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356.  A:   Motorcycle safety training has begun for the year.  Classes are offered for Active Duty and dependents.  Anyone wishing to sign up should contact their unit MSR or 5 BW Occupational Safety directly for instructions.  Class sizes will remain limited to 6 students per class until COVID-19 social distancing rules are relaxed. 

 xxx@earthlink.net.   Our top priority is to create a safer place for buying. While things can go wrong occasionally, there are some steps you can take to make an informed and safer purchase. We tried searching for the information that you provided with the invoice numbere Bay Invoice - ID#XXXXXXXXX but we have no record found.  I am afraid to let you know that the email you received was not sent by eBay and, therefore, must be fake or scam. These types of emails are often called "spoof" or "phishing   Request an investigation.  I have his email conversation I'm willing to forward to you.  

355.  A:  We are sorry if an Airman’s words or actions have caused you concern.  We hope our Airmen present a professional image even when off duty, but sadly that may not always be the case.  However, the USAF does not get involved in private disputes and we do not regulate what an Airman says online.  We trust you will be able to work out your dispute in an amicable fashion. 

356.  A:   Motorcycle safety training has begun for the year.  Classes are offered for Active Duty and dependents.  Anyone wishing to sign up should contact their unit MSR or 5 BW Occupational Safety directly for instructions.  Class sizes will remain limited to 6 students per class until COVID-19 social distancing rules are relaxed. 

354.  A:  We appreciate you reaching out to us with your request.  However, the most appropriate agency to address your request for GI Bill entitlements is the VA.  You can contact them through the website below or by phone at 1-888-442-4551.  If they don’t provide a satisfactory answer through email/phone, you may need to file an actual claim for the agency to adjudicate. https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/contact_us.asp

353.  A:  We apologize for any inconvenience, but our hours have been modified to meet the greater demand of the base populace for swimming.  As we are able to hire more lifeguards, we can look to expand our hours of operation.  However, the hours, effective 6 Jun, would be our normal hours of operation for the outdoor pool, and the indoor pool would be closed for the season. 

349.  A:  All of Minot AFB Homes amenities are closed.  This includes all of our playgrounds, our dog park, our multipurpose courts, our Community Center and splash pad. 

348.  A:  In April, Minot AFB Homes started aggressively controlling the Richardson Ground Squirrels in our housing community.  Building on the efforts we started last year we will continue using EPA approved gas cartridges.  Our vendor has been live trapping and relocating the ground squirrels throughout housing as well.  We ask our residents cooperation in staying clear of traps and not disturbing or hindering our efforts as you see them in the community.  We can only successfully execute this endeavor safely if our residents commit to allowing the process to take place without interference.

 

Last year, with the Air Force's assistance, we concentrated our efforts in the Sunflower Haven Neighborhood.  This year we started our efforts in the Prairie Rose Estates Neighborhood.  We will continue to work our way through the community this year from East to West.

 

Our Pest Control vendor EcoLabs has been concentrating their efforts in the North Point Neighborhood so far this Spring.  We recommend reaching out to their maintenance office at 701-727-9312 for instructions on what you can do around your home.

347.  A:  We are sorry that you do not seem to be getting the information you are seeking.  The base records indicate all benefits documentation has been properly filed and complete.  Without knowing specific details, we recommend contacting the Department of Veterans Affairs in Minot at 701-852-0177.

346.  A:  Thank you for contacting Team Minot.  You may contact the Small Business Specialist, Ms. Angela Klein at 701-723-4188 or angela.klein@us.af.mil. Additionally, contract opportunities valued over $25K are posted to https://beta.sam.gov/.

345.  A:  Softball is one of our core sports. We anticipate having a league once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and we are able to start playing sports again.

343.  A:  We are sorry if an Airman’s words or actions have caused you concern.  We hope our Airmen present a professional image even when off duty, but sadly that may not always be the case.  However, the USAF does not get involved in private disputes and we do not regulate what an Airman says on social media.  We trust you will be able to work out your dispute in an amicable fashion. 

342.  A:  We are unable to help you with your question.  The USAF does not get involved in personal matters between private individuals.  Furthermore, the USAF respects the privacy rights of our individuals, and consistent with the Privacy Act, does not disclose the personal information of current or former military members to third parties.

341.  A:  The data provided has been provided to our personnel sections and private organization coordinator to be updated.

340.  A:  Thank you so much for the positive feedback and the recommendations to improve the process. Our Pharmacy team is currently playing with different fonts to make it easier to read.

338.  A:  Thank you for your suggestion.  Minot AFB did the flyover in honor of local First Responders on May 21, 2020.

337.  A:  Due to the continued mitigation efforts of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the potential impact on mission readiness, wing capabilities, and personnel safety, installation access restrictions were implanted on 18 March 2020 and will remain in effect until further notice.  

336.  A:  The Air Force already provides these services to our Airmen free of charge.  Our employees are certified in Air Force approved programs.  We do appreciate you thinking of our Airman.  Thank you!

334.  A:  Thanks for reaching out. Our Civil Engineer Squadron is responsible for eradicating Richardson Ground Squirrels on the base and Balfour Beatty takes care of housing. BBC actually has a list of things you can do to help mitigate the issues around your house. We recommend reaching out to their maintenance office at 701-727-9312 for instructions on what you can do around your home.

333.  A:  The AN/APQ T-10 radar simulator for the B-52 has not been in the SIM since 1990.

332.  A:  Dear Sir, I'm afraid we cannot help you with your question.  The USAF does not get involved in personal matters between private individuals.  Furthermore, the USAF respects the privacy rights of our individuals, and consistent with the Privacy Act, does not disclose the personal information of current or former military members to third parties.

331.  A:  Good Afternoon, Motorcycle safety training has begun for the year.  Classes are offered for Active Duty and dependents.  Anyone wishing to sign up should contact their unit MSR or 5 BW Occupational Safety directly for instructions.  Class sizes will remain limited to 6 students per class until COVID-19 social distancing rules are relaxed. 

330.  A:   Please contact the 91 MW Director of Staff at 91MW.DS.DirectorofStaff@us.af.mil.  That office will be able to assist you with requested information

329.  A:  Hello, You will need to reach out to your servicing MPF at Shepperd.  They can be reached by phone at 940-676-4314 or via email at 82FSS.FSPD.OutboundAsgn@us.af.mil.  Thank you!

328.  A:  The first phase in reopening the McAdoo Fitness Center began Friday, 8 May 2020.

 

Hours of operation:

Mon – Fri 0600 – 2100

•          Closed for Cleaning 1300-1400

•          DSI Only Access 1400-1530

Sat & Sun 0800 – 1600

 

Facility access during this phase is limited to AD, ANG/AFR on orders, and AD dependents over age of 16 To ensure the health and safety of our customers and staff the following COVID-19 mitigation methods will be in place:

•          Customers will:

            - Sanitize hands upon entering facility

            - Customers will sanitize equipment before & after use

            - Wear cloth masks when using weight room or nonaerobic equipment

**Customers failing to do so will lose fitness privileges for 1 week

•          Social distancing is required

•          No group sports activities

•          Following remain Closed/Off Limits:

•          Locker rooms/Showers

•          Steam rooms

•          Rock wall

•          Racquetball courts

•          Aerobic room/Massage services

•          Parent & child fitness room

 

Thank you!

327.  A:  Outdoor Rec reopened on Monday, 4 May.  Garden plots for returning customers (those who had a garden last year) were available for renewal as soon as we reopened on Monday 4 May.  New customers (who did not have a plot last year), can reserve a plot as of today, 11 May.  Thank you!

327.  A:  Outdoor Rec reopened on Monday, 4 May.  Garden plots for returning customers (those who had a garden last year) were available for renewal as soon as we reopened on Monday 4 May.  New customers (who did not have a plot last year), can reserve a plot as of today, 11 May.  Thank you!

326.  A:  I'm afraid we cannot help you with your question.  The USAF does not get involved in the personal matters between private individuals.  Furthermore, the USAF respects the privacy rights of our individuals, and consistent with the Privacy Act, does not disclose the personal information of current or former military members to third parties.  If the individual is a member of the USAF and is stationed at Minot AFB, we will provide your contact information to them.  Thank you!

325.  A:  In accordance with AFMAN91-203 11 DECEMBER 2018 and AFI21-101_AFGSCSUP_MINOTAFBSUP 3 APRIL 2017

The flight line is designated as a no hat area on Minot AFB.  No additional areas are identified as no hat/no salute areas.

 

AFMAN91-203 11 DECEMBER 2018

24.4. Additional PPE Requirements. The information below is specific to flightline operations and activities and is in addition to the PPE requirements of Chapter 14. Maintenance employees shall wear heat-resistant gloves and long-sleeve shirts to prevent burns when working around hot exhaust or tail pipes. (T-1)

24.4.1. Head Apparel. Hats or bump caps will not be worn in an engine intake danger zone, as defined by the specific aircraft TO, while engines are operating.

