It plays a key role in our nation's military mission.
And today, we were reminded of the key role it plays in the local economy.
Minot Air Force Base officials released details of the financial impact the base had on the region.
The 2013 figures were presented by Major Jorge Jimenez of the base's comptroller office.
Using formulas required by the Pentagon, the impact of the local base, from payroll, construction and materials purchases,and indirect jobs created jumped to a new record last year.
(Maj. Jorge Jimenez, Comptroller's Office) "This gives you a total economic impact at Minot Air Force Base of almost 584-million dollars. So when you look at our multi-year economic impact, the chart shows that the overall trend for the past five years has been upwards in actual dollars with an 18.8% increase since 2009."
The 584-million dollar impact is almost 12% higher than 2012 - which had been the largest ever.
The report puts the number of personnel connected to the base - including military, dependants, and civilian workers - at just under 13-thousand.