Minot Air Force Base

Updated: August 22, 2023
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    Minot Air Force Base (MAFB), situated 13 miles north of Minot in Ward County, plays a pivotal role in the U.S. Air Force by operating B-52H bombers and Minuteman III nuclear missiles. These efforts bolster the Air Force’s conventional and strategic combat force.

    Base Operator:

    Fighter Drive
    Minot AFB, ND 58704

    What Kind of Base is Minot AFB?

    Hosting the 5th Bomb Wing and the 91st Missile Wing under the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), Minot AFB boasts a population of 5,017 as of the 2020 census.

    Minot AFB History

    Inaugurated on January 10, 1957, Minot AFB initially functioned as an Air Defense Command base. By the 1960s, it evolved into a key Strategic Air Command base, housing nuclear-capable missiles, and bombers. Post-1992, its nuclear mission split between the Air Force Space Command and the Air Combat Command. However, 2009 saw the consolidation of these missions under AFGSC.

    Minot AFB Housing

    Both on and off-base housing options are available at Minot AFB. Balfour Beatty Communities manage on-base housing, covering maintenance to community management. Prospective residents should contact the Military Housing Office at 701-723-4660 for housing policies and application guidance. The nearby city of Minot also offers a range of housing, with special rates for military personnel at some locations.

    Reporting Requirement: All personnel are required to report to the Military Housing Office within 30 days of arriving at Minot AFB. Failure to do so could result in the loss of advanced application status for housing.

    PCS and TDY Lodging

    For temporary lodging, Sakakawea Inn at 173 Summit Drive serves Temporary Duty and Permanent Change of Station personnel. Reservations: 701-248-7000.

    What is the BAH for Minot AFB?

    Check to see what the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is in North Dakota.


    Military Housing Area: ND191

    Grade With Dependents Without Dependents
    E01 $1,218 $924
    E02 $1,218 $924
    E03 $1,218 $924
    E04 $1,218 $924
    E05 $1,344 $1,023
    E06 $1,818 $1,365
    E07 $1,848 $1,386
    E08 $1,881 $1,443
    E09 $1,944 $1,578
    W01 $1,839 $1,380
    W02 $1,866 $1,440
    W03 $1,908 $1,593
    W04 $1,965 $1,824
    W05 $2,040 $1,854
    O01E $1,851 $1,392
    O02E $1,896 $1,551
    O03E $1,974 $1,812
    O01 $1,407 $1,086
    O02 $1,812 $1,389
    O03 $1,905 $1,644
    O04 $2,061 $1,842
    O05 $2,172 $1,860
    O06 $2,190 $1,887
    O07 $2,205 $1,914

    For more information, look at BAH rates by state or calculate your exact BAH rate.

    Minot AFB Surrounding Area

    Located amidst military-friendly towns, Minot AFB enjoys a friendly relationship with local communities. The nearby Lake Sakakawea is a popular spot for outdoor activities. Attractions like the Dakota Territory Air Museum and Scandinavian Heritage Park add cultural depth to the region.


    The 5th Medical Group provides extensive medical services, from Primary Care to Immunizations. To schedule an appointment, dial 1-866-299-4233 or 701-723-5633.

    Off-base emergency care is the best option outside operating hours.


    The Minot Air Force Base Child Development Center caters to various age groups through family care and school-aged programs. For details, call 701-723-3750.


    While the base doesn’t host DoD schools, local K-12 military students predominantly attend Minot Public Schools. Other educational institutions in and around Minot offer public and private schooling options. For K-12 education information, connect with Minot AFB Child & Youth Education Services.

    Written by Veteran.com Team