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Military

ND National Guard & McLean County Sheriff’s Department train together

By U.S. NATIONAL GUARD Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment (Security & Support) traveled north from Bismarck to hold a joint exercise with the McLean County Sheriff’s Department on Aug. 10-12. Missions included aircraft surveillance and aerial MEDEVAC (medical ...

Minot AFB airmen roll out innovation

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – Everyone wants to be a part of a positive change and the 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron airmen at Minot Air Force Base put into action an innovative idea that allowed cargo to be rolled from the aircraft onto pallets of a K-Loader. 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron ...

North Central Veterans Stand Down planned

The North Central Veterans Stand Down has been scheduled for Oct. 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Armed Forces Reserve Center at 3420 2nd St. NE, Minot. Various agencies will be represented to provide information on veterans benefits, counseling and health care. Flu shots will be provided by the ...

Air Force celebrates 50th anniversary of Minuteman III ICBM today

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. – The Air Force marks a significant milestone this year for the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, according to Air Force Global Strike Command information. Fifty years ago, on Aug. 19, 1970, Strategic Air Command placed the first flight of 10 ...

Minuteman III ICBMs replaced Minuteman I ICBMs

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – Initially, Minuteman I intercontinental ballistic missiles were placed in underground launch facilities in the Minot missile complex in the early 1960s. The missile complex covers several counties in north central and northwest North Dakota, stretching over 8,500 ...

Minot AFB airmen to host Minot teen on ‘Hero for a Day Tour’

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – Airmen from the 69th Bomb Squadron, 23rd Bomb Squadron and the 54th Helicopter Squadron will host a “Hero for the Day Tour” today to honor Isabella Lynn Knupp of Minot who is suffering from cancer. Isabella, 14, is the daughter of retired Tech. Sgt. Damon and ...

V-J Day and iconic kiss

On Aug. 14, 1945, President Truman announced Japan’s surrender. The official surrender would come on Sept. 2, 1945. Celebrations broke out all over the world. People everywhere were elated, jumping up and down, yelling, smiling, hugging and kissing one-another….. celebrating the most joyous ...

Guard, Reserve members’ full education benefits would be restored

Senators John Hoeven of North Dakota and John Boozman of Arkansas announced this week that the Office of Secretary of Defense will work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to enable members of the Guard and Reserve to concurrently use federal tuition assistance and GI Bill benefits to fund ...

US Senate-passed bills improve healthcare for veterans

In recent days the U.S. Senate has passed legislation relating to healthcare for veterans. The Senate passed the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019, legislation to improve outreach to veterans and offer new mental health treatment options under the ...

National Purple Heart Day

Lois A. Schaefer, State Americanism Chairman Department of North Dakota VFW Auxiliary National Purple Heart Day is celebrated on Aug. 7. The Purple Heart is our country’s oldest medal that is still awarded to members of our military. The Purple Heart’s first predecessor was created by ...

Army Guard Aviators & McLean County Sheriff’s Office to hold joint exercise

GARRISON – The North Dakota National Guard's Bismarck-based 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment will partner with the McLean County Sheriff's Office in a joint exercise Aug. 10-12. The joint training exercise will be conducted: – Monday, Aug. 10, from 8-11 p.m. at the Garrison weekend ...

Unarmed Minuteman III ICBM launched from Airborne Navy aircraft

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. – A joint team of Air Force Global Strike Command airmen and Navy sailors launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with three test reentry vehicles from aboard the Airborne Launch Control System at 12:21 a.m. Pacific Time on ...

Award-winning

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – Catori Sarmiento’s novel “Carnival Panic” is the winner of the Literary Titan’s Silver Award. “ ‘Carnival Panic’ is a science fiction horror novel published in 2019 by Corvus Quill Press,” said Sarmiento, of Minot Air Force Base, in an email. “In it, ...

Remembering 75 years ago

Don Wunderlich was a helmsman on a ship with Admiral William Halsey Jr.’s Third Fleet when the Enola Gay B-29 bomber dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, 75 years ago on Aug. 6, 1945. Wunderlich, of Voltaire, said his ship, the USS Wadleigh, a destroyer, was “in the vicinity” of ...

N.D. Air National Guard Family of the Year named

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – The North Dakota Air National Guard recently named airmen Staff Sgt. Jessica Harper and Staff Sgt. Sarah Harper, as Family of the Year during a ceremony at Minot Air Force Base on July 17. Both airmen are assigned to the 219th Security Forces Squadron. Serving with ...

Change of Command

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – Col. Bradley Cochran, commander of the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, turned over the command to Col. Michael Walters during a ceremony at the base on Thursday. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the number of people attending the ceremony was limited, however the ...