Installation Info: Zip Code: 58705, Area Code: 701, DSN: 453

"Only the Best Come North" reads the sign over the main gate. Minot Air Force Base bills itself as one of the best-kept secrets in the Air Force because of its commitment to its units, environment and general quality of life for personnel.

With the Cold War heating up in the early 1950s, ground was broken for Minot AFB in 1955. The 5th Medical Group and base hospital handle health-care needs.

The facilities and surroundings of Minot and North Dakota are ideal for fishing, hunting, camping, winter sports and a host of other outdoor activities. Base recreational opportunities include a recreation center; bowling; movie theater; gym; pool; library; officers and enlisted clubs; youth center; auto hobby shop; golf, and an arts and crafts center.