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Minot Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome Center (2021 Edition)
Minot Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome CenterMinot Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome Center

Minot Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome Center (2021 Edition)

Introduction

Welcome to Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. Minot AFB is the only dual-wing nuclear capable base in the Air Force. The host unit, the 5th Bomb Wing, is one of two B-52H Stratofortress bomber bases in the Air Force. The base’s 91st Missile Wing is one of the Air Force’s three operational missile units. The 91st Missile Wing operates, maintains, and secures a fleet of Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.

Minot AFB’s population includes approximately 5,550 active-duty military members, 1,060 civilian personnel, and 5,580 family members. For more information on Minot AFB, visit the base’s website.

Continue reading for our in-depth guide on Minot AFB so you can get to know your new base and its surrounding community.

1. Where Is Minot Air Force Base?
2. Google Map View
3. Getting There – Directions to the Base
4. Entering Minot Air Force Base and Amenities

5. Where Should I Live Near Minot Air Force Base?
6. What Schools are Near Minot Air Force Base?
7. What’s the Weather Like in Minot Air Force Base?
8. Things to Do Near Minot Air Force Base

Where Is Minot Air Force Base?

Visitor Center
196 Missile Ave.
Minot AFB, ND 58705
Phone: 1 (701) 723-2600

Minot AFB Map

Minot AFB Map

Directions to Minot AFB

Minot AFB is found in North Dakota’s Ward County, just 13 miles north of the city of Minot. The Canadian border is about 50 miles to the north.

Minot International Airport

The closest airport is Minot International Airport, which is about 12 miles from the base.

Driving Directions From Minot International Airport

  1. Follow U.S. Highway 83 north through the city of Minot and the town of Ruthville.
  2. Turn left onto Missile Avenue for the main base gate.

Minot AFB Transportation Office

Getting ready for a PCS move and in need of some help? Call the Minot AFB Traffic Management Office. For more military moving contacts and information, visit Move.mil, the official DOD customer moving portal.

Minot AFB TMO
527 Bomber Blvd.
Minot AFB, ND 58705
Phone: 1 (701) 723-1848

Entering Minot Air Force Base and Amenities

Entering Minot Air Force Base and Amenities

If you do not have a valid military ID, you may have to stop at the Visitor Center to gain base access. Click here for more information on the visitor center at Minot AFB.

Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel

Upon arrival, contact your assigned unit and your sponsor for in-processing instructions and information. In-processing services are held in the Welcome Center in the Pride Building on base. You can contact the Welcome Center at 1 (701) 723-2600.

Incoming personnel will be scheduled for a newcomer’s orientation, which provides briefings about support services at the base. Spouses are encouraged to attend this orientation.

For more information on in-processing, visit Minot AFB’s website for newcomers.

Minot AFB Visitor Center

Minot AFB Visitor Center

The base’s visitor center issues temporary vehicle passes and can provide directions and information on the base.

Visitor Center
196 Missile Ave.
Minot AFB, ND 58705
Phone: 1 (701) 723-2600

Visitor Center Hours

  • Daily – 0600 to 1800.

Minot AFB Gate Hours

  • Magic City (Main) Gate: Open 24/7.
  • Minot City (South) Gate: Open 0600 to 1730 Monday through Friday.

DEERS Minot AFB

Minot AFB Military Personnel Flight Customer Service
475 Summit Drive
Minot AFB, ND 58704
Phone: 1 (701) 723-1343

Minot AFB MPF Customer Service Hours
For more information on making an appointment, visit the Minot AFB MPF website.

  • Monday through Wednesday – 0800 to 1600.
  • Thursday – 0800 to 1500.
  • Friday – 0800 to 1600.

Minot AFB Commissary

Minot AFB Commissary

360 Missile Ave.
Minot AFB, ND 58705
Phone: 1 (701) 723-4559

Minot AFB Commissary Hours

  • Tuesday through Friday – 0900 to 1900.
  • Saturday – 0900 to 1800.
  • Sunday – 1100 to 1800.

Minot AFB BX

362 Missile Ave.
Minot AFB, ND 58705
Phone: 1 (701) 727-4717

Minot AFB Exchange Hours

  • Monday through Saturday – 0900 to 1800.
  • Sunday – 1000 to 1800.

Minot AFB Barber Shop

Minot AFB Barber Shop

362 Missile Ave.
Minot AFB, ND 58705
Phone: 1 (701) 727-4868

Minot AFB Barber Shop Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0800 to 1800.
  • Saturday – 0900 to 1500.

Minot AFB Post Office

220 Peacekeeper Place
Minot AFB, ND 58704
Phone: 1 (701) 727-6488

Minot AFB Post Office Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0900 to 1130 and 1230 to 1530.

Minot AFB Finance

Minot AFB Finance

If you’re looking for financial advice or assistance on money matters, the talented and professional counselors of the Minot AFB Airman & Family Readiness Center can help.

