Ask Team Minot - Questions & Answers

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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. 

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. 

 355.  Q:  Report: One of your solider is committing frauds by Market place on facebook, using ebay and a email to commit his or her money fraudsters operation on or near your base. His name is Xxxx Xxxx his scam email is 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.  Q:  Are they doing any motorcycle riders course on base anytime soon.

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.  Q:  Hi, My name is Xxx Xxx. I am writing to you requesting your help or maybe, if you cannot, the contact information of someone who can. I am an ex- Air Force spouse. My ex husband was in the Air Force for 13 years, I believe. We have 3 boys. My ex husband signed his GI Bill over to our boys when he earned it. Unfortunately, that GI Bill was lost when he was sentenced to charges of domestic abuse against me 6 years ago. My then young boys and I testified against him in his trial there at Minot Air Force Base. I am writing to try and get that GI Bill that was previously transferred to my boys back for them. I have a 17 year old soon to be high school senior and twin 15 year old, soon to be Juniors. They have matured to be extremely smart kids, and I would like them to be able to go to college. When all of this first happened, my divorce lawyer advised that I should try yo recover the GI Bill for them, but everything was so overwhelming at that time for me,

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.  Q:  Good afternoon,  I am an active duty member who uses the pool daily for my primary source of workouts. I typically swim before work (0500-0700). There have been 3-5 other active duty members at the pool during this time over the past 2 weeks. I am requesting that the new pool hours be looked into. Not every active duty member has the luxury of taking time off in the middle of the work day to use the 1100-1200 lap swim times. It would be much appreciated if an additional lap swim period was added, either before 0700 or after 1600, in order to accommodate more active duty members that utilize the pool.   Thanks!

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.  Q:   Are the parks on base open?

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.  Q:   Hi, Dakrats are continuing to multiply! We have about ten massive holes in our yard already!  The base did such an amazing job at the end of last summer getting rid of them. Will this happen at the beginning of the season this year?  Thanks, Katie

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.  Q:   I just want to say it makes me very sad that my husband severed 38 years in the military and was kill in Nov-20-2018 and I can’t get any help from anyone to get all of my benefits and all the rest of the things that need to be done just keep getting the run around. This has caused me a lot mental depression. I had to leave here for five months now I’m trying again. We were marry for 30yr he love the military but if he knew what I’m having to go through I don’t think he would be so happy. I have not been able to file my taxes for 2018 because I had been waiting on his 1099 for his retirement which I just got. There is so much more I could say but I  don’t think it matter to anyone.    XXX XXX

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.  Q:   Good Day, I hope this email finds you safe and well.  My name is Phill and I work at ‘TowFLEXX Aircraft Tugs’ – We have Locations in Brookhaven, PA and St. Augustin, FL., with the head office and production line based in Germany. We are a manufacturer of fully electric and remote-controlled towbarless aircraft tugs, that are currently in service within the US Airforce and other militaries around the world, being used on F15, F16,F22, F35 and A10 (references below). Our tugs do not only have a unique technology, that keeps the nose wheel straight, but they don´t use any hydraulics to make them low-maintenance, and especially in these time, they are supporting social distancing, since only one person is needed to operate. We have just released a new ‘MilSpec‘, that that has been customized to meet the requirements of daily use in the Airforce. It has been fine-tuned by military personnel over the la

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.  Q:   Do you guys have a baseball team at Minot, my friend and I both got stationed here and are wondering if you guys have a team, thank you.

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.  Q Ive had no problem with Joshua XXXXX until I sent him a video that was in remembrance of him with our son now didn’t think there was an issue because he’s known to have a funny character in the family but now The issue I have with Him is he had made a comment on social media towards my parenting he was out of line the way he talked down to me judging my “parenting skills” when I’ve shown no physical or mental harm to my kids nor anyone else’s kids ever no non parent nor any parent should speak upon how parents should parent a child of theirs especially if they are not around nor ever where around to witness what kind of parents we are he’s a cousin of my two children on the dads family side he’s taught our 5 year old son unkind words between the ages of 2 - 3 years old our son’s has numerous of times repeated these worlds to our family members as well as in his kindergarten school now kids gat

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.  Q:   I am trying to buy a tractor from Kristen Jackson who claims to be in the air force and on your base Iam just trying to verify this is a true fact and not a scam Is there any way you can tell me yes or no he s there and selling this 1998 tractor I have been emailing me but said there not aloud to use the phone or text things just not adding up Thank you for any thing you can do for me And please respond even if you can not help again thank you

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.  Q:   HEADQUARTERS 5TH BOMB WING, MY ADDRESS HAS CHANGED.  PLEASE SEE BELOW.  THIS CHANGE ALSO NEEDS TO GO TO THE AF SERGEANTS ASSOCIATION.  THANK YOU.

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

 340.  Q Hello - not sure how this can be improved, but it is difficult to see the sign and read the phone number to text the Pharmacy for curbside pick up.  I was able to read the instructions from the empty parking spot's sign next to me, but when the spots filled up, others backed their car out or physically got out of the car to read the instructions.  Otherwise, service was efficient, polite, and hygenic! Thank you Med Group and Pharmacy personnel!

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.  Q:    I live in Cedar City Utah and a training group of F35s did a flyover of some of us along I-15 and Rte 89 as a thank you to our first responders. They let it be known that those four planes would do the flyover in formation and posted a time frame. It was  thrilling for all. I know you probably do not have a fighter wing but you could do this with a bomber. My daughter and her husband live in Bismarck and their daughter is a nurse and lives in Devils Lake and served as a combat medic in Afghanistan a few years ago. I know they would be thrilled if you could do something like that. Thank you.

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

 337.  Q:     Are there any restrictions to get on base?

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.  Q:     My name is Lynn Kriechbaumer and I’m a Sales Assistant with Guaranteed Rate with the Travis Lang Team.  My husband is a retired disabled veteran. After serving in the military I realized I would like to give back to our active members of the military and retired veterans.  I’m wondering if you would allow our team to come up to minot and give free homebuyer and refinance workshops.   These workshops would give valuable information to both active members and veterans alike.  If this is possible can you please direct me to the correct person I will need to contact to set up workshops.  I appreciate your help in advance and look forward to hearing from you.  Warm Regards, Lynn Kriechbaumer, Executive Sales Assistant, Travis Lang Team, XXX.XXX.XXXX, Lynn.Kriechbaumer@rate.com

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.  Q:     Hello,  I was searching for solutions for the little critters terrorizing my dog (dakrat/ Prairie dog) not sure what they are? Is there any you can tell me that would help this situation?  Sincerely,  Chris Mathewson

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.  Q:     I have been perusing the pictures on your website, particularly the B-52 navigation simulator. In the early 1960s I worked for Marquardt in Pomona, California, where we built the AN/APQ T-10 radar simulator for the B-52. Are these still in use? Are the pictures on your site of the T-10?  

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

 332.  Q:     I am looking for foster parents that I was on the base with in 2003 2004 to help me get legal information and records that were stolen from me. I was drugged with chemicals in my blood that affect my body through radar/radio waves and have been denied getting help to get new blood and antibiotics to save my life.I am slowly dying. And need help away from the people I'm around. XXX-XXX-XXXX  

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.  Q:     Hello,  I'm trying to find out when the motorcycle safety course is going to start.  Thank you for your time.

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.  Q:    My husband was wondering if he could get contact information for the 91st MMXS commander.  His phone number is XXX-XXX-XXXX.  Thank you!

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.  Q:     Hey there. I am here at Sheppard AFB waiting for my orders and I feel like i am be skipped over in the process. I understand that there are a lot of airman that need orders, but i have been out of class for two weeks now and all of my classmates are in Minot now and airman in a B-52 class going to Minot have there orders. I just want to make sure I am in the process and will get them eventually. Thank you for understanding and the clarification.

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.  Q:     When is the gym going to reopen. Asking for a friend.

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.  Q:     Hi - I've seen several questions/posts about the Outdoor Rec garden plots. Definitely lots of interest in them. I realize Outdoor Rec is currently closed - but will they be offering garden plots this year? If yes - could you share the information?

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.  Q:     Hi - I've seen several questions/posts about the Outdoor Rec garden plots. Definitely lots of interest in them. I realize Outdoor Rec is currently closed - but will they be offering garden plots this year? If yes - could you share the information?

