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.
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.
Arriving at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
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.
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.
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.
More than 31,000 Active Duty, Guard and Reserve, military family members, DoD personnel, and retirees are assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.