Congratulations on your assignment to Minot Air Force Base. Contrary to some of the rumors you may have heard, Minot is one of the best kept secrets in the Air Force. Yes, it can get cold here during the winter, but it also gets very warm during the summer.
The base, located approximately 13 miles north of Minot, North Dakota, is an integral part of 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.
Many people have commented, "it's nice to be able to leave your doors unlocked and feel safe while walking alone." The limited "distractions" make Minot a great place to raise a family and build a career.
Whether you like to fish or hunt, or you're an outdoor or winter sport enthusiast, you'll find facilities and surroundings of Minot and North Dakota to suit your taste.
The host unit, the 5th Bomb Wing, is one of two B-52H Stratofortress bomber bases in the Air Force. The base's other major weapons system is the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, assigned to the 91st Missile Wing.
Throughout the base, you'll find a commitment to quality in every unit encourages you to be part of the process. With quality in action, Minot people can truly boast that, as the sign over the main gate states, "Only the Best Come North."
Please use this guide as an aid to getting acquainted with Minot and the educational, recreational and service facilities available. We have made every attempt to ensure the information contained in this guide is correct. However, some things are subject to change.
Minot AFB Visitors
Minot AFB Visitor Control Center (VCC)
196 Missile Ave, Minot AFB ND 58705
Hours of Operation: Mon – Sun 0600 – 1800
AFGSC Family Days: 0600 – 1400
Federal Holidays: Closed
Personnel authorized unlimited access to this installation may sponsor up to 10 personnel at a time on base. The sponsor is responsible for the visitor(s) until they depart the installation. Note: Minot AFB does not allow the installation escort procedures as identified in AFMAN 31-113, which allows DoD ID Card holders to escort personnel onto an installation without identity proofing or vetting. Sponsors may not allow personnel on base without first obtaining a visitor’s pass. Sponsors for more than 10 personnel must submit a special occasion request to the Visitor’s Center, NLT 3 duty days prior to the date of visit. If a pass is needed after the Visitor Center closes, on duty Security Forces at the Magic City (Main) Gate will write a temporary pass until the Visitor Center reopens the next day.
Personnel requesting an installation base pass must produce an authorized current and valid form of identification as proof of identity as listed in AFMAN 31-113. Those form are:
- Current/Valid Driver’s License (Must REALID Act compliant)
- U.S. Passport
- ID card issued by Federal, State, or local government agencies provided it contains a photograph and biographic information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color, and address
- Permanent Resident Card/Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551)
- A foreign passport with a temporary (I-551) stamp or temporary (I-551) printed notation on a machine readable immigrant visa
- An employment authorization document that contains a photograph (Form I-766)
- U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Cards/Credentials
Visitors younger than 18 must produce a recognized government or state ID. If the underage visitor does not have a recognized government or state ID, parents/legal guardians may provide a school record or report card, day care or nursery school record, or original or certified birth certificate for the purpose of identity proofing the underage visitor. No additional supplemental documents are required. If identity records or a valid ID is not available, the underage visitor must be escorted by a parent or be sponsored by a military ID card holder (AD, Ret, Dependent).
Personnel requiring a base pass will be vetted (background checked) via the NCIC III queries. The information required to run the check is the visitor’s full name, date of birth and social security number. All biographic and biometric information gathered, stored, transmitted, and shared during registration, vetting, and screening is considered controlled unclassified information (CUI) and will be protected. The use of social security number is restricted for the purpose of accomplishing criminal background checks and will not be used for any additional purposes. Release of CUI information, visitors name, base pass sponsor and length of pass is restricted to law enforcement agencies.
Daily visitor passes are issued to visitor(s) by VCC personnel for the period of the visit, normally not to exceed 24 hours, unless the visitor is staying at the sponsor’s on-base housing residence. Passes for visitors staying at the sponsor’s on-base residence maybe issued by VCC personnel for up to 30 days. Sponsor’s requesting a visitor’s pass for 30 days or longer must complete an extended pass request/justification.
Base visitor passes identify that the holder has been properly vetted and is allowed access to the installation during the period displayed on the pass. A visitor pass does not grant DoD benefits (e.g., BX, Commissary, etc.) or access to controlled/restricted areas. Purchases at BX/Commissary must be made by the sponsoring individual. A Minot AFB issued pass is not valid at other installations.
- 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 is located at 14 Summit Drive, DSN 312-453-6161 or 701-723-6161.
- Minot AFB Instruction 31-203: Prohibited breeds of dogs on Minot AFB are defined as Pit Bull, American Staffordshire Bull Terrier, English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Rottweiler (full or mixed breed), or any other breed with dominant traits geared toward aggression. These animals are not permitted on base. In cases of mixed breeds and other disputes, the base veterinarian's determination will be final and conclusive.