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General Visits Minot Base

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The release of the base's economic impact statement came on a day when a very important person was paying a visit.

Three-star General Stephen Wilson, the new commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command, is meeting with leaders at the Minot Air Force Base this week.

Global Strike Command is in charge of all Air Force wings that handle nuclear weapons.

Lieutenant General Wilson says while he is impressed with the ability and dedication of the airmen at Minot, he is moving quickly to assess recent problems that have been discovered.

For example, dozens of officers were found cheating on exams taken as part of nuclear weapons certification.

Wilson says he's formed four teams of about a dozen experts in various aspects of Air Force work.

Those groups will be inspecting bases across the country and reporting back to him by the end of the month.

He took the occasion to address the local chamber of commerce's Military Affairs Committee and talk about Minot's role in the nation's nuclear weapons program.

(Lt.Gen. Stephen Wilson, AF Global Strike Command) "The only filter is me. It's coming from those four groups and it's coming direct to me. Those things I can solve I'm going to solve. Those that I can't solve I'm taking to our chief of staff and Secretary of the Air Force. Those that they can't solve we're taking to the Secretary of Defense. So I think we're going to be able to get after some things and make some lasting changes to make us even better in the future."

Lieutenant General Wilson told the military affairs committee members that a recent joint inspection of the Minot Air Force Base showed nothing but "excellent" and "outstanding" grades from inspectors for the airmen at the local base.

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