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.  Q:   Hello. This may seem impossible however here I go trying again.  I am looking for my son Bryce Bone he entered Air Force 2018. I am his mother and I am disabled, his father brainwashed our Son when he married, which left a big impression on my boy. I just want to send him care packages and let him know I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. i would give my left arm to be able to write Bryce, he is a good Man!!!!! He was a boy when his father took him in as i was trying to get SSI and had zero income.   Please find in your heart a way to get me in contact with my Son. I'm taking a guess he is at this base although i see theres another base there as well, hopefully I've found him. My name is Sheila XXXX address po box XXXX phone XXXX....please please advise if theres anyway you could help a mother reunite with her Son!!!!! God bless 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.  Q:   Hello, Where are the designated Minot AFB "no hat no salute" areas?  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.  Q:   I am looking to speak with whomever is in charge of this project. My company is the inventors of the air supported structure and we would like to be involved int he project. Please contact me by my email or my cell 914-417-1262. You can visit my website www.asati.com

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.  Q:   I was stationed with the 455th msl wing from 1962 till June 1966, worked Job control, with CMSGT Williams as NCOIC and also MsgtJones and others would like to contact the msl wing if they have an E Mail address I am 89 yrs old and it has been a long time helped dig the silo.s and install msls as well as working job control, first commander was Col Fredricks he went to Grand Forks  later, he did not have wings on his chest..

 

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.  Q:   Good afternoon,  I am currently conducting a background investigation for a female recruit who was once stationed at Minot AFB. I am trying to locate any military police reports and am unsure who to contact. Could you please provide a phone or fax number where I can send a request for information along with a release form. Thank you.

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

   320.  Q:   Do i need to get a access card or something to pick up a person from there cuz I just had a ride request from there but i couldn't cuz she said i needed access before I could come on there if so how do i get that thank u

 

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.  Q:   need all medical records and military records from when I was at Howard air force base in panama and Minot north Dakota Please email form to xxxxxxxx and include fax number where to fax back Please.

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

 317.  Q:   Will the referral management office be open this and next week?  Thank you for your time and consideration in the matter.

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.  Q:   Good Morning,   I have a question regarding covid-19. I have heard that the first case in Ward County is    Retiree who came onto base on Wednesday. As someone that also came into base on Wednesday, I was wondering if there’s a timeline for when this person crosses into the gate and even which gate they used? I’m also wondering if we know where they went?   Thank you,

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.  Q:   I’m currently in training at Lackland AFB and was wondering exactly how long I have to live on base in the dormitory before I can move off base? And how much BAH would I be receiving monthly if I’m an E-2? Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

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.  Q:   Good morning. I am circling back to my below email seeking guidance and direction on the right person(s) to speak with on Light Mitigation solutions for wind farms.  My hunch for the ‘right person’ is one who sees radar systems functioning on a wind farm as a safety threat to the traveling of helicopters from point A to B.  Again, my goal is to host a conversation so I may better understand the Air Force’s concerns and then share our technology as a proven technology and solution. I look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you,

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.  Q:   Hi! I’m trying to get in touch with a friend that I haven’t heard from in a while and am kind of worried about. I’m at a loss in terms of how to best contact her. I know her most address from before she moved, her name (Xxxx Xxxx), and that she’s stationed at this base. Any information you’re able to provide (or even letting her know that I’m trying to contact her) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Xxxx Xxxx.

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

 309.  Q:   Hello,   We have a commercial off the shelf made in Canada drone / counter drone system. It can carry ISR packages as well as small lethal and less lethal systems. We would love the chance to discuss our capabilities with your team.   If you could please let me know who we should reach out to for Drone / UAS systems for your base.   Thank you for your time, Xxxxx Xxxxx, XXX-XXX-XXXX

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.  Q:   Hi, My husband and I loved every In duluth, man. Tonight we witnessed more than 20 white lights in the sky, perfectly spaced apart, perfectly straight lined with one another coming from the direction of Minot, one after the other after the other. We didn't see any flashing lights or they didn't make any noise. We are wondering if it was an elephant run from your afb? Tha was the conclusion we came up with.  Asking because we've never seen anything like it. Thank you in advance!  And thank you for your services!!!

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

 306.  Q:   I was trying to reach Twyla Scott (or at least that is the contact info I was given) but the only name that came up in my directory search was Twyla Evans. I applied for a RPT bartender lead position at the Jimmy Doolittle Center but I already work FT at Popeye's.  I would like to discuss the possibility of maybe transferring over as a FT bartender so that I can keep my benefits (including pension). I don't mind working fewer hours if that is why it needs to be PT. Please let me know if this is something that can be discussed. Thanks so much. XXX XXX, XXX-XXX-XXXX  

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.  Q:   Have you got any information to corroborate the assertion by NDSU that the grain fields in the Minutemen missile complex were sprayed with DDT?  I was a launch facility guard in the 862nd Combat defense squadron from 1964 to 1967. I personally witnessed crop spraying aircraft discharging liquid insecticides on the wheat fields. What evidence of health claims does MAFB possess?  Thank you for your cooperation in advance.

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

 304.  Q:   HI my name is Cameron Schestler I go to school for watcher middle school and we are doing a school project. Our goal is to thank our troops. And we need your permission to send a bunch of letters to the military.

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

 303.  Q:   I was wondering what the policy is on dog abuse? Is there a military wide policy? Does Minot AFB follow local dog abuse policies? Also when reporting to the LE desk do they put the report somewhere to store for later in case it becomes a pattern? My last question is are the calls recorded when you call the LE desk because when my friend called in to report the same dog related incident my friend was told to “mind your own business” and I feel this should be noted somewhere that the members at the LE desk are acting this way.

 

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.  Q:   Do you have a lady named xxxxx xxxxx that works in the medical group? I am asking as someone by that name is selling a car online and I want to know if it's real or a scam person using that name.

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.  Q:   Hello,   I go to the gym pretty much every day around the time that barely anyone is there. When my husband is not in town I take the baby with me to workout. I am not in anyone's way with the babies car seat, but I was told that I cannot be in any other room in the gym with the baby except the family room.   It also doesn't help that other people without kids use the family room, which I don't think is fair at all when they have the whole gym to use and we can't.   I can obviously come after hours when there are few people and workout without the gym staff there since the family room doesn't have all of the equipment that the rest of the gym has...just throwing that out there.   Is there any way the cleaning crew can clean the family room at the later time in the night (2200-2230) like they do with the restrooms...instead of 11-1130 (when families and babies are more awake)? &

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.  Q:   Can the USAF help my daughter   She is awaiting child support payments per recent divorce decree.  Ex husband is not responding.

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.  Q:   I purchased a 1966 Cub Cadet 122 garden tractor from a guy that lives near Minot, ND. He mentioned to me that he thought it may have been from you base. On the hood it has stenciled "TW-19 US-CE-C". I'd like to know any information you may tell me about if your base may have owned it? And what it was used for at the base?  Thanks for any information.  Xxx Xxxx.

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.  Q:   Hello I am warehouse person at Overhead Door in Minot. We got a package on a large pallet full of garage door parts, this package is for Rob Thieller at Bldg 505. It must have fallen in truck & driver put on wrong pallet. Package contains a magnetostrictive probe? I can not reach/talk to anyone on base as all #s I have tried were a fail! Please let Rob know I have this package & my # here is 852-XXXX, name is Tami.

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

 297.  Q:   Good morning, I am new to the base and was shocked to discover there is no recycling program here or in the town of Minot. I understand the local business recently stopped taking anything except paper. As Airmen, we are encouraged to be good stewards of the earth and reduce our ecological footprint. There must be some alternative? Even having bins available for members to sort their own refuse and sending it elsewhere (Bismark, Fargo, or Grand Forks maybe) would be better than the current arrangement. I have been here just over a week and it kills me to throw things I know should be recycled into the trash. We can do better! Is there any money in the budget to create such a program?

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.  Q:   Attached is a flyer for the Ward County Historical Society Roaring 20s Gala event, to be held in Minot on Saturday, May 2, 2020. If you could please speak with public affairs about posting flyers around base to open the event to the interested Airmen. Thank you for your help.

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.  Q:   Good Morning,  My name is Tim Wiemer and I am the Regional Sales Manager at Geveko Markings. We specialize in preform thermoplastic pavement markings for roadways and bike lanes. We also do custom logos and decorative crosswalks in the brick pattern. I wanted to reach out to you today to see if Minot AFB handled their own pavement markings or if was something you contracted out. If you would be interested in setting up a time to speak to go over our products, I would love to talk with someone. I have included the link to our website and a few of the brochures to the email so that you can see more of what we do. Hope to speak with you soon!  www.geveko-markings.us

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.

 294.  Q:   Please Direct this to the Base Commander's Office*** My name is Troy Wainscott & I am the owner of T&H Supply Co. LLC Dba ForeverLawn Red River Valley who is a local dealer of premium artificial turf & synthetic grass products that are specially engineered for playgrounds & parks, sports fields of all types, dog parks, pools & splashpads, putting greens, and much more. I am also a 90% disabled veteran of the Iraq war and served with the 142nd ECB in Balad Iraq in 2003-2004 making my company a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in SAM allowing our products and services to be procured under the SDVOSB set aside funding and not under the organic base budget.. (T&H Supply Co. LLC EIN 83-4608904) (www.playgroundgrass.com, www.k9grass.com, www.sportsgrassturf.com, 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.  Q:   This is an issue that I think is relevant to the base. We often get told not to get a DUI. Yet when you get a Lyft or an Uber that cannot pick you up from your residence, you have to park at the Visitor Center. Yet if you leave your car in the Visitor Center overnight,  you get ticketed. So as member, who’s trying not to get a DUI, you get punished?  The fact that you have to notify your shirt the next morning of this ticket is embarrassing . Not everyone wants to phone a workmate, specially knowing you are either going to bother an Airman or a member who is spending time with their family. What is the solution to this base-wide? I know there is the AADD Thurs-Sat, what about the rest of the week? 

