354th Operations Support Squadron
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 responsible for ensuring safe scheduling operations within the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC), the annual flying hour program, managing aircrew flight records and maintaining safe aircrew flight equipment for aircrew throughout the 354th FW.
The weather flight provides or arranges for weather support to the 354th FW, tenant units assigned to Eielson and transient operational units. Weather Airmen are ready to deploy to support worldwide combat operations. The weather flight is responsible for forecasting Alaska’s weather and they face many challenges due to sparse data caused by the vast wilderness and diverse terrain.
The airfield management and air traffic control flight supports the daily training missions of 354th FW aircraft as well as a wide assortment of domestic and international aircraft supporting real-world missions. The airfield management and air traffic control flight provides support 365 days a year, 24 hours a day for operations of the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region for Air Sovereignty mission as well as support for on-call search-and-rescue missions of the Detachment 1, 210th Rescue Squadron.
Eielson’s airfield is valued for its strategic location in the polar region. The flight manages nearly 18 million square feet of runway and airfield surfaces.
The 354th OSS provides vital handson and classroom training, such as aircrew training for flying equipment, to Eielson’s in-place and deploying personnel. While running home station operations, the Huskies also prepare and deploy individuals and groups in support of higher headquarters-directed Air and Space Expeditionary Force tasks across the world.
18th Aggressor Squadron
The 18th Aggressor Squadron flies the F-16C/D as PACAF’s only dedicated adversary squadron. Eielson-based Aggressors know, teach and replicate potential adversaries’ tactics and capabilities to prepare aviation forces for combat. The Aggressors also lead large-force adversary aircraft for Joint U.S. and multinational exercises such as RED FLAG-Alaska, Northern Edge, Cope North and Valiant Shield.
The 18th Aggressor Squadron provides unit-level training throughout PACAF via Mobile Training Teams or by supporting units at Eielson through the Distant Frontier weapons and tactics training deployment program. The Aggressors serve as a liaison to national intelligence agencies and teach expert threat academics to more than 1,000 aircrews annually. The 18th replicates advanced airborne threats using the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
Due to the unique nature of the 18th Aggressor Squadron’s mission, Eielson’s F-16C/D aircraft display various camouflage paint schemes mimicking potential adversary aircraft. Aggressor pilots use the F-16 systems to replicate threat aircraft while the ground-based “Baron” controllers orchestrate the most realistic threat presentations possible. This enhances the realism of the training and better prepares Combat Air Force pilots from the United States and its allies. This tactical threat realism, coupled with an unparalleled knowledge of the enemy, allows the Aggressors to present the highest fidelity training possible as they prepare United States Air Force and international partner aircrews to fight tomorrow’s battles.
F-16 Fighting Falcon
The F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron, is a compact, multi-role, allweather fighter aircraft. Its highly maneuverable design has proven itself in both air-to-air combat and air-tosurface attack roles. In an air combat role, the F-16’s maneuverability and combat radius greatly exceed that of virtually all potential threat aircraft. It can sustain up to nine Gs (nine times the force of gravity), has a top speed in excess of Mach 2 and can locate enemy aircraft in all weather conditions and detect low-flying aircraft in radar ground clutter. In its air-to-surface role, the F-16 can fly more than 500 miles, deliver its weapons and return to its starting point. The all-weather and nighttime capability allows the F-16 to accurately deliver both general purpose and laser-guided weaponry with pinpoint precision in all weather conditions.
353rd Combat Training Squadron
This squadron is responsible for sponsoring training and experimentation in the JPARC. In this capacity, the squadron hosts Pacific Air Force’s RED FLAG-Alaska and Joint Chiefs of Staff Northern Edge exercises. The 353rd Combat Training Squadron was reassigned to the 354th Operations Group from the 611th Air Operations Group in 2006. The 353rd has a detachment at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. RF-A provides realistic full-spectrum combat training for the joint force and international partners.
