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Keeping the Minot Air Force Base up to date on the latest technology and facilities has always been a high priority.  North Dakota's Congressional Delegation was in the Magic City today to celebrate another step in modernizing the base.

Minot Air Force Base houses two legs of the Nation's Nuclear Triad, the B-52 Bombers and ICBM missiles.  Staying up to date on the latest technology is high priority for base personnel, but years of harsh North Dakota Weather and high use have taken a toll on some buildings.

  "These facilities served the Minot Air Force Base community well, but in the recent years they've began to show some of their age," stated Minot Air Force Base Colonel Alex Mezynski. 

But today, North Dakota's Congressional Delegation joined base officials for the dedication of two new buildings, the Base Operations Facility and Air Traffic Control Tower, much needed upgrades.  "The control tower was famous for swaying in the breeze, right guys?," stated North Dakota Senator John Hoeven.  The previous base of operations building was built in 1957, and the air traffic control tower had been replaced once in 1966, but the facilities no longer suited the needs of the base.

 "These two state of the art facilities strengthen our nuclear enterprise and enhance our mission capabilities," said Colonel Mezynski.  The $16.3 million project adds much needed modernization to airfield operations, weather, and training areas to enhance flight missions for the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing.  "Minot Air Force Base, with its dual nuclear mission of B-52s and missile remains a vital, robust, well funded, well supported part of our military, now and for generations to come," Senator Hoeven added.  "There are some who think that modernizing this place shouldn't be such a high priority, there's some people who think the mission is somewhat outdated, but they aren't paying much attention to what's going on in the world today," stated North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer.

It took more than a year to build the new facilities, but it was worth the wait, Col. Mezynski know these building will serve an important role continuing to deliver full spectrum B52 firepower and deterrence.  Building projects at Minot Air Force Base will continue in 2014, with the construction of a new B52 munitions maintenance facility and an on Base pipeline project.

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