 

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.  Q:   First off, I'm terribly sorry to bother you with such pettiness. Today, Friday, there was a woman who claimed to live right off base, complaining on the families page about military members blaring music on 83 on their way to base every morning, and that it disturbed her because of a severe hearing sensitivity. People quickly (and politely) tried to explain that there's really nothing to be done, as it's a public highway. She, in turn, quickly turned rude, argumentative, and racist. She claims to have a year and a halfs worth of photographic, video, and audio "evidence" of people coming to base every morning, to include license plate numbers. She's also claiming to have an "elite drone" that she uses to gather her "evidence", along with a camera with commercial and professional grade zoom lenses. She claims she's going to come to base to present all of this to her "high ranking fri

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.  Q:   Hi! I was wondering when the last night lil riders was cleaned? I know there was hand foot and mouth outbreak a few weeks back, so I was wondering if it was cleaned since then. Thank you.

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.  Q:   Can my 3yr old bring cupcakes to eat and share with the fire station for his birthday in April? 

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.  Q:   We would like to host a free fitness class for active duty military members.  How would we advertise this or get the word out on the base?

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

 288.  Q:   I am deaceased SSGT XXX, XXX mother. Prayerfully this get into the right hand I would like answers A copy of the death certificate A copy of the toxicology report A copy of the Autopsy report When was the case close and the finding of the ruling Thank you XXX, 

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.  Q:   I would like to express my displeasures for Rockers customer service. For an establishment that is solely based on serving food, Rockers has to be the worse I’ve came across. Even being on a military installation, you would think customer service would be a number one asset. Not only when it comes to their manager who is completely rude to everyday customers in person, but also the employees over the phone. When it comes to a food establishment, being put on hold is understandable... but when you get put on hold for over 5 to 10 minutes, three out of five times, there’s a problem. Not only being put on hold, but having to hang up and call back just to go through the same process is really unprofessional.   I don’t know if it’s a moral thing, leadership, or just not caring. Regardless of what it is, Rockers is by far the most unprofessional restaurant I’ve been to. It’s extremely sad that it also h

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.  Q:   Tell me why Rockers customer service is the worst I’ve ever seen? Even over the phone they put you on hold and 5-10 minutes later you don’t here anything from them. They just leave you on hold until you hang up. You call again and the same stuff happens. Gotta be the worse service I’ve ever seen. Also their manager is just as bad if not worse than the employees.   Thank You!

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

 285.  Q:   Minot AFB TMO will not deliver HHG until 09 Jan 2020. My daughter, TSgt XXX with family recently arrived on base and reported in on 16 Dec. They were able to move into base housing over the previous weekend. Their HHG were shipped from Moody AFB prior to Thanksgiving and they drove 4 days to arrive by her reporting date. With Christmas coming up, bare floors, no furniture or beds, and a 6 year old, they really need their HHG ASAP. Can you please look into this issue and assist them with this quality of life matter.    Thank you for your help.

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.  Q:   Hi, my name is XXX  I'm almost 16 and I'm in the 10th grade. A little bit about myself is that I was in photography, I love working with animals and I enjoy traveling around the United States with my family.  Anyway, besides that I'm trying something new and I would like to know if you could help me with a project I want to start collecting again police and fire patches or a challenge coin and I would like to know if you could help me with my project, so I would love it if you have a Fire Patch or Police dept. Patch or challenge coin. I have around 20 police and fire patches so far and would love to get more. Oh and my favorite patch is pink for breast cancer that I hope to get more to make a display for them to. These patches will never be sold or traded. So if you could help in any way with a patch or something that would be great.  I did ask my parents what they thought about it, but the only thing they said, well

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.  Q:   The pictures attached are of bldg 527 west side loading docks.  I deliver there everyday along with many others. The reason I'm bringing this up is the lack of snow removal and safety hazard. Last winter I fell at the same location due to the same situation. When I confronted the NCOIC, he passed the buck saying it's CES job. Today I asked the airman who removes the snow? She stated the snow team does after it snows. Well it hasn't snowed for a couple of days and it still looks like this. Bottom line there should be a clear path to the side door and the steps should be clear of ice and snow. I would appreciate some attention in this matter of removing this safety hazard.

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.  Q:   I'm trying to find the name of the priest serving at Minot in 1978.  If you could find out the name of the priest serving Lackland in august to november 1977. That would be very helpful.  Thank you and blessings for this advent season.  

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.  Q:   Sir, I am writing because I am unhappy with the care my wife has received over the last few months from the Fifth Medical Group.  Just so you know I have already reached out to my provider at the group and they informed me that they would bring it to the attention of the squadron commander the next morning, this meeting occurred on the 17th of December and as of this date nothing has be done.  My wife Monica has breast cancer and it has already moved to other parts of her body, I feel that if there would not have been an almost six week delay be the medical Group we would not be at the point of treatment we are right now.  Today marks her second chemo treatment in a 22 week serious of treatments.  The delays occurred from the day she found her lump and tried to schedule a monogram, to the biopsy she needed to the denial for her to see a specialist.  Again I believe these are all delays that could have and should

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.  Q:   I am currently a NAF employee at an overseas base. My spouse is a GS employee moving to Minot. I am trying to find out if I get any preferences when we move for trying to find a job there.   Thank you very much!

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.  Q:   I work at the Official Mail Center, 135 Tanker Trail (same building as the post office), and we do not have any heat. CE is supposedly working on this issue, but this has been an ongoing problem for years. We have to keep our coats on and run multiple space heaters all day. As the temperature continues to drop, it becomes more unbearable. The temperature in our office this morning was 58*, and last week our hallway was 38*. Further, we have several leaks in our roof in the hallway and in the post office. We also have one room with no working lights, and multiple other inoperable ballasts and burned out light bulbs throughout our work areas. We do not have a building custodian and rely on CES to address our issues. I am an active duty military spouse, and it's disheartening to see the way this building is being managed (or rather not managed) and the way our concerns and issues are not considered a priority; I get the impr

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.  Q:   Do you participate in a retirees at cost hearing program to obtain hearing aids for retirees?

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.  Q:   For MSG/FSS, Got an error saying CAC got blocked around 1430 today (Thursday).  Called help desk and was informed only way to fix was to talk to Deers office/CAC office in pride building.  Called MPF to see if it was possible to unblock CAC over the phone.  Was told had to come in person to Deers office to get fixed.  Asked how late Deers Office was open today (Amn wasn't sure so put me on hold to check, said 1600).  I said perfect enough time to get over there to resume doing time sensitive work.  Got to Deers office at 1510 to find out only thursdays they close at 1500 (other days 0800-1600).  Question is what can the MSG/FSS do to make sections make accessible or if due to manning that is not possible can an alternative means for MPF functions be made available?(Over phone/online/a secondary office/etc).  What can be done to ensure proper training of those persons answering phones are providing co

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.  Q:   Good afternoon, My daughter is a member of the EFMP program. As such we receive respite care monthly. I have recently become aware that our respite care providers are being shorted pay. My main care provider, is short $750 from her October paycheck, and she cannot reach anyone to correct the problem. She has not received pay for November yet. I do not know who to contact about this, and would have the appropriate air force personnel at least be aware of the situation, as this WILL affect our air force families as our care providers start to leave this job. I feel like this is a huge liability, and I am shocked that it is happening.  Thank you for your time.

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.  Q:   My name is Ben Marich. I am the Veterans and Diversity Outreach Manager for TAD PGS Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adecco Inc., the world’s largest human resources company. I am a 100% disabled Marine Vietnam veteran who tries to place veterans, spouses, and people with disabilities with companies throughout the United States.   I work with LVER’s, DVOP’s, individuals, and organizations to place veterans, individuals with disabilities, minorities, and others in careers and provide the resources for training, benefits, education, etc.   I produce a career availability report for our firm that highlights hundreds of our available positions throughout the country. I have attached our most recent one for your review.   If it would be of help, I can send these reports to you if you forward your work email address and contact information to me at Ben.mari

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

 274.  Q:   We just moved to the area. I looked around for car pooling options especially when you live off base and have family that need to get around. I have a teenager who goes to Central Campus and has to take lyft back and forth. Maybe start a club for car pooling?

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.  Q:   Why aren’t the sidewalks, and roads not salted? If the roads were salted the night before snow falls, then ice wouldn’t form! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been walking on a sidewalk and nearly slipped and almost died from walking on icy sidewalks, even when watching my step. Does this base not believe in salting the roads? Please help me understand.  Thank you!