 

AFI21-101_AFGSCSUP_MINOTAFBSUP 3 APRIL 2017

11.8.3.6. Each base will develop a local flightline clothing policy that addresses wearing of hats, badges, and passes aimed at FOD prevention while considering climate and safety. (T-1). As a minimum, it will include the following requirements:

11.8.3.6.6. (Added-MINOTAFB) To prevent a FOD hazard to aircraft engines, only cold weather caps/hats will be worn while on the flight line or other aircraft operating areas (i.e. taxiway, runway, hardstands, aircraft maintenance hangars, etc). All caps/hats will be removed prior to entering TO specified engine intake danger zones with engines operating.

324.  A:   Thanks for your inquiry. We're still in the design phase of this project and don't expect to advertise until next fiscal year. At that point we will post the requirement on beta.sam.gov/.

 

323.  A:  Please contact the 91 MW Director of Staff at 91MW.DS.DirectorofStaff@us.af.mil.  That office will be able to assist you with requested information.

322.  A:  Please contact 5 SFS Report and Analysis Office, ATTN: Mark Mittelstadt, mark.mittelstadt@us.af.mil, Telephone #:  701-723- 6532.

 

320.  A:  Personnel that require your services can be picked up/dropped off at our Visitor’s Center.  Base passes are not being issued at this time.

318.  A:  Someone from the Minot Military Personnel Section will be in contact with you.

317.  A:  Thank you for the question. At this time, referral management is open and is operating normal clinic hours. However, staffs sizes have been reduced to maximize social distancing so wait times might be longer than usual.

315.  A:   Thank you for the question. While we can't discuss specifics related to any individual, we can tell you that all applicable preventive health measures were taken so as not to affect other beneficiaries to include residents and our defenders.

313.  A:  Currently the BAH for an E-2 without dependents is $885 monthly. Normally you can expect to live in the Dormitory until you reach the grade of SrA > 3 yrs TIS. 

312.  A:  We recommend you contact the 8 AF lead for this issue: Name: Lt Col Michael L Toomer AFGSC Deputy JA, Phone: (318) 781-5305, Email: michael.toomer.2@us.af.mil

310.  A:  Your inquiry is not within our span of control.  Security and privacy prohibitions do not permit the validation of requested information. 

309.  A:   You may contact the Small Business Specialist, Ms. Klein at 701-723-4188 or angela.klein@us.af.mil.  Additionally, contract opportunities valued over $25K are posted to https://beta.sam.gov/. The ND Procurement Technical Assistance Center has a website for small business training and events throughout the year located at https://ndptac.ecenterdirect.com/events.  The ND Small Business Administration's website for training and events throughout the year is at https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/nd/fargo.

 

308.  A:   Minot Air Force Base did not have any jets takeoff from the base this Saturday.

306.  A:   The contact information for 5 FSS NAF Human Resources is 701-723-1993.  The determination of whether a position will be flexible or regular is determined by the Flight Chief and Hiring Manager prior to advertising the job opening.  Unfortunately at this time we are only hiring flexible bartenders as we do not have current operating hours to support the requirements of a regular position with benefits.  For a list of current regular positions with benefits that the 5 FSS is hiring for please visit USAjobs.gov.  Thank you.

305.  A:   We have no records nor claims that indicate or support identification of the stated issues.

304.  A:   Thank you for your kind thoughtfulness of our troops.  There is no prohibition on mailing letters to the military.

 

303.  A:   We take all complaints seriously and will investigate this negative interaction with those on-duty.  If you could provide more information on when this interaction occurred we could look into the personnel on duty and provide corrective training if needed.  All reports that are substantiated are recorded in our daily blotter and our official system of record.  The system of record allows us to look up cases, observe patterns, and look at historical trends.

 

Any claims that are validated are screened against the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) for action to suggest applicable charges, which can be found at: https://jsc.defense.gov/Portals/99/Documents/2019%20MCM%20(Final)%20(20190108).pdf?ver=2019-01-11-115724-610, Article 134 covers animal abuse.

 

Depending on the jurisdiction and location on base, our posts and patrols in the cantonment area may be heavily influenced by North Dakota Century Code, which can be found at: https://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t36c21-2.pdf and the case could be passed off to Ward County.

302.  A:   Your inquiry is not within our span of control. The USAF does not engage in personal, non-mission related transactions of its members. Security and privacy prohibitions limit permissions to validate information for any USAF members.

301.  A:   Thank you for your inquiry.   The Air Force instruction on age policy is clear.  The McAdoo Fitness policy mirrors the Air Force policy and is posted in the entrance of the facility as well as every room.  If an individual is in the family room with no children, please notify the front desk.  Equipment is placed in each room based on the required space and to maximize usage.  Times of cleaning are negotiated as part of the base cleaning contract. Currently the parent/child room is cleaned 1x/day, on the day shift.  We are looking into if the contractor could move that cleaning to the night shift.

 

 

Per AFI 34-266 (atch), Table 3.1. Age Policy.

 

 

Youth 16 years of age and over

Permitted in all areas of the Fitness and Sports Center without a qualified adult*.

 

Youth 13 - 15 years of age

 

Permitted in cardiovascular, weight equipment, group exercise rooms, locker rooms, saunas, etc., only under qualified adult interactive supervision. Interactive supervision requires qualified adult and child to participate in/perform activity together at all times.

Permitted in other activity areas (i.e., basketball court, racquetball court, running track) only when a qualified adult is present in the facility at all times. Permitted to be a participant (participating in age appropriate programming) or spectator in a sport or special event when a qualified adult is present in the facility at all times. For Fitness and Sports Center pools, use is permitted during instructional programs, or when a qualified adult is present in the facility at all times.

 

Youth 6 - 12 years of age

 

Not permitted in cardiovascular, sauna, weight equipment rooms, or group exercise rooms during scheduled adult exercise classes. Permitted in other activity areas (i.e., basketball court, racquetball courts, running track, locker room, parent and youth area) only under qualified adult interactive supervision. Interactive supervision requires qualified adult and child to participate in or perform activity together at all times. Permitted to be a participant (participating in age appropriate programming) or spectator in a sport or special event only under qualified adult interactive supervision. For Fitness and Sports Center pools, use is permitted during instructional programs, or when under qualified adult interactive supervision.

 

Children under 6 years of age

 

Not permitted in Fitness and Sports Centers except as follows: Permitted in Fitness and Sports Center parent (legal guardian) and child areas for supervised play. Permitted to be a participant (participating in age appropriate programming) or spectator in a sports activity or special event under qualified adult interactive supervision. Interactive supervision requires qualified adult and child to participate in/perform activity together at all times. For Fitness and Sports Center pools, use is permitted during instructional programs, or when under qualified adult interactive supervision.

 

NOTE:

*For purposes of Table 3.1, a "qualified adult" is a parent, legal guardian, qualified family member program (FMP) staff member, qualified child and youth program personnel Fitness and Sports Center personnel conducting a program, or coach. AFI 34-144, Child and Youth Programs, provides further guidance.

 

3.6.2. Enhanced Services: Enhanced services may be provided through contracts on a fee basis. Services may include, but are not limited to, juice bars, massage therapy, parent and child area, parent and youth area, family locker rooms, and supervised child care.

** Develop a local parent and child area operation instruction in coordination with the Child and Youth Services Flight Chief. There must be a 30” high clear partition, e.g., one-half inch thick shatterproof tempered glass, allowing for direct line-of-sight supervision, with an entry/exit that can isolate the child play area completely from other areas. Local policy will be posted in the parent and child area that address the following: children must be supervised by their own parents/legal guardians; parents and legal guardians must maintain direct line-of-sight supervision of their children at all times; the maximum capacity of children and adults in the parent and child area; the age limit for the children using the parent child area indicating whether users must sign in at the reception desk acknowledging parent and child area policies. (T-1). 

*** The Parent/Youth Area is optional.

 

As you can see, according to AFI, we should technically be charging for both use of the family room as well as classes offered to non-military.

 

We are continuously looking for areas of improvement to best accommodate our airmen and their families.  Our ability to do so is driven by policy and resource constraints.  We hope this information helps.

300.  A:  Greetings, The USAF requires its Airmen to maintain personal responsibility.  Please advise your daughter to contact the installation Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) for assistance.

299.  A:   Greetings.  Unfortunately we are unable to provide the requested information.  Since the equipment could have been used by an entity not affiliated with the installation or by one of our current or previous contractors we would not have the vehicle’s history. 

