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 store is closed on Mondays and holidays. Call 907-377-5134 for more information.
Shopping Center/Base Exchange (BX)
The Eielson Shopping Center offers a well-rounded selection of merchandise, including clothing, shoes, personal care items, housewares, hardware, sporting goods, cameras, electronics, computer software, books, magazines, toys and souvenirs. The Eielson Shopping Center BX is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call 907-372-1640 for inquiries. The barber, salon, alterations, floral and optical shops are located within the shopping center mall area, along with a food court featuring Anthony’s Pizza, Burger King, Charley’s Grilled Subs and Subway.
The shoppette and car care center can also be found at the shopping center. The BX Express is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. The car care center offers vehicle services and supplies and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The self-service fuel pumps are available 24 hours daily with a credit or debit card. For more information, call the Express at 907-372-1231 or the car care center at 907-377-3385. The Military Clothing Sales Store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays but is closed Saturdays and Sundays. Call 907-377-3385 for more information.
Employment opportunities at all AAFES facilities are available for family members. Applicants may apply online on the AAFES website.
Educational opportunities are provided through the base education office in Building 3124 (2623 Wabash Ave.). College courses are available through several universities. The education office also provides information about tuition assistance, CCAF degrees, professional military education, spousal tuition assistance and testing services. Call 907-377-5106 for more information.
Armed Services YMCA of Alaska
The Armed Services YMCA of Alaska has been serving the Alaska military community since 1941. It focuses on the needs of military personnel and their families with an emphasis on the junior enlisted grades, particularly junior single enlisted and single parents. By working in partnership with the military and civilian communities, the ASYMCA provides more than 30 programs and services on a year-round basis. They operate a military courtesy lounge at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and Fairbanks International Airport for military travelers transiting in and out of Alaska for official or personal reasons. Numerous discounted or free tours and ticket programs are also available, primarily during the summer months.
The Armed Services YMCA of Alaska also provides support to organizational clubs (e.g., booster clubs) and individuals in need. For more information on the ASYMCA, call 907-353-5962, DSN 317-353-5962 or fax 907-353-4864. Hours of operation vary.
The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross assists military members and their families during emergencies and provides service programs and volunteer opportunities to the base community. Fairbanks’ primary Red Cross is the Tanana Valley Chapter, located at 725 26th Ave., Suite 201, Fairbanks, AK 99701. The Fairbanks Red Cross office can be reached toll-free at 888-345-HERO (4376). The Fort Wainwright office is available to all branches of military service and is located at 1024 Apple St., Fort Wainwright, AK 99703. For more information, call 907-353-7234. In the event of an emergency, such as illness or death in the immediate family of the service member or spouse, call the Red Cross at 877-272-7337. The Red Cross worldwide communications network can verify the situation and provide information to military authorities for planning emergency leave.
Financial assistance, counseling, information and referral services also are available. Red Cross assistance is confidential. The Red Cross coordinates and trains adults and youths as volunteers who support numerous base offices and activities such as the clinic, legal office and library.
Health and safety education courses such as first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and childbirth preparation are offered on base. Instructor training is available in these courses. For disaster relief assistance to clients, volunteer duty members or spouses can call toll-free 877-272-7337 for immediate assistance.
Air Force Aid Society
The AFAS provides emergency financial assistance in the form of a loan or grant to Air Force members and their families in need. Aid is based on the merits of each individual case. In many cases, evaluations can be made on the spot. Loans of $3,500 or less can be approved locally, while national society headquarters must approve larger loans. Applications are available at the A&FRC or the AFAS website. The AFAS also assists Air Force families with education grants, respite care, child care for volunteers, Give Parents a Break and Car Care Because We Care programs. The AFAS office is located in the Airman & Family Readiness Center, Building 2631. The office is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Call 907-377-2178 for an appointment.
The base chapel offers a variety of religious, social and educational programs. Retreats and special religious services are conducted throughout the year. Opportunities for spiritual and personal growth are offered in areas such as couple enrichment and interpersonal relationships. The religious education program, Protestant and Catholic, includes classes for all ages on Sunday mornings, as well as small group Bible studies. Catholic Mass and a Contemporary Protestant Service are celebrated weekly. Arrangements for marriage, baptism and other spiritual rites are made with individual chaplains. Marriage preparation with a Protestant chaplain takes at least three months. The requirements for Catholic marriage preparation are six months as specified by the local Diocese of Fairbanks. For information on chapel activities, call 907-377-2130.
Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC)
The A&FRC, located at 2631 Wabash Ave., should be one of your first stops when you arrive at Eielson. Regardless of the season, you’ll always find a beehive of activity in the center designed to help you enjoy your Alaska experience. We offer a computer resource center so you can let family and friends know you have arrived, along with a resource library stocked full of information on families, parenting, careers and a host of other topics. The center also offers cooking classes on how to prepare a variety of foods including Alaska salmon, wild game and wild berries found throughout the state.
Personal Financial Management
The Personal Financial Readiness program can help you realize your financial goals, and help you through unexpected emergencies by working closely with the Air Force Aid Society.
The A&FRC is a great place to volunteer. You can learn new job skills to add to your resume and make new friends along the way. There are many volunteer opportunities on Eielson, so stop in and let us find the one that’s right for you.
Personal & Family Readiness
The family readiness program helps families deal with separations during deployments and remote assignments. Some initiatives include free phone calls, child care, bowling, email availability, video telephone connections and a comprehensive information package as well as in-depth, pre-deployment briefings and monthly Deployed Family Socials.
Relocating can be difficult on spouses who find their job skills don't match local employment needs. Make an appointment to have your resume reviewed and get a feel for local employment possibilities.
As you are making the transition to Alaska, be sure to visit www.militaryhomefront.com. Here you will find the most current information on housing, employment, schools and even how to get here.
The Transition Assistance program provides assistance to active-duty members making the journey from bluesuiter to civilian employment. Learn to avoid pitfalls and make the most of your Air Force employment experience. For more information on any Airman and Family Readiness program, call 907-377-2178.
Equal Opportunity (EO)
The Equal Opportunity office, located in Amber Hall, Building 3112, strives to enhance the 354th Fighter Wing’s combat capability by eliminating unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment against military members, civilian employees, family members and retirees based on race, color, sex, national origin or religion. Additional protected categories for DOD civilian personnel include age, mental/physical disabilities and reprisal/retaliation. EO accomplishes its mission by delivering world-class EO and Human Relations services through balanced EO compliance, Human Relations Education, Organizational Climate Assessments, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Affirmative Employment to attract and propagate a diverse corporate culture that offers the total force the opportunity to attain the highest levels of achievement commensurate with individual talent and performance. For more information, call EO at 907-377-1080.
The office of the Staff Judge Advocate is on the third floor of Amber Hall, Building 3112, and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The staff provides advice to commanders in the areas of military justice, environmental, labor and civil law as well as legal assistance to active-duty military, family members, retirees and other eligible individuals. Legal assistance is available on a walk-in basis from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday and 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Notary services and powers of attorney are available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. For assistance, call 907-377-4114.
RV Storage Area
A secured, fenced and lighted recreational vehicle storage lot with 24-hour key card access is provided by Outdoor Recreation. RV space can be obtained, for a monthly fee, at the equipment checkout center in Bear Lake’s main office in summer and Iceman Falls Lodge in winter. Call 907-377-1232 for more information.
Civilian Personnel Section
CPS, on the first floor of the headquarters building, provides information to prospective applicants on federal employment at Eielson. All job announcements can be accessed at www.usajobs.com. Current federal employees should check in with CPS upon arrival.
For others interested in employment opportunities, call 907-377-3933 for further information.
Nonappropriated Funds (NAF) Human Resources
The NAF Human Resources Office, on the first floor of the headquarters building, provides information about employment opportunities available through the 354th Force Support Squadron. All job announcements can be accessed at www.nafjobs.org. The office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 907-377-1355 for more information.
General Communications Inc. (GCI) provides a full range of digital services, including cable and telephone. Call 800-800-4800 for more information.
Eielson Community Television
Eielson Community Television is shown on cable channel 5 (GCI) and on base. It provides current command information, weather advisories and community notices. The 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office produces information content. Call 907-377-2116 for more information.
Two Seasons, the base dining facility located in Building 2207 (447 North St.), is open Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight meals. On weekends, Two Seasons is open for brunch, dinner and midnight meals. Payment is cash only for meals received by other than subsistence-in-kind entitlement members. Due to a limited change fund, bills larger than $20 cannot be accepted.
Everyone pays the applicable surcharge except family members of E-4s and below. Call 907-377-2563 for more information.
The Bonfire Grill & Restaurant in the Yukon Club is open to all ranks. Regular menu items and specials are available for lunch and dinner. Payment for meals may be made with cash, check or charge. For menus, monthly specials, private party reservations or hours of operation, call 907-377-2051/2635 or visit www.eielsonforcesupport.com.
Lane 21 Snack Bar at Arctic Nite Lanes Bowling Center is open to all ranks for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For menus, monthly specials and hours of operation, call 907-377-5154 or visit www.eielsonforcesupport.com.