US Army In Alaska
U.S. Army Alaska is at the forefront of protecting America’s interests in the Asia-Pacific region while also providing ready and relevant forces to overseas contingency operations worldwide. Alaska is one of the U.S. military’s most strategically located power projection platforms, with close access to the Arctic region and within nine-hours flying time of most of the world’s high-population centers. Personnel assigned to USARAK benefit from joint and combined training opportunities, breathtaking scenery and diverse climate types that allow our Soldiers to maintain readiness for contingencies from the frozen tundra within the Arctic Circle to the humid jungles of East Asia.
U.S. Army Alaska, headquartered at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, has units at two installations covering 1.65 million acres with a force of nearly 11,000 Soldiers and 300 civilians. We are Arctic-tough and Pacific-focused.
USARAK is a premier force provider for combatant commanders worldwide. During the past decade, USARAK forces have been called on to support operations in dozens of countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo. International partnership is a way of life in USARAK. Our forces train at home and abroad with partners from across Asia, the Americas, Europe and the South Pacific.
Soldiers were here from the moment Alaska was transferred from Russia to the United States, Oct. 18, 1867. Now, more than 145 years later, U.S. Army Alaska is the Army’s forward presence for Northern and Pacific region defense. Our mission is to deploy combat-ready forces to support joint military operations worldwide and serve as the Joint Forces Land Component Command to support Alaskan Command.
USARAK’s strategic location, superior training capabilities and dynamic relationship with our local civilian communities make Alaska a significant national asset and world-class power projection platform for military operations anywhere in the world. Extensive training areas throughout Alaska, including the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, or JPARC, provide extensive backdrops for molding America’s Arctic Warriors. With more than 66,000 square miles of land and air maneuver space and the ability to do live virtual constructive training, JPARC is truly a national treasure for military training. USARAKexecutes its mission focusing on taking care of Soldiers, families and communities, pursuing joint initiatives, responding to theater contingency operations around the Pacific and expanding its strategic reach to missions spanning the entire globe.
SOLDIERS AND FAMILIES
Our Soldier, spouse and family programs are second to none. Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, Army Community Service, medical care, youth services and an outstanding recreational program rank with the best anywhere in the Army. USARAK’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program uses individual assessments, tailored virtual training, classroom training and embedded resilience experts to provide the critical skills our Soldiers, family members and Army civilians need. All elements of the program combine to enhance resilience and coping skills, enabling the USARAK team to grow and thrive in today’s Army.
USARAK Units on JBER
17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion
The 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion is a diverse organization consisting of a battalion headquarters, two transportation companies, a direct support maintenance company, a finance detachment, a quartermaster company and the 9th Army Band.
4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division
The 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, is the first new airborne unit created in the U.S. Army since the end of World War II and is the only airborne brigade-sized unit west of the Mississippi River. The brigade is a strategic asset to the Department of Defense’s Pacific Command. It provides a quick reaction force capable of deploying anywhere in the world in 18 hours or less. Since the brigade was formed, its Soldiers have conducted training missions all over the world, as well as deploying to Iraq in 2006 and Afghanistan in 2009 and 2011.
1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment
The 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, was originally activated at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, in 1942. As one of two combat-ready infantry battalions within the 4/25th IBCT (ABN), stationed on JBER, its paratroopers are trained to rapidly deploy worldwide in support of security, civil support and humanitarian assistance missions.
3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment
The 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, was first designated during WWII in time to complete an airborne operation from England to seize Tafarquay Airport in Algeria. The 3-509th Infantry now deploys worldwide as part of the 4/25th IBCT (ABN) to conduct airborne assaults, offensive operations and humanitarian relief in support of global contingency operations.
1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment
The 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, was originally activated in 1941 as Company A, 4th Armored Regiment. The Army reactivated the battalion at JBER in 2005 as 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment. Today, the 1-40th Cav. conducts independent reconnaissance and security missions in support of 4/25th IBCT operations.
2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment
Established in 1942, the 2-377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment was reactivated at JBER in 2005. The artillery battalion is capable of providing fast, accurate and lethal fire support anywhere within its area of assigned operation.
725th Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne)
The 725th Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne) was established in 1941 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and was reactivated in 2006 at JBER. The battalion can deploy rapidly by land, sea or air to provide integrated combat service support to elements of the 4/25th IBCT (ABN) in order to conduct full-spectrum operations.
6th Brigade Engineer Battalion
The 6th Brigade Engineer Battalion (Airborne) activated at JBER Oct. 17, 2014, as part of Army Restructuring. It transitioned from the 6th Engineer Battalion (Airborne) under the 2nd Engineer Brigade to the 6th BEB, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. The battalion conducts full-spectrum engineer operations in support of Army, joint, combined or interagency operations. The battalion’s training focus is on the employment of engineering equipment and systems following airborne insertions into remote areas of operation.
Sgt. 1st Class Christopher R. Brevard Noncommissioned Officer Academy
The Sgt. 1st Class Christopher R. Brevard Noncommissioned Officer Academy conducts Warrior Leader Course training for the active, reserve and Army National Guard components. Teaching methods focus on the “big picture” by using conceptual models, where students are not taught what to think but how to think. The academy trains and develops the Army’s future noncommissioned officer corps by providing functional leadership skill sets that embody the Warrior Ethos, Army Values and standards set forth in the NCO Creed.
3rd Air Support Operations Squadron (USAF)
The 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron provides U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) support to USARAK’s combat units. Airborne TACP paratroopers support the 4/25th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) at JBER. Detachment 1 TACP members support the 1/25th Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Fort Wainwright. The squadron advises ground commanders, assists staff in planning air and space power into the ground scheme of maneuver, and provides control of close air support. The 3 ASOS is the U.S. Air Force’s only dual airborne-qualified and Stryker-equipped unit capable to deploy worldwide in support of global contingency operations.