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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.


JBER continues to grow in importance to U.S. national security because of its strategic location and complementary mix of military capabilities. The installation host unit is the 673d Air Base Wing; they are also home to Alaskan Command, Alaskan NORAD Region, 11th Air Force, U.S. Army Alaska, Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Alaska National Guard, 3rd Wing, 176th Wing (ANG), 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) 25th Infantry Division, 477th Fighter Group and more than 100 additional mission partners. The installation covers over 79,000 acres, stretching from the northern Anchorage area to Palmer.

Arriving at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

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.

Base Population

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

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