Reservist makes Air Force history in Minot

Published: Nov. 14, 2019 at 4:39 PM CST
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This was not a drill for one reserve airman who made military history recently at Minot Air Force Base.

Captain Benjamin Shea was the first reserve airman in the history of the United States Air Force to perform a missile alert.

Shea joined the Air Force in 2012, and was considered active duty until he separated to study to become a physician assistant.

As a reservist he kept training, and became a missile leader last month.

“It's a huge blessing. I'm very thankful to be given the opportunity. It's been something I never thought I would fulfill, but it's been something I'm very thankful for,” said Capt. Shea.

Shea has paved the way for other reservists.

The Air Force announced two more reservists will go on alert at Warren and Malmstrom Air Force Bases later this month.

Photo/video: Minot Air Force Base