Grand Forks Air Force Base
319th Air Base Wing
Steen Blvd Front Gate, Grand Forks, ND 58205
Grand Forks Air Force Base is a Global Hawk base located in Grand Forks County, 16 miles west of the City of Grand Forks, North Dakota, and consists of 5,773 acres. The base is home to the 319th Air Base Wing and assigned to the Air Combat Command. The 319th Air Base Wing Mission is to provide decisional advantage to our warfighters and national leaders through support of our Nation’s Global Hawk High Altitude ISR mission, ensure strategic command and control through operations of the Nation’s High Frequency Global Communication System, afford Combatant Commanders mission-ready Airmen anytime, anywhere, and provide Airmen and families of the Grand Forks AFB team, to include geographically-separated units, with responsive, tailored, and mission-focused support. The vision of Grand Forks Air Force Base is to generate world-class support for the Global Hawk High Altitude ISR mission and seamlessly operate and sustain the High Frequency Global Communication System.
In 1954, the Department of Defense chose Grand Forks as the site for an Air Defense Command base. Community-minded citizens donated $65,000 toward the purchase of a 5,400-acre tract of land. The actual construction of the base began in February 1956. By 1960, the Air Force had stationed the KC-135 and the F-101 B fighter interceptor. Two years later, the first B-52 bomber arrived and by the end of the decade, Minuteman II Intercontinental Ballistic Missile became operational. Over the next few decades, the base saw the departure of the fighters and the switch from B-52s to B-1 bombers. Some of the biggest organizational changes included the inactivation of the Strategic Air Command and the re-designation of the base’s Bomber Wing as the 319th Air Refueling Wing in the early 1990’s. In 1998, all the Minuteman III missiles were shipped to other locations and the silos were imploded, leaving aerial refueling as the base’s primary mission. At one time, the Warriors of the North at Grand Forks Air Force Base supported 48 KC-135 Stratotankers under the Air Mobility Command, making it the first supertanker wing in the Air Force.
Arriving at Grand Forks Air Force Base
The newly renovated Warrior Inn at Grand Forks AFB is located at 632 Holzapple Street (Bldg. 117) is open 24 hours a day- 7 days a week. Call and make reservations for temporary lodging as early as possible to include reservations for your pets at 701-747-7200. Important documents to be hand carried should include but are not limited to the following; a copy of orders, identification and/or social security card(s), vehicle registration(s) and proof of car vehicle(s) insurance. If arriving from overseas, hand-carried documents should also include the following items; vehicle shipping papers, shot immunization records, household inventories for household goods and claims and as well as school records for all children. Portable cribs are available at the front desk.
For airmen and civilian “Warriors of the North” reporting for in-processing at Grand Forks Air Force Base, proceed to your unit orderly room with an endorsed copy of your orders. Civilians are to report to their Civilian Personnel Office. The Visitor Control Center is the 24-hr main arrival point for Grand Forks AFB and is located at 226 Steen Blvd., Bldg. 812. (open 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday (Closed Saturday Sundays and Holidays), and is an tremendous resource for support in contacting your sponsor as well as obtaining general information about Grand Forks AFB and the surrounding area.
If arriving during duty hours, contact your assigned unit or squadron upon arrival. Your new CSS will in-process you, inventory your records and schedule your mandatory in-processing and Newcomer’s Welcoming/Orientation briefings. Have your hand-carried records and orders with you.
Be sure and make temporary lodging reservations prior to arrival. As part of the in-processing checklist, all newly arrived inbound are required to attend the GFAFB Newcomer Orientation held the first Thursday of the month at the Airman & Family Readiness Center starting at 7:30 a.m. Spouses and children are ALWAYS welcomed to attend the orientation which includes a Global Hawk “Scope of the Mission Tour”. Call the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 701-747-3241 for additional orientation.
Contact your unit orderly room for in-processing procedures. If you have not already done so, contact your sponsor for temporary lodging reservations and an information packet. It is important that your sponsor arranges for your billeting, otherwise you may risk not being reimbursed for your lodging expenses. If you have not been assigned a sponsor contact the Customer Service Section of the Military Personnel Flight at 701-747-6411 or DSN 312-362-6411 or the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 701-747-3241.
Upon arrival at Grand Forks AFB, newcomers should report to their unit orderly room for completion of the Initial Duty Assignment (IDA) worksheet. After all unit and base personnel in-processing is completed, and if approved by the commander, the member may be granted permissive leave for house hunting. Ensure a completed Leave form is completed by the unit.
First Term Airmen
If Grand Forks AFB is your first duty station after Basic and Tech School Training then you should either contact your sponsor or report to the Warrior Inn Lodging Office, located at 632 Holzapple St., Bldg. 117 and notify your respective sponsor/Squadron of your arrival. Your Sponsor Unit representative will meet and escort you to your unit personnel office and then to the Military Personnel Section, Bldg. 101 on Steen Blvd. for in-processing. During in-processing, you will be scheduled for the First Term Airmen’s Course (FTAC).
The FTAC is located in the Walker Warrior Professional Development Center, 259 Tuskegee Amn. Blvd., building 139. Completion of this course is a requirement for Airmen arriving at their first duty assignment in the Air Force. You will be assigned to FTAC for a total of 5 calendar days. You are also required to complete the Newcomer’s Orientation, held every 1st Thursday of each month at the Airman & Family Readiness Center starting at 0730. At the Newcomer’s Orientation you will also complete your initial Equal Opportunity and Victim Prevention Training.
The FTAC program is structured to assist Airmen in transitioning from training to a mission-oriented environment. The course reinforces military lessons First Term Airmen learn and experience in Basic Military Training and during technical training to prepare Airmen for their role in supporting the mission. The First Term Airman Course creates an environment for Airmen to develop a warrior spirit and an expeditionary mindset.
Newcomer Orientation & Welcome
Newcomers’ Welcome/Orientation is usually held the 1st and 1st Thursday of each month. Please check with the Grand Forks A&FRC on 701-747-3241 or your unit CSS for any changes to this schedule. This event is held at the Airman & Family Readiness Center. We ask you to be there before 7:30 a.m. (briefings begin at 7:30). This orientation is mandatory for all arriving permanent party AF members and Department of Defense civilians. Spouses and children are ALWAYS welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Visit the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 207, 575 Holzapple St. 701-747-3241, for maps and newcomer information, family member employment assistance, Child Care for PCS vouchers, Heart Link (AF orientation for spouses), budget assistance, financial classes, emergency assistance and any questions you may have.
There are 1,542 Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, and civilian personnel assigned to Grand Forks Air Force Base.