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.  Q:   When ICE comment cards are submitted, to what level do they go and are seen?  

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.  Q:   Last year when it was -60 degrees Chicago, and Minneapolis shut down.  Minot AFB has Amn on the gate.  Why didn’t the base go to minimal manning for extreme cold?  I thought that was terrible!

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.  Q:   I did on the job entomology training at Minot AFB back in the mid 1970's how can I get my records?

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.  Q:   Is it possible to improve the winter maintenance on ice in the parking lots and handicap access?   Is there anything that can be done to help the ice in the parking lots? The walk across the parking lots is a bit treacherous. Our squadron parking lot has not even had any sand come through.   A bobcat with a plow came through on the walkway this morning and completely discarded the handicap ramp that is filling up with snow and ice. 

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.  Q:   I'm a Developmental Disabilities Program Manager with the state of North Dakota Department of Human Services.   I work with individuals with Developmental Disabilities and disability service providers as an oversight and budget authority.   I understand that the MAFB thrift shop is looking for volunteers. Individuals in our services are always looking for community volunteer activities especially those that contain work skill elements to complete their days with meaningful activities and enhance their employability in the community.   Some individuals work paid jobs out on the base, e.g., cleaning crews and the postal office. Some individuals choose not to work paid jobs. But they do a variety of volunteer tasks too, such as cleaning the fire station in Burlington, meals on wheels in town, etc.   I feel our partnership can be beneficial to the MAFB thrift shop and our individuals who are receivin

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.  Q:   Is leadership aware of the mail issues on base?  Many packages and mail are being opened and/or stolen.  This is only going to get worse and continue with the holidays. It’s all over the Minot AFB families FB page.  

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.  Q:   Hi I was wondering if you could help me, my father was stationed at Minot ND in the 80’s before being transferred to Ellsworth Air Force Base. I was wondering if there’s a way to get a letter or certificate of recognition for my dad. My dad passed away last week so I would love to display it at his funeral on Nov.4,2019 in Hudson Fla. my dads name is Kevin P. Mallory, if I have the wrong place maybe you could point me in the right direction. Thank you.

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.  Q:   Can anyone explain why the pharmacy doesn’t have a fill line and a separate pick up line? You stand in line for 30 minutes to activate a prescription, wait 20-30 minutes for it to be filled, or leave and come back, only to stand another 20-30 minutes behind all of the activation people. It’s ridiculous. 

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.  Q:   My son has been a pilot for 5 years. He presented his broken wing to his mom (me) and dad upon graduation from UPT. He is to be married next May. I am wondering if giving the half wing to his new wife after the wedding, would be the traditional or the appropriate thing to do. Please could you give me some advice here?

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.  Q:   Hey new airman here, was just curious how getting mail worked at this base? Do i need to go to the post office to set it up or is everything general delivery?

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.  Q:   Hello,  One of the doors in The Little Riders play area is broken!  The top hinge is pulled out of the door. It fell on a little girls toe and it looks like she will lose her nail. Please fix it ASAP. There are to many little children going in and out.   Thank you!

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.  Q:   I am new to Minot and have noticed when there is communication about events (ie the B52 tour), there isn’t a map of base that has been helpful to find locations. I received a map at the Spouses Welcome but it’s hard to follow with little road labeling. However, the building numbers on the map handed out is EXTREMELY helpful. A clearer copy would be beneficial. I’m not sure what security is required for maps but want to voice my concern.  

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.  Q:   Good evening,  I am not sure exactly who this note should go to, but I trust PR can make sure it finds its way in to the correct hands.   I wanted to thank the entire MAFB Fire Department for all they did for our local fire department the other evening.  They hosted us for a training and the entire event was above and beyond anything we could have imagined.  They spent several hours with us in the training facility, then took their own time to not only help us break down our own equipment, but invited us back to the fire hall to debrief in their classroom!   Thanks for the wonderful training and hospitality that was shown!  The entire department is a class act.  Sincerely, Glenburn Fire Department

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.  Q:   My child is a GS employee at the commissary and lives in town.  Road conditions are red, no travel advised yet they is being told they will be considered AWAL if they doesnt come into work. This is insane! How can they say that? It's the commissary. This job is not storm essential or mission essential.  This needs to be addressed immediately.  DECA OR FSS need to think this through better.  This is why you can keep employees here on this base. If you cant get workers in, you close. Workers should not have to put their lives in danger for $30K a year! I'm looking forward to your response. 

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.  Q:   I desperately desire to have childcare access to attend group fitness classes at the gym. The family fitness room is a great option but it’s nearly impossible to focus on my health when I am also breaking up a toddler fight every 5 seconds. Will there ever be an option for childcare (even if I had to pay) during the group fitness classes? 

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.  Q:   I would like to express my extreme disappointment with the youth center. We have been disappointed by the youth center several times in our short time here at Minot for a variety of reasons, but most recently, due to the changing of the established schedule for flag football. Sports at the youth center have always been Tuesdays and Thursdays. Families plan their other activities around this established schedule. Additionally, other youth focused organizations on base (like Minot AFB Cub Scout Pack 435) plan their meetings on days other than Tuesdays and Thursdays so that there are no conflicts with the youth center sports schedule. Furthermore, many families have church/chapel focused activities on Wednesdays. Our family has planned activities on Mondays and Wednesdays, but when we registered our son for flag football, we knew those events would not conflict with youth sports because youth sports is always on Tuesdays and Thursdays. However, w

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.  Q:   Hi, Hope this email finds you well. I am a PA student/military spouse in my clinical year with Red Rocks PA Program in Denver, CO. My husband is in the Air Force and being moved to Minot Air Force Base in October. As am still in my clinical year until graduation November 2020, I am looking for clinical shadowing opportunities to serve the communities around where I will be living. We will be living on Minot Air Force Base.   I was hoping you could put me in contact with providers at Minot AF.  Precepting can be with a MD, DO, PA, NP, or midwife. We have monthly rotations in June to October. With our final October rotation being an option "job shadowing opportunity" for future employment. Thank you, Jessica O'Neal, PA-S2 Red Rocks PA Program, Class of 2020

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.  Q:  I don’t use social media. How was I supposed to know the South Gate would be closed for 30 days? Why wasnt this communicated earlier, and multiple times during the month of September?  Last time south gate was closed, SFS would NOT allow POVs to use the North Gate.  Now apparently we can use it.  Terrible communications coming out from Minot AFB!  And I’m using polite wording here....

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.  Q:  Hello, my name is Airman XXX; and the reason why I am writing this mail it's because I was wondering if you guys have some kind of transportation for airmen who doesn't own a car yet and they have to travel somewhere off base. Could you please give me an option that it's not Uber or Lyft? I will really appreciate it. Thank you for your time.

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.  Q:  Why is the appointment line closed? I’ve been calling since 0700

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.  Q:   Hello, my name is Clarissa. I’m messaging you in regards of my fiancé, a solider named Derrick Tilley. He was supposed to report to Minot AFB for drill in the beginning of September, but hasn’t been able to because of something extremely unfortunate and unexpected happened. He’s not going AWOL, that he wants you to know. His situation just hasn’t allowed him to contact any military to inform them of it. I’m trying to get into contact with the IST coordinator Sergeant Upgren about Tilley’s situation. If you could please contacts me at 5202567084, that would be greatly appreciated.

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

 249.  Q:  My name is Matt with Viixim inc. We are a third party seller on Amazon.com. I'm attempting to get in contact with Donald K. Jones (PO112911) in regards to an Amazon order for a "Luxul AMS-2624P AV Series 26-port/24 PoE+ Gigabit Managed Switch".   This item is a special order and we are awaiting a lead time for delivery from the manufacturer. Please contact us as soon as possible.

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.  Q:  Hi, I was wondering are u suppose to take the asvab to get a job on base ?

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

 243.  Q:  I know many homes on base have been affected by flooding and Balfour has “approved” these residents for reimbursement of their alternative shelter expenses.  If Base Lodging/TLF is available, it is likely the most convenient in an urgent situation.  My concern is that Balfour is not paying for this unexpected lodging expense but requiring the service member to pay up front for this expense and seek reimbursement from Balfour.  The reimbursement would need to be processed and eventually “reimbursed” by Balfour taking less money from the service members BAH.  It seems that Balfour should have an account with lodging so all residents “approved” would not have to pay up front for their emergency shelter.  Waiting weeks for Balfour’s version of reimbursement is not a viable option for many living paycheck to paycheck and certainly shouldn’t be the only option available.  Thank

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.  Q:  Hi my husband has made a fake profile on snapchat and has screenshot naked photos of others woman I have been his wife for three yrs and yet he still continues to cheat on me....... I am claiming adultuary in him what is your response????

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.  Q:  My name is Xxxx Xxxx and I am a BSN RN relocating from Williston, ND to Minot, ND in search of a registered nurse position. I would love the opportunity to learn what positions are available.

