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A 5th Operations Support Squadron air traffic control Airman watches the flight line at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 20, 2017. During any in-flight emergency, it’s an air traffic controller’s responsibility to get the aircraft safely on the ground by clearing the airspace, communicating with the aircrew and ensuring emergency personnel are prepared to meet the aircraft when it lands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sahara L. Fales) Air Traffic Control: Eyes in the Sky
“When I was first notified of the emergency, it was an, ‘Are you serious?’ moment. I couldn’t believe it,” said Staff Sgt. Wolfgang Jubell, 5th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller. “We immediately notified the Fire Department, Air Field Management, hospital and other base agencies with all the information on the aircraft. There was
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Airmen and their families make their way through an obstacle during the 2017 Mud Like You Mean It race at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., July 7, 2017. The event consisted of various obstacles that challenged their ability to crawl, climb, run and slide through mud and water. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sahara L. Fales) Mud Like You Mean It
Airmen and their families participated in the 2017 Mud Like You Mean It race at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., July 7, 2017. The event consisted of various obstacles that challenged their ability to crawl, climb, run and slide through mud and water. Approximately 600 Airmen and their families attended the event, which lasted two hours. (U.S. Air Force
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Members from the 705th Munitions Squadron conduct a mate-and-tow maneuver during Global Strike Challenge at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 30, 2017. The Airmen were evaluated on precision, speed and accuracy during the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Trujillo) GSC 17: 705th Munitions Squadron Compete
Airmen from the 705th Munitions Squadron participated in Global Strike Challenge 2017 at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 30, 2017. Global Strike Challenge is the world's premier bomber, intercontinental ballistic missile, helicopter and security forces competition.
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Photo by Senior Airman Jake Nixon. Graphic by Senior Airman Apryl Hall. A cry for help
The beautiful landscape of the north unit in Theodore Roosevelt National Park was a site to behold. The weather was perfect, the campfire was crackling and the s’mores were sweet. Fourth of July weekend had officially kicked off for the group of close-knit outdoor enthusiasts.Sharing marshmallows and laughs, the group of seven Airmen from Minot Air
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Books from the base library are stacked at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., July 6, 2017. The library was recently awarded Air Force Library Program of the Year for 2016. This award is given to the library that excels in mission accomplishment and innovation, leadership and management, and customer focus. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Senior Airman Sahara L. Fales) Minot AFB library named Air Force Library Program of the Year

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Gracy Kennedy poses for a photo at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., July 5, 2017. Kennedy recently won a national boxing championship for her age and weight bracket. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Apryl Hall) Kennedy wins national boxing title
She remembers it like it was yesterday, and to be honest, it pretty much was. She was in fourth grade and her peers were discussing what they wanted to be when they grew up. She answered almost instantly, “I’m going to be a professional boxer.” Laughter broke out, especially from the boys. She hasn’t forgotten.Now 12-years-old and in 7th grade,
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Members of the 5th Civil Engineer Squadron flatten concrete for a sidewalk at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 29, 2017. CE Airmen use various equipment when remodeling the sidewalk, from fresno trowels to curing compounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan McElderry) 5th CES Dirt Boys lay foundation
Members of the 5th Civil Engineer Squadron continued Minot Air Force Base improvements through the construction and installation of new sidewalks. The 5th CES “Dirt Boys” perform maintenance and construction around various parts of the base, including sidewalks, stop signs and roads.
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A 5th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician cleans a CRU-60/P connector at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 29, 2017. The CRU-60/P connects the aircraft oxygen supply-hose to aircrew members’ breathing masks. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Weissman) 5OSS: Helmet inspections
Aircrew flight equipment technicians ensure helmets and oxygen masks are cleaned, inspected and assembled correctly.
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Belle, a dog rescued by Master Sgt. Christian Bird, 5th Communications Squadron cable maintenance and cyber transport systems section chief, and Tech. Sgt. Shelby Bird, 5th Bomb Wing self-assessment program manager, lays in a field where she was found in Sumter, S.C., April 1, 2012. In her honor, the Birds started For Belle’s Sake Rescue and Rehabilitation, an animal rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and pet watching service. (Courtesy photo) For Belle’s Sake: military couple runs animal shelter
A luscious green meadow sits beside a small highway in Sumter, South Carolina, April 1, 2012, broken only by a single crossroad.
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Senior Airman Courtney Sire, Fitness Assessment Cell physical training leader, hands an Airman their test number at the McAdoo Fitness Center on Minot Air Force Base, N.D., June 28, 2017. Squadron or unit PTLs can be assigned to FAC duty for a month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers) Sweat, good for the swole
Fitness Assessment Cell physical training leaders administer fitness assessments at the McAdoo Fitness Center on Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers)
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