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Alexis Visser, Pequot Lakes, Minn., resident and avid horse rider, carries the flag during the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner” at the Crow Wing County Fair in 2013. Visser currently works in the 90th Munitions Squadron on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. (Courtesy photo) High in the saddle: Airman's upbringing boosts her career
On the surface, it might seem the worlds of turning wrenches and turning sharply on horseback during a barrel race have nothing to do with one another. As Airman 1st Class Alexis Visser's story will attest, these worlds have more in common than getting one's hands dirty.Visser, 90th Munitions Squadron reentry system/reentry vehicle team member,
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2015
Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Bjorkquist, TF 214 maintenance advisor. (Courtesy photo) Fostering the future for Task Force 214
Twentieth Air Force and Task Force 214 tend to be mentioned together, as in many ways they are two sides of the same coin. However, there are distinctions. To ensure both missions are accomplished to the level of excellence expected from the U.S. military, there needs to be qualified and motivated leaders.One such leader is a maintainer who was
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2015
The sun begins to rise March 16, 2015, at a missile alert facility near Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. The MAF is guarded and manned around the clock as to ensure the alert status of the 10 launch facilities it is responsible for. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dillon Johnston) MAF life: Defending the nation's ICBM force
Before the sun has had a chance to peek up above the horizon, a two-person team opens the front door and steps out of a missile alert facility into the chilly blackness. Their flashlights click on and they set off on a perimeter check. With one on the outside of the fence surrounding the MAF and the other right next to them on the inside, they
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2015
Members of the 341st Force Support Squadron military personnel section pose for a photo Feb. 18 with the awards they have won at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. In the past six years, the team has won five Global Strike Command awards, two 341st Mission Support Group awards, one 20th Air Force award and one Air Force award for various excellences in the MPS field. (Courtesy photo) Service with a smile: MPS achieves excellence through empowerment
Results from the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 Air Force Personnel Center personnel action report have affirmed the 341st Force Support Squadron Military Personnel Section as the best in Air Force Global Strike Command.The MPS attained not only the best in AFGSC, but second overall for small MPSs Air Force-wide, and third for all MPSs in the
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2015
Airman 1st Class Augustin Sloan, personnelist from the 5th Force Support Squadron, laces up his shoes on Minot Air Force Base, N.D. Feb. 11, 2015. Sloan was selected to be a member of the Air Force Cross Country team. However because he was unable to participate this season, he intends on trying out for the team in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sahara L. Fales) Minot Airman selected for AF cross country team
It all started with wanting to get into shape. He used to watch members of the cross country team running after school, wishing it was him. Then one day, he wasn't just watching anymore. He was pounding the pavement alongside them.At only 12 years old, Airman 1st Class Augustin Sloan, personnelist from the 5th Force Support Squadron, began
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2015
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- A Special Olympics athlete waves at her family and friends in the stands during the regional basketball tournament at the McAdoo Fitness Center on Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Feb. 21, 2015. The tournament was a stepping stone to the state-level competition, which will be held next month in downtown Minot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kristoffer Kaubisch) Strong volunteer turnout for Special Olympics tournament
The base gym was loud with shouts, clapping and "oohs" during the Special Olympics North Dakota's regional basketball tournament Saturday.More than 80 base volunteers made it possible for six Special Olympics teams to play, said Patty Pretzer, the Special Olympics' regional director."The relationship between us and the Air Force Base is awesome,"
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2015
Chaplain (Capt.) Keith Manry, left, 341st Missile Wing chaplain, gives closing remarks with members of the Storytellers event Feb. 27 at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Each participant recounted a story in which they were forced to struggle greatly to overcome it, and asked members of Team Malmstrom to use their experiences to better themselves.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dillon Johnston) Storyteller's tales of triumph, resiliency inspire
Malmstrom Air Force Base hosted its inaugural Storytellers event Feb. 27 at the Grizzly Bend, where six individuals shared heartfelt stories that exemplified resiliency and focused on triumphing over difficult situations.Storytellers originated at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in 2012 and has since spread to bases across the world. In a change of pace
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2015
Senior Airman Nick Bunch, 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron site security leader, recites a slam poetry piece during the University of Great Fall’s “What Kind of History Will You Leave” production Feb. 26. Bunch regularly takes part in local theatrical productions as part of his community outreach efforts.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Collin Schmidt)  Airman's faith in God, mission helps him succeed
With more than 20,000 personnel, the security forces career field is one of the largest in the United States Air Force. Their mission: to keep Airmen across the globe safe and secure.From base to base, these men and women complete many different tasks pertaining to their installation's specific responsibilities. No matter the location, their core
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2015
Senior Airman Andrew Glynn, 5th Civil Engineering Squadron explosive ordnance disposal specialist, poses for a photo on Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Dec. 18, 2014. Glynn was among the last of the Air Force EOD to pull out of Afghanistan, but not before making sure that the EOD mission was in good hands. He worked directly with the Afghani National Police EOD in Kandahar, helping them not only with EOD expertise, but with building the infrastructure necessary for the local forces to get the materials they need to complete the mission, like equipment and explosives. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brittany Y. Bateman) Passing on the EOD mission in Afghanistan
The Air Force explosive ordnance disposal mission isn't over in Afghanistan, even as Air Force personnel withdraw. Insurgents are still active, and improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance remain an immediate threat to people living in contested territory.American EOD specialists have been training Afghani forces for years to prepare
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2015
Brand new Dodge Ram 3500s sit in a parking lot on Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Oct. 29, 2014. The trucks were bought as a part of the Force Improvement Program’s initiative to provide more positive, rapid and substantial changes within the ICBM and bomber missions. Because the old vehicles weren’t designed to be on Minot’s dirt roads consistently, driving along the roads full of gear and Airmen has worn down the suspension and transmissions over time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sahara L. Fales) FIP vehicles arrive on MAFB
Minot Air Force Base received three new Dodge Ram 2500s and 12 new Ford F-150s in October as a part of the Force Improvement Program's initiative to provide more positive, rapid and substantial changes within the ICBM and bomber missions.Minot AFB is expecting to receive nine additional Ford F-150 pickup trucks and two more Dodge Ram 2500s. They
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2014
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