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.  Q:  Are ferrets allowed in the dorms? If not what animals are permitted?

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.  Q:  Hello,  My name is Michelle I am a military spouse. My husband and I have 5 children, 3 of which are school aged. We live on Waverly Way and 2 of our children attend North Plains Elementary School.  I have four areas of concerns regarding the lack of sidewalks and properly maintained roads as you approach to the school from housing.  The travel to school for children and their families who walk with them, is not safe. Families must leave the safety of the sidewalk and travel through the grass or into the road to make their way to the school building. My only desire is to keep children safe as they make their way to school in the morning and home in the afternoons.    *  My first concern is the abruptly ending sidewalk as it turns from Roaming Road onto Huey towards Rd C (The road running in front of North Plains Elementary).  The sidewalk ends into the grass leaving children, on their way to and fro

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.  Q:  I don’t understand why the north gate is not open to POVs when the South Gate is closed. The main gate cannot handle the morning traffic without excessive wait times. Please open the north gate at least from 6-830 please.

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.  Q:  What is the process of enrolling my kids in dental?

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.  Q:  Hello,  My name is Stephanie and I work for Connole and Somerville plumbing and heating in Minot. We have submitted a request through Russ Gohl for base passes about two months ago. I am trying to reach someone about status on these base passes but can never reach anyone as the visitors center. If you could please help me get in touch with someone about this I would greatly appreciate it. I had another contractor submit a request for one of the people as we are doing a small job for them up there and got his within a week.   Please let me know. thank you.

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.  Q:  Sir/Ma’am, Today I informed the Outdoor Rec staff of an electrical shortage at Pad 3. The power connection was arcing. I shut off the power before my RV was damaged. The attached photo is my surge protector and the burned prong. I don’t believe your ODR staff understands the danger. I’m asking your staff to review the electrical panels at FAMCAMP to prevent a tragedy. Pad 6’s power is also inoperable.

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.  Q:  Hello, I work with First International Bank and I need to get a form filled out to verify previous employment to a now discharged member. Can you please call me at xxx-xxx-xxx or email me who I can get in touch with? Thank you!

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.  Q:  I am the  E/H & S Director of Tanzanite Inc.  I am a medically retired veteran who now is an authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor.   There is a gap in the transition center, where there is no ability to receive the proper safety training in order to have an advantage on the job market for Soldiers who are transitioning to civilian jobs. A Soldier with OSHA 10hr/30hr Course Cards, not only have an advantage on job placements however can negotiate pay increases, job titles, vacation time and better benefits. It is the difference between making $12.50 hr to making $19 hr.   I found the gap in the transition center and I set out to plug up the gap. I will be traveling around the country visiting each transition center and would like for your transition center to be the first stop. If the transition center would like to take advantage of this training and help our soldiers get an edge on the competition feel free to

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.

 227.  Q:  Good Afternoon Sir or Ma’am,  I am reaching out on behalf of the company I work for 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.  Q:  Please let me know who to talk to about donating a truck to a veteran or service man. 

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

 226.  Hi,  I know you mostly receive complaints or concerns through “Ask Team Minot”, but I just wanted to say thank you for the urgency with which you addressed the Dakrat infestation. I have noticed a significant decrease in the number of rodents in and around my yard. I had started a small war with them and for the first time in weeks I haven’t had to flood their burrows. Again, thank you all for your hard work with this matter.

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.  Q:  Sir, I was just out visiting your base. I saw, at the front gate, the US flag at half staff. That is as it should be. However all the other flags are at full staff. It is my understanding that the US flag should never be flown lower than any other flags. Please let me know if I am mistaken. If I am not mistaken, thus reflects very poorly on your base, the Air Force, and the DoD.  Thank You.  R.P. USAF (Ret).

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.  Q:   I am looking to get information on my biological father. Name is John Sailors. He was in Air Force 1965/1966 (Minot, ND)

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.  Q:  Why does the CDC constantly have a virus in every room?  At this point, strep throat has been prevalent for well over a month in the preschool room.  Just today a sign is posted warning of Mono as well as flu.  Isn't flu season over?  It is July. Are there not strict cleaning standards that are followed and are they not stricter when an outbreak occurs?  Why isn't the protocol when a child has a fever to remove them from the general population while awaiting their caregiver to pickup?  Why are the children who have the illnesses allowed to come back too soon, as is the case with MDG allowing things such as HFM to come back to daycare while still actively contagious.  Mission critical dictates not to knock out your entire workforce because of illness and contagious issues.  This question is directed at FSS, MSG, as well as med group.

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.  Q:  How are we to dispose of old ABUs?

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.  Q:  Please give me a phone number to contact someone for a reservation tonight at the Minot airbase FamCamp. XXX-XXX-XXXX

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

 219.  Q:  I'm trying to buy a trailer from a XXX XXX who claims to be training there for deployment overseas. Does this person reside on your base? Thanks for your help and more importantly your service . XXX XXXX

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.  Q:  Hi, my son XXX XXXX 5th maintenance, just deployed to Guam  Will I be able to get on base with or without a sponsor when he gets back?  I have been on base a couple of times and passed my security check both times.  thanks XXX  

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.  Q:  What are the DFact hours of operations

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.  Q:  My name is XXX XXX. My daughter is a part of the teen center/ keystone at the youth center. My daughter came home today with the most devastating news, Nick Moore and Stephanie Hazen are being relocated to different programs. Both of these people have gone above and beyond for all of the teens. They are outstanding leaders for our youth here on MAFB. With the uncertainty the military life brings to these kids, having a place that has stability is important. This abrupt change is coming at a very difficult time for the kids with the upcoming school year, losing friends to PCS season and just navigating through life as a military teen. I believe, if at all possible, these two members stay in their positions. If this move is inevitable I would appreciate the rationale behind it so I can explain to my daughter.  Very Respectfully, XXX

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.  Q:  Hello, I would like to write to the 5th Bomb Wing and the 91st Missle Wing. Do they have physical mailing addresses?

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

 Q:  I am worried about my daughter I am unable to contact her.  This is unlike her someone please check on my her I am concerned my phone number is xxx-xxx-xxxx her DOB is x/x/19xx.

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.

 Q:  I served my first 2 years in the Air Force Chaplains service, at Adair Air Force Station in Oregon.  One of the Chaplains I worked under was Waldemar H. Nelson.  After serving there, we closed the Air Force Station, and I was transferred to Hamilton Air Force Base in California.      I completely lost track of my favorite Chaplain Nelson.  He was a Protestant Chaplain.   Is there any way I can find out where he is, or if he is still alive?   Any help would be appreciated.

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.

 Q:  Spoke with the visitor’s center about an advanced base eligibility check for two guests traveling from another state. They told us that they will not do a pre-check and we would have to wait until after the guests travel here.  However, online it clearly states we can do an advanced eligibility check for guests. Why is there differing answers? How do we verify that a guest can access base BEFORE they spend 24hrs traveling to Minot, if the visitor center is refusing to do a basic pre-check?  How can we resolve this issue to ensure guests traveling a long distance won't be turned away once they arrive?  Thank you

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.

 Q:  Is LE doing anything about people shooting fireworks on base tonight (July 4th)? It would be nice if people could follow the rules.

A:  No response.  No violations reported.

 Q:  Hi, I was stationed at Minot AFB From 2005-2009. I am trying to get ahold of the base historian to get information on the pride building, one of the most interesting buildings on base. However, I am having a difficult time tracking down the history of that building. Is there any resources online? Or anyway to get ahold of the base historian?

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

 Q:  Hey Guys, I’m a retired B-52 guy that was stationed at Minot back in 2000 - 2005. I was wondering if you guys or maybe the base historian might have any sort of archive of pics from that time period online?  I didn't take a lot of pics of my time out there and just wondering what I can find online and such.

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. 

 Q:  Been stationed at Minot for about 18 months. The base gym has about 10 water fountains and only seen 2 that are “Green” for filter status. No work order visible and it was brought up with no response.

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.

 Q:  Where can I get a base map?

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

 Q:   5th Usaaf Bomb Group, 31st Bombardment Squadron. Probably worn by Roger J. Tabshey.  Have has some information about him? Thanks a lot in advance

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.

 Q:  I need a way to reach the base commander, my airman spouse made false claims against me completely out of the blue today and she came to the house with police and took my child. Her name is XX XXX XXX she works xxxx.  I have no idea where my daughter is.

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.

 Q:  Looks like your boys did a flyby at GEG instead of Fairchild.  What happened????

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

 

 Q:  Hello, Is there any way to have the grass mowed in the dog park next to the North Plains Chapel? In its current state it is unusable and I'm concerned about ticks and other parasites. Thank you.

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.

 Q:  My name is XX XXX. I am an EMT, as well as a Surgical Technologist. I have been collecting patches related to all aspects of EMS, Medical Ops., Rescue, Fire, and Law Enforcement. I would like to add your different relevant patches to my collection. Please respond to: XX XXX. Edison, NJ 08817. Thank you for your time and service. Take care and stay safe.

