Burgum, N.D. congressional delegation salute Air Force on its 71st birthday


The U.S. Air Force earned birthday praise today from Governor Doug Burgum, Congressman Kevin Cramer and Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp.

On September 18, 1947, the U.S. Air Force was officially established as an independent arm of the U.S. military.

From 1907 until 1947, the Air Force was part of the U.S. Army.

The Air Force has strategic ties to North Dakota, stretching back nearly 60 years with the presence of two air bases (Minot and Grand Forks) as well as two missile fields clustered in parts the state.

Governor Burgum’s congratulatory note on his Facebook account was brief and to the point.

“Happy Birthday, United States Air Force! We’re proud to host Minot Air Force Base and Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. Grateful for your service and sacrifice as you work to keep our state and nation safe,” he wrote.

The post also included a 35 second birthday promotion video.

N.D. Congressman Kevin Cramer was also to the point on his Facebook page.

“Happy 71st birthday to the United States Air Force!” he posted, along with a poster featuring the Air Force logo and two jets flying above the clouds.

N.D. Senator John Hoeven was succinct in a post to his Facebook page.

“North Dakota has some of the best airmen in the world, and our state is proud of the men and women who protect our nation and call Grand Forks Air Force Base and Minot Air Force Base home. We join with them in celebrating the United States Air Force’s 71st birthday today,” Hoeven posted.

N.D. Senator Heidi Heitkamp posted a longer tribute to the Air Force on her Facebook page.

“Happy 71st birthday to the U.S. Air Force, an important partner in keeping North Dakota strong and safe. I’m grateful for its continued support and commitment to Minot Air Force Base and Grand Forks Air Force Base. Last month, I was honored to visit Grand Forks AFB with United States Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, where we met with base officials and were updated on base operations and the ongoing Global Hawk UAS mission that provides essential intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to combatant commanders across the globe,” Heitkamp wrote.

Others posting Facebook congratulations to the Air Force included the North Dakota National Guard and the North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs

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