Air Force Wings

Eielson Air Force Base North Pole

354th Fighter Wing
2631 Wabash Avenue, Eielson AFB, Alaska 99702-1720
An F-16 Aggressor flies over Eielson Air Force, Base, Alaska, Sept. 14 U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Boitz

Eielson Air Force Base is located in central Alaska, 1 mile from Anderson. The base is 78 miles from Fairbanks and 100 miles from Mount McKinley. The station was designed to provide tracking and surveillance of intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Eielson Air Force Base’s location is significant for the United States. The base is positioned to provide defensive monitoring of the entire country. Not only is the base essential for defense, the base also aides in space operations, with advanced radar and satellite capabilities.

The land was attained by the Department of Interior in 1949. The Alaskan Air Command used the space as a gunnery range until the Department of Defense returned in the 1950’s.The United States Air Force attained the site in 1958 to begin building the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS). Construction was completed three years later.
Arriving at Eielson AFB

When arriving at Eielson, the first visit is to the Military Personnel Section (MPS). Sign in is available during duty hours exclusively. The MPS will gather your records and enroll you in the next Right-Start/First Term Airmen’s Center briefing. If you need to check in after 4:30 p.m., get in touch with your sponsor and continue to the Gold Rush Inn in Building 540, on the corner of Central Avenue and North Street (24-hour arrival point). Sign in will be available.


If you are unmarried and enlisted, contact your sponsor before checking in. Your housing arrangements may already be complete.

Base Population

There are 6,900 military personnel, DoD civilians, and contractors, assigned to Eielson Air Force Base.