 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.

 Q:   Good morning, I was wondering who does the hiring for speakers for your Airmen who are detaching from service. I represent Moustafa Badawi, a successful business man and business and talent guide and I am sure that some of your folks would benefit from meeting with him. Please let me know. Thank you.

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.

 Q:  Is there an MFR or reference somewhere to the family days and holidays for 2019? Thank you!!!

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.” 

 Q:  Hello, We are processing an employment application for Mxxx Wxxx. Mxxx listed that she was formerly employed with Minot Air Force Base and we need to verify her employment there.  Can you please let me know who I would need to contact to verify employment?

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

 Q:  Good afternoon, I work for Maintenance Plus in Minot ND. We clean residential carpets on the base and have to be vouched on by our customers. I would like to know who I can contact to receive base passes for 5 employees that occasionally do work on the base.

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..

 Q:  Good afternoon, I’m having some pretty bad problems with these Dakrats around my house. There is poop on my porch and sidewalks, as well as in my patio area in the backyard. They are digging like crazy around our home. My dog seems to be helping keep them from digging in the fenced in area at least. I'm concerned about my kids getting into the poop or breaking a leg in these holes. Yesterday we were at the playground and i sat my baby on the side walk. I immediately noticed he had picked up a piece of Dakrat poop and was going to eat it. This is obviously unsanitary. If housing can't kill them, they should at least be responsible for keeping poop off of our playgrounds

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.

 Q:  Miss Norma Dasher claims to be at this base on specialized training and deployed in two weeks with her medical team to Syria.   Miss Dasher has posted an enclosed motorcycle trailer for sale, and I am trying to confirm that this is not a scam.  The only thing I have from her is an email address niormaa44d@gmail.com  Can you confir

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.

  Q:  Hi, Thank you for the reply.  I would like some follow-up discussion about these issues and would love a direct reply from 5 FSS/CC or 5 MSG/CC about the second and third ones specifically. Issue 1:  you state, “If a parent wants to continue breastfeeding after 1 year, we will support that choice, but milk must be provided by the family.”  However, in my own personal experience with the CDC, I was unable to bring in breastmilk without a doctor’s note….specifically the doctors note was written to make my child eligible to even get breastmilk after age 1.  That, to me, does not signify supporting a parent’s decision.  In addition, there are complaints of the CDC making children in Vegan families drink cow’s milk…again, not a medical issue, but a parenting and lifestyle choice that should not require a doctor’s note.  Doctor’s notes should only be required for allergy a

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. 

 Q:  Is there a hotel/motel on base for visitors/parent of new arrivals and I'm sure there is a security process for entry. Reservations?

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.

 Q:  Hi Sirs. I am looking for a contact number for bid work and projects at the base. Please email me at johnd.nd1@gmail.com. Or text

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. 

 Q:  What can housing residents do to cull the Dak Rat population? Firearms are obviously not allowed but what about pellet rifles or bow and arrows? They scare too easily for other methods and the housings response is less than suitable. Other methods such as poison or trapping also do not seem very humane. Thank you.

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.

 Q:  I would like to get in touch with Col. (ret) Doyle van Arsdal. He was stationed in Thailand in 1982-83. Could you please find out whether he is still alive?

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!

 Q:  Reply requested I submitted a doctor's note to the CDC and because of "HQ" guidance they are basically saying they can't do anything.  This is my third issue with the CDC regarding doctor's orders.  1st issue: my child was breast milk fed and required a doctor's note (rather than parents’ choice!) To keep him off of cow's milk until weaned.  This should, and ALWAYS should be the parents’ choice.  This policy is not in service of the children or the families. 2nd: my child has asthma type airways and allergies and requires nebulizer treatment, and often antibiotics when he catches infection.  The CDCs INTERNAL policy (i.e. not AFI driven, not mandated by HQ) is to only administer meds at 1000 and 1400.  No exception allowed!  I've asked several times to make exceptions or to change the internal policy to no avail.  This rigid and inflexible INTERNAL policy is not in s

.  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!

 Q:  Sir: I am sending this to respectfully request information on any civilian Security Position that may be open at your A.F.Base- The following is a list of my law Enforcement training and experience. 1. I was appointed a Ma.State Metropolitan District Comm.Police Patrol Officer. - ( This was a 600 men Ma.State roads and state Highways Patrol Police Dept.) - 2.I was a Security Officer for the U.S. Air Force In the State of New Hampshire.- 3.I have held a Top Secret Clearance. 4. I was appointed a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal. -5. I was appointed a Cert= Community Emergency Response Team Member. - First Responder- This was issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - I was certified in CPR, A

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".  

 Q:  Every day I have had to clean a considerable amount of dakrat poop off my porch, sidewalk, driveway, and patio - all places my kids play.  I have heard dakrats can carry diseases and I do not want my kids near it or it getting tracked into the house.   I've talked to housing maintenance and was referred to base command, the state of North Dakota, HMO, and mission support. I contacted HMO and they said there was nothing they could do and said contact mission support.  I cannot find contact info for mission support. Other residents said to contact pest management.  Pest management referred me back to housing maintenance.  I found the following Ask Team Minot question/answer that addressed this issue.  From Balfour Beatty - Our pest control vendor ECOLABS was contacted by the State Environmental Protection Agency regarding their usage of pesticides to control Richardson Ground Squirrels (DakRats).  The EP

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.

 Q:  I was stationed at Minot from 1973 to 1977 as an ICBM LAUNCH OFFICER. I SERVED IN THE 742 ND AND 741’ST SQUADRONS.  I WOULD IF LIKE TO GET A 740TH SQUADRON PATCH.

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

 Q:  I am a retiree and was wanting to know if there is a web site that shows outgoing flights from the base. Thanks Steve

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.

 Q:    I’m not sure if this is a question directed to you, but I’m new here and am unsure where I can take my recyclables on-base.

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.

 Q:  Dear Markus I have been trying for years to locate my husband’s information.  So far with the information I have claim is we were divorced though there isn’t any records to be found everywhere searched. I am looking for the divorce decree certified records. Or any other information you can send on Xxxxx Xxxx. At that time his rank was E7, SSN # xxx-xx-xxxx DOB, xxx xx, 19xx for my personal records. It will be appreciated. Sadly within this year of learning how to find his information online is how I found him passing away. Not ever did he send any allotment checks or did I receive any GI benefits to raise two children. Although whatever records t

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

 179.  Q:  I work for CommunityWorks North Dakota and we are doing a Rehab Mortgage for a gentleman that is employed with the AFB. And to complete the process I need to talk to someone in the HR Department just to verify the employment. Can I please get a phone number for the person that I need to talk too?

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

 177.  Q:  I need to provide a vendor the details for the tail art on the B-52, in order to place an order for a scale model of the B-52 to be sold at Military Clothing Sales at the Minot Exchange. I would need a photo or graphics for both the 5th BW and 23rd BS, which could be then sent on to my vendor. Please feel free to contact me at 701-723-3341 or 701-340-7309. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

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.  Q:  My family is interested in touring the Air Force Base. Our kids are age 5 through 12. Will we be able to bring kids this young? Also are tours only on specific days or any day? We will be in Minot the week of July 4.

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.

 174.  Q:  We cordially invite you and your team to the “11th Euro Global Conference on Infectious Diseases” scheduled on September 23-24, 2019 in London, UK with the theme “Improving the Implementation and Efficacy of Solutions to Control Infectious Diseases”.   Euro Infectious Diseases 2019 covers all the comprehensive sessions related to Infectious Diseases through cutting edge keynote talks, plenary and oral presentations, poster and young researcher forums, workshops and exhibitions. We invite you to submit your proposals for Symposia, Workshops and Organized Contributed Sessions or be a part of the conference as a Delegate. We aim to foster the interaction for a noble cause of bringing about a change in the society by exchanging their ideas and putting forth the causes and solutions to the effect of Infectious Diseases on a wide number of people worldwide. For More information:

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.  Q:   Under the freedom of Information act, can you tell me the tail number of the B-52H I photographed over the UK on Thursday 16th May. The call sign was MYTEE51.  I look forward to your reply.

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

 166.  Q:  Heading west from the south gate to near Deterrence Drive the speed limit is 35 mph; however, heading east from around Deterrence Drive to the south gate the speed limit is 25 mph. Why the difference in speed limit?

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.  Q:  Good morning.  Just wanted to know the process of which Col Cochran deems it’s necessary for a 2 hr. delay/ base closure.  I feel like this is the 2nd time the notification was cutting it close for people who live off base and drive 30-40 minutes to work Thank you!

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.  Q:  This refers to the section of Bomber Blvd between the south gate and Rail Road.  Why is the West bound traffic speed limit 35 mph while the East bound traffic speed limit is 25 mph? Very unusual to have two different speeds on the same section of road.

