Keeping B-52s In The Air

Facility Streamlines Bomber Maintenance

Minot Air Force Base, ND - An 18-million dollar addition to Minot Air Force Base was officially unveiled today.
The ribbon was cut in front of the new 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron nerve center.

The building consolidates six separate locations into one place - making for better communication and control for the various maintainers who keep B-52 bombers in the air.

Master Sergeant Megan Wallin was the manager of the project - which started with a ground breaking almost two years ago. She says the new facility will mean a step up in efficiency

(SSgt. Megan Wallin, 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron) "We had leadership spread out across three to four buildings before - airmen working in all different buildings. Now if you need to get something accomplished all you have to do is walk right down the hall. There's a brand new kitchen in this building - it's really nice for them."

One of the first events in the new building was a brief ceremony to announce several new master sergeants.
Each one got a punch in each arm to make sure the new stripes stick.

The new building officially opens for business Tuesday.

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