Fort Greely Army Base
Ground-Based Midcourse Missile Defense; 49th Missile Defense Battalion; 59th Signal Battalion; Cold Regions Test Center; U.S. Army Alaska; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Army and Air Force Exchange Service; Defense Commissary Agency
Building 661, Arctic Ave Fort Greely, AK 99731
Fort Greely is a United States Army launch site for anti-ballistic missiles located about 100 miles southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska. It is also the home of the Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC), as Fort Greely is one of the coldest areas in Alaska, and can accommodate cold, extreme-cold, and temperate-weather tests depending on the season. The post was designated Fort Greely Aug. 6, 1955, in honor of Maj. Gen. Adolphus Washington Greely, Arctic explorer and founder of the Alaska Communications System.
After World War II, the War Department decided that an American soldier must be able to live and operate in any degree of cold. This decision was based on experience gained in combat and predictions of future possibilities for international obligations. A group of task forces was therefore organized to test U.S. Army equipment in the cold.
U.S. Army Alaska is at the forefront of protecting America’s interests in the volatile Asian Pacific region while also providing ready and relevant forces to overseas contingency operations. It is one of the U.S. military’s most centrally located power projection platforms that benefits from joint training opportunities, a unique environment and diverse weather, all of which provides ideal training grounds to prepare our Soldiers for the challenges of our times.
Fort Greely’s installation mission is midcourse missile defense (destroying threat missiles in their midcourse phase). It’s Garrison’s mission can be compared to an isolated city that provides government and myriad public services, including transportation and police and fire protection.
There is a mix of active duty garrison personnel (10), Alaska Air National Guard (207), civilian workers (430), contractor and tenant personnel (643) assigned to Fort Greely. There are approximately 789 people that reside on the post proper.
Fairbanks International Airport is approximately 106 miles from Fort Greely going north on AK-3.
At the main entrance to Fort Greely is the Visitors Center. Because Fort Greely is a Missile Defense site with a high level of security, depending on your status, you may be required to have someone sponsor you or have the correct ID. The Visitors Center hours of operation are 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. For information on accessing the post, you can call them at 907-873-3660.
On receipt of orders to Alaska, contact your local transportation office. Start planning your move well in advance. Shipping your personal property to Alaska normally takes 30 to 40 days, depending on how much you have and where you ship it from.
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 Alaska school, a child must be at least 5 years old by August 15th of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.
Alaska has adopted standards in the following content areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Geography, Government and Citizenship, History, Skills for a Healthy Life, Arts, World Languages, Technology, Employability, Library/Information Literacy, Cultural Standards, and Alaska History. Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics are listed in the Alaska English/Language Arts and Mathematics Standards. For more information, visit https://education.alaska.gov/standards
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/.
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 Dept of Health and Social Services 907-465-3962
Helps families 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.
Office of Children’s Services 907-451-2650
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.
Public Health Division 907-465-3027
All soldiers are required to process through the Housing Services Office: 907-873-4658. You will receive information on housing options and receive a housing application. Anyone moving on base will need to call Transporation/Household Goods at 907-873-3042. All individuals wanting to live on Post will then be put in touch with North Haven staff, the contractor handling housing. They offer 168 total homes on Fort Greely. Pets are allowed, although some breeds are prohibited and there is a two pet minimum. A $250.00 non-refundable pet fee is also required. A leasing consultant may be reached at 907-869-8032, ext. 114. Community office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday at building 920 Donnelly Lane on Fort Greely.
As it is not near the ocean, this area is drier than coastal Alaska and experiences seasonal extremes typical of subarctic areas. The average low temperature in January is −11 °F. The average high during July is +69 °F
Fort Greely is mostly sunny in the summer and split between clear and overcast days in the winter. On clear winter nights, the aurora borealis can often be seen dancing in the sky. Like all subarctic regions, the months from May to July in the summer have no night, only a twilight during the night hours. The months of November to January have little daylight.
The average cost of living in Fort Greely is 12% higher than the average of Alaska and 42% higher than our nation’s average. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods.
In the case of Fort Greely, the price of goods and services are 2% higher than the average of Alaska as well as 21% higher than the nation’s average.
The city has a rich and colorful history beginning with the gold rush era of the early 20th century to the pipeline construction days of the 1970s. Settled by chance due to low rivers in 1901, Fairbanks incorporated in 1903.
Fairbanks has theaters, stores, restaurants, churches, bars, libraries and public services just like any U.S. city of 30,000-plus people. The difference comes in the wildness that starts just outside town — wild country, free-roaming wildlife, mountains, rivers and wilderness trails unmatched anywhere in the Lower 48.
Fairbanks is home to an abundance of wildlife, including big game, small game, fur bearers, fish, amphibians and birds. The whole state, and especially Fairbanks, has a small-town feel, where you get to know a lot of people quickly.
The Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau website offers more information on the area www.explorefairbanks.com.