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MAFB has Economic Impact of $600 Million on Minot

MINOT — Minot Air Force Base has a significant impact on the economy of the City of Minot.  Major Andrew J. Webb, of the Budget Office of the 5th Bomb Wing Comptroller Squadron, presented the annual Economic Impact Analysis of the Minot Air Force Base at the monthly Military Affairs…
February 3, 2022

Air Force General Openly Shares his Mental Health Appointment: ‘Warrior heart. No stigma.’

The four-star general in charge of Air Mobility Command has announced that he has an upcoming mental health appointment to let service members know that seeking care is a sign of strength, not weakness. Air Force Gen. Mike Minihan recently shared on social media that his appointment is scheduled for 1…
February 1, 2022

Kendall: Air Force Still Digging Itself Out of ‘Readiness Hole’

The Department of the Air Force is set to embark on a readiness review as it works to dig itself out of a “readiness hole,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said during a virtual Coffee Talk event with Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass. During the…
February 1, 2022

AFGSC selects Warbird Airman for prestigious SLECP-A

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE — On December 30, 2021, an enlisted Warbird Airmen from the 5th Communications Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota was chosen for a prestigious opportunity to join the ranks of the Air Force’s commissioned officers. Staff Sergeant Theodore Banta, a 5th CS NCO in…
December 30, 2021

Chairman Changeover on Minot Military Affairs Committee 

MINOT—The Minot Chamber/EDC Military Affairs Committee (MAC) will have a new chairman at the beginning of the new year.   Randy Hauck has chaired the MAC since 2016, but it recently came out that he will be assuming the position of Chairman of the Minot Chamber/EDC in 2022. Hauck explained, “I just didn’t think it…
December 30, 2021

Private Military Housing Company Pleads Guilty to Fraud

A privatized military housing company settled a criminal investigation and a civil lawsuit on Wednesday by pleading guilty to one count of major fraud and agreeing to pay $33.6 million in fines and $31.8 million in restitution to the military services, according to a Justice Department release. Balfour Beatty Communities LLC had been the…
December 24, 2021

Secretary of the Air Force Meets with Task Force 21

North Dakota’s role in U.S. nuclear capabilities at the forefront   MINOT—Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall met today with North Dakota’s senate delegation and members of Task Force 21 (TF-21) after personally reviewing the missions and operations at Minot Air Force Base.  U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND, stated in his press release about the discussions, “The servicemembers stationed at the Minot…
December 23, 2021

2,000 Airmen, Guardians are Denied COVID-19 Vaccine Religious Exemptions

Air Force and Space Force commands have turned down more than 2,000 requests for religious accommodations to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate while approving none, the Department of the Air Force announced Dec. 22. Airmen and Guardians whose religious accommodation requests are denied by their major command or field command can…
December 23, 2021

Minot B-52s Fly to Canada Then Calif. to Practice the Bomber Version of ACE

Preparing for conflict in the Pacific will require more than learning to fly fighters out of austere locations—it will also call for small bomber crews to go on quick consecutive missions to unfamiliar places. In a kinetic “bomber agile combat employment” (BACE) exercise Dec. 6-8, two B-52s from the 5th…
December 17, 2021

Pentagon stops implementing vaccine mandate for defense contractors

The department has stopped implementing the vaccine mandate for federal contractors. WASHINGTON—The race to vaccinate defense workers is now at a standstill, after a US district court judge blocked the implementation of the vaccine mandate for federal contractors last week. The Defense Department issued a Dec. 9 memo instructing its…
December 17, 2021
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