MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --
Maj. Gen. Mike Lutton, 20th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Charlie Orf ,
20th Air Force command chief, visited Minot Air Force Base, Sep. 29 - Oct. 2, 2020.
From June 2014 to June 2016, Maj. Gen. Lutton was the 91st Missile Wing commander.
He made some significant changes to the base and once again visited his old stomping
“I miss the people the most,” said Lutton. “I miss being out at the missile fields with
Airmen that are completing the mission. It is really critical to remind the Airmen how well they
are doing. We couldn’t be more proud of the airmen in Minot and the 91st Missile Wing.”
During their visit, Lutton presented a Bronze star to Captain Bryan Ashton, 54th
Helicopter Squadron pilot, for outstanding achievement and upholding Air Force standards
through his contributions while on his deployment.
“He embodied our core values of service before self, integrity first and excellence in all
we do,” said Lutton. “The bronze star is a critical recognition of what he contributed to the joint
fight downrange, and also represents the Airmen who serve in Minot, day in and day out.”
Lutton and Orf also connected and spoke to several Airmen from the 91st Missile Wing
and 5th Bomb Wing. One of the stops was at an ICBM launch facility where Lutton and Orf
talked to the Airmen from 91st Security Forces and the 91st Maintenance Squadron. They
shared personal experiences of their time in the Air Force and ideas to further improve Airmen
camaraderie at Minot AFB and the Air Force.
“One of the highlights for Chief Orf and I are visiting the bases in the 20th Air Force and
meeting the Airmen who accomplish our vital mission,” said Lutton. “Nothing beats talking to
these Airmen and hearing first-hand their innovative ideas and passion for the ICBM mission.”
Both wings at Minot AFB were awarded the 2019 Omaha Trophy. The award has
evolved alongside USSTRATCOM operations and distinguishes units for outstanding
performance in the categories of global operations, intercontinental ballistic missile operations,
ballistic missile submarine operations, strategic bomber operations, and strategic aircraft
“We are also excited to celebrate the 2019 Omaha Trophy win with the Roughriders,”
said Lutton. “This award clearly reflects that they are an outstanding team of professionals and
constantly demonstrate mission focus, teamwork, and resiliency.”
Lutton’s mission for the 20th Air Force and especially the 91st Missile Wing is to
enhance and achieve integrated lethality. He expects Airmen to integrate with other
organizations to improve combat capabilities.
“When you have multiple disciplines working together for a common purpose and
generating combat power for the nation, that’s how you successfully have integrated lethality,”
said Lutton. “It takes multiple teams to achieve integrated lethality effectively, it requires, for
example, mission support, medical, operations, and security forces.”