The United States Air Force Reserve 914th Air Refueling Wing at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station issued the following statement Friday:
Protecting our force remains a top priority. That is why the Department of Defense has implemented very specific force protection measures that detail how DoD personnel may counter the unmanned aircraft threat to personnel, vital facilities, and critical assets such as the Niagara Falls ARS.
All unmanned aircraft systems (i.e., drone) activities within the United States must follow appropriate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and guidelines. UAS activity outside FAA rules and guidelines is considered an unauthorized activity. Please consult the FAA website https://www.faa.gov/uas/ for guidance on proper use.
The Department of Defense is committed to the safety and security of our personnel, installations, and equipment as well as communities near our DoD installations. We support civilian law enforcement investigations and the prosecution of unauthorized UAS operations over military installations. Although we do not discuss specific force protection measures, DoD personnel retain the right of self-defense and a UAS flown in NFARS air space is subject to confiscation.
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