Beyond RF-A, the 353rd hosts an increasingly broad number of combat training events on the JPARC. Each RF-A is executed during a three-week period, highlighted by two weeks of flying with deployment and redeployment tasks at both the beginning and end. The flying portion employs scenarios designed to replicate what aviation forces will face in the first 10 days of combat. Additionally, units from every Air Force Major Command, sister services and friendly nations provide support and crews to participate in each exercise.
The 353rd Combat Training Squadron also oversees operations and maintenance of the JPARC, which contains three weapons impact areas covering 90,000 acres and about 67,000 square miles of military training airspace, making it by far the nation’s largest contiguous supersonic training area. The JPARC contains 46 separate targets to help aircrew sharpen their ground attack skills. These targets include convoys, building complexes and several airfields complete with runways, taxiways, simulated hangars, dummy aircraft and infrared significant targets. The JPARC operates 42 radar-threat simulators for electronic warfare and defensive countermeasures training, and tracks aircraft with the Alaska air combat maneuvering instrumentation system, the most sophisticated air combat instrumentation system in the Air Force.
1st Air Support Operations Group
The 1st Air Support Operations Group, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., directs four squadrons operating from 11 locations in Washington, Alaska, Hawaii and Japan. The group provides an Air Support Operations Center, Tactical Air Control Parties and Battlefield Weather Teams to Army combat units at multiple echelons including United States Army Pacific, I Corps, and nine aviation, airborne, infantry and Stryker brigade combat teams of the 2nd and 25th Infantry Divisions. The 1st Weather Squadron provides operational and staff weather services for Army combat units across the Pacific Command area of responsibility. In addition, they train and maintain combat readiness for worldwide battlefield weather deployments. The group’s Air Liaison Officers and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers advise Army commanders and staffs on all aspects of joint airpower employment, integrating and synchronizing close air support, air mobility, and intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities into strategy, plans and operations.
The 1st ASOG was administratively assigned to the 354th Fighter Wing, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, on Oct. 1, 2012.
354th Maintenance Group
354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
This squadron provides on-equipment maintenance for the wing’s F-16 fleet, at home station and on the road. The squadron travels with the 18th Aggressor Squadron as they train units throughout PACAF and the rest of the Combat Air Force. The squadron consists of production, specialists, weapons and support personnel.
354th Maintenance Group
The 354th Maintenance Group provides aircraft and munitions support to the 354th Fighter Wing’s F-16 fleet, RF-A and other exercises, and to transient and special mission aircraft operating out of Eielson. Maintaining aircraft in Alaska temperatures, which can range from 90 degrees in the summer to minus 60 in the winter, can be demanding, but no matter what conditions prevail in this beautiful land of extremes, the men and women of the maintenance group provide unprecedented airpower through sustained maintenance excellence. The group is composed of two squadrons.
354th Maintenance Squadron
This squadron provides equipment maintenance and conducts hourly post-flight and periodic inspections for the wing’s F-16 fleet. The maintenance squadron also provides munitions support for the wing and units visiting Eielson for RF-A or for other missions. This squadron is composed of a command staff, avionics, propulsion, accessories maintenance, armament, fabrications, aerospace ground equipment, phase inspection, munitions maintenance and support personnel. The squadron also manages processes typically seen in a maintenance operations squadron, namely plans, scheduling, documentation, analysis and engine management.
354th Mission Support Group
The 354th Mission Support Group provides distinctive capabilities that allow the 354th Fighter Wing to successfully prepare aviation forces for possible combat, deploy Airmen in support of our nation’s objectives, and enable power projection within the Pacific Command’s Area of Responsibility (AOR). The group’s six squadrons, with around 1,400 personnel assigned, provide combat-ready forces, equipment and essential services while sustaining base infrastructure and providing programs to improve quality of life for the Eielson community. From family services to construction and security, the 354 MSG keeps the physical installation and its personnel performing at peak efficiency, despite the challenging arctic weather conditions presented by Interior Alaska.
354th Force Support Squadron
This diverse squadron of more than 400 assigned military, appropriated fund and nonappropriated fund civilians, and contract personnel provides manpower, personnel services and programs to enhance morale, quality of life, personnel readiness, family support, and education and training for the Eielson community.
