MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --
The 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to introduce their new $18.6 million consolidated facility at Minot Air Force Base, Jan. 12, 2018.
The 44,000-sq.-foot building will now house all Airmen from the 5th AMXS, who currently operate out of six separate locations.
“The 69th Bomb Squadron and the 69th Aircraft Maintenance Unit stood up in 2009,” said Maj. Kristen Shadden, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander. “AMXS doubled in size, but we haven’t had the facilities to house and to collectively be together since then. This has been a long time coming to get us all under the right spot.”
Since 2009, the 5th Bomb Wing gained 10 B-52H Stratofortresses, as well as the additional manpower to maintain the aircraft. The increase drove the requirement for a larger consolidated facility. The new building will also help eliminate transit times and allow for better communication and camaraderie within the squadron.
“Everyone’s hugely excited,” Shadden said. “They are ready to get over there, have better facilities to work in. It will help make everything a little more effective and efficient.”