Joe Foss Field ANG Station

Joe Foss Field, 1201 W. Algonquin St., Sioux Falls, SD 57104

ABOUT

Joe Foss Field Air National Guard Station is the home base of the South Dakota Air National Guard 114th Fighter Wing, which is nicknamed the Lobos. Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Joe Foss Field was named for Brig. Gen. Joseph J. Foss, a World War II hero, former Governor of South Dakota, and founder of the state’s Air National Guard. Originally, the Joe Foss Field ANG Station was the Sioux Falls Army Air Base, which was constructed during World War II, and later was closed permanently in the mid-1960s.

The mission of the 114th Fighter Wing is to deploy worldwide and execute directed tactical fighter sorties to destroy enemy forces, supplies, equipment, communications systems, and installations with weapons. The 114th FW has a documented history of support, including Operation Northern Watch in Turkey, Operation Southern Watch in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia in 2001, and Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom, in addition to the unit’s ongoing tasking with the Air Expeditionary Force. Approximately 1,100 Airmen are assigned to the 114th Fighter Wing. 

The South Dakota Air National Guard is headquartered with the 114 FW at Joe Foss Field. The mission of the SDANG is to provide combat capability to the war fight, security for the homeland, and provide combat-ready units. The members of the SDANG regularly engage in training exercises aimed at maintaining a high level or readiness. The Headquarters for the SD Air National Guard is a critical element for the governor and the adjutant general by ensuring all units of the 114th Fighter Wing are poised to respond to both national and state emergencies. With 27 assigned members, the main focus of the HQ SDANG is to represent and support more than 1,000 members of the SDANG and to prepare plans, policies and programs for its assigned units.

The ANG Station portion of the airport is located south and west of the commercial and general aviation areas, north of Russell Street. This Station has all of the standard facilities of any small USAF installation, except for family housing. As the home base of the 114th Fighter Wing, Sioux Falls’ residents routinely see F-16C and F-16D aircraft soaring above as they conduct training flights and routine operations. The other units assigned to Joss Air Field include: 114th Maintenance Group, 114th Operations Group,

114FW Mission Support Group (approximately 300 personnel), 114FW Medical Group (approximately 50 personnel).

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ARRIVAL

The ANG Station portion of the airport is located south and west of the commercial and general aviation areas, north of Russell Street. If you are heading west on I-90 W, take the Exit 399 for SD-115 S/475th Ave/N Cliff Ave. Then, follow East 60th St N and N Minnesota Ave and arrive at your destination on Algonquin Street.
If you are arriving from the Hector International Airport in Fargo, head south on I-29 S and take Exit 81 for Maple St toward Russell St/Arena and Convention Center. The Elmwood Golf Course will be on your left just ahead. Continue past the golf course and turn left onto W Russell Service Rd. and then take an immediate right onto Russell Street. Turn left onto A Avenue and continue until you reach W Algonquin St. and then make a left turn. Follow the road until you reach the destination.

Resources

TRICARE Information and News

 

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/.

FOR THE CHILDREN
 

To be eligible for kindergarten in South Dakota, a student must have turned the age of 5 on or before September 1 of that same school year. The compulsory school age in South Dakota is age 6.

 

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/.

 

The Sioux Falls School District serves students aged Pre-K through Grade 12 and is comprised of 23 elementary schools (K-5), five middle schools (6-8), and three traditional high schools (9-12). The district also includes an Early Childhood Program for eligible children ages 3 through the time they enter Kindergarten.

Additionally, a number of private schools are offered in the area including: Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and Sioux Falls Christian Schools.

 

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

 
 
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
 

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

 

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Human Services (605) 367-4217
The Minnehaha County Human Services office is dedicated to providing the support and relief of indigent individuals and families who are county residents or transitory.

South Dakota Department of Social Services (605) 773-3165

Sioux Falls Area Humane Society (605) 338-4441

Sheriff’s Office (605) 367-4300

Siouxland Libraries (605) 367-8720

Joe Foss Field (SDANG) (605) 988-5700

114th Fighter Wing Public Affairs (605) 988-5946

114th Fighter Wing Recruiting (605) 988-5718

114th Fighter Wing Readiness/ID Card Office (605) 988-5845

Base Exchange (605) 988-5772

Family Assistance Specialist (605) 357-2942

Airman & Family Program Manager (605) 988-596
 

Psychological Health Program (605) 988-5539

HQ SD Air National Guard (605) 988-5407

HQ SD Air National Guard Help Desk (605) 988-5778

HQ SD Air National Guard Public Affairs Office (605) 988-5644

Base Education Office (605) 988-5460

Housing

Government housing is not available at this location, but there are plenty of apartments for rent and home in the area of Sioux Falls. For temporary lodging, contact the Lodging Office at (605) 357-2845.

Hayward Addition
9.6 miles from Joe Foss Field

Located west of downtown Sioux Falls, this area is close to several schools with quick access to the highway.

Iversons Subdivision
8.4 miles from Joe Foss Field

Located just south of the airport, this neighborhood has plenty of amenities nearby and is close to good schools.

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Community

The climate of Sioux Falls tends to be part of the humid continental climate, characterized by relatively hit and humid summers and cold, dry winters. Each year, Sioux Falls gets about 26.3 inches of rain, mostly during the warmer summer months. Snowfall occurs in moderate to light amounts during the winter months, totalling about 44.6 inches each year. July is typically the hottest month, and temperatures can reach just above 90° F. Winters tend to be cold with temperature lows sometimes reaching sub-0° F in December and January.

The overall cost of living index for the city of Sioux Falls is 93, which is 3% higher than the South Dakota average and 7% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Sioux Falls, SD are 3% higher than the average for South Dakota and 2% lower than the rest of the country. 

The median home price for Sioux Falls homes is $161,500, which is 10.1% higher than the South Dakota average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Sioux Falls, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3, which is 7.1% higher than the South Dakota average. Real estate appreciation rates in Sioux Falls are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Sioux Falls homes comes in at 7.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 5.2%.

Sioux Falls has an estimated population of about 180,000 people, which makes it the most populated city in South Dakota. Situated in Minnehaha County, it was chartered in 1856 and sits between Interstate 90 and Interstate 29. Due to the lack of a state corporate income tax, Sioux Falls is home to a number of financial companies, such as Wells Fargo and Citigroup. Also, because of its relatively long distances to other large cities, Sioux Falls has emerged as an important regional center for shopping and dining. The Empire Mall features over 180 stores and individual shops line Phillips Avenue in Downtown Sioux Falls.

Sioux Falls features more than 70 beautiful parks and greenways, with Falls Park being the area’s most-popular park. Located on the Big Sioux river just north of downtown, this public park includes a cafe, an observation tower, and the remains of an old mill. Other notable parks in the area include Terrace Park, McKennan Park, Sherman Park, and Yankton Trail park. Enjoy the miles of walking, running and biking trails the area has to offer. A popular trail follows the course of the Big Sioux River, forming a 19-mile loop around Sioux Falls. 

The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is home to more than 1,000 animals from 137 and is a popular attraction for families.

Every summer, downtown Sioux Falls hosts a number of events including the SculptureWalk, Party in the Park, and “First Fridays”, which feature a variety of art exhibits and summer concerts.

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