298.  A:   Thank you for your inquiry.  The organization’s commander has been informed and will contact you directly.

297.  A:   Minot AFB currently does not have a recycling program.  The installation has reached out to local recyclers to evaluate potential interest in a recycling program on base.  We’ve found that the lack of a viable recycling capability in our area is limited due to local recyclers lacking the capability or are not interested in starting up a base program.  Balfour Beatty offers recycling for cardboard and other items.  The collection point is the parking lot of the Community Center on 256 Spruce Street.  Use of the service is limited to BBC residents only.

 

Please know that we are working with the City of Minot who is conducting a market analysis on a potential city-wide recycling program.  We are also working with local groups to solicit support for a recycling program at Minot AFB.

296.  A:   The general rule is that Federal Government communication systems and equipment (including Government owned telephones, facsimile machines, electronic mail, internet systems, and commercial systems when use is paid for by the Federal Government) shall be for official use and authorized purposes only (JER 2-301). 

 

The JER does allow distributing information.  JER 3-208 provides in accordance with public affairs regulations, official channels may be used to notify DoD employees of events of common interest sponsored by non-Federal entities.

 

The Roaring 20’s Gala is a fundraising event presented/hosted by the Ward County Historical Society.  The proceeds of the fundraising event will go to help rebuild the pioneer village museum.  On Saturday, 2 May 2020, the event will take place in the Grand Hotel Ballroom from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The event will have live music by The Swing Band of Minot.  Guests can call ahead for a $100 table reservation.  Guests can pay $35 dollars in advance or $30 dollars at the door.  The Gala is a fundraiser and not an event of common interest to DoD employees. There is not really a relationship between the Air Force and the advertised item.  The Gala is primarily to raise funds to help rebuild the pioneer village museum.   If the event were a free event for Air Force families and its focus was primarily to create a fun activity  it would be an event of common interest.  Air Force employees could attend for fun at no cost.  The primary focus of the Gala is not to invite Airmen to come hear The Swing Band of Minot.  The primary focus of the Gala is to raise funds to help rebuild the pioneer village museum. The analysis would be similar to a PO advertising on Minot Air Force Base (AFI 34-223 para 11.1.3). 

 

It is recommended that the Gala post on the Minot Air Force Families facebook page.  They can send a friend request or find someone already on the facebook page.  This facebook page has wide following of DoD employees and it would be a good venue to advertise the fundraiser. 

295.  A:   You may contact the Small Business Specialist at 701-723-4188 or angela.klein@us.af.mil.  Additionally, contract opportunities valued over $25K are posted to https://beta.sam.gov/.  The ND Procurement Technical Assistance Center has a website for small business training and events throughout the year located at https://ndptac.ecenterdirect.com/events.  The ND Small Business Administration's website for training and events throughout the year is at https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/nd/fargo.  Thank you.

 

293.  A:   In order to limit reaching capacity at the VCC parking lot, members using services such as Uber or Lyft should use the golf course parking lot, along Hwy 83, to the maximum extent possible. Signage indicating that the VCC parking lot is not intended for overnight parking, is being developed. Due to zero program participation and lack of volunteers Sunday through Wednesday, the AADD program continues to provide requests for support Thursday through Saturday.

292.  A:   Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  It is always the intention of our military community to be good, considerate neighbors and we can remind our folks from time to time.  However, we cannot legislate what happens on a public highway which, in this case, is the jurisdiction of Ward County. 

The one concern we can address is the use of drones near the military installation.  A policy has been established to ensure awareness of FAA and DoD regulations regarding the safety and security of resources and personnel on base when operating drones. 

  1. What is a drone: Small unmanned aircraft systems that weigh less than 55 lbs.
  2. What must be done before flying a drone: Certify and register the drone, follow federal requirements referenced at the FAA's website, and if flying within 5 miles of the Minot AFB perimeter, you must notify the airport operator and the Air Traffic Control tower.
  3. What are the Airspace Restrictions: Anywhere on base, all Missile Alert Facilities and all Launch Facilities

Operations are prohibited from the ground up to 400 feet above ground level, and apply to all types and purposes of UAS flight operations.  If you see a drone flying in restricted airspace, just remember the acronym DRONE - Detect, Report, Observe, Notice features, Execute appropriate reporting, as this will help base Security Forces members keep our base, assets, personnel and their families safe.  

Any questions or concerns should be reported immediately to law enforcement.

291.  A:   Thank you for your concern.  There is no medically confirmed case of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease traced to the Lil' Riders play area.  We take the well-being of our customers very seriously, and this area is cleaned at 8pm, every night, Monday through Saturday. 

 

290.  A:   Absolutely -- the WarBull Firefighters would love to welcome your son to the station. Weekends would be ideal due to typically slower operations, but please just let the Fire Chief know when you’d like to stop by. [Personnel info redacted, contact Minot PA for further questions at 723-6212]

289.  A:  Fitness classes can be coordinated through the base Fitness Center.  Please contact Ms. Judy LaRue at (701) 723-4915.

288.  A:   Our deepest sympathies on your loss.  A representative from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations will be contacting you shortly to provide you information.

287.  A:   Thank you for your feedback.  We continuously strive to provide the highest quality customer service to all our customers and deeply regret that you had a negative experience.  Your concerns were addressed with Rockers management as well as their flight leadership, and we hope you have a more pleasant experience during your next visit.  For feedback in any FSS facilities, we encourage all our patrons to use the ICE system.  Please go to: https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=service_provider_list&site_id=206&dep=*DoD

286.  A:   Thank you for your feedback.  We continuously strive to provide the highest quality customer service to all our customers and deeply regret that you had a negative experience.  Your concerns were addressed with Rockers management as well as their flight leadership, and we hope you have a more pleasant experience during your next visit.  For feedback in any FSS facilities, we encourage all our patrons to use the ICE system.  Please go to: https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=service_provider_list&site_id=206&dep=*DoD

275.  A:  BLUF: Unfortunately, the contracted carrier (AAction) is unable to offer a HHG delivery date earlier than 9 Jan 20.

The HHG arrived in Minot on 3 Dec 19.  AAction contacted the Member to schedule delivery at that time; however, they did not have a house available for delivery.  On 16 Dec 19 the Member called to provide a home address and to indicate that they would like to schedule HHG delivery.  AAction’s earliest availability for the HHG delivery was 9 Jan 20, and as of today that remains unchanged.    

AAction is one of only four contracted carriers that service Minot AFB; therefore, they each remain fairly busy throughout the year.  That busy schedule, combined with reduced work days and personnel over a two week holiday period, did not bode well for a faster than average wait time from scheduling to delivery.  We reached out to AAction to determine the feasibility of an earlier HHG delivery date for the Member.  AAction stated that they are trying to accommodate an earlier date for the Member as well as many other recent arrivals; however, at this time they cannot offer a date earlier than 9 Jan 20.

284.  A:   Unfortunately, we do not don’t have a Fire Department or Security Forces challenge coin or patch for public consumption.  You may want to check public sources for these types of memorabilia.  We wish you the best of luck with your project.

283.  A:   Thank you for your inquiry.  Snow/ice removal in that area is the responsibility of the LRS Facility Manager.  Upon notification, Bldg 527 personnel advise they removed the snow from that area.

282.  A:   Thanks for your inquiry.  Unfortunately, our records don’t go back that far and recommend using public record sources.  For general knowledge, any individual with appropriate documentation, can place an inquiry for personnel records via the NPRC website at https://www.archives.gov/personnel-records-center.

281.  A:   Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  We are unfamiliar with the case but we'll be reaching out to the patient/family.  Also given the nature of the request, we will contacting you directly to address these concerns.

280.  A:   Thank you for your inquiry.

Unfortunately there are no preferences for spouses moving with a GS employee back to stateside bases.  As a current NAF employee, you will be able to go on 150 days of leave without pay in conjunction with your PCS with head of household.

We do have many positions available here at Minot AFB. Please take a look at what we have available on USAJOBS.gov

If you need any assistance at all please feel free to contact us by phone 701-723-2812 DSN 453-2812 or reply to this email.

Welcome to Team Minot!

279.  A:   Thank you for bringing this to our attention. While your facility has multiple occupants and organizations, there is a Facility Manger who we will be in touch with to ensure they are submitting on behalf of all facility occupants and providing updates as needed. We have dispatched our HVAC team (18 Dec) and are working to get the system up and running. Additionally, this facility is undergoing a roof repair contract that has been paused until the spring. Our HVAC team will work with the facility manager to provide local updates.

278.  A:   Thank you for the question, the 5th Medical Group is not a Retiree-At-Cost Hearing Aid Program (RACHAP) program facility.  The TRICARE website https://tricare.mil/CoveredServices/IsItCovered/HearingAids lists the bases (normally hospitals or other settings with on-site Audiology) that offer services for retired members and their family members.  Additionally, the VA medical system is another option to pursue if you are a retired service member.

