Official: Commander's ousting shouldn't hurt goals

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Associated Press

Posted on March 31, 2013 at 3:30 PM

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A Grand Forks County commissioner says that despite a leadership change at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, a handful of regional economic development goals should remain on course.

John Schmisek, who is also a member of the area's Base Realignment Impact Committee, tells The Grand Forks Herald (http://bit.ly/123XcS8 ) that the ousting of base Wing Commander Col. Tim Bush will not affect plans for an unmanned aircraft systems business park.

Bush was relieved of command earlier this month after he didn't meet physical fitness requirements. Vice Commander Col. Christopher Mann has assumed command.

Bush's department also should not affect the potential for a new aerial-refueling mission at the base and North Dakota's application to become a test site for the integration of unmanned aircraft into commercial airspace.

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Information from: Grand Forks Herald, http://www.grandforksherald.com

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