Minot AFB Community

Arrival

See the Getting To & Around Ward County section for information about the local airport and train service and public transportation.

Minot International Airport is 2 miles north of the heart of the city and 11 1/2 miles from the base. If you didn’t make arrangements with a sponsor to meet you at the airport, two taxi companies will provide transportation to the base: Central Cab Company (701-852-8000) and Taxi-9000 (701-852-9000).

SPONSORSHIP

Contact your sponsor with your estimated arrival time and flight information, if applicable, before your arrival at Minot Air Force Base.

Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Minot Air Force Base. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about the base and the local area, make lodging/dorm arrangements, meet you upon arrival and be there to help you and your family until you are settled in your new community.

If you have not heard from your sponsor within 60 days of reporting, contact your local base’s Intro/Right Start monitor. Once you arrive on base, if you can’t reach your sponsor, personnel in the 24/7 billeting office at the Sakakawea Inn will help you get in touch with someone from your organization. To deal with problems before or during inprocessing, contact Minot AFB’s Right Start monitor at 701-723-3950.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Minot is easy to navigate, being divided into four quarters: northwest, northeast, southwest and southeast. Streets run north and south, avenues run east and west, and many are numbered.

Motorists should take U.S. 83 (“Broadway”) north through the city for about 13 miles to the base, then continue past the south gate one mile to the main gate and Minot Air Force Base’s Visitor Control Center.

North Dakota weather can be deadly for the unprepared. If you are driving to Minot AFB in early spring, late fall or winter be sure your vehicle is in good shape and properly winterized. Most people install engine block heaters, and studded snow tires, legal from Oct. 15 to April 15, are a good idea. Motorists should carry blankets and extra warm clothing for all passengers along with a survival kit with matches, candles, first-aid supplies, nonperishable food, fresh water, jumper cables and tire chains, if tires are not studded.

Cellphone use while driving a motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department of Defense installations except with a hands-free device. Off base, North Dakota law forbids texting while driving. Adult motorists may use cellphones while driving, but those younger than 18 cannot.

CHECK-IN PROCEDURES

Weekday Arrival

Those reaching the base between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday should report to their commander’s support staff. Reporting procedures are spelled out in the sponsor packet from your sponsor. If you have no sponsor, call the commander’s support staff or the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 701-723-3950.

For those arriving on a holiday or weekend, the new Sakakawea Inn at 173 Summit Drive is the 24-hour arrival point. Call 701-248-7000, or toll free for any CONUS Air Force lodging reservation, 888-AF LODGE (888-235-6343). Your sponsor also can make a reservation for you.

Newcomers Orientation

Don’t pack the papers you will need with your household goods — hand-carry them.

After signing in with your commander’s support staff, you’ll be scheduled for mandatory inprocessing sessions with Base Right Start (your spouse is urged to attend this too), the support group commander, the unit mobility officer, Equal Opportunity Training and the Financial Management Planning Seminar, among others.

TEMPORARY LODGING

Sakakawea Inn

173 Summit Drive 701-248-7000
www.5thforcesupport.com/activities/sakakaweainn/index.html
Open 24 hours daily

This new temporary lodging facility opened in January 2017 at Minot. Construction on the building began in April 2015; it replaced the previous, 45-year-old Sakakawea Inn, which was next door.

The $18.9 million facility has 93 units, 12 of which are pet-friendly. The new building features family units, each with two bedrooms, a living room, bathroom, full kitchen and laundry facilities. If your pet cannot be accommodated on base, ask the desk clerk for advice on other arrangements; though there is no temporary pet housing on the base, there are several boarding kennels in Minot.

Duty security police must be notified of any firearms or other weapons in your possession when you arrive; registration instructions and storage are available through the main-gate sentry. No on-base temporary living facility, including the Sakakawea Inn, allows weapons, nor does on-base housing.

If on-base accommodations are full, incoming personnel and their families should be financially prepared to book rooms in Minot until something on base opens up. If you will be house-hunting, submit a leave request before starting permissive leave. Those who marry on their way to Minot AFB should inform their commander and Customer Support during inprocessing, at which time your orders will be amended. Otherwise, arrangements won’t be made for your marriage during your Permanent Change of Station, and your pay won’t reflect it.

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