Gen. Wesley K. Clark, Published November 03 2012
Letter: Berg spews falsehoods about baseI write to respond to claims asserted by Rick Berg and his supporters that Heidi Heitkamp will not support the Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base. I submit that that couldn’t be further from the truth.
I’ve known Heitkamp for a number of years, and I vouch for her commitment to a strong national defense and know that she will be a fierce advocate for the Minot air base because Heitkamp understands the importance of the base to the Minot community and its strategic significance to national security.
To insinuate or imply anything else would be a flat-out lie to the people of North Dakota who have a longstanding commitment to supporting the base and the military personnel who live and work on the base.
It’s unfortunate Berg is trying to politicize the Minot air base because North Dakota’s leaders from all sides have always worked together to defend the air base. Former Sen. Byron Dorgan and Sens. Kent Conrad and John Hoeven have been staunch advocates for North Dakota’s military bases, and rest assured that Heitkamp will continue that tradition of commitment.
While others may continue to make false accusations and politicize an issue that they lack the knowledge to speak about, Heitkamp will work to ensure that the Minot Air Force Base has the resources and support it needs to carry out its critical mission.
Gen. Clark (ret.), Little Rock, Ark., commanded Operation Allied Force in the Kosovo War during his term as supreme allied commander Europe of NATO,
1997-2000. He is a 34-year veteran of the U.S. Army and Department of Defense, including combat service in the Vietnam War, for which he was awarded the Silver Star.