277.  A:   Thank you for your feedback.  We apologize that you were given incorrect information in regards to operating hours for the DEERS Office.  We will use this as a training opportunity for our MPF personnel.  The DEERS office and function within AFGSC is contracted out and not performed by military personnel.  The contract precludes us from being able to open a second location and/or expand operating hours.  In addition, most DEERS actions require in person confirmation with several forms of ID presented at the time of the visit to protect everyone.  This means over the phone or alternative remote options are not possible.  Thank you!

276.  A:   In October 2019 the Air Force made some major changes to the EFMP Respite Care Program.  The most significant changes were that the AFSVC took over the way in which care is scheduled, documented, and ultimately how the Provider was getting paid for providing the care.  During the last few months the AFSVC EDC website has posted numerous messages informing Providers about the status of their payments and reasons as to why there have been delays.  Below are a sample of the latest messages:

02-Dec-2019 - Our office is still working payment adjustments. However, we still need some credentials from providers.  Please ensure that you answer our emails or phone calls ASAP.  The next adjustment will go out tomorrow and should be in your bank NLT Wednesday.  We have several issues with timesheets, some individuals are submitting timesheets with no time in care. Other timesheets have time in care on it, but it is not the correct date, that is falsifying your timesheet and you will not be reimbursed.

13-Dec-2019 - Our office has released the November payment.  In addition, we released an additional supplemental October payment as well. 

There are always challenges when transitioning to a new system or program, however, all indications are that the Providers either have received or will shortly receive all of their October and November reimbursements.  We did check records today and have verified the provider has been paid.  We appreciate your concern for our Providers. Thank you!

275.  A:   All Minot AFB vacancies are listed on USAJobs.gov, applicants would need to apply through this site.

274.  A:   Welcome to Minot!  We know that public transportation in the Minot area can be challenging.  As a valued member of our Team Minot family, we encourage you to reach out via any one of our MAFB Family social media groups to connect with others who have similar challenges.  Also, we recommend you consider adding this idea to the Team Minot Club app if you want to start a commuting club.

273.  A:   Thanks for your question. Believe it or not, snow and ice control is slightly more involved than just salting roads and sidewalks prior to snowfall. There are limitations to the effectiveness of salt as an ice melt as temperatures approach 0 degrees Fahrenheit (salt won't melt ice). As temperatures stay below freezing the ice will only melt and then refreeze.  The 5 CES snow control team removes snow and ice from the airfield and main roads on base while Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC) is responsible for the housing side. For base side sidewalks, only high occupancy sidewalks are cleared under contract, while the rest of the sidewalks are the individual Facility Manager's responsibility.  On base we use a 3% mix of salt to sand just like they do downtown. We limit our use of melt application on the roads for several reasons, including limiting tracked FOD (sand) on the airfield, clogging storm drains, and the impact of the salt/sand mix on vehicles (i.e. corrosive properties).  Finally, during melting season the salt effects the water quality and has ecological drawbacks to the wetlands located on and around base. 

 

Unfortunately, that means we'll never be able to completely defeat ice during the winter, so it's important to know how to best cope with it.  Walking on ice is challenging, but doing so like a penguin will help you leverage physics to your advantage

272.  A:   FSS/CC and FSS/DD see all ICE comments in addition to the applicable Flight Chief and Manager.  The site is administered by the FSS Marketing Department and if a comment is submitted that should be seen by someone in a higher position the Marketing Director will forward the comment to FSS Leadership to be forwarded appropriately.  Thank you!

271.  A:   We sincerely appreciate your concern for Minot AFB Defenders.  Weather is always an issue for us here in the northern tier and other locations which experience severe weather.  This year, as in previous years, the number one mission of security forces is to protect and defend our assets and the installation. That mission requires vigilance and intensity 24/7-365 to ensure protection and guarantee security.  In doing so, we equip our Defenders with weather appropriate equipment to ensure the success of our mission.

270.  A:   We regret to inform you that unfortunately training records are not archived.  Training has an expiration and would therefore not be part of any records dating that far back.

269.  A:   Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We’ll get the snow team over today to take care of your parking lot. In the future, please know that your Facility Manager (FM) can always contact CE Customer Service for snow and ice support. We do have priorities to work through, but in ice situations like we’ve had recently, it helps for FMs to communicate particularly troublesome areas with us. 

Please note that sidewalks and handicap access ramps are the FM’s responsibility. We’ll take care of the parking lot, but your FM will need to address the other concerns.  Thank you.

267.  A:   Thank you for your interest and information!  The Thrift Store is run by a Private Organization, we will pass on your message.

266.  A:   Thank you for your inquiry. MSG leadership, Office of Special Investigations and the Staff Judge Advocate previously met with the US Postal Services officials to discuss the reports of tampered and missing mail on Minot AFB. While the review remains in progress, there are no current reports of missing or tampered mail and/or packages at MAFB. 

 

Any issues with lost or stolen mail at Minot AFB should be reported to our base USPS at (701) 727-6488.  From time to time the MAFB post office receives undeliverable mail, i.e. wrong address, name not on mailbox, no apartment number, etc.  This mail is held for ten days at the MAFB post office and is usually picked up when people are expecting mail that has not yet been delivered.  If mail is not at the MAFB USPS facility, they will provide information on the claims process for open, stolen or tampered mail.   It is always a good idea to first contact the sender of the package.  In order to claim a lost package through USPS, the mailer of the package has to be the person to file the claim.

258.  A:   Thank you for your inquiry.  We have reached out to the Air Force Reserve Center (ARPC) who has placed an inquiry with the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) on your behalf to see if there are records available that can be given to you for use during the funeral.  A representative from ARPC will be reaching out for additional information.  For general knowledge, any individual can place an inquiry for personnel records via the NPRC website at https://www.archives.gov/personnel-records-center.

265.  A:  Thank you for the question. We apologize for the longer than usual wait time you experienced on Monday. On Monday and Tuesday in particular there were multiple factors that effected wait times to include unexpected manning shortfalls and an installation level network outage that significantly slowed processing time. While we have the shortest wait times within the MAJCOM and cannot control the network outages, we are working on a creative ways to augment pharmacy staffing to potentially open additional windows.

262.  A:   Ma'am, Thank you for reaching out.  In conversation with several pilots, there are no hard fast rules for this tradition.  The wings are theirs to give as they deem appropriate.  The only idea behind the tradition is that the pilot keeps one half of the wings, and someone important to them keeps the other half.  Tradition in most cases is that the wings are reassembled or put back together and placed upon the chest of the pilot at the time of their passing or passed to another important person in their lives, such as a child, sibling, etc. Traditions are many and personal as determined by the pilot.  Therefore, we believe it is completely appropriate, but not required, for you to pass the wing to his new wife, as long as your son is okay with the gifting of the wing.

261.  A:   Thanks for the question and welcome to Minot! You just need to bring your ID card to the military side of the Post Office and they'll get you squared away with a mailbox assignment, key and instructions. Regular mail is delivered daily to the dorm mailboxes. If something doesn't fit in your box you will receive a notification with the post office box where the package is being held, along with a key to retrieve it. If you have additional questions, please see your Airman Dorm Leader and they'll be happy to help.

260.  A:   Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  Our FSS and CES teams have made this a priority and door has been repaired and restored.

259.  A:   Welcome to Minot AFB where Only The Best Come North!  Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention.  Please find attached a map provided by our civil engineering squadron which details streets and a legend to identify installation areas.  We have distributed this updated map to our flight chiefs to give out to future newcomers and for posting in our facilities.

257.  A:   Chief Heser, Thank you for recognizing our MAFB Fire Department. Our team appreciated the opportunity to train with your fire fighters and discussions on how we can work better together. We value our community partnerships and rely heavily on your Department and others across North Dakota to support the Missile Complex. Thanks for your continued partnership and support!

256.  A:   We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.  DeCA responds to weather conditions based on the Installation reporting status as determined by the installation Commander.  In the most recent snow event, DeCA was not notified of the Installation status due to a reporting oversite.  Unfortunately, this caused a lot of confusion in getting information to our DeCA employees during inclement weather.  Installation authorities have assured us that DeCA will receive installation reporting notifications so that we can provide timely notification to our employees.  As always, the safety of our valued employees is a concern and if any employee does not feel safe traveling to the base in inclement weather, we encourage them to use the option of taking leave and remaining at home.

255.  A:   Due to the strict federally mandated requirements of child care, there will not be an option at the fitness center, however Minot has a very good Family Child Care program.  To find out if a provider has drop in availability, please contact our FCC Coordinators at 202 Peacekeeper (located next to B50 Brew), or at 723-6662.   Thank you!

