Major commitment for Minot Air Force Base B-52’s

Washington D.C.- Minot Air Force Base will see some upgrades following a long-term commitment from the U.S. military to Minot B-52 missions.

Last month's defense authorization act will help sustain the base's current fleet of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, or ICBM's, and ground-based deterrent.

They will also get resources to upgrade the fleet of B-52's and long range standoff missiles.

Both Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Gen. Robin Rand, the commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, said that Minot Air Force Base and B-52s are critical investments in today's bomber force.

“The Air Force is going to continue to invest in the B-52, upgrades to the ICBM missiles, and Minot Air Force Base, because they're such a big part of what we're doing right now,” said Hoeven.

This comes after Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Defense Secretary James Mattis visited the base last fall and the signing of the defense act last month.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., commented on the news, saying it was a "win for our national security and military community."