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Minot Area Chamber EDC wins Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award

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  • By Abigail Kinder
  • 5th Bomb Wing Public Affairs

The Minot Area Chamber Economic Development Corporation [EDC] was selected as the Air Force Global Strike Command winner of the 2022 Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award on Mar. 18, 2022.

Established in 1996 as a tribute to the contributions of Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, the award honors private sector entities for their dedication to the wellbeing of service members and their families. Nominees display exceptional service and humanitarian concern for each branch of the military and are selected based on their generosity, patriotism and other merits.

For decades, the Minot Chamber EDC has supported Minot Air Force Base through advocacy and building a strong relationship between Airmen and civilians. They have secured millions of dollars for area youth education, flood prevention funds and thousands of dollars for Airmen morale programs. Through Airman Against Drunk Driving, Adopt an Airman, and other collaborative programs, the EDC focuses on promoting safety and wellness for Team Minot. They also encourage civic leader engagement in several military events and have worked with base leadership, Key Spouses, First Sergeants, and the community to increase public awareness and garner support for Minot AFB and its mission.

The Chamber EDC was nominated by the 5th Bomb Wing with a recommendation from Maj. Gen. Andrew Gebara, 8th Air Force commander. After winning the award for AFGSC, the Chamber will now compete for the award at the Air Force level.