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Minot AFB has some challenges in filling non-appropriated fund positions

It’s not unusual for Minot Air Force Base to have a large number of non-appropriated fund job vacancies, says the Human Resources chief of the base’s 5th Force Support Squadron. Twyla Scott said non-appropriate fund positions are those “funded by business-generated funding versus ...

MAFB airman to serve seven years for child porn

A Minot Air Force Base airman will serve seven years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for uploading child pornography to the internet in February 2018. Carl Deshawn Dean, 21, was sentenced earlier this week in U.S. District Court by Judge Daniel L. Hovland. According to ...

Wreaths Across America seeks volunteers

Wreaths Across America is seeking more volunteers to help stage rebar crosses Monday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m. in section 16 at Rosehill Memorial Park in Minot. All volunteers are asked to meet near the Veterans Bell Tower at the cemetery. People who have sent in applications for personal wreaths ...

Air Force investigating illegal drugs found at missile facility

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – The Air Force is conducting an ongoing investigation into an incident on Oct. 9 when suspected illegal drugs were found in the above-ground facilities of a missile alert facility in the Minot missile field, according to Minot Air Force Base officials. The Associated ...

Legislation supports commercial pilot training for veterans

Senators John Hoeven of North Dakota and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin recently reintroduced the American Aviator Act, bipartisan legislation that would authorize grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to expand flight training services for veterans who want to become commercial ...

Senators comment on confirmation of Air Force Secretary Barrett

Former Ambassador Barbara Barrett was confirmed on Wednesday by the U.S. Senate as Secretary of the Air Force. North Dakota’s U.S. senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer commented on her confirmation. “With two legs of the nuclear triad and vital UAS (unmanned aerial systems) missions, ...

White Shield Vietnam veteran says farewell to fellow Marine after 51 years

MAHWAH, N.J. – Fifty-one years ago, Austin Gillette of White Shield and Steven Joel Foster of Midland Park, N.J., were serving with the U.S. Marine Corps’ Amtrac Platoon in Vietnam. On July 30, 1968, only 19 days before Foster was scheduled to come home, he was performing his duties in ...

Getting ready for Wreaths Across America

Plans are being made for this year’s Wreaths Across America program in Minot. Applications for wreaths have now been mailed to those who have sponsored wreaths in the past, said Richard Reuer, local Wreaths Across America coordinator. Application forms can also be picked up at Flower Box, ...

White Shield American Legion & Auxiliary in parade honoring Marine hero

WHITE SHIELD – It’s the only parade in the U.S. to honor a war hero. Fourteen members of the Joseph Young Hawk-Elmer Bear American Legion Post 253 and Auxiliary of White Shield took part in the John Basilone Parade on Sept. 22. The parade honors the only enlisted Marine in World War II to ...

North Dakota selected for Air National Guard tuition assistance pilot program

Senators Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven announced the National Guard Bureau has selected North Dakota as one of 14 states to participate in a pilot program providing college tuition assistance to members of the state's Air National Guard. The Air National Guard expects the Federal Tuition ...

Rare planes Fleetwings Sea Bird and Avro Avian can be seen at air museum

They’re rare finds and currently displayed in the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot, said Don Larson, air museum board president, of the Fleetwings Sea Bird and Avro Avian planes. The Fleetwings Sea Bird and Avro Avian are owned by Walt Bowe and his wife Dr. Carlene Mendieta of ...

ND National Guard engineers assist Triangle Y Camp

GARRISON – About 25 soldiers of the North Dakota National Guard’s Wahpeton-based 188th Engineer Company (VERTICAL) assisted the Minot YMCA by improving the grounds of the Triangle Y camp near Garrison, according to a news release. The area is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and ...

Ground to be broken for new firing range at Minot AFB

Sen. John Hoeven will help break ground on a new indoor firing range at Minot Air Force Base on Monday, according to a news release from his office. The new range will allow the consolidation of four existing buildings while also reducing air quality concerns, providing higher quality training ...

VA holds mental health summit in Minot

More than 200 people are expected to attend the annual Veterans Administration Mental Health Summit being held at the Grand Hotel in Minot today. Those attending include providers and social workers in the mental health care community, clergy, elected offices, city government, county veteran ...

ND Veterans Cemetery dedicated to men & women who served state & nation

MANDAN – When an area military veteran died, his family followed his wishes to be buried in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan. A service with full military honors was held in the chapel at the cemetery, followed by the burial. Dedicated to the men and women who have served ...

Minot AFB’s 5th Bomb Wing marks 100 years of existence

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – The 5th Bomb Wing, the B-52H Stratofortress wing at Minot Air Force Base, is going strong and today is the unit’s 100th birthday. The bomb wing’s origination dates back to Aug. 15, 1919, with the activation of the 2nd Group (Observation) at Luke Field in the ...

Prairie Warrior Auction raises funds for base activities

The Military Affairs Committee of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce presented a check for $19,000 raised at this year’s Prairie Warrior Auction to Minot Air Force Base officials recently. Proceeds from the annual auction go to Minot AFB for various events, including squadron activities and ...