Hoeven: CBP Signs Lease at Air Base Ensuring Continued CBP Operations in Grand Forks

Senator Secured $8 Million in FY17 to Keep CBP in North Dakota

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has signed a lease to move into a new facility on the Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB). The move to a newly renovated facility will ensure continuity for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) border patrol operations and training. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured $8 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 funding for the facility to ensure that CBP continued conducting its UAS operations and training out of Grand Forks. 

“The CBP mission in Grand Forks is important not only in securing our border, but providing UAS training for border patrol agents,” said Hoeven. “This CBP mission is part of the Grand Forks region’s leadership in unmanned aerial systems, which is why we worked so hard to secure $8 million in funding to ensure that CBP was able to secure a new facility and keep its operations in Grand Forks.”

In May, Hoeven and Acting CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan reviewed potential sites to relocate CBP operations, including the GFAFB facility.