Minot AFB Community

Minot AFB
Installation Overview

Installation Overview


The 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. The base operator’s phone number is 701-723-1110, or DSN 312-453-1110.



Minot businessmen donated approximately $50,000 to buy the first portions of land for the air base. The Minot Chamber of Commerce presented the United States Government with the land May 1, 1955 with construction starting a year later. The Air Force officially activated the base January 10, 1957. The base and its mission have evolved since its activation. If you would like to follow the evolution of Minot AFB, log on to the base homepage, click on general information and then history/mission.



The mission of the 5th Bomb Wing (AFGSC), Host Wing is skilled, proud Airmen providing full spectrum, expeditionary, B-52H global strike and combat support capabilities to geographic commanders and the Commander, USSTRATCOM, and 91st Missile Wing (AFGSC) mission support…Weapons on target, on time!

The 91st Missile Wing, AFGSC mission is to defend the United States with safe, secure intercontinental ballistic missiles, ready to immediately put bombs on target.


Population served

Minot has the following population breakdown active duty officer: 700 ; active duty enlisted: 4,750 ; family members: 6,150 ; and civilian employees: 850 .


Base transportation

The Base Taxi is available for “Official” business. You can make arrangements for the Base Taxi by calling 701-723-3121.

Free transportation is provided year round to students attending downtown public schools. Bus Service is also provided to the on-base schools from November through March. Specific dates will be published yearly.



Your sponsor is an important person who can help with everything from housing to in-processing. A sponsor can help resolve many issues that occur during your move. Air Force regulations require a sponsor be named after notification of your new assignment. Sponsors are expected, at a minimum, to contact you concerning the base, the unit’s mission and your job. Also, your sponsor is expected to meet you on arrival and help you get settled into the base and the community. If you do not hear from your sponsor within 60 days of your reporting date, contact your local Military Personnel Element (MPE) or Airman and Family Readiness Center. If you arrive between 7:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, report to your commander’s support staff. If you arrive after duty hours or on a weekend/holiday, the 24-hour arrival point is the Sakakawea Inn, 701-248-7000 or DSN 312-453-6161, Ext 0. If you encounter any problems before or during your in-processing to Minot AFB, contact the base Right Start monitor at DSN 312-453-3950 or 701-723-3950.

Until you obtain a permanent address, your mail may be forwarded to: Your Name, PSC 1 Box 1000, Minot AFB, ND 58705-5003.


Temporary quarters

If you arrive after duty hours or on a weekend/holiday consider staying your first night at the 24 hour arrival point, the Sakakawea Inn located at 173 Summit Drive, DSN 312-453-6161 Ext 0 or 701-248-7000 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.

Pets are not allowed in visiting quarters facilities. There are five pet-friendly family units available on a first-come/first-serve basis. If pet friendly rooms are booked, ask desk for arrangement options.

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, early September, and early October. If you are PCSing during these periods make your reservations early.


Relocation assistance

The Airman and Family Readiness Center will assist you with any of your relocation needs. If you need information on “mortgage related” issues stop by the A&FRC for help. We also offer Employment Services, base Family Childcare Provider listing, Volunteer Opportunities on-and off-base, and the Air Force Aid Society’s Child Care for PCS program to name a few. The 5 FSS Military Personnel Element will register you for the Right Start Briefing upon arrival. This Intro Program is designed to inform newly assigned personnel of services and resources available on base and in the surrounding area. Military and civilian personnel are required to attend. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend. Right Start is held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at the Jimmy Doolittle Center. Just give the Airman and Family Readiness Center a call at DSN 312-453-3950 or 701-723-3950 and we will be glad to help.


Critical installation information

Passports and Visas

Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing. Member and/or dependents are not allowed to final out-process without the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Members electing the accompanied tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.

These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families. Therefore, as a last reiteration, it is essential, members do not out-process without having the appropriate passports/visas for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.

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