253.  A:   Thank you for your feedback.  We are always working to meet the needs of our customers.  Our sports program has never been advertised as specific days of the week, as practices and game schedules are largely dependent on the availability of our volunteer coaches.  We are committed to providing a sports program, but we do not commit to a schedule until we have a roster and volunteers.  We understand families need to make choices for their children based on their unique situation, and we are sorry your family must now choose which extracurricular activity is most important to you.  In this particular instance, a survey was sent to participating families and based on the results, the Monday/Wednesday schedule was not an issue for the majority of participating families.  FSS does not have a role nor responsibility to organize or influence other Youth organizations at Minot AFB.  As the availability of our volunteers effects our schedule, the availability of volunteers likely effects scheduling for all other organizations that have programs for youth.  That being said, we do regularly meet with the schools on base to de-conflict as much as possible, allowing us to maximize participation opportunities.  Ultimately, parents need to prioritize what is most important for their family.  We do appreciate your feedback and will take it into consideration when advertising future Youth Sports to provide clarification up front, that game and practice schedules will be determined after sign-ups are complete and based on volunteer availability.    Thank you!

251.  A:   Thank you for the question. Our Medical Group's Education and Training office will contact you to see if a training affiliation agreement can be developed to support your request. 

248.  A:  Thanks for your input. The weather has been pretty bad lately, so the start date wasn't clear until recently. Nonetheless, we wish we had gotten word out sooner on the gate closure. Thankfully, this is the final closure associated with the Bomber Blvd construction project, so we're pushing hard to get it done before winter.

245.  A:  In response to your question and the ability to get to/from an off base appointment; duty related appointments on or off base include medical and dental for the AD member (dependents typically not included) are considered official and the use of a GMV is authorized.  In this case there are a number of COAs available to you: 

  1. Use a GMV assigned to your unit
  2. Request a vehicle from Ground Transportation
  3. Request GMV taxi support from Ground Transportation

 

If the appointment is non-duty related, use of GMVs purchased with appropriated funds would not be authorized for the members personal convenience.

In response to the availability of other transportation options; bus services for non-duty support requires AFIMSC/CC approval and is restricted by congressional mandates outlined in DoDM 4500.36 enclosure 5 which are prohibitive to this service from being a feasible option. Other options are equally restrictive under similar guidance to include fraud, waste, abuse and ethics standards.

BL: Options for “official” support are restricted if the transportation need is for a member’s personal convenience.  In such cases recommend you discuss with your unit additional options that do not involve use of appropriate resources.

244.  A:  Thank you so much for the question. The 5th Medical Group is generally closed until 1300 on the 4th Wednesday of every month for training. On those days notifications to our beneficiaries are usually made via our Facebook site along with signage posted prior to entering the medical facility campus. That said, the Medical group did indeed have phone line issues during the timeframe you were calling that was related to a network outage, but was restored at approximately noon that day.  We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused.

250.  A:    Thank you for contacting Team Minot.  The NDANG forwarded your inquiry to ND JFHQ for possible resolution. 

249.  A:  Your inquiry is not within our span of control. The USAF does not engage in personal, non-mission related transactions of its members. Security and privacy prohibitions do not permit the validation of information for any USAF members.

246.  A:  Thank you for your inquiry.  ASVAB is only required for entry into the military.

243.  A:  Thanks for your inquiry. You're correct that BBC's primary method of reimbursement for lodging expenses due to water intrusion issues is through future rent reduction. However, for reasons you stated, they actually did authorize someone to stay at the TLF and charge it directly to BBC. They've also made an accommodation to issue an electronic funds transfer as reimbursement for someone who wasn't able to wait for the allotment to repay them.

 

Bottom line, we agree and BBC is already making those accommodations on a case by case basis.

 

If you or someone you know is having issues with lodging repayment or other issues related to BBC, please don't hesitate to let me know so we can advocate on their behalf.

242.  A:  Thank you for contacting Team Minot.  Privacy statutes prohibit our engagement in the private transactions of our Members without a legal requirement to do so.

239.  A:  Thank you for reaching out to Minot AFB for medical employment opportunity.   For all nursing positions applicants may submit a resume, nursing license, and transcript directly to: Minotstaffing@us.af.mil or apply on-line through https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/519525800 .  We recommend applicants apply online as well as send us a courtesy copy to our office at the email above.  V/R, Civilian Personnel Office.

 

237.  A:  This is covered in the Unaccompanied Housing Resident Brochure, Section 2 (Resident Responsibilities), para 2.5, Pets will be limited to fish in aquariums no larger than 10 gallons, and caged pets are limited to 1 guinea pig or 2 hamsters only. All other pets are prohibited and will be removed from the dormitory room at the resident’s expense.

235.  We have had these concerns come up before. It is Minot Public School (MPS) leased land so the base doesn’t have a lot of say on these concerns. However, each of your concerns is addressed as follows:

 

The first concern of the sidewalk ending and not continuing onto the intersection of Roaming Road and Huey is that the sidewalk was designed for traffic in front of the school and to the sides of the building not to that intersection. It has been discussed with the district and cost has been prohibitive and not necessary as the sidewalk going south from the main entrance does in fact, continue to Roaming Road.

 

The second concern of the potholes, we will forward that concern to the Building manager as it is in fact worse this year than in the past.  Also, depending on the lease lines between BBC and MPS that small section of Huey might be a BBC responsibility.  That will require some follow up.

 

The third concern is basically the same concern as the first in that there is no sidewalk access completely along the Road C.  There is sidewalk access to the school using the sidewalk that is directly south of the building and there is sidewalk access along Peacekeeper Place. 

 

The fourth concern of the missing ADA access on the sidewalk south of the school will be forwarded to the MPS building manager. However, the purpose of ADA access is not intended for bicycles and strollers.  I do think that the district is in compliance as they have ADA access into the school and maybe not at every access point.

 

Your concerns will be forwarded to the building manager for the district so they too can determine if a course of action may be needed.

236.  A:  Our #1 priority is the security of the assets located on Minot Air Force Base.  Operational requirements dictate the security posture of the installation and the operation of the gates.  When possible, we will notify base personnel of changes to gate closures/operations and changes to our security posture.  Concurrent with last week’s notifications of gate information, additional security forces were placed at the Main Gate to help execute security requirements.  Additionally, units were asked to stagger show times or utilize their own internal plans to help elevate gate delays.  The restrictions at the North Gate are based on security requirements/operations for the installation. The North Gate will remain open to ONLY commercial traffic until further notice.

233.  A:  Thank you for the question.  The TRICARE Dental Program is a voluntary dental plan.  Sponsors can enroll through the Beneficiary Web Enrollment website, Phone (844-653-4061), or by mail.  If accessing via the milConnect website, you would click on “Manage Health Benefits”.  Within the Health Benefits site there will be a “Medical Dashboard” tab and a “Dental Dashboard” tab.  At this point you will be able to see which family members are enrolled and which are not.  If you do not see a family member listed please contact your local DEERS office to ensure they are enrolled.  To enroll members simply click on that name or click the “+” sign next to the name and select the plan coverage that fits your specific situation.  Please note enrollment changes can be made at any time, however they must be made before the 20th of the month to be processed for the 1st of the following month.  Also, once enrolled most plans require a 12 month minimum enrollment period. Attached is a complete brochure with information on enrollment, plan details, and all other pertinent information. For any questions please contact the 5 MDG Beneficiary Counseling and Assistance Coordinator at 701-723-5176. 

234.  A:  Greetings Ms. Jetty, Mr. Gohl is in charge of the base privatized utility contract for water and sewer. Mr. Mike Nilson from the 5th Civil Engineering Squadron takes care of these types of base pass requests. You can re-submit your requests to Mr. Nilson, michael.nilson@us.af.mil for processing.

231.  A: Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Our Civil Engineers evaluated the situation and worked with Verendrye Electric to resolve the issue. Please contact CE Customer Service (701-723-7307) if the issue persists.

230.  A:  Thank you for your inquiry.  Someone will be contacting you directly to answer any specific questions.  In general, the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, issued upon a military service member's retirement, separation, or discharge from active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States is used to verify a service member's previous service.

228.  A:  Thank you for your interest in helping our service members transition with better credentials.  Someone from the base Safety Office will be in contact shortly to see if an arrangement can be made to offer this training to our transitioning service members.

 RumbleOn.com to inform Minot Air Force base that, A1C XXX XXX has been a part of a fraudulent transaction and will not return the funds or furnish the vehicle purchased to our company. We purchased his 20Xx Dodge o vin #XXX on June 28, 2019. After we sent him the funds, he reached out to tell us he would like to back out of the transaction and insured us that we would receive our funds back. It has now been roughly 45 days since the purchase date and we have not received our funds back nor has the vehicle been furnished to us. We are asking for your assistance in this matter of retrieving our money back. We have all proper documentation to support the purchase and show that we funded him. Would someone be able to assist us in this matter at the base? I can provide all communication and documentation needed. Please ass

227.  A:  Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  We have contacted the appropriate personnel and they will be communicating with you shortly.

