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More Than Just Maintenance Teams

I recently attended my son’s retirement ceremony at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota celebrating his 21 years of service in the Air Force. My son was in a squadron that maintained the B-52’s flight line equipment. The B-52 is an amazing aircraft that’s been in service for over 60 years supporting military missions around the world. It weights 500,000 pounds without weapons.

The planes at Minot were built in 1960 and 1961 – so long ago that there are no parts available, so the base builds their own parts in on-site shops. As part of the retirement festivities, we had the privilege of touring those shops and climbing around on a B-52.

What I saw among the personnel in the shops and on the aircraft was an unwavering sense of mission, teamwork and professionalism. Not only that, but the sense of support for their peers was remarkable. During an awards picnic for squadron personnel, when an award was given, people didn’t just politely applaud; they stood and cheered!

For more about the business side of my experiences at Minot AFB, have a look at my recent newsletter.

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