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Minot Air Force Base
The base is located in Ward County, 13 miles north of Minot, North Dakota and only 50 miles from the Canadian border. The base is an integral part of all the local communities. The people are friendly, helpful, and honestly glad to have you here. Known as the home of Team Minot, the name emphasizes the great working relationship the base has with the community. Minot is surrounded by military-friendly towns. The base operator's phone number is 701-723-1110, or DSN 312-453-1110.
Minot businessmen donated approximately $50,000 to buy the first portions of land for the air base. The Minot Chamber of Commerce presented the United States Government with the land May 1, 1955 with construction starting a year later. The Air Force officially activated the base January 10, 1957. The base and its mission have evolved since its activation. If you would like to follow the evolution of Minot AFB, log on to the base homepage, click on general information and then history/mission.
The mission of the 5th Bomb Wing (AFGSC), Host Wing is skilled, proud Airmen providing full spectrum, expeditionary, B-52H global strike and combat support capabilities to geographic commanders and the Commander, USSTRATCOM, and 91st Missile Wing (AFGSC) mission support...Weapons on target, on time!
The 91st Missile Wing's (AFGSC) mission is to defend the United States with safe, secure intercontinental ballistic missiles, ready to immediately put bombs on target.
Minot AFB has the following population breakdown active duty: 5,234; Family members: 5,480; and civillian employees: 677.
The Base Taxi is available for "Official" business. You can make arrangements for the Base Taxi by calling 701-723-3121.
Free transportation is provided year round to students attending downtown public schools. Bus Service is also provided to the on-base schools from November through March. Specific dates will be published yearly.
Directions to Minot AFB North Dakota
For those traveling by air, you will be landing at the Minot International Airport on the city's northern edge. If your sponsor is not meeting you at the airport, there are two taxi companies that will take you to base (Central Cab Company), 701-852-8000 or Taxi-9000, 701-852-9000. Remember to claim the taxi fee on your travel voucher.
If driving, follow US Highway 83 north through the city of Minot, the highway is called "Broadway" in the city limits. Coming from the South you will pass the town of Ruthville, about two miles south of the base. The first gate is the south gate, but don't stop there. A mile further is the main gate and the base's Visitor Control Center, your first stop.
Navigating around Minot is made easy with the city divided into four quadrants; Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast. Most of the roads are numbered with streets running North and South and Avenues running East and West.
Traveling by Bus or Train
For those traveling by train, you will be arriving at the train station in the center of the city. If your sponsor is not meeting you at the train station; there are two taxi companies that will take you to base (Central Company Cab, 701-852-8000 or Taxi-9000, 701-852-9000. Remember to claim the taxi fee on your travel voucher. Minot does not have a commercial bus service.