GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The Grand Forks Air Force Base is realigning its operations to coincide with the base's unmanned aircraft mission.

The base will now operate under Air Combat Command instead of Air Mobility Command. Base leaders say it will place the unit under the major command that organizes, trains and equips airmen to perform drone missions.

The move affects about 1,400 people. Base officials say the change should not have an immediate impact on the number of airmen in Grand Forks.

The base supports the RQ-4 Global Hawk drone, a high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft.

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