B-52s to fly again soon

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE The runway at Minot Air Force Base will reopen at the end of next month, says the commander of the 5th Bomb Wing. The runway has been closed since April for reconstruction of its center section.

Col. Jason Armagost, who became commander of the Minot bomb wing July 14, told members of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee meeting Thursday, that the runway will reopen Sept. 30.

“You’ll see B-52s flying around here again pretty soon,” Armagost said.

“A lot more will start happening in the air that you’ll see around here,” he continued, adding that many people who have been away will be back.

While the runway is closed several B-52s are temporarily operating out of Ellsworth AFB at Rapid City, S.D., and others are on deployment at Andersen AFB in Guam. Some B-52s and crew remained at Minot AFB in a ready status in case they are needed.

This year’s runway project, a more than $32 million contract awarded to Sundt Construction Inc., of Tempe, Ariz., completes the last section of a three-year reconstruction project.