223.  A:  We appreciate your thoughtfulness and have contacted the First Sergeant’s Council and they will be communicating with you shortly.

226. Thank you for the much appreciated feedback.  The team has been working very hard to manage the Richardson Ground Squirrel (AKA Dak-Rat) challenges here at Minot AFB.  It is a very difficult problem given this prolific nature of this North Dakota native species and the unique eco-system on base where they have no natural predators.  The four prong plan devised by the team (in working with Balfour Beatty Housing) was very comprehensive and well thought out.  We are very happy the plan is working and you are seeing a significant decrease in the number of rodents in and around your yard.  Your message has been passed along to everyone involved in this ongoing effort. Again, Thank you very much for your feedback.

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224.  A:  Thank you for the reminder of the rules of etiquette in the flying of our U.S. flag.  We will review the incident and ensure the appropriate organizations are advised regarding the details of flying the U.S. flag in a position of superior prominence on the installation.

222.  A:  In the absence of a court order, the Privacy Act prohibits disclosure of agency records to individuals without the prior written consent of the individual to whom the record pertains.  Unless the request is for specific authorized reasons, such as law enforcement purposes or congressional investigations, etc. we are not authorized to release personal record information.  We recommend using public record sources.  

221.  A:  Thank you for inquiring about seasonal influenza and the MDG’s role in assessing children for CDC attendance. As you know, assessing when a child is infectious can be difficult as some never show symptoms and some do not show symptoms well after they are contagious and have exposed others.  Compounding this is the fact that many diseases/illnesses present similar symptomology (headache, fever, upset stomach). In terms of influenza, while it is true that we are exiting what we consider flu season, it is always circulating somewhere in the world and with global travel/PCS season it is plausible that it could be imported. More likely though, is exposure to another virus or even gastroenteritis that has presented with flu like symptoms.  And finally a point of clarification, the MDG does not medically clear children to return to the CDC following a sickness, this is an internal process to Child and Youth Programs and is outlined in their operating instructions.

AFI 34-144 requires the Child and Youth Program to have a parent handbook that includes procedures for medical and health care needs of our children.  This handbook is reviewed and certified annually by the Air Force Services Center. 

The Minot AFB CDC Parent Handbook states the following in regards to signs of illness for children in our care: For the health and safety of your child and the other children in the center, please keep your child home if he/she shows signs of obvious illness, rashes, and/or fevers, etc. The CDC staff is instructed to observe for signs and symptoms of illness at all times, specifically prior to each child’s daily admission to the center. Children with fever (under 3 months old, 100.5; over 3 months, 101), diarrhea or vomiting, open, oozing or bleeding sores or rash, inability to participate in CDC activities or other signs of communicable disease will not be admitted. Parents are requested to notify the CDC if their child has contracted a communicable disease. If while at the CDC your child shows symptoms of a communicable disease, you will be called to pick up your child and your child may be moved into an isolation area until you arrive. Within one hour of notification, parents must pick up their child and will receive information on readmission.

The Child and Youth Programs have a very high cleaning standard in order to best protect our children’s immature immune systems from as many illnesses as possible, but all illness present in different ways and in different stages.  As an example, an illness may incubate in a seemingly healthy child who becomes recognizably ill the next day having allowed that child to contaminate others the previous day when they were not symptomatic.  Specifically, influenza can occur at any time of the year, but is most prevalent in the winter months. 

With the large number of children in care at the CDC, our providers & cleaning staff do an excellent job to keep illness at a minimum, but not all illnesses can be prevented, only contained and minimized to the greatest extent possible. 

Again thank you for the opportunity to answer your questions.        

221.  A:  There are 3 options for getting rid of ABUs. 

 

1 - Dispose: you can throw them away, but it is highly recommended that all ranks and insignias are removed before doing so.  It is also advised to rip/cut them into shreds so they cannot be used for nefarious purposes.  Burning them is also an option

 

2 - Donate: you will need to remove all insignias from the uniform before going so.  Airmen's Attic on base is a good place to donate to.  Army/Navy surplus stores will also take old uniforms.  Local Civil Air Patrol and/or junior ROTC detachments often look for donations. 

 

3 - Repurpose: there are many ideas for repurposing of uniforms.  A few examples are hunting/paintballing.  They can also be turned into craft projects and Pintrest or other like websites have many ideas.

220.  A:  No response.  Individual was notified and information obtained.

219.  A:  Your inquiry is outside of our span of control as we do not engage in private transactions and are unable to verify information relative to such transactions.

218.  A:  All visitors to the installation you must have a sponsor who is a military ID card holder.  Visitors are required to obtain a base pass for the duration of their visit.   Base guests will need a REAL ID Act Compliant State issued driver's license as proof of identity.  For additional information, you can contact the Visitors Center at 723-2600.

217.  A:  The Dakota Inn Dining Facility is open:

Breakfast: 0600-0900

Lunch: 1030-1330

Dinner: 1630-1830

Weekends & Holidays: 0630-1830

 

The hours for all FSS facilities can be located at https://5thforcesupport.com/hours

216.  A:  Thank you for the inquiry.  We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of both Nick and Stephanie in our Teen Program.  However, we have to balance the needs of our patrons and our staff and have assigned both leaders and those that have replaced them to new positions to enhance their personal and professional development.  Ms. McAlexander has provided excellent service as our Youth Sports Coordinator and throughout all the programs at the Youth Center.  Ms. McAlexander is not a new staff member and has had interactions with many of the teens enrolled in the program.  We are certain the Teen Program will continue to thrive under her leadership.

215.  A:   Correspondence to Minot AFB can be mailed to the following address;  PSC 1000, Minot AFB, ND 58704.

A: Due to Privacy Act mandates, we are unable to provide information on any members.  If this person is a member of the USAF at this installation we will reach out to their unit to conduct a wellness check and make them aware that their family would like to be contacted.

A:  Unfortunately we are unable to provide the whereabouts of Chaplain Nelson or any other service members.  The Air Force Historical Research Agency is the repository for Air Force historical documents, however, this is not a locator for individuals.   Due to the Privacy Act of 1974 and Personally Identifiable Information regulations, data regarding specific individuals cannot be provided in order to locate members who are currently in service or who previously served.

A:  Sorry, you were not helped and provided the wrong answer.  Yes, the 5 SFS Visitor’s Center will conduct pre-screening of visitors.  In order the conduct a pre-screening, the Visitors Center staff would need the Visitor’s full name, date of birth and social security number.  If the visitor is not a U.S. citizen they would need the Visitor’s passport number and country of issue, in addition to their full name and date of birth.

Visitor pre-screening can take 1 to 3 days depending on the work load of the section.  Once completed the only information that will be provided to the requestor is if the visitor would or would not be allowed on base.  No other information can be given.   Requests for pre-screening can be sent to 5SFSpr@us.af.mil, or you can call the Visitors Center at 723-2600.

A:  No response.  No violations reported.

A:  Please find attached a document that gives a brief history of why Building 475, aka the Pride Building, was built and its early usage.  There is also a resource online at www.radomes.org

A:  Thank you for contacting the Installation Historian's Office.  We would be pleased to provide you with some photos from the requested timeframe.  Please send me a CD-R disc (only type accepted) and a pre-paid, addressed mailer.  Upon receipt of these items I'll copy some pictures from the requested timeframe and mail to you. 

A:  Thanks for your question. 5 CES monitors all water fountains in the Fitness Center and has a preventive maintenance plan to ensure filters are replaced when necessary. It’s important to note the filter light on the water fountains is not an indication of water quality. Even when the light is red, the water is perfectly potable and safe to drink. The filter mainly serves to remove mineral deposits that could cause hard-water damage to the water fountain itself. We are aware of a couple issues with water fountains not working properly and have submitted work orders to 5 CES for repair.

A:  Base maps can be obtained from the Airmen & Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 291.

A:  The Installation Historian search all files within the 5th Bomb Wing History Office and found the following as an answer to your request for information related to Roger J. Tabshey. 

Roger J. Tabshey enlisted in the United States Army on 6 January 1943 in Hartford Connecticut. 

Following training, Corporal Tabshey was assigned as an aerial gunner to the 31st Bomb Squadron, 5th Bomb Group.  Tabshey was lost with his crew while returning from a combat mission on 10 January 1945.  The aircraft, a Consolidated B-24J, serial number 44-40572, nicknamed “Snow Job II”, disappeared following refueling at Leyte, Philippine Islands.

CPL Tabshey is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing, at the Manila American Cemetery, located in Taguig City, Philippines.  Information from this page https://www.abmc.gov/node/523323 shows CPL Tabshey earned the Purple Heart and Air Medal for his service.

