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News release from the North Dakota Air National Guard:
Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 1,800 airmen have deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism. This year, on the weekend of the anniversa... Posted on 9/3/10 at 9:30 AM
Air Force officials and U.S. Sen. John Hoeven say the intercontinental ballistic missile for a planned test launch that was scrapped last month because of mounting tensions with North Korea was to have come from the Minot Air Force Base missile field.
Fifth Bomb Wing commander Col. James Dawkins Jr. is taking a position with the National Nuclear Security Administration at the federal Energy Department in Washington, D.C. He's being replaced at the Minot base by Col. Alexis Mezynski, who is vice commander of the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
To insinuate or imply anything else would be a flat-out lie to the people of North Dakota, who have a longstanding commitment to supporting the bases and the military personnel who live and work there.
The city of Minot is trying to raise money for a model of the B-52 airplane. The model is meant as a gift to the Minot Air Force Base, which is home to the 5th Bomb Wing. Cost of the project is $75,000.
A top Norwegian military officer says he's impressed by the Minot Air Force Base. Gen. Harald Sunde toured the base's 5th Bomb Wing and the 91st Missile Wing on Wednesday. Sunde is Norway's chief of defense.
Minot Air Force Base is getting a new air traffic control tower and a new base operations building near the runway. The project costs about $14.5 million. Construction began in April and is to wrap up next summer.
A new colonel is taking command of the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base this week. Col. Robert Vercher is coming to Minot from F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, where he has been the 90th Operations Group commander.
Senator meets with senior Air Force official about Global Hawk, encourages Grand Forks as site of new refueling tanker mission Hoeven met with Terry Yonkers, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics, in preparation for a hearing next Tuesday of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction. The group will review the Air Force’s military construction budget for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
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