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United States Attorney’s office host Siouxland tristate gathering at Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing

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  • By Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot
  • 185th ARW Wing PA
United States Attorneys for Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota met with 60 other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies at the Iowa Air National Guard Base in Sioux City, Iowa today. According to organizers the event was the first of its kind, bringing a large number of agencies together in order to strengthen relationships and foster cohesiveness among the various groups.

185th Air Refueling Operations Group Commander, Col. Jim Walker welcomed attendees and took the opportunity to explain the mission of the air refueling wing, based at the Sioux City regional airport.

The meeting included discussions on crime related activities that cross boarders into the various jurisdictions and often involve multiple agencies.

In addition to the main business of the day, attendees were offered an opportunity to take a short tour of the 185th Air Refueling Wing while visiting the base in Sioux City. 

Participants, many of whom were prior members of the military, were given the opportunity to see a KC-135 up close and ask questions about the unit and the unique mission of the mid-air refueling aircraft.

According to Mr. Steve Young, assistant U.S. Attorney and public information officer for the department of justice from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the main goal of the symposium was to strengthen interagency relationships within law enforcement.

Young, who is also a former member of the Iowa National Guard, said the air base was an ideal location geographically and the unit has been a great host.

"The venue exceeded our expectations, the 185th has been a very gracious host allowing easy access to their facilities and unit members are very professional." Said Young.