Businessmen from Minot were largely responsible for the base being located there. Land used to build Minot AFB was purchased by the Chamber of Commerce and donated to the U.S. Government in 1955. The base was built two years later. Minot AFB is home to over 700 active duty officers and over 4,750 enlisted. There are about 6,100 family members and almost 850 civilian employees.
Units stationed at Minot AFB include the 5th Bomb Wing and the 91st Missile Wing. Minot AFB is home to B-52H aircraft, which are still being used after the last planes were manufactured in the 1960’s. Minot is one of two bases in the U.S. flying B-52H planes. Minot AFB is proud to supply combat support when and where it’s needed.
Minot is the closest city to the base. There are several museums including a Railroad Museum and the Dakota Territory Air Museum. Roosevelt Park Zoo is another popular attraction. There are also opportunities near Minot for golf, bowling and tennis. On base recreation includes arts and crafts and swimming, along with a library, recreation center and gym. A 2 1/2 mile Riverwalk is also popular.
Minot AFB features one commissary, a base exchange, a shoppette and a mall. Residents also have access to the base theater and stables, along with the largest Youth Facility of any Air Force Base in the country. Nearby Bakken oil field provides many job opportunities for family members.
Children from the base attend North Plains and Dakota Elementary schools and Memorial Middle School. All schools are run by the Minot School District. The high school is one high school with two campuses, Central Campus for grades 9 and 10 and Magic City Campus for grades 11 and 12. The Minot Child Development Center offers child care for ages 6 months to 6 years, with other licensed family childcare providers offering care for children evenings and weekends.
The 5th Medical Group provides most medical services for base residents, family members and retirees. Services not provided through the Medical Treatment Facility can be found off base through local providers. Services offered include Pediatrics, Primary Care, Immunizations, Internal Medicine and Optometry.
Many people choose base housing as the best option. Off base housing can be expensive and hard to find due to the large population of Bakken Oil Field workers and other workers relocating to Minot. There are renovation projects in base housing, but once they are done, there will be over 1,740 housing units for families.
Housing is divided into about 265 units for officers, almost 200 for senior enlisted and 1,280 for younger enlisted members. Temporary housing is found at Sakakawea Inn, which has lodging available 24 hours a day. From there, housing is offered in visiting quarters. There are five pet friendly quarters available on a first-come first-served basis.
Minot has a very low unemployment rate at 2.4 percent. This is largely due to the oil field workers hired, along with new businesses opening to serve the needs of workers. Government jobs are also available to family members and dependents.