For 50 years, North Dakota has been home to 150 intercontinental ballistic missile sites. But, North Dakota's unpredictable weather can make securing those nuclear assets difficult.
"In the summer, you might have thunderstorm systems that may go through the missile complex that can cause severe weather hazards for the convoys that go out there," explains Lieutenant Jose Davis.
That's why airmen at Minot Air Force Base were getting a lesson in safety as they participated in a field training exercise to practice emergency response operations if a natural disaster, like a tornado, were to happen at one of the ICBM complexes.
"This is supposed to test our ability to integrate with several agencies to converge to one location during the case of a natural disaster."
In the mock scenario, a convoy is heading towards the missile complex near Carpio, North Dakota and is forced to pull over for shelter as a tornado goes by.
"Unfortunately, a tornado's path is inevitable and it goes around from the transmitters that you see over there flipping it on its side," said Lt. Davis.
This causes concern because as Lt. Davis explains, anything involving the mission of the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base is taken 100 percent serious.
At this time, the FBI, Departments of Energy and Defense, and state emergency responders are notified.
"They would all converge in a location, set up a security perimeter around the asset, and they would follow procedures to evaluate the incident," said Lt. Davis.
While this was only a practice exercise, Minot Air Force Base hopes this type of activity will help airmen be ready for anything.
"It would be a team effort and that's what's important about this exercise is to always keep in mind is there's not just one entity approaching the situation, it's every one involved to make sure there's a safe outcome in the end," said Lt. Davis.
This field training is only one part of the 3 day exercise. Over the course of the next two days, airmen will sit down with the Air Force Global Strike Command and evaluators to discuss strengths and weaknesses from the exercise.
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The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
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