A:  Our first priority is the health and safety of our Member and your child.  All necessary supporting agencies are engaged and involved to ensure that happens with the best interests of everyone in mind.  The decision to remove your child this weekend was made with the consent of the Member under the advice of those supporting agencies to include law enforcement and legal.  On 24 June 19, a temporary restraining order was issued by Ward County with a subsequent court date scheduled for 3 July 19 to determine the next steps in this process.

 

You can be assured your wife and daughter are safe and being taken care of, however, at this time we do not have the authority to allow you to see your child nor do we have control over the process which will determine when a visit will be permissible.

A:  Sortie profiles, crew actions and crew intent are FOUO and not releasable.

 

A:  Many years ago this area was an official dog park.  However, due to the unknown safety issues at this site, this area is no longer an official area for pets.  The designated dog park is next to the BBC offices, Bldg. 256.  Until the fencing is removed, we are unable to cut the grass growing around that area.

 A:  Thank you for contacting Team Minot.  Unfortunately the units will be unable to provide these patches.  Now that the Air Force has gone to the OCP uniforms, these items are controlled and only issued to unit members.

A:  Thank you for your inquiry.  Your information has been passed along to the Airmen & Family Readiness Center to possibly incorporate into our Transition Assistance Program.

A:  IAW AFGSC Memorandum dated 12 Sept 17, “For 2019:  24 May, 5 Jul, 30 Aug, 29 Nov, 24 Dec and 31 Dec.  These days coincide with Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s day.” 

A:  For employment verification, you can reach our Civilian Personnel Office at 701-723-1986 or 701-723-2024.

A:  The member for whom you are doing work will need to sponsor you onto the base.  For each visit, base guests will need to provide social security number, date of birth and REAL ID Act Compliant State issued driver's license as proof of identity..

A:  The BBC Facility Manager walked around your home and then did a visual inspection of the playground near your home.  BBC plans to fill any holes around the playground as well as those in your back yard.  The BBC landscape vendor will be inspecting the walking trails and playgrounds throughout the community weekly to clean off any ground squirrel feces found.

A:  Thank you for contacting Team Minot with your concerns.  We do not engage in private transactions and are unable to verify information relative to such transactions.

A:  5 FSS/CC made direct contact with the Inquirer.  As mentioned in your Ask Team Minot response, the AF has numerous regulations and guidelines in regards to providing quality, affordable, and available childcare opportunities for all families.  While providing care in a group setting, the needs of every child and family are considered, however, all requests and parental choices can simply not be granted and fulfilled.  Medications are given at specific times throughout the day to ensure we do not miss any child’s medication.  Deviations from this can cause issues for all children in group care.  Concerning the sleeping issue, all children are given a place for quiet time during designated nap period.  Having one child not on a sleeping mat causes a disruption for all other children who are trying to nap. 

Group care is not a “one size fits all” solution and at times is not a viable option for some children and families.  Mr. Balas, the Child and Family Services Flight Chief, will be happy to meet with you to discuss your concerns. 

However, given the very specific needs of your family, a smaller, more tailored child care option, such as Family Child Care, might prove to be a better option and we are happy to discuss this option with you. 

A:  We do have a Lodging Facility on Minot.  You can visit our website at https://5thforcesupport.com/activities/sakakaweainn/ , or call to make your reservation at 701-723-6161.  Priority will be given to active duty personnel and DoD personnel on official orders, and military retirees.  Visitors are required to obtain a base pass for the duration of their visit.   Base guests will need REAL ID Act Compliant State issued driver's license as proof of identity.

A:  Please contact the Small Business Professional, Angela Klein, at 701-723-4188 or send your company's capability statement to angela.klein@us.af.mil. Additionally, vendors can register to receive notices about Minot AFB requirements which are posted to Federal Business Opportunities at https://www.fbo.gov/. This is where vendors can search, monitor, and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire Federal Contracting community.  Their state Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) provides assistance to vendors such as identifying and explaining contracting opportunities at federal, state and local Government levels. Moreover, they advise businesses how to find, pursue and manage Government contracts. Most of their services provided are free of charge or at a low-cost. The websites are www.ndptac.org and ndptac@und.edu for the North Dakota PTAC and APTAC. 

A:  Thank you for your inquiry as your concern is shared by many in our community.  We ask that any resident experience issue with ground squirrels contact the BBC Maintenance Team 701-727-9312 and a manager will meet with them at their home and assess the issue and provide options for them to combat the problem. 

Weapons Policy from Resident’s Guide reads…Residents and family members residing in the Home may possess and store privately owned weapons, which include firearms, crossbows, BB guns and pellet guns. All privately owned permitted weapons must be registered with the Installation’s Security Forces prior to bringing them into the Home. Use or firing of any weapons in the housing community is strictly prohibited. For information on firearms in family housing, contact the Installation’s Security Forces during duty hours.

We are continuing to work on an aggressive plan to reduce the population and will soon publish to housing residents.

A:  The Privacy Act prohibits disclosure of agency records to individuals without the prior written consent of the individual to whom the record pertains.  Unless the request is for specific authorized reasons, such as law enforcement purposes or congressional investigations, etc. we are not authorized to release personal record information.  We recommend using public record sources.  Thank you!

.  A:  We will address each item that you have brought up a concern on. 

Issue 1:  We support all parents in the decision to breast feed and parents who chose to bring in human milk may do so.  We also have a designated area for breast feeding for parents to breast feed.  AF guidance states, “Cow’s milk must not be offered to children less than 1 year of age unless prescribed in writing by the child’s health care provider and approved by the installation CYP Medical Advisor.”  After the age of 1 year, our program provides cow’s milk unless we have medical documentation from a health care provider.  If a parent wants to continue breastfeeding after 1 year, we will support that choice, but milk must be provided by the family.  

Issue 2:  Our medication policies are AFI driven, and can be found in Chapter 6 of AFI 34-144.  Medication should be administered at home by parents/guardians, if possible.  During a typical 10-hour day of care, CYP personnel and FCC providers will administer medication as follows:  Once if medication is to be administered three times a day; Twice if medication is to be administered four times a day; If medication is to be administered one or two times a day, medication will not be administered in CYP (except for time sensitive medications). Not applicable for FCC children in extended care.  The first dose of medication must be administered by the parent/guardian. If the parent/guardian administers the first dose at the CYP/FCC home, they must wait for 20 minutes before leaving the program/home.  Medications are administered by the same person each day if possible.  If there are no explicit instructions from a medical professions for the medication to be administered at a specific time, we follow the 10 am and 2pm schedule to ensure medications are administered at properly spaced times for the safety of children. 

Issue 3:  AF Guidance states, “Rest time is relaxing and comfortable. Rocking, patting or soft music may be used to help children sleep. Children may rest when they are tired. Non-sleepers can have books and quiet toys to play with during rest time.  Youth should be allowed to move smoothly from one activity to another (usually at their own pace).”  Our programs upholds the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The Inclusion Action Team, ensures reasonable accommodations are made to support the individual needs of children in care. AF Guidance states, “Due diligence and best efforts are required by all involved to consider possible modifications or adjustments that can reasonably be made to programs, staffing and/or facilities in order to accommodate a child or youth with disabilities or special needs. However, such accommodations should not fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program, or activity. If reasonable accommodations cannot be met, installations must consult with AFSVA/SVPY to explore additional alternate accommodations.”  We reached out to AFSVA/SVPY on this specific request and the response they provided is, “Honor the letter and provide the child with quiet activities during naptime. However, please let the parent know that staff will not force the child to stay awake. IF the child chooses to rest and/or falls asleep, they will be allowed to for the comfort of the child.”

Our programs are heavily regulated by the Department of Defense to ensure consistency and more importantly, the safety of all of the children in our care.  This is why so many parents preferred choice of care is with our providers, however we do understand our program is not a one size fits all solution and each family should consider their own situation to determine if alternative care would better suit their needs.

Thank you!

A:  Thank you for your recent inquiry on vacancies at Minot AFB, ND.  We do not have any GS-0080 vacancies at this time.  Federal vacancies for Minot AFB and surrounding federal offices are posted on USAJOBS.org.  If any positions come available we will ensure the selecting official is aware of your interest, however selecting officials can only select applicants from the referral listing provided by the Air Force Personnel Center which is generated from the qualified applicants on USAJOBS.org.  We recommend you check often and use location filter "58705".  

A:  Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention.  The BBC Facility Manager will meet with you today.  Since your home is near a fairly large green space area, BBC will have ECOLABS provide attention to that area to cut into the population.

A:  Thank you for contacting us.  The 740 MS/CC will be contacting you soon.

A:  Thank you for the inquiry.  Please understand that flight schedules are For Official Use Only (FOUO) and are not published.  We are unaware of a website that publishes these schedules accessible to the public due to Operational Security concerns.

