May 25, 2023

Changes & Friendship coming for the SFG

PCS season is here again. The familiar comings and goings are what makes the military function. In a lifestyle where nothing is constant, the fact […]
December 8, 2022

Upside Down Under: Pembina, unique in North Dakota…

Everyone who is aware of North Dakota’s history knows that Pembina is a unique community for several reasons. Most notably, it was the first place in our state that was settled and that was in 1797. It wasn’t part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, but was, at that time, a part of Canada called […]

December 8, 2022

Team Minot Observes Native
American Heritage Month

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — Team Minot observed Native American Heritage Month in November with events such as a proclamation signing, a veterans panel and a closing ceremony. The month was a time for Airmen to learn the history and culture of Native American communities. At the panel, civilians and veterans expressed their previous […]

December 2, 2022

STARBASE at North Plains Elementary

STARBASE… it sounds like a science fiction concept. And in some ways it is; minus the fiction part. This DOD-sponsored program helps local 5th grade kids grasp STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) theories and turn them into actual notions. STARBASE began here in Minot several years ago and found its way to its home […]

December 2, 2022

Interview with the 5 BW Command Chief

Chief Master Sergeant Tori Jones: The Most Important Position I Will Ever Have Chief Master Sgt. Tori Jones began her career in North Dakota 22 years ago at Grand Forks Air Force Base. At that time, the mission at Grand Forks included the KC-135 tankers in support of the B-52 bombers from Minot.Her travels would […]

December 2, 2022

A Very Special Night

At 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 25, the Christmas season officially started in Minot, ND. So it was declared by Minot Mayor Tom Ross. In his address to the large crowd gathered on Main Street, he noted that the very epicenter of Minot was Main Street and Central Avenue, right where the over 30 foot […]

December 2, 2022

Minot Air Force Base Airmen
execute Exercise Prairie Vigilance

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —Airmen from the 5th Bomb Wing participated in Prairie Vigilance 23-1, an exercise designed to test the wing’s ability to conduct strategic-bomber readiness operations, Nov. 1-7. Prairie Vigilance showcases Air Force Global Strike airpower and capabilities, ensuring Airmen are prepared and ready to execute their mission by providing a realistic […]

December 2, 2022

The Christmas Capital of North Dakota

The holiday cheer quite literally fills the air in central North Dakota. This quaint, small city-center with glistening snow covered sidewalks filled with holiday sparkling lights where people actually smile at each other instead of bustling around busily actually exists. Classic Christmas carols can be overheard in the street while shoppers enjoy free hot chocolate, […]

December 2, 2022

A View From Our Side: Traditions Never Change

I was just a kid in 1976 when I arrived in Minot. Well, OK, a bit more than a kid, a recent graduate of the University of North Dakota in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. My first job? I took a job as a commercial writer at the local NBC affiliate, KMOT-TV. I started on […]

December 2, 2022

Upside Down Under: ‘Rolling in on the Holiday Train’…

For the first time in the past three years, the Canadian Pacific Railway’s actual Holiday Train is returning to the steel rail across the U.S. and Canada. Because of Covid 19, the past two years have been virtual holiday trains that quite frankly didn’t hold a candle to the real thing.So it’s been announced, the […]

December 2, 2022

Air Force Aid Society

Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is a program that provides financial support for Airmen and Guardians in a variety of ways. One way is through Community Programs such as Bundles for Babies, Child Care for PCS, Heart Link Spouse Orientation Program (Spouses Welcome on the Road), and the Spouse Employment Program. AFAS provides funding for […]

December 2, 2022

Spouses Welcome on the Road

Spouses Welcome on the Road is a twist to the typical Spouses Welcome you might have seen in the past. Though we are still providing you the same information about Minot AFB, we are doing so while giving you the added bonus of showing you key locations around base. The start of the morning was […]

November 25, 2022

Airmen Compete in Bismark Marathon

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —Seventeen Airmen were awarded an Air Force Marathon medal by base leadership on Nov. 15, 2022. The Airmen participated in the Bismarck Marathon as a substitution to the Air Force Marathon held on Sept. 17, 2022, which was at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The Air Force Marathon Officiated the […]

November 23, 2022

Minot AFB Airmen Become U.S. Citizens

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —Airman 1st Class Jarious George from the 5th Force Support Squadron, Airman 1st Class Kojo Affainie and Airman Constanza De Puerta, from the 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron, earn their United States citizenship during a naturalization ceremony, Nov. 15, 2022, at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. During the ceremony, the […]

November 23, 2022

She’s Not From Around Here: Thankfulness is a perspective

A few weeks ago, everything seemed to be going wrong. My family had gone on a trip where some hard decisions had to be made. Stress levels were high, and during the trip, everyone had gotten sick. My husband, Derek, had a fever, our boys were coughing, noses were running like faucets, and after a […]

November 23, 2022

Upside Down Under: Proud moment before game time…

Last Sunday before that incredible football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills, I listened to the national anthem and something occurred to me that made me think of an interesting moment that happened several years ago.I was in Winnipeg on business and there happened to be a football game in town that night […]

November 25, 2022

The View From Our Side: A True North Dakota Winter Experience

You are writing your friends and relatives who have the impression that you have been sent to the frozen tundra of North Dakota… a place where all there is to do is hunker down for a long winter of darkness and cold, cold weather. Well, let’s change that dialogue a bit as I give you […]

November 25, 2022

English Renaissance Feast…
in North Dakota?

On December 2nd and 3rd, The Regency Event Center will be transported to another time and space. Present day Minot, as we know it, will cease to exist and a be superseded by the atmosphere of 16th century Britain. So be prepared. Things are about to get historical, musical and feastival. Ok, not sure that […]

November 26, 2022

Introducing THE Community Calendar

Even though information in this day and age is much easier to locate than in previous decades, there has still been the lingering annoyance about exactly how to find out what is going on, both on and off base. Information tends to be scattered amongst emails, multiple Facebook pages, and sometimes word of mouth by […]

November 29, 2022

Bringing the Holiday Spirit to Minot AFB- 5th CES to Host Third Annual Holiday Parade

On December 16, 2022, 5:30pm (date changed) the 5th Civil Engineer Squadron Electrical Shop will once again bring the holiday spirit to the community of Minot Air Force Base with a festive holiday parade. Tech. Sgt. William Hudnall, now retired, originally brought the idea of a parade to the 5th CES Electricians who worked together […]

November 23, 2022

Kicking Off the Holidays: Downtown Open House

Are you ready to begin the most wonderful time of the year? Downtown Minot is not wasting a single minute of the holiday season by hosting a magnificent celebration on the first official day of the Christmas season—otherwise known as Black Friday—the day after Thanksgiving. November 25 will be one for the books as the […]