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  • ORI prep kicks into high-gear with week-long exercise

    Preparation for the wing’s Operational Readiness Inspection in June kicks into “high-gear” with a week-long series of exercises starting Monday. The exercises will not only test the wing’s ability to rapidly generate aircraft and process and deploy personnel, but also test the expeditionary combat readiness of Airmen and their ability to conduct
  • Learning to swim with fishes

    When I first put the 40 pound oxygen tank on, I was nervous that I would sink to the bottom like a rock. But I didn’t and soon I was swimming like a fish. I took the Introduction to Scuba Diving class recently at the fitness center to give it a try before deciding whether I would get certified. Master Sgt. Adam Camp, instructor, explained the tank
  • Ensuring retiree medical care

    As his retirement date on the first of the month drew closer, Chief Petty Officer Matt Jefferson counted the days. He’s glad his wife Judy did, too. She circled the 20th of the current month on the calendar with a reminder to enroll the family for TRICARE Prime health care coverage as retirees on or before that date. “If I hadn’t remembered to
  • Beating holiday financial blues

    Did the holidays leave you short on cash? Are your bills piling up? If you found yourself answering “yes”, you might be considering a payday loan. Although there are some benefits to these loans, there are far more drawbacks. Payday loans are high-interest and typically charge 20 percent for their initial fee. However, this 20 percent is not an
  • Prayer luncheon encourages mask removal

    More than 300 people were encouraged to remove their masks during Tuesday’s National Prayer Luncheon at the Northern Lights Club.Maj. Gen. Charles Baldwin, Air Force Chief of Chaplains and the keynote speaker, thanked the Warriors of the North for “what you do every day” and continued with a message about how people face and defeat their “phantoms”
  • Community members reach out to base families

    Members of a Grand Forks church recently played “Santa” for base children with a special presentation to the wing Dec. 4. Col. Lee DeRemer, 319th Operations Group commander, gratefully accepted several bags of toys donated by members of Grand Forks’ First Presbyterian Church during the presentation. The donation was the brain child of Roger Foster,
  • 340th EARS takes tanker frenzy in stride

    When it comes to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron at this forward deployed location, passing gas isn’t considered rude, in fact it’s encouraged. After a short notice ramp closure at another deployed location, six KC- 35 Stratotankers and three KC- 10 Extender air refueling aircraft, also known as tankers, made this location their
  • Grand Forks Airmen go to war.....right here on base

    For several days this past December, hundreds of Warriors of the North went to war, operating from a “deployed” location right here on base. The “war,” an Ability to Survive and Operate exercise, tested the expeditionary readiness of Warriors of the North and capped two weeks of individual and aircraft exercises affecting nearly everyone in the
  • Base cops get new mission

    Two specialized base security forces teams deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan Dec. 3 for a special mission after training at Fort Lewis, Wash. and at Silver Flag Airbase Defense School at Creech Air Force Guard Base, Nev. The teams took over responsibility for detainee operations at several prisons from the Army. The teams received specialized
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