It’s Fun To Look Back

Jan 4, 2024
Written by: Rodney Wilson

You’ll notice that this is our annual “Year in Review” edition. It’s always fun to look back at the stories that made the Northern Sentry a great periodical in 2023. Take a few minutes to read and reminisce. Those of us who contribute regularly to the Northern Sentry, and our Weekly Post Brief email edition, take extra care in covering the stories that make up the every day history of Minot Air Force Base.

Send In A Suggestion
We’ve also tried to make it extremely easy for anyone to either contribute or suggest a story that you would like covered to the Northern Sentry editorial staff. You can go to our website,, and give us a brief description of the story facts, and a point of contact.

Want to write a story and send it our way? We are always open for stories that you submit. Of course, they need to go through the Northern Sentry editorial process, but we certainly welcome your input.

Is Writing Your Passion?
The Northern Sentry is looking for a part-time reporter to cover stories on the Minot Air Force Base. We have discovered that a person living on base is the best fit for this position, as stories can happen any day, any time. We aren’t talking hard news, but more the traditional hometown news. We’ve always said that the Northern Sentry is like a hometown newspaper, and those personality-driven stories are key to fulfilling that goal.
A journalism degree is not needed for this position (although that would certainly be helpful), we are looking for a desire to learn and a passion for writing and meeting people. If you are interested send me an email at

Col. Johnny Galbert, 90th Missile Wing commander, salutes the Airmen of the 90th Missile Wing for the first time as commander during a change of command ceremony at Argonne Parade Field on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, June 22, 2023. A change of command ceremony signifies the change of authority from one commander the next. U.S. Air Force photo I Senior Airman Sarah Post

My Favorite Story?
I was given the opportunity to cover the Change of Command ceremony at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in June. Col Johnny Galbert would assume command of the 90th Missile Wing, after spending 2 years at Minot Air Force Base as Deputy Commander of the 91st MW. First, you have to appreciate the ambience of F.E. Warren. The brick buildings, well established tree-lined streets and roadways and the large, open, parade field where the change of command took place; were all a great experience. We were also able to catch up with a lot of friends who had served at Minot AFB, and now had moved on to different assignments at different bases. It was a great day, and I was proud to stand in the reception line and shake hands with Col & Mrs. Galbert.

Best Kept Secrets
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? OK, we all want to lose weight and get in shape. But how about learning something new, like cooking, or planning a party. The folks at Gourmet Chef in downtown Minot have great classes to teach you everything from charcuterie to knife skills. Give them a call, or check out their Facebook Page for their upcoming class schedule.

Get some hands on experience at Gourmet Chef with one of the many classes they offer.

Today’s Chuckle
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in…
…A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.

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