Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota

Grand Forks Air Force Base, land of the Warriors of the North, is a United States Air Force base located in Grand Forks County, 15 miles west of the city of Grand Forks, near the Red River in eastern North Dakota. The quality of life in this community has been ranked by Money Magazine as one of the top communities in the nation. Grand Forks has a population close to 50,000 and is home of the University of North Dakota.

Grand Forks Air Force Base plays a central role in the nation's defense. It is home to the 319th Air Refueling Wing, one of only three "super tanker" wings in the United States Air Force, and guarantees global reach and engagement for the U.S. and its allies through robust air refueling and aircraft capabilities executing rapid air mobility and agile support.

Location/Driving Directions

Grand Forks AFB is located off U.S. Highway 2 approximately 15 miles west of the City of Grand Forks ND.

Grand Forks AFB i sTen miles west on U.S. Highway 2 from the Airport.

From the Greyhound Bus Station you go west on Gateway Drive to U.S. Highway 2 about 15 miles.

From the Amtrak Train Station you will go East on Demers Ave to Interstate Highway 29 North to U.S. Highway 2 West about 15 miles.

Grand Forks AFB is located 14 miles west of the City of Grand Forks.

Main Phone Numbers

Staff Sgt. Brandi Cannedy tracks aircraft on her scope. Photo courtesy U.S Air Force; Photo credit: Senior Airman James Croxon
Base Operator (701) 747-3000

Vehicle Pass and Registration (701) 747-5070

Warrior Inn (Lodging) (701) 747-7200

Airman and Family Readiness Center (701) 747-3241

Child Development Center (701) 747-3042

TRICARE Appointment Line (701) 747-5601

Housing Office (701) 747-3035

AAFES (701) 594-5542

Commissary (701) 747-3083

Judge Advocate (701) 747-3606

Family Child Care Office (701) 747-3158

Population/Major Units Assigned

1st Lt. Brandon Rodts, 319th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, presents the 319th Air Refueling Wing's maintenance team for inspection. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo credit: Tech. Sgt. Amanda Callahan

Grand Forks AFB is home to The 319th Air Refueling Wing. The 319th Air Refueling Wing is organized into four distinct groups: Operations, Maintenance, Support and Medical.

Grand Forks Air Force Base is comprised of more than 6,300 individuals; 2,450 Active Duty Military, 2,800 family members and 600 civilian employees and 700 retirees.

Temporary Lodging

Warrior Inn. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Personnel who are in Permanent Change of Station PCS) status, or bona fide house-hunters on permissive Temporary Duty assignment, may make reservation requests with the Lodging Office up to three months in advance of the date of arrival. Reservation requests are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis without regard to rank. Personnel or their sponsors, who are PCSing to Grand Forks may make the request for reservations. A copy of PCS orders must be provided to the lodging office before or at the time of registration.

House-hunters must provide a copy of their permissive TDY orders or leave authorization, as well as a copy of the PCS, retirement or separation orders at the time of registration.

Reservation requests accepted by the lodging office cannot be confirmed until a space is available. Seven days before arrival check with lodging office to determine the status of your reservation.

Warrior Inn offers quality lodging services to military personnel and their guests, including Visitors Quarters, Distinguished Visitor Quarters, Temporary Living Facilities and an in-house Fitness Center and Laundry facility. The standard TLF rate is $36 a night; regular rooms and suites are $30 a night. Call the Warrior Inn for more room types and availability.

There are 27 TLFs available for members traveling with their families. There are 10 TLF 2P that sleeps 7 max. These units have there own washer and dryer, stove microwave combination units and dishwasher and household refrigerator along with a vacuum broom and mop. In addition, there are 13 TLF 1P that sleep a max of four and 4 TLF 1p which are now pet friendly. All units have kitchenettes, but not all have a washer and dryer. All TLF units come with an iron and ironing board, TV and VCR; everything a family needs to feel at home (Cribs and High Chairs must be requested). TLF's rates: $41.50 per night.

There is a standard $10 per night fee regardless of the number of pets in the unit or duration of their stay. You will be required to present a current updated shot record for each pet at time of check-in. Each pet friendly room will be equipped with a pet carrier and pooper scooper.

