Air Force Secretary visiting Minot AFB

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James arrived at Minot Air Force Base early this afternoon as part of a fact-finding trip to the nation’s three intercontinental ballistic missile bases.

James, the Air Force’s top civilian leader, visited F.E. Warren AFB in Wyoming on Tuesday. She said she moved up her trip to the three ICBM bases because of events last week, according to reports from media in the F.E. Warren AFB area.

Thirty-four ICBM launch officer were implicated at Malmstrom AFB in Montana in a test cheating scandal announced last week. There is also an ongoing drug focusing on officers at Malmstrom and other bases. Minot AFB officers are not involved in either of the incidents.

James told media at F.E. Warren that she was impressed with what she saw at that base but there were some morale issues. She said the mission was solid and there to stay but there might be some tweaks and changes that need to be made.

While at Minot AFB today, James will make brief visits to units of the 5th Bomb Wing and the 91st Missile Wing. She will speak to airmen from both wings this afternoon.

She is also scheduled to meet separately with North Dakota’s congressional delegation and local media this afternoon.

Eloise Ogden