There are three ways to get to Eielson Air Force Base: Drive your vehicle up the Alaska Highway, ride the Alaska Marine Highway ferry or fly. Both the driving and ferry options might be considered vacations in themselves and could be one of the highlights of your career. Because there
When You Arrive Upon arrival at Eielson, you will need to proceed to the Military Personnel Section (MPS) during duty hours to sign in. The MPS will collect your records and schedule you to attend the next available Right-Start/First Term Airmen’s Center briefing. If you arrive after 4:30 p.m., contact
Housing management may provide loaner furniture until your household goods arrive. Call 907-377-2244 for more information. The Airman & Family Readiness Center will loan small household items such as dishes, pots, pans, etc. You can reach them at 907-377-2242. Regarding personal furnishings, most furniture can be moved into quarters. However,
The commissary has a complete selection of fresh meat and poultry, a full-service delicatessen and bakery, and dairy, produce and frozen-food sections. The commissary is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. The
Students living on Eielson or in the Moose Creek and Salcha communities can attend on-base schools. Kindergartners through second-grade students attend Anderson Elementary School, and third- through sixth-grade students attend Crawford Elementary School. Junior and senior high students compose seventh through 12th grade and attend Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High School.
The medical clinic operates three primary care management teams staffed by board-certified family practice physicians, flight surgeons and physician assistants. Additional clinics include pediatrics, optometry, mental health, dental, immunizations, laboratory, radiology, physical therapy and pharmacy. The group’s Health and Wellness Center provides preventive health education and testing. Bassett Army Community
For outdoor enjoyment, military members and their families can take advantage of the Birch Lake Recreation Area, 35 miles south of Eielson along the Richardson Highway. The camp is nestled in wilderness on the shore of Birch Lake, which is brimming with rainbow trout and Arctic char. Cabins, camper pads,
In 1943, surveyors first staked out the land that eventually became Eielson Air Force Base. These were the war years — Japanese forces had invaded the Aleutian Islands, the Soviets needed American aircraft to help them defend their homeland, and the Allies had yet to get the upper hand in
What is routine for Air Force flying crews today was an almost unbelievable ordeal for one young man from Alaska. Carl Ben Eielson is remembered as an explorer and hero who pioneered aviation in Alaska more than 80 years ago. He realized the possibilities aviation held for Alaska’s development. Today,
Since its inception in 1942, the wing has seen action in nearly every major conflict the United States has been involved with. From the skies over the European Theatre during World War II to the sands of Iraq and Afghanistan, the 354th FW has performed with courage and distinction.
The 354th Operations Support Squadron “Huskies” provides diverse capabilities in support of the 354th FW, 168th Air Refueling Wing and associate units at Eielson. The 354th OSS is organized into current operations and scheduling, weather, and airfield management and air traffic control flights. The current operations and scheduling flight is
Summers at Eielson are splendid. The long hours of sunlight and warm weather make outdoor activities an absolute joy for residents. Temperatures average in the low 70s, although it is typical for temperatures to reach as high as 90 degrees in July. Most residents spend as much time as possible
“Alaska” came from an Aleut word for “great land” though some believe the Aleut word meant “mainland” to those residing on the Alaska Peninsula. Scientist and surveyor William Healey Dall wrote in 1870: “This name, now applied to the whole of our new territory, is a corruption, very far removed
“The Golden Heart City” www.explorefairbanks.com www.fairbankschamber.org Fairbanks is the largest city in Alaska’s Interior and one of the three largest cities in the state. Located about 110 miles south of the Arctic Circle near the geographic center of the state, it is the terminus of the Alaska Railroad and the
Story by A1C Cassandra Whitman on 01/01/2017 "In my dictionary, two words don't exist; can't and impossible." This statement was made by local World War II veteran Urban Rahoi when he visited Eielson May 13. Col. Michael Winkler, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, invited Rahoi to spend the morning with
Story by A1C Rito Smith on 12/30/2016 Airmen with the 6th Maintenance Group, 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) and the 6th Operations Group (OG) at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, "deployed" to Alaska in support of EXERCISE RED FLAG ALASKA, readily equipped to provide aerial refueling and aircraft maintenance capabilities.
Story by SMSgt Paul Mann on 12/28/2016 Lt. Col. Jhonny Polanco assumed command of the 168th Air Refueling Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard, today during a ceremony held here at the operation group's theater. Polanco most recently served as the 168th Operations Support Squadron, director of operations, a position he