N.D. military ready for flood

Minot Air Force Base’s missile wing is involved in anti-flood measures in the Minot missile field, and local National Guard members are ready to go if needed to battle flooding in the state.

Col. Tom Summers, vice commander of the 91st Missile Wing, said the wing is “fully engaged and highly involved in anti-flood activities” in the Minot missile field.

He said teams are hard at work clearing culverts and clearing areas where the snow has accumulated in the missile field to make sure the missiles and other assets are safe from any flooding.

The entire wing and the entire base also are making sure everything is ready to go if help is needed in a moment’s notice.

Lt. Col. Tad Schauer, commander of the 219th Security Forces Squadron, a North Dakota Air National Guard unit at Minot AFB, said the National Guard is always ready to repond whether it’s at Minot or in other places in the state. “As we proceed forward with that, Mother Nature will alone dictate how and if we’re needed,” he said.

Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Clark, senior human resources noncommissioned officer with the N.D. National Guard’s 164th Engineer Battalion in Minot, said, “We’re currently re-evaluating our regional response platforms just to make sure we’re ready to go for any possible spring flood operations.”

Summers, Schauer and Clark spoke Thursday at the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee meeting held at the Doolittle Center at Minot AFB.

Sgt. 1st Class Billie Jo Lorius, with National Guard Public Affairs in Bismarck, said Friday that Guard units all over the state are training to be prepared in case they are called to help with flood situations in the state.