Minot AFB partners with Minot, other communities

Submitted Photo Verendrye Electric Cooperative workers repair a LED streetlight at Minot Air Force Base. The cooperative is one of the base’s numerous community partners.

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE – The civil engineer portfolio at Minot Air Force Base mirrors the work of a city’s department of public works.

“We do the department of public works across the installation and across the missile field,” said Lt. Col. Scott Howe, commander of the 5th Civil Engineer Squadron at Minot Air Force Base.

Pointing out the relationship they have with electric providers on base and in the area he said, “We’ve got a good relationship on base with Verendrye (Electric Cooperative) and the co-ops we work with across the missile field which is multiple from the different counties and that we have across the state.”

Howe said another partnership – a partnership with the North Dakota Department of Transportation — is to maintain about 360 miles of roads for travel to the missile launch facilities and missile alert facilities.

The Minot base’s community partners include:


— All Seasons Water User District

— Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative

— McLean Electric Cooperative

— Montana-Dakota Utilities

— Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative

— North Prairie Rural Water Association

— Upper Souris Water District

— Verendrye Electric

— Base Utilities

— City of Minot

Mission Sustainment

— Minot Area Chamber EDC

— Task Force 21

— Ward County Planning Commission

— Souris Basin Planning Commission

— North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources

— McLean County Planning Commission

— Mountrail County Planning Commission

— N.D. Public Service Commission


— Balfour Beatty Communities

Project Design/Construction

— Local architects, engineers and surveyors

— Local contractors

Defense Access Roads (DAR)

— N.D. Department of Transportation

— Ward County Highway Department

Emergency Services

— Local law enforcement

— Local fire department

— County emergency management


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