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Minot survivors

Discussion in 'The US Air Force Forum' started by biglarry, May 15, 2007.

  1. biglarry

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    I was stationed in Minot from 1997-2001. I didn't volunteer, and was sure glad to leave, but all in all, it wasn't that bad. Anybody else out there want to compare notes on the frozen tundra?
     
  2. Jeff51

    Jeff51 NRA Life Member

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    I was there from 1968-1971 and thats where I met my wife (married 36 yrs),had both sons born there. I enjoyed the tour very much. When I got back from my overseas tour I asked for Minot (didnt get it) I got shipped to Grand Forks. I still have one son that lives there.:supergrin:
     


  3. biglarry

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    WOW, that was a while ago. I knew a lot of guys that got up there and loved the crap out of it and didn't want to leave. I just tried to make the best of it, and had a pretty good time all in all. Gotta a lot of good war stories out of the deal.
     
  4. DJ Niner

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    Why not Minot?
    Freezin's the reason! :supergrin:

    If you were to check the cement around the rifle range entry gate posts and the fire hydrant protection posts in the range parking lot, you'd find initials similar to my avatar. ;)

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
     
  5. another warbird here since jun 03. met my wife and my 2 y/o were born here. no wonder they call it the magic city.
     
  6. gwalchmai

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    That's great. I had mine in Minuteman sump pits. ;)
     
  7. DJ Niner

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    Not a very high-traffic area, is it?

    But it's the thought that counts! :) :supergrin:
     
  8. Zero_G

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    I was only there for a year (2003-2004), but I'd go back in a heartbeat - Get me out of this Houston heat!
     
  9. FastZ

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    Minot AFB cant be as bad as Goodfellow AFB here in San Angelo. This place sucks, and I've had to put up with it for about four years now.
     
  10. engineer151515

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    Was born there. I guess my Air Force parents were conserving body heat.

    1961

    :supergrin:
     
  11. DJ Niner

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    That's similar to what I was saying when I left Mississippi (Keesler) and went to Minot. Heck, we bought a new car without air conditioning right before we left, because we didn't think we'd be needing air up in the north country! We arrived in mid-summer, and the first two weeks we were there, the highs were upper 90s/low 100s. Hot AND humid, too (but not as bad as most coastal regions, though). I was like, "Dang, how far north does a guy have to GO to get away from this crap?"
     
  12. Zero_G

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    I think they completely lied to me about Minot.

    Myth 1. It's freezing!
    We arrive in June and had several days in a row over 100 with most of the month having highs over 90. Of course, no A/C in base housing!

    Myth 2. It's flat.
    While the surrounding area is very flat, the city of Minot is along the river and is fairly hilly.

    Myth 3. No trees
    That was probably true years ago, but people have been planting trees for windbreaks for quite a while now.

    At my position I'll probably never get the chance to go back unless I volunteer to be group commander (a job I don't want).
     
  13. gwalchmai

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    Wasn't there a ski area around there known as "Turtle Bump"?
     
  14. DJ Niner

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    The city is down in the river valley. Don't confuse "hills" with "a hole." :supergrin:

    Early in my assignment, I lived in an apartment halfway up Eighth Street (North?), in town, on the side of the hill/hole. Whenever it got icy, that street turned into a skating rink with about a 6% grade. You could watch the cars and trucks slide down, ricocheting off the curb and the other vehicles, all the way to the bottom.
     
  15. Joey

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  16. gwalchmai

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    Come to think of it, that may have been Grand Forks. For the whole six months I was at tech school they told us it was a foregone conclusion that our whole class was going to go to Grand Forks, or maybe Minot. Then a week before GMF we all got orders to Malmstrom. :hugs:
     
  17. Critch

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    I got sent there for a TDY in the early 70's to pick up some slack on the MMIII program, as best I remember Minot AFB had dropped the ball on an ORI and we had to backfill while they got retrained and all that stuff. We were there in a fairly warm time, probably early fall, rather desolate compared to Wyoming, but it wasn't real bad. Got to shoot some prarie dogs and grouse, so it wasn't wasted...
     
  18. RussP

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    Was TDY there to photograph the missles for the SALT talks.

    One guy drank too much coffe...had to take a leak... Couldn't wait to get to a proper facility so... Damn stuff froze before it hit the ground...

    :cool:
     
  19. DJ Niner

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    The applicable rule in this instance is:

    Don't break off the frozen stream too short. :supergrin: