August 11, 2023

Team Minot hosts USAF-wide EOD exercise

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — The 5th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight hosted Operation Frozen Peanut here, July 24-28.Operation Frozen Peanut is a routine exercise designed to test EOD capabilities, procedures, and readiness in the event of a nuclear incident. The exercise was conducted from the perspective of an Initial Response Force […]

August 11, 2023

USSTRATCOM SEL visits Team Minot

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Howard L. Kreamer, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Senior Enlisted Leader, visited Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, July 31 – Aug. 2, 2023. During his visit, Kreamer attended multiple meetings with Minot AFB leadership to discuss strategies for improving the quality of life for Airmen. […]

August 11, 2023

Back-to-School Backpack Assembly: “Teamwork makes the dream work!”

It is back-to-school season! This means it is a busy time for students, families, and our community. Over the next two weeks, I would like to highlight to Back-to-School Backpack effort. This week, I will begin with an incredible group of volunteers who were instrumental in making this happen! On July 31st, 2023, Minot AFB […]

August 11, 2023

What to Expect of a DOD Inspection

All of us on base have had the door tags saying book your appointment for the DOD inspection but not many of us know what that means or what to expect. Well, I was lucky enough to get one of the first appointments which means you get the inside scoop. The first thing to know […]

August 11, 2023

Minot AFB Spouses Club Membership Drive

The Minot AFB Spouses Club is an organization focused on community. Whether it be planning events for the spouses community to connect and enjoy a fun night out or running the thrift store on base to then donate the proceeds back to the base for things such as the reading program at the library or […]

August 11, 2023

A Special Night to Honor Veterans

Westlie Motor Company Sponsors Military Appreciation Game For Shelly Adams, Director of Marketing at Westlie Motor Company, there were no second thoughts about supporting the new baseball team coming to town in the spring of 2023. “We called them right away and said that Westlie Motor Company wanted in big to show the community that […]

August 11, 2023

Interesting Stories

This past Wednesday North Star Community Credit Union and the Northern Sentry were proud to host the August Dorm Dinner. The event not only allows us a chance to show our appreciation for the young Airmen, most of whom have arrived recently at Minot Air Force Base and live in the dorms, but also gives […]

August 11, 2023

Aversion to Change

Have I ever told you I hate change? When my five-year-old asks me what I’m afraid of, usually because he’s going to draw a picture of it, try to surprise me with something, my answer is always the same.“I’m afraid of change, honey.” By the ripe old age of five, he’s heard this reply often […]

August 11, 2023

Maybe the kids could teach us something…

This past weekend we took the grandkids to Medora to see the musical, eat a pitchfork fondue steak and take in the sights. As always, it was first-class entertainment and it was good to see so many young people from within North Dakota picked to perform on stage. We stayed in a Medora hotel and […]

August 11, 2023

The Lord’s Cupboard

It’s a story that never gets old. People helping people. Concerned volunteers dedicated to a cause. Businesses assisting their community. Groups, teams, generously giving of their time.All the above, and more, have become a part of the necessary service provided by The Lord’s Cupboard food pantry. It is there where the less fortunate, those individuals […]

August 4, 2023

Hosting Anyone?

Every time I’ve gone to a Hot Tots or Tauros game, I’ve seen them recognize these host families who have agreed to let these players into their home for the season. It was something that seemed interesting but impossible on the base. That was until I talked to the Vasas family. Northern Sentry: What led […]

August 4, 2023

Making A Difference

Pilots For Christ Chapter Has Helped Many The annual email announcing the Pilots For Christ fund raiser in Maddock, North Dakota on August 6th arrived about a month ago. The Northern Sentry and other media outlets have given space and time to advertise the event, which is a fly-in/drive-in church service, lunch and family friendly […]

August 4, 2023

What’s Happening at the Minot AFB Exchange

MILITARY STAR Rewards Add Up for Minot AFB ShoppersThe MILITARY STAR® card sets Minot Air Force Base shoppers up for savings—and rewards.Cardmembers earn unlimited 2% in rewards on purchases when they use MILITARY STAR. Every time shoppers reach 2,000 points, they automatically receive a $20 digital reward. In 2022, shoppers worldwide earned $36 million in […]

August 4, 2023

What Have You Learned?

Remember those days when you were a kid? You would come home from school and your parents would ask “what did you learn today?” Some days I would be filled with information to share. What we learned in science. Who I had issues with on the playground. Oh, by the way, we need a dozen […]

August 4, 2023

A critical element of education…

In recent weeks I’ve had the opportunity to chat with two 10-year-old girls. One is my granddaughter and the other is the granddaughter of my farm intern. They come from completely different backgrounds; one lives in a city in South Dakota and goes to a private school and the other lives in rural North Dakota […]

August 4, 2023

Park of Memories

Mom made my favorite, Juneberry pie, from berries I picked there. She made wonderful chokecherry jelly too, gathered in the same area. A portion of one side of the steep coulee was grassy and made for perfect cardboard sliding in the summer. In the winter, when the snow wasn’t too deep, it was ideal for […]

July 28, 2023

Barons return home following Bomber Task Force deployment

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —The 23rd Bomb Squadron’s world-famous “Bomber Barons” returned home from their most recent Bomber Task Force deployment to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, July 24. The contingent, composed of approximately 280 Airmen and four B-52H Stratofortress, logged hundreds of flight hours from dozens of sorties within the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command […]

July 28, 2023

Answering Our Nation’s Call: The Life & Times of a Missile Alert Facility Manager

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — At first glance the fields surrounding Minot may seem desolate with dirt roads, wildlife and endless fields. However, if you look a little closer, you’ll see areas teeming with human activity. Surrounding Minot are fortresses enclosed with chain-link fencing operating, preserving, and protecting the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. […]

July 28, 2023

Delivering assurance: tri-bombers sync efforts in Alaska frontier

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Elements of three different bomber task forces from Air Force Global Strike Command integrated in a joint mission at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 18-19. Bomber task force missions, or BTFs, are cross-command missions directed by U.S. Strategic Command.“As a force provider, how we deliver bomber airpower has a definite […]

July 28, 2023

Feeling Thrifty?

Alright Minot AFB, I know we military families love a good bargain on some great stuff! Which is why I NEED to tell you about the reopening of the Thrift Store and Cinderella’s Boutique on August 1st! These two are gems I found early on in my time here at Minot and was surprised to […]

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