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Jason Patrick on the GFAFB ~ Favorite Main Street Features: Tom Isern, Jessie Veeder, Natural North Dakota, Bird Note

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RQ-4 Global Hawk completes max engine run
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elora J. McCutcheon)
An RQ-4 Global Hawk is towed across the flight line on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., on Oct. 23, 2020. The Global Hawk is the primary aircraft housed permanently at the 319th Reconnaissance Wing, whose primary mission is intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - Jason Patrick is the historian for the 319th Reconnaissance Wing at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. We’ll talk about its mission of operating the E/RQ-4B Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance role as well as some history of the Grand Forks Air Base. ~~~ In the second half of our show we feature some of our most popular shorter segments, beginning with Tom Isern shares essays about the Great Plains, called “Plains Folk.” Here’s his essay, “In Plains Sight.” ~~~ Another essayist who writes about rural life is Jessie Veeder of Watford City. Today she reflects on the power of music in an essay titled ““Mr. Tanner and singing along.” ~~~ Natural North Dakota comes to us from biologist Chuck Lura. Today he covers two topics: Rodents and the Winter Solstice. ~~~ Another nature feature is BirdNote. Today we hear about winged pirates. ~~~ And let’s not forget one of our most popular features, Dakota Datebook, written by a team of writers and voiced by Merrill Piepkorn, Marie Offutt and Bill Thomas.