A:  Minot AFB currently does not have a recycling program.  The installation has reached out to local recyclers to evaluate potential interest in a recycling program on base.  We’ve found that the lack of a viable recycling capability in our area is limited due to local recyclers lacking the capability or are not interested in starting up a base program.  Balfour Beatty offers recycling for cardboard and other items.  The collection point is the parking lot of the Community Center on 256 Spruce Street.  Use of the service is limited to BBC residents only.

 

Please know that we are working with the City of Minot who is conducting a market analysis on a potential city-wide recycling program.  We are also working with local groups to solicit support for a recycling program at Minot AFB.

A: Please send your inquiry to markus.nehlsen.1@us.af.mil or call 701-723-1444.

179.  A:  For employment verification, you can reach our Civilian Personnel Office at 701-723-1986 or 701-723-2024.

177.  A:  Note:  Per AAFES, this is not a request from someone that wants to be a vendor. The original message came from the Military Clothing Store manager.  The Exchange has a vendor that sales desk models of the B-52G and H. The Exchange wants to bring these models into the store to sell.  We feel the models would make good gifts and sell better if the models were associated with the units actually here on Minot, instead of a generic plane with no or other markings.  They are just attempting to "personalize" the models.  

175.  A:  Public Tours are listed on our website and they are the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Base guests will need to provide social security number, date of birth and REAL ID Act Compliant State issued driver's license as proof of identity.  For additional information and scheduling please visit our Public Affairs website at https://www.minot.af.mil/Contact-Us/Comm-Rel/ or call (701) 723-4702.

170.  A.  Public Tours are listed on our website and they are the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Base guests will need to provide social security number, date of birth and REAL ID Act Compliant State issued driver's license as proof of identity.  For additional information and scheduling please visit our Public Affairs website at https://www.minot.af.mil/Contact-Us/Comm-Rel/ or call (701) 723-4702.

168.  A.  Thank you for your interest.  Due to Operational Security we are unable to provide the requested information.

166.  A.  Thank you for providing us an opportunity to review this issue.  The dual speed limits was in place to accommodate a past requirement. The new plan is to ensure the speed limit will be the same, 25 MPH, on both sides of the street.  The speed limit will be updated soon.

155.  A.   Thank You for your feedback.  Your concerns are consistent with the comments we received from others and therefore important to us.

 

We know that some of our folks live beyond the normal Minot City commute, and therefore we aim to make notifications between 0430 and 0500. However, due to the nature of the most recent storm and challenges with some of our notification systems...we made the decision and notifications as soon as possible.  Please accept our apology if we missed our mark this time, but please be assured that we continue to improve our processes.

 

As always, safety is a primary concern and we thank you for taking the time to provide feedback.

 

148.  A.  Thank you for providing us an opportunity to review this issue.  The dual speed limits was in place to accommodate a past requirement. The new plan is to ensure the speed limit will be the same, 25 MPH, on both sides of the street.  The speed limit will be updated soon.

147.  A.  First, thank you for concern for our fellow Airmen.  Please know our Airmen are our most precious resource and leadership at all levels is invested in their success, health, morale and quality of life.  The team works hard to recognize issues that affect our Airmen each and every day.   From frontline supervisors, to helping agencies, First Sergeants, Chiefs and Commanders we continue to look for ways strengthen the culture of Team Minot and the resiliency of our Airmen.  Some of our recent initiatives are opening of the TURF, Telemedicine, streamlined training, implementing Code-50 “mandatory mover” assignment status for our Defender population (currently looking at potential implementation for other career fields); use of “own it”/”You Matter” days to give our warriors additional time to rest, and a myriad of other programs like Task Force True North.   We can’t do this alone and I encourage you to bring your ideas forward to help us continue to grow.   The bottom-line is “You Matter!”

136.  A.  Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  The local AFGE Union President has discussed this issue with the Store Manager to ensure equity in the hiring process for baggers as outlined in the Hq DeCA policy.

A.  Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  The local AFGE Union President has discussed this issue with the Store Manager to ensure equity in the hiring process for baggers as outlined in the Hq DeCA policy.

You will soon be contacted directly.  For anyone wishing to obtain copies of military records can be found on the VA's e-benefits website:  ebenefits.va.gov.  Members will have to register to access the system. 

Thanks for contacting us.  In order to access Minot Air Force Base, an active duty military member or spouse must be your sponsor.  In addition, you will need a REAL ID Act compliant identification, and must pass a background check.

You may reach out to our Casualty Assistance Representative and Survivor Benefit Counselor, at (701) 723-1444.  They will require additional information and will be able to provide you guidance

The 582 HG will only use vendors when parts cannot be obtained through DoD channels. These purchases must be approved through AFGSC, the Weapons System Team, and the System Program Office. Although M1 Support Services Site Leads are encouraged to find solutions to supply deficiencies, the approval authority to procure parts from local vendors comes from the 582 HG/MXO or Contracting Officer's Representative at the lowest level. Please contact the Maintenance Superintendent for questions at commercial number (307) 773-1825.

Tour information can be obtained from the Public Affairs office at v35bw.pa@us.af.mil  or (701) 723-4702

Thank you for your interest in USAF assets for your display.  These types of requests are best addressed through the National Museum of the Air Force Exchange Program.  The contact for that office is NationalMuseum.Workflow@us.af.mil

In this situation, the MPF will require the letter from AFPC along with 2 forms of current ID (eg: a driver's license or student ID, and SSN card).  In order to get onto the installation, as long as the CAC is registered in the system, a member can sponsor themselves on base as long as they have some form of ID verifying a member's identity.  If no form of ID is available, someone will be required to sponsor the member on base to obtain a new ID.  (Note:  the individual was directly contacted)

There is no official Minot AFB policy for what is permitted on personal protective equipment while riding a motorcycle in uniform.  However, AFI 36-2903 and the AFGSC Supplement discuss that logos and morale name tags must be in good taste and reflect proper military order, discipline, morale, and image. 

Since the military uniform alone does not meet motorcycle safety standards, i.e. bright colors for day and reflective for night, PPE is required and includes, but not limited to, a variety of devices and garments such as goggles, coveralls, gloves, vests, earplugs, and respirators.  As long as the PPE is serviceable it should be good to go.  Although the guidance does not specifically address PPE, members can wear club vests, etc. as part of their protective gear and should be worn over the uniform and/or jacket.  Across the defense department rules are basically the same whereas patches, colors, signs, insignia, etc. must be in good taste; are not among those frowned upon by the Armed Forces; are not contrary to any community’s welfare and existence; are not affiliated with criminal street gangs, extremist crime groups, or organizations; do not promote illicit or immoral activities; and are not morally offensive.  Such behavior or support thereof is a violation of multiple UCMJ articles.

We understand the inconvenience but BBC adheres to policies established by the USAF. The reason BBC requires the presence of the military member or a POA to clear out of privatized housing is because it involves the members BAH.  When the military member moved in they signed a form authorizing their BAH to be sent to BBC through MAC (the third party government billing agency).  When they move out they sign to stop that transfer.  Processing of a military member's government finances requires the presence of the military member or an authorized POA because they alone are responsible for changes to their financial information.  It is routine for BBC to brief the member on this requirement when they receive a 30 day notice to vacate a property and then once again at the pre-move out inspection.  This duplicate notification is done to ensure the member has sufficient time to process a POA through legal should it be required.  Off base leasing is different, because the member pays their rent directly to a property management company where there is no third party government agency involved.  Even if the member sets up an allotment from their government check to the property management company, the military member or an authorized POA is still the only way to start or stop an allotment regardless as to which names are on the lease.  Off base, the names on the lease determine who can be held liable for payments, damages, etc.

Thank you for contacting Ask Team Minot.  Military personnel and their dependents can utilize Veterinary Services at Minot AFB and can be contacted at (701) 723-6449.  All other personnel will need to obtain services from local veterinary clinics.

The Wing does purchase cold weather gear in bulk and we also do individual purchases depending on the needs of the Squadron.  The 5 BW is initially funded for about half of our requirement at the beginning of the fiscal year and we cover the rest with an end of year requirement.  From a Wing perspective, cold weather gear is something that is fully funded every year.  Squadron’s purchase the gear with appropriated funds so I would expect good stewardship with the issue of the gear to ensure we are not wasting the tax payers money.  
 
Each Squadron is responsible for the specific development and execution of their cold weather gear requirement.  If Airmen are not getting the right gear, money is not the issue.  Those Airmen need to address with their Squadron leadership and resource advisor to adjust their Squadron cold weather gear requirement to better meet their specific mission requirement.    

A.  Thank you for the question.The MDG has been assessing the need for an over the counter or OTC program for several months now and are in the midst of final review. While in theory an OTC program seems to be a win-win fo