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Test launch uses missile from Minot AFB’s missile wing

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – A team of Air Force Global Strike Command airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle at 12:27 a.m. Pacific Time on Thursday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The missile came ...

20th Air Force commander visits Minot AFB

By AIRMAN 1ST CLASS JAN K. VALLE Minot AFB Public Affairs Maj. Gen. Mike Lutton, 20th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Charlie Orf , 20th Air Force command chief, visited Minot Air Force Base, Sept. 29 to Oct. 2. From June 2014 to June 2016, Lutton was commander of the 91st ...

Minot AFB B-52s return from Bomber Task Force Europe

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers and airmen from the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base operating out of RAF Fairford, England, returned home last week, according to Air Force information. For the last five weeks, airmen from the 5th Bomb Wing, aircraft and ...

VFW and VFW Auxiliary sponsors scholarship contests

Minot Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary is inviting students to participate in scholarship contests. The Voice of Democracy contest theme this year is “Is this the country the founders envisioned?” Students in grades 9-12 are asked to record an original three to five minute essay on ...

Students can enter Wreaths Across America essay contest

Wreaths Across America is developing an annual essay contest for all students grades 9 - 12. Any student interested in participating will need to send a letter to Wreaths Across America, 1738 35th Ave. SE, Minot, ND 58701 and an application with instructions for participating will be sent ...

Minot man retires from National Guard

Jeff Barta, Minot, retired after 40 years of continuous National Guard. Barta, with the rank of master sergeant, retired from military service on Sept. 21. He enlisted in Mitchell, S.D., on July 25, 1980. He has served in South Dakota and North Dakota. His final assignment was with the 164th ...

Minot AFB B-52s fly mission in Baltic Sea region and Astral Knight 2020

B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers from the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, operating out of RAF Fairford, England, flew sorties in the Baltic Sea region focused on integration and interoperability training with European allies and partners on Sept. 25, according to U.S. Forces in ...

Changes made for this year’s Veterans Stand Down

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Veterans Stand Down scheduled for Oct. 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Minot will have some changes for those attending. Changes that will affect veterans and guests in attendance is they must wear a mask, the meal will ...

Task Force 21 to hold virtual nuclear triad symposium

Task Force 21, Minot’s base retention and new mission committee, will host its ninth annual symposium on the nuclear triad today. Typically, the symposium has been held in Washington, D.C., but this year’s event will be virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Minot Area ...

Minot AFB B-52s train with Norwegian forces

Two U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bombers from Minot Air Force Base conducted multi-domain training flights over international waters in the vicinity of the Norwegian Sea on Sept. 2. According to U.S. Forces in Europe-Air Forces in Africa Command, during the flights, B-52s integrated with ...

Pioneer Village to host annual POW/MIA memorial ceremony

Pioneer Village will open its doors to the public for the annual National POW/MIA day on Friday at 7 p.m. in front of the Harmon House. The public is invited to witness the event, which will include a short drama skit of a prisoner of war and individual missing in action who find themselves ...

Soldier’s Battle Cross to honor Cpl. Nathan Goodiron

NEW TOWN – The North Dakota Heroes Foundation will conduct a dedication ceremony honoring Cpl. Nathan Goodiron on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. at the Three Affiliated Tribes Museum. Goodiron, of Mandaree, was killed in action in Afghanistan on Nov. 23, 2006, while on duty with the North ...

Contract awarded for missile replacement program

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $13.3 billion contract for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program, Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND, announced Tuesday. The GBSD program replaces the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). As a member of the Senate Defense ...

Unarmed missile from Minot AFB used in test launch

VANDENBERG AFB, Calif. – A team of Air Force Global Strike Command airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle at 12:03 a.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday Sept. 2 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The missile came ...

Energy secretary visits Minot AFB

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – U.S. Secretary of Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, along with Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Gov. Doug Burgum visited Minot Air Force Base on Tuesday. Hoeven is a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources and Senate Appropriations Committees, and ...

Bismarck streets to be named for 14 fallen Guard soldiers

BISMARCK (AP) — Streets in a housing development east of Bismarck have been dedicated to honor fallen North Dakota National Guard soldiers. The Bismarck Tribune reports the streets will be named after 14 soldiers in the Clear Sky Addition. Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann of the North Dakota ...

Minot AFB B-52s take part in training mission across Europe & Africa

RAF FAIRFORD, England – Six U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft from the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base arrived Saturday at RAF Fairford, England for a long-planned training mission where the aircraft will conduct theater and flight training across Europe and ...

Minot Air Force Base’s policies restrict personnel from bars, dine-in

Minot bars, supper clubs and other dine-in restaurants could feel the squeeze from tighter pandemic restrictions at Minot Air Force Base. The base recently released a directive for military personnel that includes a prohibition on visiting bars and off-base restaurants for other than ...