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Warbirds receive 'excellent' NORI rating

Airmen from the 5th Bomb Wing applaud as they read the names of Minot’s top performers during the Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspection outbrief April 28 at Dock 7 here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe Laws)

Airmen from the 5th Bomb Wing applaud as they read the names of Minot’s top performers during the Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspection outbrief April 28 at Dock 7 here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe Laws)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- The 5th Bomb Wing’s Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspection rating was announced to a full house at Dock 7 April 28. 

After 10 days of around the clock hard work and weeks of preparation, the labor put forth by the Minot’s Warbirds finally earned the wing an Excellent rating from the Air Combat Command Inspector General Team. 

“We noticed a tremendous sense of pride throughout the 5th Bomb Wing that directly impacted the warfighting capability,” said Col. David McFaddin, ACC IG team chief before presenting a slide show highlighting Minot’s top performers. 

As each name graced the screen, the audience cheered with sirens, whistles and even bullhorns. 

After the results were read, the 5th BW Commander, Col. Eldon Woodie took the stage saying he was tickled to be the commander and thanked everyone for their hard work and coming out. 

“To the warriors of the ACC IG team I thank you for the tough scrub,” said Colonel Woodie. “You are truly are leaving us better than you found us. Sweating during training prevents bleeding on the battle field,” 

Colonel Woodie thanked not only the Airmen and Department of Defense civilians, but the members of the local community, reminding the crowd that none of this would be possible without them as well. 

“We were truly impressed with the professionalism, devotion and dedication to the mission displayed throughout this inspection,” said Colonel McFaddin. “We’d be proud to go to war and fight side by side with your unit any day. I want to congratulate you on a successful completion of this inspection.”
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