Secretary of the Air Force visiting Minot

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MINOT, N.D. - The U.S. Air Force Secretary is in Minot.

Secretary Deborah James is being honored by local community leaders Wednesday evening and will meet with Minot Air Force Base leadership and airmen tomorrow.

Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) says Secretary James' visit underscores the importance of the nation's nuclear triad and the good work of the men and women at Minot Air Force Base.

“Secretary James has been very strong on programs important to Minot Air Force Base that includes modernizing the nuclear triad and also supporting the nuclear force improvement program,” Hoeven said.

Hoeven says he appreciates her support with helping to secure funding for new helicopters and, most recently, funding for the B-21 bomber, which is the replacement for the B-52.