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  • 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,
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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,"
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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