The Commander of the 20th Air Force who is visiting Minot this week says improvements have been made quickly, and the performance of the 91st Missile Wing at the base has improved greatly after scandals in the Air Force's nuclear missile operations over the last year.
Major General Jack Weinstein said today in a press conference that in less than half a year, an improvement plan has been implemented, and the men and women in the force are already seeing change.
Millions of dollars are being spent to upgrade launch control facilities and purchase equipment to help them get the job done.
And unlike previous studies into what was needed, the General says they went right to the source this time.
(Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein - Commander of 20th Air Force) "We did this relook at our business from a different vantage point. The previous reports that we did have been at the senior level and we get reports from senior people saying what needs to be done. But this look, what we did was grab our most important resource which are our young men and women."
Given those resources, Weinstein says the country is safer now than ever before, and citizens can rest assured that those charged with protecting America are doing exactly that.
(Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein - Commander of 20th Air Force) "I firmly believe there is nothing more important that we do on a day to day basis than protecting the USA. That is what the ICBM force does and it does it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we have been doing it since 1962. I sleep better at night knowing we are providing that support to the American people."
Hundreds of new airmen and women are scheduled to be coming to the Minot Air Force Base soon to help support the mission.
Minot Police say Sophia Pepple of New Town was struck by a pickup and killed about 6:25pm Sunday.
In addition, both had recently been released from state prison.
A two-year-old child was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Minot Sunday evening.
They ask if you have any information about the incident that you contact them at 852-0111.