Eielson Air Force Base
2631 Wabash Avenue, Eielson AFB, Alaska 99702-1720
Eielson Air Force Base (AFB) is a United States Air Force base located approximately 26 miles southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska and just southeast of Moose Creek, Alaska. The host unit is the 354th Fighter Wing (354 FW) assigned to the Eleventh Air Force of the Pacific Air Forces. The 354 FW’s primary mission is to support Red Flag – Alaska, a series of Pacific Air Forces commander–directed field training exercises for U.S. Forces, joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close-air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. These exercises are conducted on the Joint Pacific Alaskan Range complex with air operations flown out of the two bases. Airmen who are stationed on Eielson commonly refer to themselves as “Icemen” due to the frigid Alaskan weather. Their wing motto is: “Ready to go at fifty below!”
The 354th Fighter Wing mission is to “Prepare U.S. and partner forces for 21st century combat and to project and integrate Airpower in support of worldwide operations.” The wing vision is “An elite team of pioneering Airmen forging Airpower’s frontier through world-class training, engagement, and readiness for 21st century combat.” The wing has six priorities which are: “Strong Airmen and Families, Resilient Airfield and Infrastrucutre, Preparation for 2 x F-35 Combat Squadrons, Premier Joint/Air Exercises and Adversary Support, Synchronized Airpower into Army I Corps Ops, and OPLAN-Focused Readiness.”
There are 6,900 military personnel, DoD civilians, and contractors, assigned to Eielson Air Force Base.
When arriving at Eielson Air Force Base, 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.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in an Alaskan school, a child must be 5 years old on or by September 1st of the school year. Check with the school for requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (907) 452-2000
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Alaska Department of Health and Human Services (907) 334-2424
Helps Alaskans live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
Children’s Services (800) 478-4444
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Alaska Humane Society (907) 344-8808
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
State of Alaska Department of Public Safety (907) 269-5511
Base Operator (907) 377-1110
Chaplain (907) 377-2130
Dental Clinics (907) 377-1846
Family Center (907) 377-2178
Family Advocacy Program (907) 377-4041
Family Readiness Center (907) 377-2178
Before and After School Care (907) 377-5437
Family Readiness Center (907) 377-2178
Hospital Main (907) 377-1847
Housing Referral Office (907) 377-1840
ID/CAC Card Processing (907) 377-2276
In-Processing (907) 377-1844
Legal Services and JAG (907) 377-4114
Medical Support (907) 377-5235
NAF Human Resources Officer (907) 377-3933
Suicide Prevention Hotline (907) 258-7575
Temporary Lodging (907) 377-1844
Welcome Center (907) 377-1844
Family housing units are available at Eielson Air Force Base. The number of vacancies changes frequently. Every unit comes with a refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer, dishwasher and garbage disposal. Category, rank, date of rank, time in service, family composition and report date are all factors for on-base housing availability. Contact the Housing office at (907) 377-1840, for additional information.
20.5 miles from base
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In the course of the summer, temperatures are from 60°F-80°F typically. Early mornings and nights are milder, from the 40’s – 50’s.
Summers are lengthy, serene and often cloudy at Eielson AFB. Winters are snowy, icy and slightly cloudy. Throughout the year, the temperature normally varies from -14°F to 73°F and is seldom below -40°F or higher than 83°F.
The overall cost of living on Eielson Air Force Base is 32% higher than the Alaska average and 62% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of housing and utilites are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Eielson AFB, the city’s housing index is 2% higher than the Alaska average and 21% higher than the U.S. average.
Birch Lake Recreation area is 35 miles south of Eielson. Military Members and their families can enjoy camping in the wilderness. The camp is located on the shore of Birch Lake. The lake is is stuffed full of rainbow trout and Arctic char. Call (907) 377-1232 for additional information.
The Community Center hold two high-tech golf simulators. Call (907) 377-2642/3212 for reservations or more information. Chena Bend Golf Course on Fort Wainwright is the nearest military golf course to Eielson AFB. The golf course is approximately 25 miles from Eielson toward Fairbanks. The two public courses near Eielson limit play to June, July and August.
Two club facilities are operated by the 354th Force Support Squadron: the MiG Alley Bar and Club 354 Sportsbar Enlisted Lounge. Pool tables, televisions and a dance floor fill the enlisted lounge. Visitors can enjoy First Friday, DJ’s, dance music and Texas Hold ’em. Call (907) 377-2051 for additional information.
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