The squadron directs a full spectrum of services on base: from the $45 million, 122,000-square-foot fitness facility, Baker Field House, which offers 1,700 free fitness classes annually, to providing child care and learning opportunities for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 18 years in one of three Airman & Family Readiness facilities. The AFRC provides over 390 classes varying from parenting techniques to Alaska cooking throughout the year. The Gold Rush Inn is Alaska’s premier military housing operation, with 415 Visiting Quarters, 12 Distinguished Visitor Suites, 40 townhome-style Temporary Lodging Facilities, and 608 contingency bed spaces for supporting RED FLAG-Alaska Exercises. The Two Seasons Dining Facility serves 234,000 meals a year to Airmen living on base, but also in support of the influx of personnel TDY for RF-Alaska and other exercises. The Force Development Flight is composed of the Airman Leadership School, Base Training and Education, Wing Career Assistance Advisor, First-Term Airman Center, Professional Development, Formal Training, Library Services, and Promotion, Upgrade, and Educational Testing programs with the focus on providing professional and personal development through military training/education, counseling, advising and voluntary educational opportunities that promote leadership, self-improvement, and a commitment to the Profession of Arms. The squadron also operates and manages recreational activities including the bowling center, outdoor recreation, ski hill, skills centers, two off-base recreational sites at Birch Lake and Valdez, and the military club system.
Also, the Eielson City Center is run by the FSS, which offers a great place for families and Airmen to spend time sheltered from the elements. Housed in the ECC are the library, music room, the Play Land and the community center.
From cradle to grave, the 354th Force Support Squadron takes care of the Eielson Iceman team.
354th Contracting Squadron
The 354th Contracting Squadron provides contracting support to the 354th Fighter Wing, Clear Air Station and associate units. The squadron provides the acquisition of equipment, commodities and essential services while sustaining base infrastructure and providing programs to improve quality of life for the 9,000-person Eielson community. Contracting personnel obligated more than $170 million over the past three fiscal years for construction, services and quality-of-life projects on Eielson. The plans and programs flight also oversaw an additional $30 million in Government Purchase Card purchases during the same timeframe.
354th Logistics Readiness Squadron
The squadron comprises four diverse flights and two distinct functions. The Deployment and Distribution Flight arranges movement for all official duty passengers, coordinates over 3,200 personal property shipments, and fulfills more than 16,000 ground transportation requests per year. The flight also stores and/or ships cargo in support of Air Expeditionary Force deployment taskings; F-16 Aggressor Mobile Training Team deployments; RED FLAG-Alaska, Northern Edge, and other Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staffsponsored exercises; and Fort Wainwright’s Stryker Brigade Combat Team and Combat Aviation Brigade deployments. The Fuels Management Flight maintains the fourth-largest Defense Fuel Supply Point in the Air Force and issues an average of 27 million gallons of jet fuel to nearly 11,000 aircraft per year. The Materiel Management Flight provides a single point of contact for supply customer service and conducts routine and expedited materiel issues through both the Enterprise Solutions– Supply and Asset Management information systems. It also supports the wing’s mobility commitments by maintaining 190,000 Individual Protective Equipment items and 1,500 weapons valued at $728,000. The Vehicle Management Flight manages more than 900 government motor vehicle authorizations and directly repairs over 700 vehicles valued in excess of $96 million. The Operations and Compliance section executes standardized inspection and evaluation programs and advises the commander on the squadron’s health and mission effectiveness. The Readiness section ensures that all personnel within the squadron’s nine different career fields are well-postured to provide a Rapid Readiness Response when required.
354th Security Forces Squadron
The 354th Security Forces Squadron is a versatile unit with several important missions. It provides law enforcement, investigations and security services to Eielson, and secures F-16, KC-135 and transient aircraft. Additionally, the 354th SFS military working dog section provides explosive detector dog services for more than 55,000 square miles of Interior Alaska. The unit also provides base weapons training, pass and registration, police reports, resource protection and crime prevention services to those on Eielson.
