MINOT AIR FORCE BASE: IN-DEPTH WELCOME CENTER
IntroductionWelcome 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
- Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel
- Minot Air Force Base Visitor Center
- Minot Air Force Base Gate Hours
- Minot Air Force Base DEERS Office
- Minot Air Force Base Commissary
- Minot Air Force Base BX
- Minot Air Force Base Barber Shops
- Minot Air Force Base Post Office
- Minot Air Force Base Finance Office
- Minot Air Force Base Legal Office
- Minot Air Force Base Library
- Minot Air Force Base Hotels
Where Is Minot Air Force Base?
Visitor Center196 Missile Ave. Minot AFB, ND 58705
Phone:1 (701) 723-2600
Minot AFB Map
Directions to Minot AFBMinot 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 AirportThe closest airport is Minot International Airport, which is about 12 miles from the base.
Driving Directions From Minot International Airport
- Follow U.S. Highway 83 north through the city of Minot and the town of Ruthville.
- Turn left onto Missile Avenue for the main base gate.
Minot AFB Transportation OfficeGetting 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 TMO527 Bomber Blvd. Minot AFB, ND 58705
Phone:1 (701) 723-1848
Entering Minot Air Force Base and AmenitiesIf 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 PersonnelUpon 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 CenterThe base’s visitor center issues temporary vehicle passes and can provide directions and information on the base.
Visitor Center196 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 Service475 Summit Drive Minot AFB, ND 58704
Phone:1 (701) 723-1343
Minot AFB MPF Customer Service HoursFor 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 Commissary360 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 BX362 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 Shop362 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 Office220 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 FinanceIf 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 Center291 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).
Minot AFB Legal Office475 Summit Drive, Suite 211 Minot AFB, ND 58704
Phone:1 (701) 723-3026
Minot AFB Legal Office HoursSome legal assistance is available by appointment only. Visit the legal office website for more information on walk-in and appointment services.
Minot AFB Library156 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 HotelsThere 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 Inn173 Summit Drive Minot AFB, ND 58704
Phone:1 (701) 248-7000 or 1 (701) 723-6161
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Where To Live Near Minot Air Force Base?
Cities Near Minot Air Force BaseWhile 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.
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Best Places to Live Near Minot Air Force Base
MinotMinot 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.
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Minot AFB SchoolsThere 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 WeatherMinot 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 DoMinot 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!
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ConclusionMoving 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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