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.
Arriving at Fort Greely
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.
A mix of active duty garrison personnel (10), Alaska Air National Guard (207), civilian workers (430), contractor and tenant personnel (643). There are approximately 789 people that reside on the post proper.