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  • Best with what they’ve got: A new life for old parts

    Just like every other aircraft, parts on a B-52H Stratofortress age, get damaged and become unserviceable. One detachment on base has developed a way to take those unusable parts and create hands-on training opportunities for maintainers.
  • 5th MXS CPI: Teamwork makes the dream work

    Last week, members of the 5th Maintenance Squadron began planning a way to decrease the time it takes to maintain a B-52H Stratofortress in between every 450 flight hours, known as a phase inspection, at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.Known as the continuous process improvement (CPI), the plan will increase efficiency throughout a phase
  • Phase inspections keep the B-52 flying

    Just like a car, the B-52 Stratofortress needs its oil changed, tires rotated and its engine looked at to keep it running and prevent future damage.
  • Maintaining the fight: FMT Airmen support code change

    The 91st Missile Wing recently began its U.S. Strategic Command directed code change program, updating codes for all 150 launch facilities and 15 launch control centers assigned to Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.The annual code change requires maximum effort across the wing. From defenders and facility managers to missile maintainers, every
  • 5th Maintenance Squadron: Structurally Sound

    The 5th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance shop is responsible for repairing damage and wear to B-52H Stratofortresses at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. Structural maintenance also provides equipment maintenance and special support for the Minuteman III missiles and UH-1N Iroquois helicopters
  • MAPS: Unsung heroes of the missile field

    When missile alert facility and launch facility equipment needs to be inspected or repaired, 791st Maintenance Squadron mechanical and pneudraulics section maintainers take charge.From chain hoists to payload transporters, these Airmen are responsible for performing maintenance on equipment used within the missile complex.Through periodic
  • Repair facility saves nuclear command $13 million

    The nuclear mission cannot be stopped by old or non-functioning aircraft components. The solution to this is a trip to a bomber hydraulic Centralized Repair Facility (CRF) which saves time and money. The bomber hydro CRF at Barksdale has repaired enough parts from the bomber fleet to save the Air Force over $13 million this year.
  • 5 CES powers up Team Minot

    The 5th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems Airmen are responsible for maintaining all electrical systems on base, including airfield lighting systems, lighting protection systems and fire alarm systems. The unit also provides electrical support for both missile alert facilities and launch facilities.
  • Metals Tech keeps equipment in check

    The 5th Maintenance Squadron metals technology section designs, welds, and manufactures tools for assemblies and components essential to the Minot Air Force Base mission. The welding shop supports both the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing by designing and creating parts for aircraft systems and support equipment.
  • AGE ranger: no stranger to danger

    Airmen from the 5th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment section are responsible for maintaining and repairing equipment that supply electricity, hydraulic and air pressure to various aircraft. The AGE Airmen not only perform inspections and troubleshooting, they repair and maintain proper standards for all equipment on base. These Airmen ensure Minot’s B-52H Stratofortress fleet is ready for flight 24/7.
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