Grand Forks has 24 outstanding two-room VQ Quarter Suites with private baths for both TDY officers and enlisted personnel to enjoy. Guests are encouraged to utilize the fitness room. All rooms are completely Y2K compliant to include modem connections. VQ rates: $39 per night

Distinguished Visitors staying in the Dakota House are indulged with amenities to include formal living and dining areas, fully stocked beverage bar, private work out center, wireless internet and luxury bathrooms complete with a whirlpool bath. Dakota House Large DVQ rates: $53.25 per night. Main Lodging single occupancy DVQ rates:$48.25 per person (Officer & Enlisted).

The 24 hour, 7 day a week In House Fitness Center is available for all guests. Your room key will unlock the door to multiple cardiovascular machines.


On base Housing. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Grand Forks AFB is utilizing nearly 800 military family housing units. Privatization is scheduled to be in place fall 2009. Please contact the Housing Office at 701-747-3035 or DSN 312-362-3035 as soon as possible after receipt of orders, either directly or through your sponsor. Before military members seek off-base accommodations, they are encouraged to check with the Housing Office.

Grand Forks AFB has a two pet policy in military family housing. Wait times vary, the military member should contact the Housing Office at 701-747-3035 or DSN 312-362-3035 for accurate wait times and availability.

Number of units available by rank:

E-6 and below: 103 two bedroom, 338 three bedroom, and 79 four bedroom units.
E-7-9: 102 three bedroom, 46 four bedroom units.
Company Grade Officers: 29 two bedroom, 30 three bedroom, 18 four bedroom units.
Field Grade Officers: 21 Three bedroom, 19 four bedroom units.
Senior Officers: 7 four bedroom units

Single service members, if they are eligible, will be assigned a room in the dorm. Inform the First Sergeant of the Squadron you will be assigned if you have been previously married and will be arriving with items that will need storage. There are currently 480 bed spaces available for Unaccompanied Airman Housing. For availability and eligibility requirements contact the Dormitory Management office at 701-747-6563/5677/3493 or DSN 312-362-6563/5677/3493.

There are currently 26 Handicap adaptable units on Grand Forks AFB. For availability and eligibility requirements contact the Housing Office at 701-747-3035 or DSN 312-362-3035.

Regardless of the branch of service, all newly assigned personnel to Grand Forks AFB have a mandatory reporting requirement to the base housing office. Do not seek community housing or sign a contract unless you have reported to the housing office first. You can contact the Grand Forks Housing Office at 701-747-3030.

The Greater Grand Forks area (Grand Forks ND/East Grand Forks MN) has a fair supply of rental properties. Other communities are Emerado, Hatton, Northwood, Larimore, and Manvel. The surrounding areas are of a small rural setting. The driving distance from the base range from 15 to 40 miles, winter driving conditions impact choice of location for many personnel. Entry level rental prices range from $500 for a one bedroom, $700 for a two bedroom, to $900 for a three bedroom. Home purchase cost are in the surrounding areas are considerably less than the greater Grand Forks area.

Child Care

Child Development Center. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The Grand Forks AFB Child Development Center (CDC) provides care for children between the ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. The CDC is an accredited program and has implemented the Marazon-System for Development Planning and Assessment. It is a child-centered system that focuses the classroom and home environment around the development of each child. It considers each child's stage of development, individual interests and needs, as well as each child history or life experiences in terms of family, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sex-roles and special needs.

Care is provided for children with special needs, however the Special Needs Board will review all documentation to ensure accommodation of the child's need can be met. They are enrolled in the USDA Food program serving nutritious daily meals.

A child must be registered in the center before care is provided. The registration packet includes AF Form 1181, USDA Food Program application, Health Assessment Form, Immunization Record, and Parent's Agreement. The Health Assessment Form should list any food or medication allergies and be signed by the child's physician.

Weekly care is offered to all active duty military and DOD civilians working on the base. Weekly fees are based on the family total income. Hourly care is offered on a first come first serve basis. Reservations may be made up to two weeks in advance. A request for care may be submitted using DD Form 2606.

A Part-Day Enrichment Program is also offered for children who have reached their 3rd birthday by August 31st and fully/successfully potty trained before admission.

The CDC offers motor skills rooms, toddler rooms, baby rooms and preschool. There is currently a waiting list for all age groups with newborns having the largest demand. Single parents and military members have priority.

