Minot's "Task Force 21" meets with leaders in Pentagon

Photo courtesy: Mark Jantzer

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Members of the Minot based-civic group that call themselves "Task Force 21" are in our nation's capital again—this time, meeting with military leaders in the Pentagon to reinforce support for Minot Air Force Base.

The group heard briefings on upgrades to the B-52's Minuteman-three missile replacements, and other projects to improve the country's nuclear deterrent, and Minot's role in that.

Minot Mayor Chuck Barney, City Council President Mark Jantzer and the rest of the task force met with North Dakota’s U.S. Senators and U.S. military leaders.

“We have an opportunity to talk about things ranging from quality of life for the airmen at the Minot Air Force Base, but also, very important things like reengineering the B-52 bombers, which is absolutely critical to maintain that leg of the triad,” said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

The group most recently visited Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.