 

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.  Q:  Not even half way through April, and already 7 unfortunate team members lost at Minot. Really it is going to take a bit more recognition from command, when it comes to this base. And some of the harder AFSCs due to the location, including MX and Security Forces. Within that post, there are a lot of opinions of what could make things better for those that are experiencing hardship while at Minot. I will quote Gena Gilbert in her opinion of: "This base has NEVER officially acknowledged its remote, isolated location. The service and support system that should be available, the lack of rotation of manpower, the guarantee of an end date for a tour, all of those steps could improve morale and increase positive impact on the base. The command putting their heads in the sand on what the reality of their ops tempo in that environment with minimal support for the troops is the main reason this base has such a massive scale of depression in both active

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.  Q:  I recently contacted the Defense Commissary Agency about the matter detailed below. They have informed me that they do not provide oversight for this and that I should bring this concern to the installation commander. Please look into the following situation or refer me to the appropriate person(s).  I have been made aware that the Manager of Baggers at Minot AFB’s commissary has hired his own daughter. Apparently, not only was his daughter’s name placed on a lengthy waiting list of eligible candidates for employment as a bagger, but she was also given favorable treatment and moved from the bottom to the top of the list due to her relation. I do not work at the facility, but I am concerned about the ethics and illegality of this case of nepotism, should it prove to be true. I am also concerned about the example being set and the messages being conveyed to the adolescents that work there if we overlook this type of situation.

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.

 

Q:  I recently contacted the Defense Commissary Agency about the matter detailed below. They have informed me that they do not provide oversight for this and that I should bring this concern to the installation commander. Please look into the following situation or refer me to the appropriate person(s). I have been made aware that the Manager of Baggers at Minot AFB’s commissary has hired his own daughter. Apparently, not only was his daughter’s name placed on a lengthy waiting list of eligible candidates for employment as a bagger, but she was also given favorable treatment and moved from the bottom to the top of the list due to her relation. I do not work at the facility, but I am concerned about the ethics and illegality of this case of nepotism, should it prove to be true. I am also concerned about the example being set and the messages being conveyed to the adolescents that work there if we overlook this type of situation. Please look

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.

 

Is there a way to get a copy of any and all of my TDY's and deployments out of Minot AFB from 1983 to 1991?  If not available at the Wing level, can you point me in the right direction?  I was deployed to Seeb, Oman in January of 1991 through March of 1991.  I had several other temporary duties throughout and would like copies.

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. 

 

How do we go about getting approval to visit your base?

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.

 

I have been looking for all records of XXX DOB !0/27/1955 for years. I am aware of him transferring to Travis AFB though on his death certificate states we were divorced. Not true as I have researched and have documentation. X and I were married. May 1st 1975 was the date. if at all is there any way to receive all records on him being E7 rank there it will be very much appreciated. Thank you and have a nice day

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

 

 I am with Dakota Air Parts Int'l Inc.  We support the UH-1 platforms and operate from the domain UH-1.com. I was wondering if you could direct me the correct point of contact that supports the maintenance and purchasing of spares for the UH-1N helicopters.

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.

 

Do you offer tours of the base to tourists?  We are coming to the states at the beginning of July and would like to tour the base if possible.  Many thanks. 

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

 

Can you help with a sponsorship/donation/loan of an aircraft for display into my museum?  At least point me to people who can help. I want the people to see something new, never seen before in my country. Thank you.

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

 

I lost my wallet with my military ID card. I have contacted ARPC and received a letter for Minot AFB to issue a CAC card. I was curious who to contact about this, and what will be required--both for getting on base and to get my ID.   I am a HPSP student and I am currently in Minot completing medical school through UND.

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)

 

What is the policy for motorcycle riders wearing motorcycle club vests with patches while in uniform?  PPE should not violate the appearance of professionalism and promoting an unofficial function especially on base.

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.

 

To Minot Leadership, I would like to bring to your attention the severely outdated BBC policy that only allows the military member to be listed as the lease holder for base housing.  I understand they are a private organization, however this seems to be a holdover from previous generations that did not value military spouses.  Without my name, as the dependent on the lease as co-lease holder, I now have to jump through hoops to obtain a POA less than a week before our final out, so I can sign us out. BBC is a company that is paid by the military to serve us and therefore should support the same values that the military touts.  Recently the Air Force has made great strides to see that dependent family members are treated as more than merely dependents.  It would be helpful if the Air Force assisted BBC in re-writing their policies so that spouses are treated equally to the military member.  When I rent off base or purchase a home, both of our names goes on th

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.

 

I have a little dog she needs to have a checkup and will not eat.

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.

 Why are UDMs so stingy with initial cold weather gear/replacement gear?  Instead of asking for ideas at the end of the year spending budget if units need TVs, chairs, morale items.  Stock up on items like cold weather gear to provide physical protection for those who work in the elements.  Body Armor has contracts with several MAJCOMs, a simple one time individual issue of 4.0 cold weather under Armor will provide more than adequate lifesaving protection.  Like most gear, if you abuse it, you buy your next set.  Honestly, it’s cheaper in bulk than what they actually provided for initial issue so called cold weather gear.  It’s been addressed before.  Shame that Amn spend their own money for quality cold weather gear in such harsh environments.  I’ve had better gear issued in Florida versus what they issue here.
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.    
 

Q:  My last several bases have had a program at the MDG pharmacy that allows members to sign for and receive up to three commonly used over the counter medicines such as cold medicines, Ibuprofen or cough suppressant’s. The program was an innovative way to help people self treat with minor colds or alignments and eased the appointment burden on MDG staff thus saving money. Is this something that can be adopted for Minot?

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 for the installation there are some factors to consider before summarily approving a program. Some of them include increased pharmacy wait times for beneficiaries waiting on prescriptions as well as the added financial costs to the clinic and tax payers for items that are not a Tricare benefit (interestingly these items are often less expensive at our local Commissary and BX). Again thank you for the question and rest assured the MDG will consider all the factors when coming to a OTC program conclusion.

UPDATED RESPONSE (1 May 19): Thank you for the opportunity to follow-up with you in regards to starting an over-the-counter (OTC) program. As previously reported, the 5th Medical Group researched the feasibility of implementing a OTC program and has determined that it is not in the best interest of team Minot at this time. In researching the program, we looked not only at cost but also impact to pharmacy operations and current prescription wait times. More specifically, the federal regulations that govern pharmacy operations and requirements related to prescription dispensing also apply to OTC medications. Additionally, because OTC processing would require paper prescriptions, it is estimated that there would be a 3 fold increase in processing time for these items. This in turn would adversely affect wait times for patients needing prescription drugs. As a reminder these items are still available by prescription through your PCM or self-purchase at the BX and commissary.  Again thank you for reaching out and allowing us to research your request."
 

 

I would love some more information about how to get my youth son involved in the cadet program.

 What are the operating hours of the North Gate?
At this time there are no standard operating hours for the North Gate as it is only used for contingency and mission specific purposes.
 

Why are the bathrooms at Bud Ebert park locked?  It is my understanding they should be accessible.

As soon as night time temperatures are sustained above freezing, the water will be turned on, at which time the bathrooms can be safely opened for public use.  Thank you!

 

Concerning the visitors center, am I allowed to sign in someone that’s 17 ?

Visitors Under 18 years of age 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).

During the hours of 0600 through 2200, when the sponsor is not present at the Visitors Center the sponsor may sponsor guests onto the installation once identity proofed by the Visitors Center (VCC) personnel. VCC personnel will verify the sponsor’s identity by asking the sponsor part of their social security number or their date of birth and comparing the response to the Alpha roster or information contained in DBIDS.

Between 2200 and 0600 sponsors must physically meet their guest at the VCC where they will be identity proofed before a base pass is issued to their guest. After 2400 the sponsor must be 18 or older to meet their guest at the VCC; the only exception is when the spouse of a military member is under 18 years of age.

Dormitory sponsors. If the sponsor resides in a dorm, the visitor must follow dormitory visitation rules established by the Centralized Dorm Manager (CDM) Superintendent.

If you have any additional questions please contact us at (701) 723-4809.

 

Why is it that when a member is pcsing and they have a last minute problem arise that the TLF feels the need to rip you off when asking for a one hour extension on check out? Charging the FULL days rate of $77 is absolutely absurd. 

We apologize for any inconvenience and that you feel as though you were "ripped off."  AF Lodging regulates our lodging rates and check out times.  These practice generally mirror the commercial hotel industry, but at a much lower rate.  Upon request, we allow customers to check out as late as 1200.  Late check outs are approved by the Lodging Manager based on incoming reservations and the ability for the Lodging Staff to be able to adequately clean the room for our incoming guests.  If we cannot accommodate an incoming guest's reservation due to an occupant's late check out, another family is inconvenienced and the room goes unfilled

 

I am wanting to bring to your attention an ongoing concern that I have been experiencing and witnessing with Balfour Beatty.  This particular issue of concern is regarding the installation of the new vinyl windows in our base house.  In February, Balfour Maintenance called and scheduled the installation for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday March 18-20, 2019 with their contractor Custom Quality Builders.  On multiple occasions, I inquired with Balfour Maintenance about what I could expect during the installation, or if I needed to move any furniture for the workers, etc.  I was left with questions unanswered and told that they didn't know anything because the work was being done by contractors.  