354th Civil Engineer Squadron
The wing’s largest squadron has more than 590 members in seven flights responsible for Eielson’s $8.1 billion base infrastructure, including 784 buildings, 934 family-housing units and more than 19,000 acres of land. Due to Eielson’s austere location and cold weather conditions, the civil engineers operate a coalfired heat and power plant and water and wastewater treatment plants, allowing the base to function independent of costly commercial utilities. Other responsibilities include management of multimillion-dollar design and construction programs, energy conservation, environmental and natural resources programs, and maintenance at three bombing ranges and dozens of other remote sites spread across 67,000 square miles. The civil engineers provide fire protection and explosive ordnance disposal services and are the primary base agency for disaster preparedness planning and response.
354th Communications Squadron
The 354th Communications Squadron provides command and control, communications, computer, information and navigational systems and services valued at $106 million to enable the wing to carry out its mission. The Cyber Icemen provide wired and wireless telephone service and secure and nonsecure desktop computer network services to the installation’s 3,500 users and 2,500 computers. They also provide the “Giant Voice” mass notification and siren system, the Alaska Land Mobile Radio service and public address systems. The Postal Service Center serves official and unofficial mail and personnel locator services to the installation’s nearly 9,000-member activeduty, Guard, civilian, contractor and local retiree population. In addition, Airfield technicians maintain the instrument landing and weather measurement systems and the link between the air traffic control tower and Fairbanks International Airport. Also, the Information Assurance office performs vulnerability and asset management and enforces communications, computer and emissions security wingwide. And finally, Comm Knowledge operators protect and maintain the wing’s “vital records,” publications, SharePoint and Air Force Portal information collaboration sites and the Amber Hall video-teleconferencing suite.
354th Medical Group
The 354th Medical Group supports the 354th Fighter Wing, RF-A participants, Tanker Task Force deployers and the local community. A comprehensive list of services is available on base including primary care, pediatrics, flight medicine, dental, mental health, bioenvironmental engineering, public health, health and wellness, optometry, physical therapy and TRICARE. Patients who require inpatient or specialty care are referred to Fort Wainwright’s Bassett Army Community Hospital, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Elmendorf-Richardson Medical Center and/or the Lower 48 states. The group has two assigned squadrons.
354th Medical Operations Squadron
The squadron is organized into seven flights — clinical medicine, flight medicine, mental health, public health, bioenvironmental engineering, dental, and specialty services, which include optometry, physical therapy and the Health and Wellness Center. The 354th Medical Operations Squadron (354 MDOS) delivers preventive and clinical health care to the Eielson community, improving wellness and maximizing force readiness. The medics provide mental, dental and medical care including prevention, education, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illness or injury.
354th Medical Support Squadron
The squadron is organized into five flights — diagnostics and therapeutics; resource management; TRICARE operations and patient administration, logistics and readiness; and information systems, and has commanders’ support staff oversight. The 354th Medical Support Squadron (354 MDSS) provides laboratory, pharmacy, financial, manpower, TRICARE and medical records support, medical materiel, war reserve materiel, facilities management and biomedical equipment maintenance, contingency training and preparedness, information management and systems support as well as personnel and administration functions..
Detachment 632, Air Force Office of Special Investigations
The Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) provides professional investigative service to commanders of all Air Force activities. AFOSI identifies, investigates and neutralizes criminal, terrorist and espionage threats to Air Force and Department of Defense (DOD) personnel and resources. The command focuses on five priorities: Develop and retain a force capable of meeting Air Force needs; detect and provide early warning of worldwide threats to the Air Force; identify and resolve crime affecting Air Force readiness or good order and discipline; combat threats to Air Force information systems and technologies; and defeat and deter fraud in the acquisition of Air Force prioritized weapons systems. AFOSI Detachment 632 provides specialized investigative services for Air Force and DOD resources located in Interior and northern Alaska.
