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United States Air Force
Commercial Gate Visitors Center
Grand Forks AFB, ND 58205
Law Enforcement Desk
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Grand Forks Air Force Base is a Global Hawk Base.
319th Reconnaissance Wing Mission:
"Team Grand Forks...Focused on Innovation, Enabling Victory"
"Forging innovative airpower through world-class Airmen, installation support, and community partnerships; Warriors of the North enabling victory across the spectrum--local, national, global, and space--because without It...you lose!"
Winter Weather Preparation
Grand Forks Air Force Base is a northern tier base subject to severe winter weather. To lessen stress, prior to the arrival of winter (December, January and February), it is strongly recommended that privately owned vehicles are prepared for winter weather. Failure to do so may result in unexpected repairs.
Stock your vehicle with the following provisions:
Snow shovel, broom, and ice scraper
Abrasive material such as sand or kitty litter, in case your vehicle gets stuck in the snow
Jumper cables, flashlight, and warning devices such as flares and markers
Blankets for protection from the cold, extra warm clothing
A cell phone with charger, batteries, water, high energy snacks, and any necessary medicine
If you desire child care, you (or your sponsor) can create an account with MilitaryChildCare.com (a Department of Defense program) where you will find comprehensive information on child care programs, conduct a customized search and submit a request for care. We recommend you do this in advance of your departure from your current location. Of course, if you are a single parent this is especially important.
Passports and Visas
Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing. Member and/or dependents are not allowed to final out-process without the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Members electing the accompanied tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families.
Military ID & DEERS
Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) and Federal Identity Processing Standard (FIPS-201) requires TWO forms of identification documents for initial issue and replacement of ID cards.
Lost or stolen CACs are accountable government property. A statement of lost or stolen ID must be provided before a replacement CAC can be issued. Lost or stolen CACs must be reported to 319 SFS, Law Enforcement Desk, bldg. 339, 1st floor.
For initial issue or renewal of any type of military ID card (CAC, dependent, or retiree etc.), all DEERS eligible customers must have two forms of ID to include other specific items for the type of DEERS update being requested. One must be a valid state or federal issued photo ID. The second form of ID can be a social security card, birth certificate, valid passport, or any from this list. All documents MUST be original or certified true copies.
NOTE: The sponsor is always required to be present for any DEERS update unless a Power of Attorney (POA) has been issued specifically authorizing the ability to update DEERS.
If you are considering living on Grand Forks Air Force Base, contact the Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC) Housing Office at t701-594-8000 to request an advanced housing application.
Grand Forks AFB is in the 701 area code. Commercial base numbers have the prefix of 747. The DSN prefix is 362. The base operator can be reached at 701-747-1110 or DSN 362-747-1110.
Vehicle drivers will not use hand-held communication devices such as cell phones, two-way radios, or electronic devices such as personal data assistants (PDAs) while driving a vehicle on base. Vehicle drivers may operate these devices only once the vehicle is safely stopped and the vehicle placed in park. This policy applies to all military and civilian personnel who operate a privately owned motor vehicle, Government Owned vehicle or Government Service Administration vehicles.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the 701 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (701) 747-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
Attention sponsors and incoming Airmen:
Service members moving to Grand Forks Air Force Base can make lodging reservations at the Warrior Inn as soon as they receive orders from their losing base. Early contact decreases the risk of members having to stay in off-base accommodation. Call 701-747-7200 to make reservations or for more information.
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
Other relevant information
DoD Civilians and retirees are eligible to apply for privatized base housing at Grand Forks AFB.
Child care off-base can be expensive and difficult to secure and the CDC has a wait list for some categories.
Weather: October to April features everything from blizzards, black ice on the roads (watch for ice patches on bridges, ramps, etc.) to freezing rain, snow, (you may have to scrape your windshield in the morning) etc. Winter driving involves due diligence, speed reduction and lengthening space between vehicles.
May to September brings a wide range of temperatures, from the 50’s in May to 80+ in August. During this time, be prepared for seasonal allergies (mold, pollen, etc.). The Grand Forks area has a pretty short growing season. Mosquitoes & ticks (active in temps over 40 degrees) are problematic, so pets (and you) should be protected. Ticks are found in tall grasses, so check everyone over after outdoor activities. It helps to wear light colored clothing. Protect yourself and family members between dusk to dawn from mosquitoes (stay indoors or check out many of the over the counter products).
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