Airman & Family Readiness Center
291 Peacekeeper Place
Minot AFB, ND 58704
Phone: 1 (701) 723-3950

Minot AFB Airman & Family Readiness Center Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0730 to 1630 (closes at noon the second Thursday of each month for staff training).

475 Summit Drive, Suite 211
Minot AFB, ND 58704
Phone: 1 (701) 723-3026

Minot AFB Legal Office Hours
Some legal assistance is available by appointment only. Visit the legal office website for more information on walk-in and appointment services.

Minot AFB Library

Minot AFB Library

156 Missile Ave.
Minot AFB, ND 58704
Phone: 1 (701) 723-3344 or 1 (701) 723-6883

Minot AFB Library Hours

  • Monday through Thursday – 1000 to 2000.
  • Friday – 1100 to 1900.
  • Saturday – 1100 to 1800.

 

Minot AFB Hotels

Minot AFB Hotels

There are many hotels near Minot AFB, so you’re sure to find one to fit your budget. For a full list of military lodges and affiliated resorts in the area, visit the Department of Defense Lodging website.

Sakakawea Inn
173 Summit Drive
Minot AFB, ND 58704
Phone: 1 (701) 248-7000 or 1 (701) 723-6161

Download MyBaseGuide’s Relocation Guide for information about hotels nearby.

Hot Tip: Download MyBaseGuide’s Minot AFB Military Relocation Guide for information about hotels nearby.

Where To Live Near Minot Air Force Base?

Where To Live Near Minot Air Force Base?

Cities Near Minot Air Force Base

While many military family members call base housing their home, others choose to live in nearby communities. Minot and other neighboring communities provide housing, employment, and other services for Minot AFB military families. The cost of living in the Minot metro area is close to the national average, so rental housing and real estate is affordable.

Suggested Reads: Minot AFB Housing: 3 On Base Options

Best Places to Live Near Minot Air Force Base

Minot

Minot AFB is just 13 miles north of the city of Minot. The city has a population of approximately 47,000 people. Minot offers residents a host of recreational opportunities, outdoor activities, and entertainment. Minot is home to the Roosevelt Park Zoo, the Dakota Territory Air Museum, and the Taube Museum of Art. Minot’s North Dakota State Fair Center hosts a number of events, including the state fair, which is the state’s largest annual event. Outdoor adventures can be had in the city’s parks and trails. Scandinavian Heritage Park is a favorite among residents, with its full-scale replica of Stave Church, from Gol, Norway, and a 25-foot-tall Swedish Dala horse.

Look for homes and apartments for rent or sale at AHRN.com.

Hot Tip: Look for Minot AFB homes and apartments for rent or sale, and find BAH, PCS, TLA & ETS military housing information at AHRN.com.

Minot AFB Schools

Minot AFB Schools

There are many options for your child’s education near Minot AFB. North Dakota offers traditional public schools, as well as private schools. For younger children, there are a variety of local daycares and child care programs on and off base.

Children who live on base may attend schools in the Minot Public Schools district. There are no DoDEA schools on base.

The Minot AFB school liaison officer website has more information on area school districts, home schooling in North Dakota, parent resources, and more. The website also has contact information for the base’s school liaison specialist, who can provide information and guidance on area schools as well as educational resources for your children.

Minot AFB Weather

Minot AFB Weather

Minot AFB enjoys all four seasons, but the region is known for its windy weather and harsh winters. In winter, the average highs at Minot AFB are in the low 20s and high teens. Average lows dip to the single digits. Winter brings blizzards and low temperatures that, combined with the wind chill, can be dangerous. Bundle up, winterize your car, and follow traffic adversaries. The base gets about 35 inches of snow annually.

In the summer, temperatures warm up considerably. The average high can soar to the 80s. Summer nights cool down, with average lows in the 50s. Minot AFB gets about 14 inches of rain annually, mostly in the summer months. Summer also brings possible tornadoes.

For information on weather and emergency preparedness in North Dakota, visit the state’s ND Response website. For Minot AFB adverse weather and road condition information, visit the base’s website or call 1 (701) 723-1190.

Minot AFB Things to Do

Minot AFB Things to Do

Minot AFB and the surrounding region are home to historical sites, museums, a zoo, great restaurants and breweries, and shopping venues. On base, there are a multitude of recreational opportunities, including arts and crafts, bowling, golfing, paintball, swimming, and more. Outside the gates, with the city of Minot nearby, there’s no shortage of things to do. Get out and explore!

Suggested Reads: 17 Of the Best Things to Do Near Minot AFB and 17 of the Best Restaurants Near Minot AFB

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Hot Tip: Connect with military-trusted businesses and deals exclusively for Minot AFB at MyBaseGuide.

Conclusion

Moving to a new base comes with challenges, but Minot AFB is a great place to call home. Head to local hangouts, spend the day exploring the city, and discover other area gems to experience everything this region and world-class base have to offer you during your time here.

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