MINOT AIR FORCE BASE - The Chief of Defense of Norway paid a visit to Minot Air Force Base this week.
Gen. Harald Sunde, accompanied by his wife, Solvi, were at the base Wednesday.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, invited Gen. Sunde as his military counterpart to visit the U.S.
With a B-52 bomber in the background, Gen. Harald Sunde, center, Chief of Defense of Norway, visits with airmen at Minot Air Force Base during his visit to the base Wednesday, shown in this photo by Senior Airman Jesse Lopez. Sunde toured both the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing.
"The intent of this initiative is to strengthen and build upon the relationship between Norway's Chief of Defense and the DoD (Department of Defense)," said Lt. Jose Davis, acting chief of Public Affairs at the Minot base.
"Specifically for Minot, this visit is intended to give General Sunde a greater understanding of strategic deterrence so that he can better communicate the importance of deterrence to multiple audiences back in Norway," Davis said.
Minot AFB with its B-52 bombers and Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles is the only dual wing nuclear-capable base. The 5th Bomb Wing, led by Col. James Dawkins Jr., has B-52 bombers. The 91st Missile Wing, led by Col. Robert Vercher, has Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The general expressed his appreciation directly to the airmen of Minot AFB for the strategic deterrence that they provide, Davis said.
Sunde toured both the bomb wing and the missile wing.
His wife, Solvi, also visited the Scandinavian Heritage Center in Minot for a tour and lunch.