Air Force Airman 1st Class Jason Vanover helps assemble unguided conventional bombs during a practice run for the second annual Air Force Global Strike Command Global Strike Challenge in Minot, N.D., Aug. 16, 2011. Minot airmen from both the 5th Bomb Wing and the 91st Missile Wing have participated in this year's event, which runs through November. Vanover is a 5th Munitions Squadron maintenance crew member. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aaron-Forrest Wainwright.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers debris quality assurance inspector Jason Brown and his collection of American flags from Ward County, N.D. Brown is working the Corps debris removal mission in Ward County, N.D., helping communities recover flooding that resulted when the Souris River overtopped its banks in June 2011. While in North Dakota, Brown, who's also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has taken on a mission to collect American flags he finds while performing his job in this north-central North Dakota county of 61,000 people. As of July 31, 2011, he's collected more than 35, some of which were given to him by contractors who have come across them. Photo by GEORGE STRINGHAM.
North Dakota National Guard vehicles patrol one of the mandatory evacuation zones in Minot, N.D., June 22. The patrols ensure that all citizens have evacuated their homes and render any required assistance in the areas threatened by the rising water of the Souris River that has exceeded major flood stage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. David Lipp)
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Master Sgt. Eric Johnson hands sandbags down to Tech. Sgt. Tracy Winterquist as they help to create a flood levee barrier around a farm house in Cass County, North Dakota.
The two Airmen are members of the North Dakota Air National Guard’s 119th Wing.
(Defense Department photo/Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)
An aircrew member performs a preflight check aboard a B-52 Stratofortress April 20, 2011, at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., in preparation for an eight-hour sortie to practice bomb-dropping sequences and air refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin)
An Aircrew member assigned to the 23rd Bomb Squadron performs a preflight check aboard a B-52 Stratofortress April 20, 2011, at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., prior to a mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin).
A B-52 Stratofortress takes off April 13, 2011, during an exercise at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Thomas Dow)
Residents and travelers drive through flood waters on Interstate 29 near Fargo, N.D., April 10, 2011.
Coast Guard members worked with federal, state and local agencies to conduct wellness checks and perform rescues and other critical functions to ensure the safety of the residents affected by the flooding.
The Coast Guard had 54 personnel in the region to support this operation.
There were two airboat crews, two rescue helicopter crews, an aircraft maintenance team and a boat maintenance and support team on scene.
An additional 19 personnel comprised the incident management team located at Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi, St. Louis.
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Seth Johnson/Released)
Jesse Jahner, right, a sheriff with the Cass County Sheriff's Office, carries a young girl to safety after a dike broke near her home trapping her inside, Fargo, N.D., April 10, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard members are working with federal, state and local agencies to conduct wellness checks and perform rescues and other critical functions to ensure the safety of the residents affected by the flooding. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert
Sgt. Adam Flegel, of the 815th Engineer Company, reaches for a sandbag, April 11, as he begins the first link a human sandbag passing chain in Fargo, N.D. He is a member of a quick response force team dispatched to control the water being discharged by a faulty storm sewer during flood fighting activities in the Red River Valley area along the North Dakota and Minnesota border. About 500 Guardsmen are currently conducting flood operations in North Dakota, with the vast majority in Cass County. Photo by Senior Master Sgt. David Lipp.
Staff Sgt. Nick Suko, left and Sgt. Justin Valenti are members of the North Dakota National Guard Joint Task Force East participating in flood flood fighting operations April 6, at the North Dakota Air National Guard, Fargo, N.D. The high tech flood fighting operations center is being manned 24-hours per day until it is no longer necessary. Photo by Senior Master Sgt. David Lipp.
A National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter drops several one-ton sandbags on the spill-way of the Clausen Springs Dam near Kathryn, N.D., April 15.
The one-ton sandbags are being lowered and positioned into a place on the dam spillway so that they will divert over-flowing water away from an eroding area of the dam, caused by high water levels.
The dam spill-way is considered a flood water retarding structure designed to gradually release rain water and spring melt from the dam reservoir.
The erosion occurring on the dam spillway is threatening to allow larger volumes of water than intended to over-flow into a creek, which runs through Kathryn, N.D. and into the Sheyenne River.
Photo by Senior Master Sgt. David Lipp.
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Security forces Airmen advance toward a door during a training exercise Jan. 24, 2011, at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. The Airmen are assigned to the 5th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michael J. Veloz)
The final KC-135 Stratotanker takes off Dec. 4, 2010, from Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. The departure of this aircraft signaled the end of the KC-135 air refueling mission at Grand Forks AFB. The plane was relocated to McConnell AFB, Kan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Johnny Saldivar)