June 27, 2024

5th Operations Group welcomes new commander

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —U.S. Air Force Col. John Burrell assumed command of the 5th Operations Group from U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Cain […]
July 21, 2023

OK, It’s Not Usually This Bad

Canadian Wildfires Make For An Interesting Summer Most of my immediate family are from Canada, more specifically Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Summertime usually meant packing up the family car and heading north for a week-long vacation visiting our Canadian relatives. Summers were a bit cooler, and once in a great while we would run into a […]

July 21, 2023

Trash Talk

Good idea? Not so sure? Supposed to be. Feel good about it. Don’t want to mess with it? Give it a try. Ahhh. The recycling age has begun in Minot. Yup, some real trash talkin’ has descended upon the city. Those blue top, super-sized recycling carts are the talk of the town. Well, that might […]

July 21, 2023

Skip the cookie cutter lesson plans

There were some comments regarding the quiz in last week’s article. One person said they didn’t get any of the 10 questions correct. Another said they only answered four correctly with the others just guesses. And that was exactly my point for presenting that quiz last week. A lot of people aren’t going to be […]

July 21, 2023

Minot Airmen maintain aircraft, ensure readiness during Bomber Task Force deployment

To those outside the flightline observing Bomber Task Force missions from the ground, the procedures appear simple. The aircraft take off, the aircraft return for landing a few hours later, and then they do it again. What happens on the flightline between landings and take offs, however, is anything but simple. Teams of highly-skilled aircraft […]

July 14, 2023

First Ever MAFB Health Fair Offers Walk-In Sports Physicals on a Saturday

Major Julianne Legierse, Pediatric Element Leader of the Clinical Operations at Minot AFB Clinic, had an idea that is becoming a reality. She and the Pediatric Team at the base clinic have put their heads, hearts and time into planning and pulling off the first ever (according to recent history) MAFB Health Fair on Saturday, […]

July 14, 2023

Hello Minot, I’m New Here!

Hello everyone! My name is Brianna and I’m your new Northern Sentry Reporter. My husband, son and I PCSed to Minot in January and have been enjoying it ever since! I’m originally from a small town in New Hampshire so I have found Minot to be a refreshing home feeling. My son had never seen […]

July 14, 2023

Mayor Tom Ross Backs “Home for The Holidays” Program

Budweiser Donates Motorcycle For Raffle It’s always nice to be able to spend time with family during the holiday season, if you have the time and the resources to do so. Mayor Tom Ross was having a conversation with Col Daniel Hoadley and Col Kenneth McGhee about the challenges of having the highest percentage of […]

July 14, 2023

First-ever USAF B-52 deployment concludes in Indonesia

MEDAN, Indonesia — More than 60 Airmen and two B-52H Stratofortress aircraft assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, completed a bilateral interoperability exercise in Indonesia. The exercise, which lasted about a week and was supported by various U.S. Pacific Air Forces units, marked the first time U.S. Air […]

July 14, 2023

Freedom Fest

Thankfully while being overseas, the bases would celebrate the Fourth of July, so we were still able to enjoy festivities and fireworks, but there is a different feeling that comes with the holiday and being in the states. It’s no longer just a few people celebrating, it’s everyone around you. It’s this reason we were […]

July 14, 2023

Jr. Journalism: Fourth of July Turtle Race

Today on the 4th of July my parents took me to the small town of Velva North Dakota for their 4th of July celebration. I was excited to go because I wanted to see for the first-time turtles race. Before the races I got to pet and hold some baby turtles and a big adult […]

July 14, 2023

Strategies to Beat “Summer Slide”: Part 1

Summer is a time to rest, rejuvenate, and refresh from a long school year. However, there is also the potential of “summer slide” while on break. Summer slide refers to the loss of academic skills and knowledge that can occur during the summer break. There are a few ways to address summer slide and encourage […]

July 14, 2023

“Well, I am helping my friends”

The story is repeated many times in a year, mostly on weekends. An evening starts out with several young Airmen arriving at the home of a colleague. It’s been a long week, even a long month, and those in attendance are able to visit, share frustrations with their job (as we all do), and have […]

July 14, 2023

It’s Enough

“It’s enough.”This is the reminder I have been giving myself since June. Like the proverbial broken record, these words are on a continual loop in my mind. It’s enough. You’re having enough fun. You’re spending enough time outside. The kids are having enough lazy days. The kids are having enough busy days. You’re doing enough […]

July 15, 2023

Talk to Grandma

I’ve known I had to write about this for quite some time but couldn’t really settle on a way to approach it.Delay. Delay. Delay. Finally, I came to the realization that was precisely the crux of the entire matter. As Nike says, just do it.I know what you are thinking – this kooky writer is […]

July 14, 2023

Take the quiz…

It’s no secret that students coming out of our high schools lack knowledge of history and geography.Is it poorly taught, does the curriculum matter to school boards, maybe students themselves just don’t like it, or is there some other reason not publicly known.Regardless, we often lack this knowledge and when we become adults and move […]

July 7, 2023

Agile Combat Employment teaches Minot Civil Engineering Airmen survival skills

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — On June 15, 2023, Airmen from the 5th Civil Engineering Squadron participated in a unique training concept, transitioning from computer-based training to a 12-hour hands-on, outdoor classroom environment. They learned lifesaving capabilities such as finding food, water, and shelter in the wilderness. “These are life skills that can be […]

July 7, 2023

U.S.-Indonesia Air Forces Hold First Bomber Landing Joint Exercise

U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Indonesia — In a historic first, two U.S. B-52 bombers landed in Indonesia on June 19 to execute training exercises with Indonesian Airforce (TNI-AU) F-16 aircraft. The landing at Kualanamu airport in Medan and subsequent operations mark the first time U.S. B-52s have operated from Indonesia. The aircraft, from the […]

July 7, 2023

Hemp, CBD, THC8, THC9, and Marijuana

The possession, distribution, and/or ingestion of hemp products, cannabidiol (CBD), delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC8), delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC9), and marijuana are illegal in the military and are cause for discharge from the United States Air Force. Use of these substances is preventable and has real consequences. This article focuses on THC8 and THC9 and is intended to provide transparency […]

July 7, 2023

Is The Glass Half Full, Or Half Empty

Nope, not talking about the difference between an optimist and a pessimist. Instead, let’s look at summer, 2023. We just passed July 4th, and I have heard many times that the summer is half over, it all goes downhill from here.So, let’s just talk a bit, optimistically, about all the good things that are left […]

July 7, 2023

Boat Dogs

If everyone discovered the benefits of fishing, there would be a shortage of fishing rods. I read that somewhere, or something very close to it. Fishing is fun, to be sure, especially when the fish cooperate, but there’s so much more to it. First and foremost is that thinking about general troubles and difficulties in […]

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