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Joint Chiefs chairman visits embattled nuke base

June 17, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Monday was slated to visit a North Dakota Air Force base that has been plagued for years by missteps involving nuclear weapons. Continue Reading

Minot Air Force Base airman dies in canoe mishap

June 17, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

MINOT An airman with the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base died in a canoeing accident over the weekend. Continue Reading

Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman to visit ND base

June 13, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is slated to visit the Minot Air Force Base on Monday. Continue Reading

Nuke missile crews cite morale-sapping pressures

June 4, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

WASHINGTON Officers with a finger on the trigger of the Air Force’s most powerful nuclear missiles are complaining of a wide array of morale-sapping pressures, according to internal emails obtained by The Associated Press. Continue Reading

Missile in scrapped test was to come from Minot

May 14, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

MINOT 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. Continue Reading

General orders extra review of Minot AFB nuke crew failings

May 9, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

WASHINGTON The general who commands the nation’s nuclear forces said Thursday he has ordered further review of failings discovered among Air Force officers who operate nuclear missiles. But he told Congress Thursday he was not alarmed by their shortcomings. Continue Reading

Minot Air Force Base economic impact: $522 million

February 8, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

MINOT Minot Air Force Base says it contributed a record amount to the local economy in the last fiscal year. Continue Reading

Minot group seeking donations to build B-52 model

October 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

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. Continue Reading

Norwegian general visits Minot Air Force Base

August 17, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

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. Continue Reading

Sen. Hoeven presses for continued support of GFAFB in 2013

March 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Senator meets with senior Air Force official about Global Hawk, encourages Grand Forks as site of new refueling tanker missionHoeven 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. Continue Reading