September 6, 2023

One Big Lake! Sakakawea Offers It All

“Hey what did you do this weekend?” it’s a common question, and even though you expect a return answer, let’s face it, you may not […]
May 20, 2022

Dakota Elementary’s
Mrs. Shelby Brown Retires

Teachers have always worked extremely hard. But these days, more than ever, quality school teachers are a blessing. This appreciation for teachers was exemplified at the on base Dakota Elementary School. During the yearly “Teacher Appreciation Week,” which was held the week of May 2-6, Dakota treated its teachers to breakfast from Bearscat Bakehouse, a […]

May 20, 2022

John Sinn
A Man Who Served His
Country and His Community

The obituary of John Sinn tells of his military duty, serving in WWII, his life as a husband and father, and finally it talks about John Sinn, community volunteer who spent hundreds of hours as a volunteer, most notably the “go to guy” at the Scandinavian Heritage Park.I first met John and Olive when my […]

May 20, 2022

Wing Command Spouses-
Perspectives from the Best
(Who Have Come North)

While Command spouses are not obligated to be involved in the community, building and sustaining a strong relationship with the local community is critical to our mission success and the health and welfare of our force and families. Both Carri and Tonya recognized the importance of their roles and responsibilities with our community partners, and […]

May 13, 2022

Family Child Care
Celebrates Month of the Military Child

Family Child Care providers offer valuable in-home child care services to Minot AFB families and these professionals actively celebrated Month of the Military Child!Individually, many showcased decorative home displays donning purple paint, family pictures, and that dandelion message of resilience that we’ve all grown to love. Some dyed purple shirts and others baked purple treats […]

May 13, 2022

Blizzard Haley Snow Removal Efforts

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —Recently, April 12-14, 2022, people at Minot Air Force Base and the surrounding North Dakota communities witnessed a massive amount of snow during the historic late-winter storm, Blizzard Haley.The blizzard bombarded Minot AFB for over 48 consecutive hours, leaving the area with a whopping initial 36 inches of snowfall. The […]

May 13, 2022

AFGSC Outstanding Airmen of the Year recognized

Air Force Global Strike Command recently named its Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2021, commending the top enlisted Strikers across the command.This past Monday, these six Airmen were recognized by Gen. Anthony Cotton, AFGSC commander, and Chief MSgt Melvina Smith, AFGSC command chief, during a Medallion Ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base.Huge congratulations to:Airman […]

May 13, 2022

E-3s from Tinker AFB relocated to Minot AFB

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — E-3 Sentries from Tinker Air Force Base relocated to Minot Air Force Base due to severe weather in the area of central Oklahoma.The four aircraft and air crews moved to Minot Air Force Base as a part of normal weather relocation plans to mitigate the possibility of damage during […]

May 6, 2022

5th Medical Group Pharmacy
Implements New
Feature to Better Serve Patients

The 5th Medical Group Pharmacy is happy to announce that they will have a new text feature to let you know exactly when medications are ready for pick-up. During the check-in process simply alert the pharmacy staff that you would like to receive a text message when the medication is ready, and their team will […]

May 6, 2022

Discover Minot Excursion:
Find Out Why You Might
NOT Hate it Here

The “Minot Meltdown” (not referring to the massive snow melt) is that familiar moment of dread and overwhelming despair that washes over many Airmen and their family members when they receive orders to the 5th Bomb Wing or the 91st Missile Wing. You know what I’m talking about. Deemed as one of the least ideal […]

May 6, 2022

A Mother’s Day Tribute: Military Moms

Mother’s Day weekend is here again. It’s the time of year where moms everywhere get extra love, hugs and ‘maybe’ a little extra time to sleep. While this Sunday is a day to celebrate all moms everywhere, here at the Northern Sentry, we would like to give a special shout-out to our active duty mothers […]

May 6, 2022

The North Dakota Outdoors are Calling— Finally!

The sun is shining, the grass is attempting to get greener and all of Minot AFB is aching to get out and enjoy some warmth! The Minot Outdoor Recreation Center is here to assist. Last Friday, the ODRC hosted an Open House to show off all the equipment they rent, the trips they plan and […]

April 30, 2022

Month of the Military Child Highlight – Sensation Siblings

Melanie and Briella Kilgore. Peaks & Valley Photography Photo

April 29, 2022

New Mom Support Group Flourishes

Ask any mother, the transition to mom-life can be a difficult one plagued with uncertainty, loneliness, new emotions and confusion. The demands of early parenthood are challenging no matter where one lives, but in a place like Minot with the extended winters and extreme cold, new mothers and fathers can often find it difficult to […]

April 29, 2022

Minot Command Post
wins Best Nuclear Command Post in AFGSC

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —The 5th Bomb Wing Command Post was awarded the 2021 Air Force Global Strike Command Large Nuclear Command Post of the Year and 8th Air Force Nuclear Deterrence Operations Team of the Year at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.Command Post is the central command point for mission operations on […]

April 29, 2022

Minot Air Force Base commemorates new combat arms training facility

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. —On April 22, 2022, Minot Air Force Base leadership, Sen. John Hoeven, the Mayor of Minot, Shaun Sipma, and multiple other distinguished individuals attended the official opening of the new, fully indoor, combat arms range at Minot Air Force Base.Minot Air Force Base is home to over 1,000 first-term security […]

April 22, 2022

Spark Tank: Launches Innovative Ideas

There is a specialized place here on Minot Air Force Base that is designed to help Airmen discover and develop new concepts to assist in their workspaces. Snuggled in the back end of the Arts & Crafts Center is a top-of-the-line room filled with white board walls, computers, rapid prototyping technology, a 3D printer and […]

December 13, 2019

AFGSC Commander visits Team Minot

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — Air Force Global Strike commander leadership visted Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Nov. 6-7 to spend time with Airmen and see the missions of the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing first hand. Gen. Tim Ray, AFGSC commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Charles Hoffman, AFGSC command chief, […]