On the first day of window installation, a random white van arrived at my house with two random guys.  I was sure hoping they were the window installers.  It would have been better if a Balfour representative escorted them to my house for th

As a result of your inquiry, BBC became aware that their vendors were not re-installing blinds in the windows of homes they were replacing with new vinyl windows.  They have contacted the concerned residents to address the window installation plan and have also published information to the community regarding the schedule and procedures for installation of the new windows.  The vendors knew the old blinds would not be an accurate fit in the new vinyl windows and opted not to reinstall.  This was not a good option for some residents since a few had windows that did not allow complete privacy.  These residents can have the old blinds installed until the arrival of the new blinds.  BBC intended to install the new cordless blinds as soon as they arrive which was a little later than the actual window installment schedule.   Thank you again and please continue to let us know how we can improve our support of our awesome community and residents.

 

When will there be a motorcycle safety briefing for AF personnel motorcycle riders?

Each unit has a designated Motorcycle Safety Representative.  We will be training a new group of instructors at the beginning of May.  Each MSR has the stick for their squadron and can facilitate the individual request for initial or recurring training.  The MSR has a link to the training sign up and any required information.  They should be tracking dates and letting members know if they are due for training.  It's incumbent upon the member to self-identify as a rider to make sure we know.  Military members should not be riding without the training. All PPE and training requirements are outlined in AFI 91-207, Para 4.4 and subsequent blocks.

 

I have been meaning to call and address this issue for some time now, every time going through the main gate, but couldn't find a phone number.  There is a serious lack of professional courtesy, no ma'am, no sir.   Whenever I think back to how sharp our main gate security forces not only looked; crisp uniforms, but behaved, before it was necessary to contract out security, I'm dismayed at the degradation in professionalism.  These young personnel could do so much better.   Thank-you.

This scenario does not depict the caliber of men and women assigned to the 5th Security Forces Squadron.  A perception of the entire installation rests with the professionalism exhibited from all Installation Entry Control Points and any deviation from established expectations will be immediately addressed, corrected and reinforced. We appreciate your feedback to ensure our personnel display the critical attributes of "Only the Best Come North".  Thanks.

 

Are 4 wheelers allowed on base at all?

Yes, 4-wheelers are authorized on the road ways on base.  This is covered in MAFBI 31-116, paragraph 4.8, which right now is in works to be published.

 

Good morning.  I am trying to get information on what my staff will need to provide when vouching on base for blood drives.  I know the rules have changed. Please contact me at 701XXXXXXX.  Thank you!

Please contact Mr. Leslie Smith, (701) 723-4341   

 

Me and my parents have been trying to contact my brother for almost 3 months now. It's not normal to not hear from him for this long, we usually speak to him once a week. His name is XXX XXX, d.o.b- X-XX-19XX

If this person is a member of the USAF we will reach out to their current unit to conduct a wellness check and make them aware that their family would like to be contacted.

 

Will there be a Mud Run this year?  My grandkids love it and look forward to it when they come to visit!

This year's program has not yet been scheduled, but we are looking at holding the event again.  You can find details on all of our events at https://5thforcesupport.com/ or follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/5thForceSupport/

 

Is the Fiancé Form a true and legal document required for couples to be engaged used in the military or all of them Fiancé Forms a scam.

The Fiancé Form is not an official document.

 

First, I would like to thank all of the medical professionals and staff at the clinic. THANK YOU for all you do to take care of Minot families.

Second, I would like to request that the clinic consider developing a better plan for providing excused school absences when children are sick and cannot attend school. It seems unreasonable to take a child into the clinic when they are sick with a cold or virus to just obtain a school excuse. Colds and viruses just need to run their course and taking a child into the clinic when sick with these ailments usually does not result in any treatment given by the doctors. The children just need to stay home from school until they are well again and not take up appointment times with medical providers that could be utilized by pediatric patients that really do need treatment

For instance, my child woke on Monday morning with cold symptoms and a fever. The school district requires that children not attend school with a fever and

Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us.  We value and welcome any ideas that may help us improve our programs and processes.  Minot Public Schools does not have a policy that requires a family to obtain a doctor’s note for the absence to be considered excused.  Minot Public School Assistant Superintendent will reiterate to all of the MPS Principals at their next meeting that no one, to include building/attendance secretaries, should be asking families for doctor’s notes pertaining to absences.  The only exception to this is if the school administration has a concern about repeated truancy that has led to the child/family being entered in the Stay in School Program.

We agree, we do not want to bring a patient in to be seen unnecessarily.  At any time a parent can call the appointment line to place a telephone consultation or send a secure message, via Tri-Care online, to the Primary Care Team. In these situations the team nurse will triage the patient’s symptoms and if it is deemed based on symptoms that an appointment in clinic is not needed, then home care instructions will be given, and a school excuse note can be provided for parent to pick up at front desk or sent via secure message.  If a child continues to be sick after a certain amount of days or there is a change in initial symptoms, then the provider may ask to see them in clinic to ensure proper treatment.  Hopefully this clears up the process.  Again, thank you for your time

 

Is there a Minot Sup to the 36-2903?  I’m unable to find anything on EPubs.

Thank you for your inquiry, however, there is not a Minot AFB Supplement to AFI 36-2903. 

 

 

As a Base Resident, is there a proper way to dispose of a household appliance that is broken, like a washer, dryer, toaster oven or deep freezer?

 

I actually have an item I want to properly dispose of and have been given substandard answers.

I was under the impression that the Residential Bulk Trash pick up was to include large bulky items.  Apparently, not appliances.  Of course, I have contacted Balfour Beatty Housing Office. They suggested calling the City Landfill. I did call the City Landfill and it sounds like anyone whether they live in the city or on the base can take items to the landfill for disposal for a fee depending on the item.  Plus, there is the question of how to safely transport any large bulky appliance the 20 miles for disposal.

I have seen a dryer left after Bulk Trash pick up just this past week & even a dryer dumped next to a building dumpsters.  The quantity of random trash appliances impr

You’re correct – the bulk trash pick-up service in housing does not include large appliances. Every housing resident is responsible for disposing of personal appliances off base. The Minot landfill is located 1 mile west of Valley Marine on 20th Ave SW (back behind Kohls and JL Beers). Unfortunately, that does mean finding a way to transport it to the landfill yourself. You can find more about the landfill hours and operations on it’s website (www.minotnd.org/288/Landfill).

 

Q:  Good afternoon, how do I get help with my taxes on base?

 A. The Judge Advocate supports active, dependents and civil servants who work on Minot AFB.  Contact (701) 723-3026 to schedule an appointment.

 

Q:  What are the rules and regulations regarding skateboarding on base?

A.  Wear a helmet and recommend using other PPE as prescribed by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (recommend knee & elbow pads). Direct wording per AFI 91-207 (16 Feb 2017): 3.7.5. Non-motorized transportation devices not meeting DOT motor vehicle standards are prohibited on installation roadways and will comply with all pedestrian-related traffic laws. (T-0) 3.7.5.1. An approved helmet is required to be worn on AF installations. (T-2) 3.7.5.2. Additional PPE requirements should follow United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, manufacturer instructions and be included in the installation traffic code. 3.7.6. The use of portable headphones, earphones, cellular phones, or other listening and entertainment devices (other than hearing aids) while walking, jogging, running, bicycling, skating or skateboarding on roadways is prohibited. (T-0) Use of listening devices impairs recognition of emergency signals, alarms, announcements, approaching vehicles, human speech, and outside noise in general.

 

Q:  Is there anywhere on base that I can print passport pictures, and is there anywhere on base that does fingerprint cards?

A.  We do not currently offer either of these services for personal use, in other words photos for tourist passports or a fingerprint card you could take with you.  The best place to get this done is the U.S. Post Office in Minot at 117 5th Ave SW.  Passport services are only offered Monday – Friday 10 am to 3 pm.  Appointments can be scheduled via their website at https://tools.usps.com

 

Q:  GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab - Posted in Facebook.  I inquired about ad posted in Lakeland Fl through Facebook Marketplace and seller states that vehicle is located at the base when that is not the information posted on the ad. My question to you is, is this a real seller or something that I should have a red flag as it seems to me kind of strange.  This is her reply.  I attached photos and will do my best to walk you through process, I'm here in Minot, North Dakota, at the Air Force Base. The truck is already at the eBay warehouse here in Minot along with all the paperwork and the transaction will be done through them. eBay will handle the shipping, the payment, and the paper exchange. The truck is ready to be delivered to your place. I think I can have it there at your home address within 2-3 working days.

 

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.