U.S. Secretary of Defense to Visit MAFB Wednesday

Published: Feb. 14, 2020 at 5:52 PM CST
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper will be touring Minot Air Force Base next week.

Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND, and Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-ND, announced Dr. Esper's visit next Wed., Feb. 19.

Esper began as acting Defense Secretary last June, and was formally sworn in the next month.

He's expected to tour the base and its facilities, and will be joined by both senators.

“It's only appropriate that Secretary Esper is coming to see them, to support them, and to support both our bomber mission and our missile mission,”said Hoeven.

Cramer released the following statement on Dr. Esper’s visit:

"The Minot Air Force Base is our nation's shield. Its very existence makes our world a safer place. The Secretary visiting in February this early into his term demonstrates Minot's important role in protecting our country."

This is the latest in a series of visits from defense secretaries to Minot Air Force Base in the past six years.

In November of 2014, Secretary Chuck Hagel addressed the airmen on base.

In September of 2016, Secretary Ash Carter spoke to the crew on base.

In September of 2017, Secretary Jim Mattis visited the base, though his meeting was closed off to news media.

Esper's visit this Wednesday will make him the fourth straight Defense Secretary to visit Minot.