- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The secretary of the U.S. Air Force says her visit to Fargo was meant to update members of the North Dakota Air National Guard base on her priorities.

Secretary Deborah Lee James met Tuesday with members of the 119th Wing, as well as elected and civic officials. She says her goals include taking care of people, striking a balance between readiness and modernization, and ensuring that public officials act as good stewards of taxpayer dollars.

James oversees the Air Force’s annual budget of more than $139 billion.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the 119th Wing has a long-standing record of excellence and James’ visit allowed her to see firsthand the contributions of the group known as the Happy Hooligans.

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