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A photo of the Magic City gate at Minot Air Force Base, N.D.



Welcome to Team Minot!

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
Phone: 701-723-2600
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.

Special Messages:

  • 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.

Helpful Information



Minot AFB Dorms App


Almost every imaginable type of weather can occur at Minot AFB. In general, conditions tend to be cold, dry and windy. The prevailing wind is from the northwest and, at times, we can have gusts of more than 50 miles per hour. Contrary to popular belief, the base does not receive a large amount of snow. Average annual snowfall is around 40 inches. Of course, winter does bring occasional blizzards in which heavy snowfall, poor visibility, high winds and dangerously low wind chill temperatures combine to make travel virtually impossible.

The base record for the most snowfall in a 24-hour period is 22 inches. Average high temperature for January is 17 degrees, average temperature is eight degrees. The average low temperature is two degrees below zero. The coldest temperature ever recorded here is 40 degrees below zero ambient, and 69 below zero with wind-chill.

Some beautiful weather phenomena are a gift of the winter. Falling ice crystals produce "pillars of light" during frigid conditions under clear skies. A radiant splash of color appears against the night sky during active displays of the aurora borealis, commonly known as the northern lights.

Summer can provide its share of hot temperatures. The hottest temperature ever recorded on base was 107 degrees. Average highs in July are 82 degrees with lows of 57 degrees. Thunderstorms are a common sight in the summer. Rain from these storms provides the bulk of the area's yearly precipitation. On the average, our annual liquid precipitation is 17.2 inches. Tornadoes do occasionally occur in North Dakota, mostly in June, July and August.

North Dakota's climate offers a variety of weather to enjoy. You must be ready for occasional harsh conditions in order to successfully "weather" all of our seasons. The weather service operates a 24-hour weather recording which can be heard by calling (701) 723-1130.


For detailed information, check out this article

Required Forms: 
Firearms Registration 
Firearm/Ammunition Qualification

5th Security Forces Armory 


Newly arriving Warbird and Roughrider Airmen and their families will now have the ability to in-process at the Welcome Center, allowing for a speedy and personalized onboarding experience. The ultimate goal of the project is not only to streamline and consolidate the necessary activities involved in arriving at a new duty station, but to ensure a warm and informative welcome to the base and the local Minot community. The Welcome Center is a crucial part of earning positive and lasting impressions from arriving Airmen.
Contact the Welcome Center:
(701) 723-2600

Window Tinting

North Dakota motor vehicle law, Air Force and Minot AFB regulations state persons may not operate a motor vehicle with tinted front windows unless the tinting allows light transmissions of at least 50 percent. This does not apply to windows behind the driver if the vehicle is equipped with outside mirrors on both sides.

Most likely, if your vehicle has had any tinting added to the factory-installed tinting, it will be illegal. Minot AFB security police will test the percentage of light passing through your vehicle windows free of charge. Law enforcement patrols will issue citations for illegal tinting on base, while Minot Police or Ward County Sheriffs Office cruisers will present tickets to off base violators.

Check your window tinting at the law enforcement desk. Members of the 5th Security Forces Squadron will be glad to test your windows between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please call DSN 453-4434, if you have any questions.

Mosquito Spraying

Every year during the summer, Team Minot teams up with the 910th Airlift Wing's Air Force Aerial Spray Squadron to conduct aerial spraying for mosquito control over both Minot Air Force Base and the city of Minot.

Spring precipitation and rains have produced large populations of mosquitoes through the summers. Many of these mosquitoes are efficient vectors of the West Nile virus and present a serious nuisance to personnel working outside. Surveillance using insect traps and biting complaints are used to determine where and when pesticide applications are justified.

To stay informed on when mosquito sprayings will occur, follow the Minot AFB Facebook page or email us through the Contact Us tab.

Traveling to Minot

If you're traveling to Minot in the summer, you'll find the weather is warm and pleasant. However, if you're traveling in late autumn, winter or early spring, make sure your car is in good mechanical condition and properly winterized.

Due to the sometimes harsh winter conditions, most people will find an engine block heater a necessity for their vehicle. The device, which is easily attached, will allow for easier engine turnover on cold mornings, especially if your vehicle is not kept in a garage. Block heater parts and installation are available at base and local service stations and automotive dealers as well.

Blankets and extra clothing for all passengers, along with basic survival items: matches, candles, a first aid kit, non-perishable food, fresh water and automotive tools such as jumper cables and tire chains are good ideas to pack. Studded snow tires are optional and may be used from October 15 to April 15. Minot has a mandatory seat belt policy which is strictly enforced.

Base Housing
You can find Minot AFB housing information at the following site:

Household Goods

It's important to contact the 5th Logistics Readiness Squadron Traffic Management Office as soon as you arrive on Minot AFB. Their operating hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Please be aware that starting in December 2019, their operating hours will change from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Wednesday and Friday. Thursday hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday is the only designated day for walk-in appointments, all other days are for pre-made appointments only.

For more information or to get in contact with TMO, please call DSN 453-1848 or (701) 723-1848.

If your property arrives before you do, or you can't find suitable living quarters immediately, you're authorized 90 days of storage at government expense. You may be liable for paying that expense if you don't give TMO your delivery address as soon as you know it.


To protect your health, the veterinarian is limiting clinic appointments. Appointments will be canceled one week ahead as necessary. When HPCON decreases to Alpha, we will contact all canceled appointments to take care of you and your pet.

We are still available by phone, (701)-723-6449, during regular business hours. For more information, click on any of the below options:

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  • Positive SARS-COV-2 testing has been confirmed in 1 cat in China, 1 cat in Belgium and 3 cats in the US as of April 29, 2020. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • There is currently no evidence that suggests pets can be a source of COVID-19 infection for people.
  • Routine SARS-CoV-2 testing in animals is not recommended at this time by the American Veterinary Medical Association.


  • Don't let pets interact with other people or animals outside the home.
  • Keep cats indoors when possible.
  • Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 ft between others.
  • Avoid dog parks or public places where other people and pets gather.
  • Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, kissing, and sharing food, dishes, towels or bedding.
  • Designate a family member to provide care. Please do not abandon your pet.
  • If you must care for your pet, wear a cloth mask face covering and wash your hands before and after contact.
  • 2 weeks of food and medications
  • Medical Records
  • Basic care & fitness items
  • Comfort items

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