MINOT, N.D. (AP) _ Minot Air Force Base is getting a new commander.
Fifth Bomb Wing commander Col. James Dawkins Jr. is taking a position with the National Nuclear Security Administration at the federal Energy Department in Washington, D.C. He's being replaced at the Minot base by Col. Alexis Mezynski, who is vice commander of the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
A change-of-command ceremony is scheduled Jan. 14.
The 5th Bomb Wing commander also serves as the base commander at Minot.