President Obama says intelligence reports confirm that the leader of Syria used chemical weapons to kill or injure hundreds of his countrymen this week.
That confirmation could lead to military action against the Assad regime in Syria - and that action, according to military analysts,
could involve missiles fired from Air Force bombers.
Minot Air Force Base is one of only two bases where B-52 bombers are permanently stationed, so if such an attack materializes, it's possible the local base will play a role.
Today, two B-52s that has been stationed at a forward base in Guam returned to Minot after several months there.
The Air Force has been keeping a force of B-52s in Guam in recent years as a way to have the bombers closer to potential targets in that region.
More B-52s will be returning to Minot tomorrow.
The majority of the personnel who were also stationed in Guam will be arriving back in Minot this weekend.
The other B-52 base - Barksdale in Louisiana - will be supplying bombers for the Guam location for the next several months.