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Maj. Gen. Anthony Cotton, 20th Air Force commander, speaks during an interview at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 29, 2017. Cotton spoke with 91st Missile Wing Airmen and toured several facilities during his visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers) An integrated force
The man stopped in the narrow hallway, his eyes turning to rows of glossy portraits hanging symmetrically on the wall. “He was my first wing commander,” the man said.  It was 1986 when a young, U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Anthony Cotton first laid eyes on the main gate at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota; with the words, “only the best come north,”
0 10/03
2017
Secretary of the Defense Jim Mattis speaks with Airmen at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 13, 2017. During his visit, Mattis toured 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing units and spoke with Airmen emphasizing the importance of the nuclear deterrence mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong) SECDEF visits Minot AFB

0 9/15
2017
Belle, a dog rescued by Master Sgt. Christian Bird, 5th Communications Squadron cable maintenance and cyber transport systems section chief, and Tech. Sgt. Shelby Bird, 5th Bomb Wing self-assessment program manager, lays in a field where she was found in Sumter, S.C., April 1, 2012. In her honor, the Birds started For Belle’s Sake Rescue and Rehabilitation, an animal rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and pet watching service. (Courtesy photo) For Belle’s Sake: military couple runs animal shelter
A luscious green meadow sits beside a small highway in Sumter, South Carolina, April 1, 2012, broken only by a single crossroad.
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2017
Senior Airman Kenneth Wagner, 91st Missile Maintenance Squadron facilities maintenance section technician, checks a panel outside of the launch control center at H-01 Missile Alert Facility in the missile complex, N.D., May 24, 2017. Airmen from the 91st MMXS teamed up with Airmen from the 5th Civil Engineer Squadron for “Blitzkrieg,” an operation where all the work orders that accrued during the winter months are completed. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Apryl Hall) Team Minot cleans the MAFs
The 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing personnel at Minot Air Force Base have teamed up to ensure mission readiness at the missile alert facilities throughout North Dakota.
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2017
Youth Center children race around basketball courts during a mock fitness assessment at the McAdoo Fitness Center at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., April 17, 2017. The fitness center hosted the event for the children to promote a healthy lifestyle in school-age children. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers) Youth day at McAdoo Fitness Center
The McAdoo Fitness Center hosted an athletic youth day to promote a healthy lifestyle in school-age children at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., April 17, 2017. During the event, Youth Center children participated in a mock fitness assessment, bounce house, a video exercise with fitness balls and an additional activity based on the age group. Kindergarteners and first-graders participated in group games such as duck duck goose, freeze tag and more while second and third-graders played wallyball. (U.S. Air Force photos/Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers)
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2017
Water collects around a 91st Missile Wing launch facility in northern N.D., March 29, 2016. After accessing the site, electromechanical team technicians measured water levels and determined where to move the excess water. (U.S Air Force photo/Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong) Flood Mud: saving assets from rising waters
Airmen from across the 91st Missile Wing worked together to drain flood-water from critical areas in the North Dakota missile complex.The flood control effort, often referred to as the “flood mud,” is an annual wing-wide undertaking to relocate snow, mud and water away from 91st MW launch facilities.“Teams are in the field performing surveys and
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2017
A UH-1N Iroquois from the 54th Helicopter Squadron flies over Minot Air Force Base’s missile complex, N.D., Jan. 25, 2017. The purpose of the flight was to perform training maneuvers and complete a security sweep of 91st Missile Wing launch facilities.  The 54th HS’s fleet is critical in providing support to 91st MW Airmen and assets in the missile complex. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong) 54th HS safeguards the missile complex
Two UH-1N Iroquois from the 54th Helicopter Squadron fly over Minot Air Force Base’s missile complex, N.D., Jan. 25, 2017. The purpose of the flight was to perform training maneuvers and complete a security sweep of 91st Missile Wing launch facilities. The 54th HS’s fleet is critical in providing support to 91st MW Airmen and assets in the missile
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UH-1N Iroquois line the 54th Helicopter Squadron maintenance hangar at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 18, 2017. Maintenance on 54th Helicopter Squadron’s fleet is critical, in order to provide support to 91st Missile Wing Airmen and assets in the missile complex. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong) 54th HS maintenance keep the Iroquois airborne
Kim Smith, 54th Helicopter Squadron UH-1N Iroquois mechanic, rewires an attitude director indicator at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 18, 2017. The ADI, aka gyro horizon, is an instrument that states the orientation of the helicopter to the horizon. Maintenance on 54th Helicopter Squadron’s fleet is critical, in order to provide support to 91st
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2017
Three B-52H Stratofortresses taxi down the runway during Prairie Vigilance 16-1 at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 16, 2016. As one leg of U.S. Strategic Command’s nuclear triad, Air Force Global Strike Command’s B-52s at Minot, play an integral role in nation's strategic deterrence. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong) Prairie Vigilance 16: Anytime, Anywhere
The 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, participated in Prairie Vigilance 16-1 Sept. 11-16, an annual exercise designed to test the wing’s ability to conduct conventional and nuclear-capable bomber operations.“Prairie Vigilance 16-1 is an operational readiness exercise that validates the 5th Bomb Wing's capability to execute our
0 9/19
2016
Defenders from the 791st Missile Security Forces Squadron participated in annual tactical training at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., May 23, 2016. Training stations allowed SF members to practice small unit combat tactics, employ inert smoke grenades and perform casualty care and evacuation. These exercises were just a small portion of the tactical maneuver training SF members receive annually. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class J.T. Armstrong) 791st train like you fight
Defenders from the 791st Missile Security Forces Squadron participated in annual tactical training at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., May 23, 2016. Training stations allowed SF members to practice small unit combat tactics, employ inert smoke grenades and perform casualty care and evacuation. These exercises were just a small portion of the tactical
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2016
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