"The U.S. Air Force has chosen the Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 111th Fighter Wing, located in Horsham, to take on a new remotely piloted aircraft mission," according to this Guard announcement.
"The National Guard Bureau has authorized the wing to establish a ground-control station for the MQ-9 Reaper at Horsham Air Guard Base effective Oct. 1, 2013.
“'This is an exciting time for our wing, and our Airmen are energized to embrace this new mission,'” Col. Howard (Chip) Eissler, commander of the 111th Fighter Wing said... "'The composition, operational tempo and infrastructure of our unit will increase as we prepare to take on this new challenge of housing a high-tech ground control station right here in Horsham.'
"Nearly 250 jobs, approximately 75 of which are full-time positions, will be added to the wing to support this new mission.
“'This is great news for Pennsylvania, especially when you consider the government cutbacks nationwide,'” Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general said. “We are fortunate that Governor Tom Corbett and local, state and federal elected officials were able to help secure such a major military and economic victory for Pennsylvania.'
"The MQ-9 Reaper will be controlled from a virtual cockpit on the installation by a two-person team consisting of a pilot and a sensor operator. The actual aircraft will not be located on the base.