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Military

New York man recalls assignment with fighter squadron

When Robert Haring received orders for Minot Air Force Base he thought “great.” He liked the outdoors – mountains and forests. When he arrived at the Minot airport, he said there were no mountains or forests. “But I could see Minot AFB about 13 miles away,” he recalled. Haring, a ...

Senators recognize Minot AFB anniversary

Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer congratulated Minot Air Force Base on 65 years Sunday, releasing the following statements regarding the anniversary: “The Minot Air Force Base has played a vital role in keeping our nation safe for 65 years and we thank all the men and women who have served ...

Command changes at 20th Air Force; both former commanders at Minot AFB

F.E. W ARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. – Maj. Gen. Ferdinand “Fred” Stoss passed the 20th Air Force guidon to Maj. Gen. Michael Lutton during a change of command ceremony on Wednesday at F. E. Warren AFB, Wyoming. Both are former commanders of the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force ...

Veterans recognized as ESGR volunteer

FARGO—Retired Navy Capt. Dave Johnston, a Rugby native, was awarded the Seven Seals Award June 23 by the North Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, also known as ESGR, for his 16 years of service to the ND ESGR committee, working with service members, veterans and ...

Kenmare veteran, Jim Hillestad, shares WWII memories at coin presentation

KENMARE – Jim Hillestad’s memories of his service in the Japanese Theater during World War II are as vivid as if they took place yesterday. At 100 years old, the Kenmare veteran speaks with humor and in detail about his time in the Army and his role in the military’s use of new, secret ...

Minot DAV Chapter accepting scholarship applications

Disabled American Veterans Chapter #4 of Minot is taking applicatons for its 2020-2021 Bob Fix Memorial Scholarship. Fix was a former commander of the DAV. The fund was established to provide financial assistance to eligible Ward County and surrounding areas residents of North Dakota to ...

Wreaths Across America holding Christmas in July campaign

“Be their witness for everyone plays a part to be an American worth fighting for” is the theme of the Minot Civil Air Patrol Wreaths Across America Christmas in July campaign in the Grand Hotel lobby, Minot, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on July 15. The event is to bring Minot and the surrounding ...

Minot AFB bombers conduct missions globally

Two B-52 bombers from the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base recently conducted a long-range, long duration strategic mission throughout Europe, the Arctic and Baltic regions on June 15, while also integrating with a Baltic Operations exercise. The 5th Bomb Wing’s participation in the ...

ND Planning Committee to End Veteran Homelessness meets

A planning committee to end veteran homelessness held its first meeting on May 21. Led by N.D. Veterans Commissioner Lonnie Wangen, the North Dakota Planning Committee to End Veteran Homelessness met in a Zoom meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting covered N.D. Veteran Homelessness ...

Minot AFB restoring retiree seven-day access

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – Military retirees and veteran’s benefits card holders are being given full access to Minot Air Force Base, with no restrictions for using base facilities, Air Force officials announced Monday. After assessing the current environment surrounding COVID-19 within the ...

Tri-State Vietnam Memorial Wall on display at Minot air museum

Visitors to the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot have the opportunity to see the Tri-State Vietnam Memorial Wall on display there this season. Comprised of 39 panels, The Wall is a rendition of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., and is a project of the Fargo Air ...

Pandemic brings smaller, subdued Memorial Day observances

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Americans settled for small processions and online tributes instead of parades Monday as they observed Memorial Day in the shadow of the pandemic, which forced communities to honor the nation’s military dead with modest, more subdued ceremonies that also remembered ...

Guard to conduct virtual Memorial Day ceremony

MANDAN – Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, will be conducted virtually. Citizens are invited to view the live-stream available on the North Dakota National Guard’s website, www.ndguard.nd.gov beginning at noon on ...

Disabled American Veterans’ annual project helps veterans

The local Disabled American Veterans annual raffle will be helping veterans causes. Of the raffle proceeds, $1,000 will be used to help the North Dakota Veterans Home Foundation in Lisbon to reupholster aging furniture. DAV Chapter 4 of Minot also donated $600 to On the Water Inc., to ...