Minot airmen celebrate new 5th Aircraft maintenance facility

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MINOT, N.D. - Airmen at Minot Air Force Base gathered Friday to celebrate a new beginning in a brand new facility.

The 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hosted a ribbon cutting to introduce their new, consolidated facility on base.

There was a full house at the facility where airmen will report to work for the first time next Tuesday.

In 2009, the 69th Aircraft Maintenance Unit was stood up along with the 69th Bomb Squadron at Minot AFB.

The 5th Bomb Wing gained 10 B-52's, along with the additional manpower to maintain these aircrafts and nearly doubled in size.

"In 2009 the 69th bomb squadron was activated here in Minot and that brought ten additional aircraft in and with aircraft come personnel so we've been operating out of six aircraft maintance squadron buildings. They've kind of been spread out across different locations and so standing up this building we'll be able to combine five of those buildings in the same building which will be great for all of our airmen," said Project Manager Megan Wallin.

Wallin says that bringing the airmen together under one building will create a more effective and efficient work environment.