Minot Air Force Base

5th Bomb Wing, 91st Missile Wing
196 Missile Avenue, Minot AFB, ND 58705
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Minot Air Force Base is a United States Air Force installation in Ward County, North Dakota, 13 miles north of the city of Minot. Minot AFB is the home of two major wings: the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing, both of the Global Strike Command (AFGSC). The 5th Bomb Wing is the host unit of Minot Air Force Base.

Known by its nickname, the Warbirds, the 5th Bomb Wing and its fleet of B-52H Stratofortress bombers serve as part of the Air Force’s conventional and strategic combat force as AEF warriors. The men and women of the wing are capable of flying anywhere around the world and delivering a wide range of precision-guided bombs and munitions. Excellence is the daily standard and is echoed by its motto, “Guardians of the Upper Realm.”

As one of the Air Force’s three operational intercontinental ballistic missile units, the 91st Missile Wing, whose members are known as the Rough Riders, are responsible for strategic deterrence by operating, maintaining and securing a fleet of 150 Minuteman III missiles located in underground launch facilities positioned in a 8,500 square mile missile complex located in the northwest part of the state.

There are 5,551 active duty, 5,584 family members, and 1,060 civilians assigned to Minot Air Force Base.



If you arrive after duty hours or on a weekend/holiday, consider staying at the 24-hour arrival point, the Sakakawea Inn, which is located at 173 Summit Drive, DSN 312-453-6161, Ext 0 or 701-723-6161, Ext 0. The toll free number for making CONUS Air Force lodging reservations is 1-888-AF LODGE (1-888-235-6343). Your sponsor can make a reservation for you in advance. Alternatively, you can email your request to the Sakakawea Inn at 5.FSS.Reservations@us.af.mil.

Single airmen should coordinate with their sponsor (or the First Sergeant) to ensure a dorm room is secured prior to arrival. Lodging and local hotels are booked for state sponsored events in late July and late September. If you are PCSing during these periods make your reservations early.

If you arrive between 7:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, report to your commander’s support staff. Permissive TDY for house hunting must be submitted before starting the permissive TDY.

Once you have signed in at your commander’s support staff, you will be scheduled for mandatory in processing appointments with Military Personnel Section.

For those traveling by air, you will be landing at the Minot International Airport on the city’s northern edge. The airport is 11 miles south of the base, which is about a 15-minute drive by car on Hwy 83 N.

It is no longer necessary to acquire a base decal or register your vehicle if you are stationed at Grand Forks AFB. Military and DoD ID cards are scanned at entry gates to grant base access.

Visitors still need to obtain a base pass by visiting the Visitors Control Center, located near the main gate at 80 Steen Blvd, Building 812. The Visitors Center is open Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but is closed on weekends and holidays. Authorized visitors can still be issued a pass at other times at the main gate. All vehicles entering or leaving Grand Forks AFB are subject to search.


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For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.


Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.


The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.


To be enrolled in a North Dakota school, a child must be at least five years old by September 1st. Check with the local school district for other requirements.


In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.


Minot Public Schools
For its dependents, the base has three schools operated by Minot Public Schools:  two elementary (Dakota & North Plains) and a middle school (Memorial), built in the 1960s. High school students (grades 9–12) attend Minot High School in the city of Minot, thirteen miles (21 km) south. MHS is split between two campuses: Central Campus (downtown) for freshmen & sophomores, and the Magic City Campus (on the southwest side of the city) for juniors & seniors.

Also in Minot is Bishop Ryan High School, a private Catholic secondary school, grades 6–12. 

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.


Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.


If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.


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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.


Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.


