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After recent issues have brought negative attention to the United State's Air Force, Lt. Gen. Stephen W. Wilson was in Minot today to discuss how the Air Force is dealing with the issues. 

For members of the Air Force, their military experience is a journey filled with many ups and downs. But, reports have once again brought negative attention to the Air Force. 

"It's not a mission problem.  We had an integrity problem amongst a small group of people that didn't uphold our core values," says Wilson.

Last week, the Secretary of the Air Force called all Nuclear Defense Commanders to Washington for a press conference to discuss the recent visits to Global Strike Commands.

Minot was one of the bases that underwent a series of inspections both in the 91st Missile Wing and the 5th Bomb Wing.

"I'm incredibly impressed. They were real professional. They were certainly well-trained. They were well led. They were proud and they did an exceptional job," says Wilson.

After the inspections were complete, both military wings earned high marks, including excellent and outstanding ratings in the eight review categories.

Regardless of the high marks, base officials will continue to strive to carry out the Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all they do.

"Lots of efforts to strengthen, broaden, and deepen what we're doing across the whole nuclear enterprise," says Wilson.

This includes forming a National Force Improvement Program, made up of 4 teams that will include airmen from operations, maintenance, security forces and mission support teams from bases across the country. 

"It's a grass roots level effort to get after those things that are causing frustrations or not being able to do the mission, as well as we would like to do it," says Wilson.

As the Air Force continues to move forward with its plans to improve how the nation's nuclear assets are secured, they hope to strengthen and empower each other.

Lt. Gen. Wilson will meet with the new Force Improvement Team in Barksdale, Louisiana on Monday. The team has 60 days to complete a more in depth report of U.S. Air Force Bases.

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