base. Media covering the event will meet Public Affairs staff at the visitor's center near the Main Gate with valid press credentials and a government-issued photo ID. Credentials must be worn at all times while on base. Media representatives will be taken by bus to event location from the visitor's center.

All media representatives, vehicles and equipment are subject to search upon entering and while on base.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.