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The 5th Bomb Wing is the host wing on Minot AFB. To perform its mission, four groups are assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing: the 5th Operations Group, 5th Mission Support Group, 5th Maintenance Group and 5th Medical Group. Minot AFB also serves as headquarters for the 91st Missile Wing, which is made up of three groups: the 91st Operations Group, 91st Maintenance Group and 91st Security Forces Group.

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Minot Air Force Base News

91st MSFS; strength through teamwork

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December 30, 2013 in Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota by clevine

It's a cold clear morning in early December at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., as 91st Missile Security Forces Squadron Airmen hustle through the armory, gearing up for a deployment to the missile complex.

"Only the best come to the north, and the lucky are put in the 91st Missile Security Force Squadron," said Airman 1st Class Francesca Jackson, 91st MSFS response force leader.

Members of the 91st MSFS operate on 12-hour shifts, and are on alert 24/7, 365 days a year, ready to deploy at a moment's notice to launch and missile alert facilities.
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Out and About at NDI

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December 20, 2013 in Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota by clevine

The Nondestructive Inspection Lab provides inspection and technical support on all assigned B-52H Stratofortresses, UH-1N helicopters, Aerospace Ground Equipment, and to other various agencies on Minot Air Force Base. Five different methods including fluorescent penetration, magnetic particle, eddy current, ultrasonic, and x-ray are used by NDI personnel to determine the structural integrity of aircraft components and support equipment. The NDI Lab is also enrolled in the DoD Joint Oil Analysis Program and provides spectrometric oil analysis support on aircraft engine oil to identify and determine wear-metal trends and oil contamination.
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20th Air Force and Task Force 214 welcome new commander

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December 20, 2013 in Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota by clevine

Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein assumed command of the 20th Air Force, Dec. 19 at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.

Active-duty Airmen, Reserve, retired, family and friends attended the ceremony. Among the guests were commanders, command chiefs and civic leaders from 20th Air Force's three missile bases here, from Malmstrom AFB, Mont., and from Minot AFB, N.D. The presence of all reinforced the continuing importance of the Air Force's nuclear deterrence and global strike forces.
"I'm honored to wear this uniform, and represent the Airmen of the 20th Air Force," Weinstein said during the ceremony.
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Holiday parade at Minot AFB

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December 19, 2013 in Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota by clevine

Balfour Beatty Communities partnered with various organizations at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. Dec. 13. to conduct a holiday parade which wound through base housing for nearly one hour. The parade began at the base-exchange and featured an array of hand-made floats from a selection of base squadrons, festive holiday music, large ply-wood Christmas cards and free treats which were handed out to onlookers.
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Automated Housing Referral Network to expire

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December 19, 2013 in Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota by clevine

On December 31, 2013, the Department of Defense sponsorship of the Automated Housing Referral Network will expire. Effective January 1, 2014, housing offices will no longer manage rental listings or communicate with members and property owners through AHRN. However, the AHRN website will continue to operate as a commercial entity and registered users will be prompted to review and accept an updated user agreement.

The Air Force remains committed to providing members with affordable, adequate housing and will continue to provide referral and relocation services. Housing offices will maintain available rental listings using a government-managed system. Members and their families should contact or visit the military housing office to receive assistance in locating suitable housing. Property managers and landlords should also contact the installation housing office to list available properties.
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Defenders of the Northern Tier

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December 19, 2013 in Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota by clevine

Airmen stationed at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. prepare to deploy to the missile field before guard mount Dec. 11. The Airmen are part of the 791st Missile Security Forces squadron which works to defend the nation's weapons systems that are spread throughout North Dakota. Before leaving the base Airmen perform inspections on their equipment, ammunition and weapons to ensure that everything they carry with them is serviceable and accounted for.
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Minot’s Got Talent

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December 18, 2013 in Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota by clevine

Minot Air Force Base hosted its first base-wide talent show at the base theater here Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. The show consisted of eight acts, including singing, dancing, spoken word, and yo-yoing. The judging panel, which included CMSgt Kevin Jurgella, command chief of the 5th Bomb Wing and CMSgt Felicia Noil, command chief for the 91st Missile Wing, judged each act and gave their critiques. Of the eight performances, first, second, and third place were awarded to three competitors, each with a monetary prize. (U.S. Air Force photos/Airman 1st Class Lauren Pitts)
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Congressmen visit Minot to meet Airmen, see mission

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December 18, 2013 in Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota by clevine

Two members of House Armed Services Committee visited Minot Air Force Base, Dec. 13-15, where they had a firsthand view of the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing missions in supporting two legs of the nuclear triad.

