Air Force Secretary Visits MAFB - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Air Force Secretary Visits MAFB

Air Force Secretary Visits MAFB

Posted: Updated:

She planned to visit the bases that are part of the nation's nuclear arsenal, just not this soon.

That's how the Secretary of the Air Force described her whirlwind tour of bases happening this week.

Deborah Lee James started her job about a month ago, and visited bases in Wyoming and Montana earlier, and came to Minot Air Force Base today.

She says the newly-discovered cheating scandal among officers taking tests for operating missiles that carry nuclear weapons forced her to make personal visits right away.

James says she has detected problems with morale that she intends to act upon within weeks with concrete steps to improve the situation.

(Deborah Lee James, Sec. of the US Air Force) "I remain very confident in the nuclear mission. And although this was a serious failure in terms of integrity of some of our people, we are going to get to the bottom of it, we will hold people accountable. And I'm taking this opportunity to learn about this mission and look for ways to improve upon it."

(Sen. John Hoeven (R) ND) "She saw people here doing a fabulous job with the nuclear mission not only on the missile side but also on the bomb wing side. We have incredible people who do an incredible job every day and I'm only too proud to express my support for all of them."

Secretary James will finish her tour of nuclear bases at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

  • Minot/Williston NewsMore>>

  • Evacuations Follow Williston Fire

    Evacuations Follow Williston Fire

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:20 AM EDT2014-07-22 12:20:17 GMT
    Image from cell phone video of Darrin SanfordImage from cell phone video of Darrin Sanford
    A fire in east Williston has closed Highway 1804 and forced the evacuation of a half-mile area surrounding Red River Supply.
    A fire in east Williston has closed Highway 1804 and forced the evacuation of a half-mile area surrounding Red River Supply.
  • Fatal Accident Near Towner

    Fatal Accident Near Towner

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:13 PM EDT2014-07-22 00:13:58 GMT
    A Towner man was killed in the rollover of his pickup on a McHenry County road Sunday.
    A Towner man was killed in the rollover of his pickup on a McHenry County road Sunday.
  • Water Meeting is Wednesday

    Water Meeting is Wednesday

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-07-22 00:06:48 GMT
    The slow process of getting Missouri River water to north-central North Dakota takes an important step Wednesday.
    The slow process of getting Missouri River water to north-central North Dakota takes an important step Wednesday.
Quick Clicks
Closings/Delays
View list
Calendar
What's happening?
Lottery Results
Feeling lucky?
Viewer Photos
Submit yours!
Road Report
Current conditions
TV Listings
See what's on
Gas Prices
Check near you
E-Mail Newsletter
Signup now

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow
General information or questions:
kxinfo@kxnet.com

News:
Bismarck:
Phone: 701-223-9197
News Fax: 701-223-1985

News:
Minot:
Phone: 701-852-2104
News Fax: 701-838-1050
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXNET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.