Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
673d Air Base Wing, United States Army Alaska, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 4th Brigade 25th Infantry Division
600 Richardson Dr, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK 99505
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) is a United States joint base installation in Alaska, near the city of Anchorage. In 2010, Army Base Fort Richardson was merged with nearby Elmendorf Air Force Base to form Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The installation covers over 79,000 acres, stretching from the northern Anchorage area to Palmer. More than 31,000 Active Duty, Guard and Reserve, military family members, DoD personnel, and retirees are assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
On July 30, 2010, the 673d Air Base Wing activated as the host wing, combining installation management functions of Elmendorf Air Force Base’s 3rd Wing and U.S. Army Garrison Fort Richardson. It consists of four groups that operate and maintain the Joint Base for air sovereignty, combat training, force staging, and throughput operations in support of worldwide contingencies. The installation hosts the headquarters for the United States Alaskan Command, 11th Air Force, U.S. Army Alaska, and the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region.
The 673 ABW is comprised of 5,500 joint military and civilian personnel, supporting America’s Arctic Warriors and their families. The wing supports and enables three Air Force total-force wings, two Army brigades and 75 associate and tenant units.
The Alaskan Command (ALCOM) is a joint subordinate unified command of the United States Northern Command, responsible for operations in and around the state of Alaska. Alaskan Command is charged with maintaining air sovereignty, deploying forces for worldwide contingencies as directed by the Commander, US Northern Command, providing support to federal and state authorities during civil emergencies and conducting joint training for the rapid deployment of combat forces. ALCOM combined forces include more than 16,000 Air Force, Army, Navy and Coast Guard personnel, and 3,700 guardsmen and reservists. Recently, the Command Representative for Missile Defense position was created to be the focal point for all issues related to Ground-Based Midcourse Defense in Alaska, in support of Alaskan Command, the Alaska NORAD Region, and the Eleventh Air Force.
The command is made up of the Eleventh Air Force, headquartered at Elmendorf Air Force Base, United States Army Alaska, headquartered at Fort Richardson, the United States Naval Forces Alaska, headquartered in Juneau, Alaska, U.S. Coast Guard District 17, and the State of Alaska Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management,
ALCOM also conducts close cooperation and training with the Joint Forces Headquarters, Alaska National Guard, headquartered at Camp Denali.
Upon arrival at JBER, Soldiers must sign in at the Welcome Center in Bldg. 600, Room 103. The Welcome Center is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for in-processing. After 5 p.m., a staff duty officer is available to sign you in off leave only and to contact your unit for a sponsor.
JBER has two Military and Family Readiness Centers which provide services like deployment support, transition and relocation assistance, spouse employment assistance, special needs resources and support, financial readiness services, emergency financial assistance, crisis assistance, volunteer resources, Wounded Warrior assistance, casualty and survivor benefits, and information and referral. They also have strong Key Spouse and Family Readiness Group programs that support and assist families and units, providing a network of communications among family members, chain of command, and community resources. These programs are not just for deployed families; they are for all military families. For more information, contact the Military and Family Readiness Centers at 552-4943 or 384-1517.
Soldiers arriving at the Anchorage airport can call the Welcome Center at 907-384-0425 for transportation to the Welcome Center. Soldiers arriving in Alaska from Oct. 1 to May 1 must arrive with their Gore-Tex jacket, trousers and gloves due to possible extreme frigid temperatures.
Soldiers must have concurrent travel to be authorized to bring their family with them when initially arriving in Alaska and in order to be paid for the dependent travel. This travel decision must be processed through the losing installation’s Levy Section before PCSing to Alaska.
If family members travel before they are authorized, you will not be reimbursed for their travel. If you are authorized to bring your family members to Alaska with you initially, their names must be listed on your orders. If your family is with you in concurrent travel status, you will be sent to lodging, which is open 24 hours a day. Lodging is available on a space-available basis for Soldiers without reservations, arriving or departing on permanent change of station orders.
All personnel traveling on PCS orders are required to check with the Lodging Office before seeking transient accommodations off post.
Only Family Housing can authorize a Temporary Lodging Allowance; you must check in with them as soon as you are scheduled for in-processing. TLA is available for single Soldiers in the pay grade of E-6 and above, married Soldiers in all grades arriving without family members due to deferred travel and for all married Soldiers on concurrent travel who are accompanied by command-sponsored family members. TLA is authorized to partially offset the cost of temporary lodging for up to a maximum of 60 days after arrival, unless government housing is immediately available. TLA can be extended on a case-by-case basis.
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 at least 5 years old by September 1st. Check with the school for other requirements.
With over 130 different schools and programs to choose from in the Anchorage School District, you will need to spend a some time learning about what they have to offer so you can choose the one that’s the best fit for your child. For more information about the different school options, click here.
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 Department of Health and Social Services 907-334-2520
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 907-465-3191
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.
Health and Human Services 907-343-6719
Alaska State Troopers 907-269-5511
All military housing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is privatized and operated by Aurora Military Housing. Even though JBER has over 3,162 housing units, the waiting list varies based on families’ needs and time of year. The Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson housing phone number is (907) 753-1023.
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Anchorage has a subarctic climate due to its short, cool summers. Average daytime summer temperatures range from approximately 55°F to 78°F and average daytime winter temperatures are about 5°F to 30°F. Anchorage has a frost-free growing season that averages slightly over 100 days. Average January low and high temperatures at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (PANC) are 9 °F/22 °F with an average winter snowfall of 70.60 inches.
Summers are typically mild (although cool compared to the contiguous US and even interior Alaska), though it can rain frequently. Average July low and high temperatures are 52 °F/66 °F. Because of Anchorage’s latitude, summer days are very long and winter daylight hours are very short. Anchorage is often cloudy during the winter, which decreases the amount of sunlight experienced by residents.
Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, is in the south-central part of the state on the Cook Inlet. It’s known for its cultural sites, including the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which displays traditional crafts, stages dances, and presents replicas of dwellings from the area’s indigenous groups. The city is also a gateway to nearby wilderness areas and mountains including the Chugach, Kenai and Talkeetna.
Fort Drum is located in northern New York’s picturesque North Country. The installation is in the middle of one of the most historically unique and geographically beautiful areas of the United States. Fort Drum is approximately 30 miles south of Canada, with the Great Lakes to the west, the Adirondack Mountains to the east, and the St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands in between.
There are many outdoor activities to enjoy, including skiing, white water rafting, and hiking. There are also many family-friendly activities, restaurants, and shopping areas in the nearby city of Watertown.
Some points of interest include Sackets Harbor, Watertown Farmers Market, Thousand Island Winery, New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, Black River Trail Head, and Keewaydin State Park.
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