As part of their visit, Rep. Mike Rogers, of Alabama, and Rep. Jim Cooper, of Tennessee, toured a missile alert facility prior to seeing the B-52H Stratofortress, granting them insight not only of the mission but also of the Airmen who support it.

"This is the only base in the world where you have two legs of the triad," said Cooper. "It's a very important place for America and for the world. We are proud to be here."
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5th Operations Support Squadron’s Aircrew Flight Equipment Flight

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December 17, 2013 in Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota by clevine

The 5th Operations Support Squadron's Aircrew Flight Equipment Flight is the focal point for all 5th Bomb Wing B-52 aviator life sustaining equipment. Comprised of two sections, Aircraft Support and Aircrew Support, AFE is directly responsible for maintaining and inspecting all flyers' helmets, night vision devices, nuclear flash blindness protection, chemical ensembles, anti-exposure suits, life rafts, life preservers, aircraft-installed parachutes, and survival kits. In addition, AFE provides B-52 aviators initial/recurring Equipment Familiarization and Aircrew Chemical Decontamination Training to sustain mission readiness and flight currency. AFE has proudly merged two mottos: "Your Life is Our Business & Last to Let You Down!"
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Minot Chiefs Group Sharp Award

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December 17, 2013 in Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota by clevine

TSgt Daniel Christian, 791st Missile Security Forces Squadron, received the Minot Chiefs Group Sharp Award for Nov. for his outstanding work in his squadron. Christian manages the squadron's training program and provides validation for all upgrade and duty position proficiency training for 300 Defenders.

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Minot Top 3 Award

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December 17, 2013 in Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota by clevine

Senior Airman Matthew LoManaco, 91st Tactical Response Force, receives an award by the Minot Top 3 for his excellence in performing day to day operations here, Dec. 6, 2013. LoManaco's display of his professionalism and excellence was evident in his day to day work ethic. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrew Crawford)
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Minot to be first base to privatize main utilities

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December 17, 2013 in Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota by clevine

February 2014 is slated to mark a historic moment for Minot Air Force Base as it implements the privatization of operations and maintenance for its water and wastewater systems, making it the first Air Force installation to privatize all their main utilities.

Currently, the base's natural gas service and electrical distribution infrastructure is already maintained and operated privately.

"Taking some of the day-to-day maintenance burden off of our civil engineer personnel will allow them to complete other things," said Maj. Rebecca Corbin, 5th Civil Engineer Squadron operations flight commander. "This (privatization) allows our Airmen to focus on the mission-essential areas."
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STEP Promotion

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December 17, 2013 in Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota by clevine

Staff Sgt. Kathryn Palm, 5th Bomb Wing was promoted to Tech. Sgt. during a Stripes for Exceptional Performers (STEP) ceremony here, Dec. 17. STEP promotions reward outstanding and deserving Airman who work hard and perform superbly. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristoffer Kaubisch)

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Dedication during the holidays

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December 17, 2013 in Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota by clevine

The holiday season is a time of year that most people look forward to. It is a time to spend with family members, enjoy extravagant meals and take well-deserved breaks from busy work schedules. The luxuries so many take for granted during this time of year are not able to be enjoyed by everyone at Minot Air Force Base.

Despite missing out on the majority of the holiday festivities, the Airmen of the 91st Security Support Squadron's key and codes control center and missile security control units do not let it deter their dedication to the mission.
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Mentorship-Through the eyes of a SNCO

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December 17, 2013 in Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota by clevine

The impact of an experienced leader on a young Airman's life and career can be immeasurable.

The knowledge gained over time can be passed onto a younger generation to help build the force's overall strength.

"Now, more than ever, it is crucial for Airmen to be mentored, because it provides those face-to-face moments of open dialogue that human beings need," said Master Sgt. Christopher Owen, first sergeant. "These moments are particularly critical early in a person's career and offer a chance for the mentor-supervisor to help folks reach their goals, along with an opportunity to intervene when things are amiss."
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