Fort Wainwright Army Base
25th Infantry Division, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, USARAK Aviation Task Force
1060 Gaffney Rd #6600, Fort Wainwright, AK 99703
United States Army Alaska (USARAK) units include the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, or 1/25th SBCT, as well as aviation units with the USARAK Aviation Task Force and supporting units such as Medical Department Activity Alaska, or MEDDAC-AK.
Fort Wainwright’s mission is to deploy combat ready forces to support joint military operations worldwide and serve as the Joint Force Land Component Command to support Joint Task Force Alaska.
Their strategic location, superior training capabilities and dynamic relationship with the local civilian communities make Fort Wainwright and the United States Army in Alaska a significant national asset and world-class power projection platform for military operations anywhere in the world.
The fort was initially built in 1939. It belonged to the air force troops and was designed to test various equipments and weapons under arctic and extreme weather conditions. After World War II, the post was taken over by the army and its name was changed to what it is today, in the memory of general Jonathan W. Wainwright.
It is part of the Fairbanks, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area. Since 1978 Fort Wainwright has been investigating and cleaning up soil and water contamination from a landfill and drum burial site, fuel terminal, coal storage yard/fire training pits, open detonation area and underground storage tanks. It was Superfund-listed in 1990.
There are 5,108 soldiers, 5,798 dependents, and 1,188 civilian personnel assigned to Fort Wainwright Army Base.
Fairbanks International Airport is approximately 106 miles from Fort Wainwright 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
Base Operator 907-353-1110
Child Development Office 907-356-1550
Community Service 907-873-4346
EFMP Family Support 907-873-4385
Family Advocacy Program 907-353-7317
Family Center 907-353-4227
Housing Services Office 907-873-3284
ID/CAC Card Processing 907-353-2243
Legal Services and JAG 907-873-0420
Medical Appointments 907-895-5100
Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255
School Liaison Office 907-353-9897
Welcome Center 907-353-6144
Fort Wainwright has more than 1,500 Privatized Housing Units located on post. The majority are within walking distance of elementary schools, the AAFES Shoppette, child care center and chapels. Housing for families with exceptional family members is available. Call 907-353-1190.
.9 miles from Base
Town-home complex that was formerly military housing. Some units have fenced in yards. Walking trails, play grounds, basketball and tennis courts. A little pricey.
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 Waiwright 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 Fairbanks 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 Fairbanks, 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.