- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Millions of dollars in construction projects are in the works at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.

The projects, which include a nearly $18 million aircraft maintenance unit, are being completed on the base and also in the Minot missile field, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/2soLgSg ) reported.

Trev Albright of the 5th Civil Engineer Squadron recently provided a detailed report about the base’s projects to members of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee.

According to the report, a seven-year, $100 million initiative to replace 60-year-old concrete of the mass parking apron is already under way. The first phase of the project is scheduled for completion in September.

Plans are expected for several projects, including a $2.6 million addition to the ALCM Munitions Facility, which will provide additional space for maintenance and 705th Munitions operations. The base is also planning to create an indoor firing range and a new helicopter operations and tactical response force facility.

The base has already completed several projects, including a community center that has a gathering space, indoor splash park and play areas, outdoor all-purpose court, playground, sand volleyball court and dog park. A nearly $19 million, two-story lodging facility with 30 two-bedroom units was also completed.

The Minot base has about 12,000 personnel overseeing B-52 bombers and Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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