Heitkamp, Hoeven push Air Force leaders for improvements to MAFB

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Minot City Council president and ‘Task Force 21’ member Mark Jantzer wasn't the only North Dakotan pushing Minot Air Force Base in our nation’s capital this week.

North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., met with Air Force officials to talk much-need improvements to the bomber fleet.

They also worked to reinforce the importance of Minot Air Force Base to the country's overall nuclear deterrent.

"We're also focused on improving the quality of the B-52 platform. By that, I mean a lot of engine restructuring is critical to maintaining those platforms and making sure that our B-52's are flying safely and able to do their mission,” said Heitkamp.

Hoeven's office says he discussed the importance of unmanned aerial systems with Wilson and the role they play in national defense.