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.