Installation Info: Zip Code: 58205, Area Code: 701, DSN: 362
Providing extended range in the air, Grand Fork Air Force Base's supertanker wing supports deployments and multinational operations around the world. With low crime, good schools and medical facilities, the Grand Forks, N.D., area has been ranked by Money Magazine as one of the top U.S. communities in regard to quality of life. The mission of the 319th Air Refueling Wing, the base's major unit, is "Guaranteeing global reach extended range in the air ... people and cargo, where and when needed by America." In past years, the wing has participated in the NATO deployment in Kosovo, the Persian Gulf build-up, and Operation Desert Fox and Allied Force. The Grand Forks County School District runs two elementary schools on base and off-base schools. The seven-bed Grand Forks Air Force Base Hospital provides health care.
A large, modern fitness facility is available on base, in addition to bowling, golf, theater and a youth center with additional youth activities.