MINOT AIR FORCE BASE - Minot State University has been providing classes at Minot Air Force Base for half a century.
"I'm very pleased to announce that Minot State University has now reached 50 years in our association with Minot Air Force Base," David Fuller, MSU president, told members of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce's Military Affairs Committee at a recent meeting at the base.
MSU began offering classes at the base with an extension service.
In 1962, MSU developed 10 courses and began offering them to a number of airmen, Fuller said. "We were very pleased by that initial step," he said.
"Since that, it has grown considerably," Fuller said, adding that MSU serves many military members at the base.
"Right now, we're at a point where we're serving 300 military at the Air Force base," he said.
MSU has an office and staff at the base.
Fuller presented a plaque to Col. Jim Dawkins Jr., commander of the base's 5th Bomb Wing, in honor of the 50-year relationship between the base and the university.
"We just are very appreciative of the great relationship we have with the Air Force base," Fuller said.
Dawkins thanked Fuller and the university for all of the help and guidance provided to base airmen on behalf of both the Roughrider (91st Missile Wing) and Warbirds (5th Bomb Wing). Dawkins said it's a great relationship and it's crucial to maintain those relationships.