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Grand Forks Air Force Base to control communications planes

June 30, 2021 GMT

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The Grand Forks Air Force base is preparing to handle command and control support for aircraft designed to handle real-time communication in various conditions, the base announced Wednesday.

The proposed plan would have the Air Force’s E-11 Battlefield Airborne Control Node aircraft mission at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia report to the 319th Reconnaissance Wing in Grand Forks.

The assignment is contingent on congressional approval on the retirement of E-8 aircraft at Robins and is likely to begin next year, the Air Force said.

The E-11 aircraft and a squadron of active duty personnel will enable communications support to the joint force on the battlefield. The Air Force currently has three E-11 aircraft and should eventually have a full fleet of nine planes.

“These missions will play a vital role in how we achieve decision superiority across all domains,” Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth said.