Minot's Task Force 21 talks nuclear efforts with leaders in Washington

Photo Courtesy: Mark Jantzer

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Minot delegation that calls themselves "Task Force 21" met with national leaders this week on reinforcing the country’s nuclear efforts, which includes Minot Air Force Base.

Mark Jantzer, the Minot City Council President and a member of the task force, said the group worked with national leaders on plans to replace aging parts the three parts of the nation’s nuclear triad—bombers, missiles and submarines. Minot Air Force Base is one of the only military installations in the country that houses two of the three legs of the triad, with the 51st Bomb Wing and the 91st Missile Wing.

Members of the task force held meetings with political and military leaders, including North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Col. Heath Collins of the ground-based strategic deterrent.

The task force routinely visits the nation’s capital to stress the importance of Minot Air Force Base to national defense and to Minot’s economy.