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Fargo officials lobby Defense Department

Fargo community leaders and North Dakota's congressional delegation met with Defense Department officials on Wednesday to tout the attributes of Fargo's North Dakota Air National Guard unit.

Fargo community leaders and North Dakota's congressional delegation met with Defense Department officials on Wednesday to tout the attributes of Fargo's North Dakota Air National Guard unit.

Officials want to protect the 119th Fighter Wing, nicknamed the "Happy Hooligans," from the next round of military base closings.

Sens. Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan and Rep. Earl Pomeroy, all D-N.D., said the North Dakota officials stressed the unit's performance record and the merits of Fargo as the home for the 119th.

The officials met with members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission.

The 119th Fighter Wing has 22 F-16 fighter jets, and 300 active-duty and 700 part-time Guard members.

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