Detachment 460, Air Force Technical Applications C
Reporting directly to the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC), Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., Det. 460 is AFTAC’s largest field detachment and the only detachment with two distinct mission areas. Det. 460 operates and maintains AFTAC’s largest and northernmost seismic network, providing near real-time seismic data to support AFTAC’s mission to provide national authorities quality technical measurements to monitor nuclear treaty compliance as well as providing data to the International Data Center as part of the U.S. contribution to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna, Austria. Secondly, the detachment operates and maintains a network of gaseous and particulate air sampling units to detect airborne signatures of nuclear events. Stretching from Point Barrow north of the Arctic Circle southeast to the Canadian border and west to the most distant Aleutian Island of Shemya, Det. 460’s area of responsibility comprises a vast and unique set of challenges associated with the varied geography, climate and cultures of the largest state in the Union. The detachment has a long and distinguished history at Eielson. The detachment’s roots derive from several AFTAC detachments originally scattered across the Last Frontier. At its pinnacle, there were six detachments and about 200 officers and Airmen assigned to AFTAC units throughout Alaska.
Detachment 1; 210th Rescue Squadron
Alaska Air National Guard
“These Things We Do: That Others May Live.” Det. 1, 210th Rescue Squadron provides rescue alert coverage for 11th Air Force and RF-A flying operations north of the air range, and logistical support to remote military ranges. Additionally, Detachment 1 provides civil search and rescue through the 11th AF Rescue Coordination Center and air support to other agencies throughout the Arctic.
Since 1992, the 210th has saved more than 1,158 lives and assisted 421 people to safety in Alaska. The unit has been mobilized many times to support combat operations and civilian relief efforts all over the world. Since 2001, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the unit has logged hundreds of U.S. and coalition military and Afghan civilian “saves.” Other mobilizations include: Operation Northern Watch, Operation Southern Watch, Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav and Ike, and the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan.
The 210th flies the HH-60G Pave Hawk, a highly modified Army H-60L Black Hawk, featuring an upgraded communication and navigation suite, including an overthe- horizon tactical data receiver for near real-time mission update information. NVG-compatible cockpit lighting, Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR), color weather radar and engine/rotor blade anti-icing greatly enhance the Pave Hawk’s capabilities at night and during adverse weather rescue operations. An in-flight refueling probe, along with an HC or MC-130 tanker, allows for long-range nonstop flight. Additional mission equipment includes two-crew-served GAU-2C (762 mm) “mini-guns” or GAU- 18 (.50-caliber) machine guns, radar warning receiver, missile warning sensor, infrared jammer, chaff/flare dispensers and an 8,000-pound-capacity cargo hook. The Pave Hawk’s rotor blades and tail boom can be folded, allowing it to be loaded on a C-5 or C-17 within a couple of hours and deployed worldwide.
Detachment 25, 372nd Training Squadron
Field Training Detachment
Det. 25, 372nd Training Squadron directly supports the 354th Fighter Wing by providing aircraft maintenance-related training for F-16 Crew Chiefs, Armament, Propulsion, and Electrical/Environmental technicians with 19 distinct formal courses. They offer a variety of training sessions, troubleshooting expertise and technical advice upon request. Each year they enhance the wing’s maintenance efforts by providing 1,600 formal teaching hours and graduating 250 students in distinct aircraft maintenance career fields.
Detachment 1, 66th Training Squadron
Arctic Survival School
Det. 1, 66th Training Squadron conducts Arctic Survival Training at Eielson. The primary course, S-V87-A is five days in duration with instruction in familiarization with the arctic environment, medical, personal protection (clothing, shelter construction and firecraft), sustenance (food and water procurement), signaling and recovery and arctic travel considerations. Twice a year, Det. 1 also conducts a six-day advanced arctic survival course, S-V87-B, for SERE Specialist upgrade training. This course focuses on advanced cold-weather principles, with particular emphasis on and practice of barrenland arctic survival techniques.
There are 16 S-V87-A classes each year, starting in November and finishing in March. Classes begin on Monday morning with two days of academic and laboratory training. On Wednesday morning the students are transported to the field training area, where they practice the survival techniques taught during the academic phase. Friday, after completion of all field requirements, students are transported back to the detachment for graduation