The CDC operates on a sliding scale fee which is calculated according to total family income.

Base residents providing child care in their homes for more than 10 hours a week on a regular basis must be licensed. Each provider can take care of up to 6 children with no more than 2 under the age of 2. FCC providers are self-employed and not government employees. They set their own rates, hours and write their own policies and contracts. The policies must meet AF guidelines. The providers do bi-monthly self-assessments which are monitored by the FCC Coordinator.


Elementary School on Base. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Grand Forks Air Force base has two schools. The Carl Ben Eielson School is for K-4th grade and Twining Elementary and Middle School has grades 5th-8th. High school students attend one of two schools in Grand Forks. The majority of students from the base attend Central but open enrollment is available for those who want to attend Red River High School. Breakfast and Lunch are served at all schools and programs are available for reduced meals and special needs.

East Grand Forks is located in Minnesota and has Sacred Heart high school and grade school, in addition to East Grand Forks public schools. There are several small communities around the Air Base that have their own schools including Thompson, Larimore, Manvel, and Northwood.

Sports and other extracurricular activities play a large part in the public school system. Hockey, basketball and football are the most popular but the school and community also have soccer programs, cross country, volleyball, track and field, and more.

Public Schools on Grand Forks AFB provide Preschool, a Gifted and Talented program and Head Start classes, as well as Chapter One reading services and Special Needs programs such as Speech/Language Therapy, Learning Disabilities, Occupational/Physical Therapy and Counselors.

Contact Grand Forks Public Schools at 701-746-2200, for a current update on new schools that are under construction.

Registration Requirements include:

Immunization Records
Birth Certificate
Social Security Number
School Records or Transfer Papers

Busing is provided year round to both schools on base and high school students in Grand Forks. To have your student(s) picked up in front of your home for an on-base school, it is necessary to contact BMAR bussing at 701-594-5480 between 7:45 am and 4:30 pm.

For high school students who wish to participate in extra curricular activities after school, a late bus is provided. A student handbook will be given at the beginning of the school year which will explain everything about the new school.

Parents interested in home schooling, contact the Superintendent of Schools for information regarding state requirements.

Medical Care

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The Grand Forks AFB Clinic serves a local patient population of more than 7,000 active duty and retired members and their families. The clinic is located at 1599 J Street, Building 109. Active duty personnel have first priority. Retirees and family members enrolled in TRICARE Prime are guaranteed access to the clinic. Those beneficiaries not enrolled in TRICARE Prime will only be seen on a "Space Available" basis.

The Grand Forks AFB Clinic provides routine and acute care Monday through Friday. For an appointment, call 701-594-3000. For acute care on the weekend, call the clinic directly at 701-747-5601.

There is no emergency room at Grand Forks AFB. For medical emergencies, call 911 or proceed directly to your nearest emergency room. The clinic provides 24 hour on base ambulance service, providing transportation if needed, to the Altru Hospital emergency room in Grand Forks. For out of area emergency and acute medical care, see the Health Benefits, Wellness, and contact the TRICARE office for information.

A Q-coded family, otherwise known as a family member identified with special needs will have completed a facility determination to come to Grand Forks Air Force Base. Services and support groups will be referred by their speciality doctor or their primary care manager (PCM).

To make a routine Dental appointment call 701-747-5393. In case of after-hours dental emergencies call 701-747-5475. Comprehensive dental care is available to all assigned active duty members. Routine care for other classes of beneficiaries is limited and prioritized below:

Active duty personnel of the US Armed Forces. Reserve personnel are not authorized care unless on active duty. Appointments can only be made with active duty orders in hand.
Family members of Active Duty on a stand-by space available basis only.
Retired personnel on a stand-by space available basis only.
Family members of retired on stand-by basis only.
Emergency dental service to relieve severe discomfort, severe bleeding, or acute infection is available for all eligible beneficiaries. Dental sick call is held daily by appointment.

Family members of active duty personnel are highly encouraged to enroll in the United Concordia TRICARE Family Member Dental Plan to obtain dental care from civilian dentist. Retired personnel are highly encouraged to enroll in the Delta Select USA TRICARE Retiree Dental Program to obtain dental care from civilian dentists.