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North Dakota Air Force Bases (2)


  • Grand Forks AFB Emerado

  • Grand Forks AFB is operated by Air Mobility Command and located in Grand Forks County, near Emerado, North Dakota. It was built in 1956 and is currently home t the 319th Air Refueling Wing. The wing is responsible for reaching far flung places around the world to support the United States Military and its allies. After looking for suitable locations, the Department of Defense finally approved Grand Forks as the location for an Air Defense Command Base in 1954. The community donated $65 thousand to purchase 5,400 acres of land. The last B-1s departed from Grand Forks on Amy 26 1994 and the then host unit, the 319th Bomb Group was deactivated. Due to the Base Realignment and Closure Act, the base was scheduled to be realigned. The 321st Missiles group originally housed in Grand Forks was transferred to Malmstrom.

  • Minot AFB Ward

  • Minot Air Force Base is located in Ward County, near Minot, North Dakota. It was built in 1957 and is currently home to the 5th Bomb Wing and the 91st Missile Wing. The base has a population of 7,599. Minot AFB was originally opened under the Air Defense Command. It later became a major base under the Strategic Air Command in charge of operating nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles, manned bombers, and refueling aircraft. The base currently operates 150 nuclear Minuteman missiles, and numerous B-52s as much as it did during the cold war. The B-52H bombers in the base were modified to launch Air Launched Cruise Missiles.