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United States Air Force
Welcome - Visitors Control Center
226 Steen Blvd.
Grand Forks AFB, ND 58205-6319
When you arrive at your new installation, you’ll need to follow installation-specific procedures. Each installation and service handles in-processing differently. Here, you can find installation-specific guidelines and a list of documents to bring with you when checking- in. Reach out to the contacts provided if you have specific questions.
For airmen and civilians reporting for in-processing at Grand Forks Air Force Base, proceed to your unit orderly room with an endorsed copy of your orders. Civilians are to report to their Civilian Personnel Office. The Visitor Control Center is the 24-hr main arrival point for Grand Forks AFB and is located at 226 Steen Blvd., Bldg. 812. (open 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday) Closed Saturday Sundays and Holidays, The Visitor Control Center is a tremendous resource for support in contacting your sponsor as well as obtaining general information about Grand Forks AFB and the surrounding area.
If arriving during duty hours, contact your assigned unit or squadron upon arrival. Your new CSS will in-process you, inventory your records and schedule your mandatory in-processing and Newcomer's Welcoming/Orientation briefings. Have your hand-carried records and orders with you.
Be sure and make temporary lodging reservations prior to arrival. As part of the in-processing checklist, all newly arrived inbound are required to attend the GFAFB Newcomer Orientation held the first Thursday of the month starting at 7:30 a.m, contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center for location. Spouses and children are ALWAYS welcomed to attend the orientation which includes a Global Hawk “Scope of the Mission Tour”. Call the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 701-747-3241 for additional orientation.
Airmen and Civilians should contact your unit orderly room for in processing procedures. If you have not already done so, contact your sponsor for temporary lodging reservations and an information packet. It is important that your sponsor arranges for your billeting, otherwise you may risk not being reimbursed for your lodging expenses. If you have not been assigned a sponsor contact the Customer Service Section of the Military Personnel Flight at 701-747-6411 or DSN 312-362-6411 or the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 701-747-3241.
Upon arrival at Grand Forks AFB, newcomers should report to their unit orderly room for completion of the Initial Duty Assignment (IDA) worksheet. After all unit and base personnel in-processing is completed, and if approved by the commander, the member may be granted permissive leave for house hunting. Ensure a completed Leave form is completed by the unit.
First Term Airmen
If Grand Forks AFB is your first duty station after Basic and Tech School Training, then you should either contact your sponsor or report to the Warrior Inn Lodging Office, located at 632 Holzapple St., Bldg. 117 and notify your respective sponsor/Squadron of your arrival. Your Sponsor Unit representative will meet and escort you to your unit personnel office and then to the Military Personnel Section, Bldg. 101 on Steen Blvd. for in processing. During in-processing, you will be scheduled for the First Term Airmen's Course (FTAC).
The First Term Airman Center is located in the Walker Warrior Professional Development Center, 259 Tuskegee Amn. Blvd., building 139. Completion of this course is a requirement for Airmen arriving at their first duty assignment in the Air Force. You will be assigned to FTAC for a total of 5 calendar days. You are also required to complete the Newcomer's Orientation, held every 1st Thursday of each month at the Airman & Family Readiness Center starting at 0730. At the Newcomer's Orientation you will also complete your initial Equal Opportunity and Victim Prevention Training.
The FTAC program is structured to assist Airmen in transitioning from training to a mission-oriented environment. The course reinforces military lessons First Term Airmen learn and experience in Basic Military Training and during technical training to prepare Airmen for their role in supporting the mission. The First Term Airman Course creates an environment for Airmen to develop a warrior spirit and an expeditionary mindset.
Newcomer Orientation & Welcome
Newcomers' Welcome/Orientation is usually held each month and begins at 7:30 a.m. Please check with the Grand Forks A&FRC on 701-747-3241 or your unit CSS for any changes to this schedule. This orientation is mandatory for all arriving permanent party AF members and Department of Defense civilians. Spouses and children are ALWAYS welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Visit the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 207, 575 Holzapple St. 701-747-3241, for maps, newcomer information, family member employment assistance, Child Care for PCS vouchers, Heart Link (AF orientation for spouses), budget assistance, financial classes, emergency assistance and any questions you may have.
The newly renovated Warrior Inn at Grand Forks AFB is located at 632 Holzapple Street (Bldg. 117) is open 24 hours a day-7 days a week. Call and make reservations for temporary lodging as early as possible to include reservations for your pets at 701-747-7200. Important documents to be hand carried should include but are not limited to the following; a copy of orders, identification and/or social security card(s), vehicle registration(s) and proof of car vehicle(s) insurance. If arriving from overseas, hand-carried documents should also include the following items; vehicle shipping papers, shot immunization records, household inventories for household goods and claims and as well as school records for all children. Portable cribs are available at the front desk.
If you get married before you PCS, it is imperative that your chain of command including your commander is contacted ASAP. Follow their procedures exactly as they are given. The military WILL NOT PAY OR REIMBURSE YOU for travel and housing of your spouse and/or dependents if the proper procedures are not followed.