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  • A canvas of possibilities

    A vast, infinite blue covered the landscape with nothing but a small white line breaking the ever-changing shades. With a few simple, delicate brushstrokes, the sea began to flow off the canvas, detailing soft rushes of water.
  • 20th AF aims to increase reserve footprint across missile wings

    Colonel Erich Novak, 20th Air Force mobilization assistant, discussed the decision and efforts being made to provide officers, in the 20th AF missile wings, the choice to continue to serve as a reserve Airman on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Sept. 29, 2017. According to Novak, every year the reserve command holds a staff-to-staff meeting with each
  • On the flip side

    Broken glass from the windows of abandoned houses lay on the street and bulks of trash covered whatever patches of grass were left, this was the young boy’s view growing up in the inner city of Chicago, Illinois.
  • Teamwork makes the dream work

    On October 4, 2017, nine Airmen at Minot Air Force Base came together to overcome adversity as a unit during the Team Cohesion Challenge.The nearly 10-mile ruck challenge is an Air Force-wide event that builds resiliency and promotes fitness.“The main focus of this challenge is teamwork and wingmanship,” said Tech. Sgt. Michael Hammond, 5th Force
  • Missile Security Forces modify field deployment, increasing lethality and readiness

    Twentieth Air Force’s three missile wings restructured their security forces groups on Oct. 6, and implemented the Missile Security Operating Concept, significantly changing missile field security operations and addressing areas for improvement in defender culture.   "We're delivering a combat deployment mindset by applying 15 years' worth of best
  • 5th MDOS: Fighting the flu

    The 5th Medical Operations Squadron immunization clinic administered the influenza flu vaccine for Security Forces first responders and high risk Team Minot members at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 27, 2017. More than 1,000 Security Forces received their annual flu vaccinations. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Dillon J. Audit)
  • An integrated force

    The man stopped in the narrow hallway, his eyes turning to rows of glossy portraits hanging symmetrically on the wall. “He was my first wing commander,” the man said.  It was 1986 when a young, U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Anthony Cotton first laid eyes on the main gate at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota; with the words, “only the best come north,”
  • Boosting the brain

    As part of move to further modernize the nuclear enterprise, Airmen from the 91st Missile Wing, at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, recently implemented a $68 million upgrade to the LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile.First used on June 23, this new device – known as the Data Transfer Unit, was designed to replace the legacy
  • The uniform, the rank, the badge – the attitude

    The colonel leaned back in his seat, pausing for just a moment as he scanned his memory. “Not really,” he said, recounting if the U.S. Air Force had always been a goal. “It was kind of tradition in the family – to serve. It was something the family did. I figured I’d get in, do five years and then get out.”Smiling, Col. Patrick Matthews shook his
  • Deterrence from the ground up

    The 791st Maintenance Squadron Mechanical and Pneudraulics Section inspects a crane at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 21, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Alyssa M. Akers)
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