Military Children and Teens Resource Guide


North Dakota Department of Human Resources (701) 328-2310

North Dakota Department of Health (701) 328-2372

North Dakota Department of Child and Family Services (701) 328-2316

Souris Valley Humane Society (701) 852-6133

Minot Police Department (701) 852-0111

City of Grand Forks

Minot Public Library (701) 852-1045

Base Operator (701) 723-1110

Airman & Family Readiness Center (701) 723-3950 

Barracks (701) 723-3315 

Chaplain (701) 723-2456 

Child Development Center (701) 723-3750 

Commissary (701) 723-4559

Dental Clinic (701) 723-5565 

Education Center (701) 723-2772 

Exchange (701) 727-4717 

Finance Office (701) 723-4322 

Hospital Appointments (866) 299-4233 

Hospital/MTF (701) 723-5633

Housing Office (701) 723-4660 

ID/CAC Card Processing (701) 723-1342 

Legal Services/JAG (701) 723-3026 

Library (701) 723-3344

Medical Appointments (701) 723-5633 

Military Clothing Sales (701) 723-3341

Minot AFB Homes (701) 727-0007 

Relocation Assistance Program (701) 723-3950

Sakakawea Inn/Temporary Lodging (701) 723-6161 

School Liaison Officer (701) 723-2838 

Unaccompanied Housing (701) 723-7284 

Veterinary Services (701) 723-6449 

Visitor’s Center (701) 723-4066



At Minot AFB, family housing is privatized. Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC) owns the family housing and is responsible for maintaining, repairing, constructing and managing the community. In addition, to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you now may choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement BBC. Visit Minot Family Housing for more information.

Contact the Housing Management Office as soon as you know you are moving to Minot AFB. The government housing team will provide you the latest information about privatized housing and details about the application process. The HMO will also update you on any base specific policies regarding residing in privatized housing. Call the HMO for more information, 701-723-4660.

Unaccompanied Housing is provided for unaccompanied Airmen in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than 3 years of service. All Airmen are provided a private sleeping room. Furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living are provided. 

Unaccompanied Airmen in the rank of E-4 with greater than 3 years of service and above will move into housing in the local community. Please refer to the Housing in the Local Community section for information and assistance on securing housing.

Route 2 / 14th Ave. SE
15.2 miles from base

This area, located south of downtown Minot, offers plenty of housing opportunities near the mall.

5th Ave SW / Burdick EXPY W
12.5 miles from base

Located about 15 minutes south of the base, this area offers nearby shopping and good schools.

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In Minot, the summers are warm and the winters are cold and snowy. On average, Minot gets about 18 inches of rain and 28 inches of snow per year. Minot is one of the snowiest places in North Dakota. June is the wettest month with about 3.5 inches of rain; February is the driest month on average. There are about 204 sunny days per year in Minot.

July is the hottest month for Minot, with an average high temperature of 81.4 °F. The warm season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 25 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 70°F. The hottest day of the year is July 30, with an average high of 83°F and low of 59°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.5 months, from November 24 to March 6, with an average daily high temperature below 33°F. The coldest day of the year is January 12, with an average low of 5°F and a high of 21°F. January has the coldest nighttime temperatures with an average of 1.7°F.

The average cost of living in Minot, ND is 105, which puts it 9% higher than the average of North Dakota and 5% higher than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Minot, ND, the price of goods and services are 4% higher than the average of North Dakota as well as 6% higher than the nation’s average.

Minot Air Force Base is located in Ward County, 13 miles north of Minot, North Dakota and only 50 miles from the Canadian border. The base is an integral part of all the local communities. The people are friendly, helpful, and honestly glad to have you here. Known as the home of Team Minot, the name emphasizes the great working relationship the base has with the community. Minot is surrounded by military-friendly towns.

Recreation at Minot Air Force Base includes arts and crafts, bowling, library, auto skills, an indoor playground, theater, golf, fitness center, tennis, indoor/outdoor swimming, outdoor activities, and horse stables. Whether you like to fish or hunt, or you’re an outdoor or winter sport enthusiast, you’ll find facilities and surroundings of Minot and North Dakota to suit your taste.

The city of Minot’s rich aviation history is explored through memorabilia and aircraft at the Dakota Territory Air Museum.  On the banks of the Souris River, the Roosevelt Park Zoo is home to bears and big cats, plus many birds. The Scandinavian Heritage Park honors the area’s immigrant history with replicas of traditional houses and a wooden church.

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