Joint Base Elmendorf – RichardsonCommunity

673D Air Base Wing

Airfield with mountains in distance, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, JBER

The 673d ABW is the host unit for JBER and is responsible for providing expeditionary combat support and the day-to-day operations of the installation, including: ensuring timely fire, medical and emergency services; providing deployment and redeployment support for more than 12,000 deployable Soldiers and Airmen; planning, building and sustaining a $15 billion infrastructure; and much more. The wing’s mission is to deliver comprehensive innovative support, develop mission-ready ;Airmen and deploy Joint Forces at America’s only Arctic Joint Base. The wing’s vision is to be America’s premier power projection platform with unrivaled installation and individual resilience, mission readiness and quality of life. The wing goals are to: Enable Mission Partners, Strengthen America’s Arctic Power Projection Platform, Develop and Empower Professional Airmen and Continually Improve Service to our JBER Families and Community.

The 673d ABW is composed of the 673d Medical Group, the 673d Civil Engineer Group, the 673d Logistics Readiness Group, the 673d Mission Support Group and more than a dozen wing staff agencies, among them Staff Judge Advocate, Public Affairs, the Installation Safety Office, AFSO21, and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.


The 673d Medical Group operates a Department of Defense-Veterans Affairs Joint Venture Hospital, which is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. It is the Department of Defense referral medical treatment facility for active-duty and retired members and their families assigned to or permanently residing in southcentral Alaska. Through a joint sharing agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs, it’s also the primary inpatient medical facility for many of Alaska’s veterans. The more than 1,300 people assigned to the 673d Medical Group provide a broad range of medical and dental services in six squadrons. For more about the 673d MDG and joint base medical care, see Page 49.


The 673d Civil Engineer Group maintains and operates the joint base, including three total force wings and an Army brigade, for air sovereignty, power projection, force staging and throughput operations in support of worldwide contingencies; trains and equips Air Force civil engineers for Air Expeditionary Force worldwide taskings in support of wartime and peacetime base operability requirements; and prepares the base populace for contingency and natural disaster response.


The 673d Civil Engineer Squadron is composed of civilians and military in four career fields. The 673d CES delivers fire protection, environmental management, explosive ordnance disposal and housing for the joint military community.


The 773d Civil Engineer Squadron operates, maintains and repairs real property assets on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson while generating physically fit, combat-ready Airmen trained to survive and operate in any contingency environment. The squadron simultaneously provides C2, CBRNE and ATSO training to 6,000 personnel, ensuring the ability to sustain and restore the Air Force mission to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace, as well as strategically deploy U.S. Army personnel as required.


The 673d Logistics Readiness Group comprises two squadrons, the 673d Logistics Readiness Squadron and the 773d Logistics Readiness Squadron, with a total workforce of nearly 600 personnel. The Logistics Readiness Group provides logistics and expeditionary combat support for the 673d Air Base Wing, 3rd Wing, U.S. Army Alaska, and a myriad of associate and tenant units assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.


The 773d Logistics Readiness Squadron provides cargo, household goods counseling and personal property processing, passenger travel and vehicle operations support to JBER and 19 remote sites. It supports more than 12,000 requests yearly, moving more than 140,000 passengers and 53,000 tons of cargo 214,000 miles each year. The squadron provides deployment and redeployment support to America’s Arctic Warriors; is responsible for the plans and integration of processes needed to support 12,000 deployable Airmen and Soldiers; and provides support to Army activities and units for installation-level supply management, redistribution, retrograde and excess management (includes the Central Issue Facility). Additionally, the 773d Logistics Readiness Squadron has highly trained, self-sufficient, mobile, scalable Aerial Port teams that provide airdrop and air-land support capability. At home station, the Combat Mobility Flight (CMF) supports JBER C-130 and C-17 unilateral airdrop and air/land training. While deployed, the CMF establishes and operates air terminals where no permanent air terminal organization exists.


The 673d Logistics Readiness Squadron is responsible for JBER Air Force supply and equipment accounts, including requisition, inspecting, storing, and issuing of assets. It oversees the base repair cycle and provides specialized handling for hazardous, classified, COMSEC, weapons and pilferable assets and serves as installation point of contact for the Air Force Sustainment Center. It also maintains over 860 government fleet vehicles and manages over 750 Government Services Administration vehicles across 10 geographically separated units and 21 radar sites. The squadron provides joint mobile maintenance vehicle support throughout JBER. The Vehicle Parts Supply Organization provides specialized repair parts for six PACAF installations.


The more than 2,000 personnel in the 673d Mission Support Group provide expeditionary combat support as well as base support in Alaska. The group is composed of four squadrons: Security Forces, Communications, Contracting and Force Support. The group also maintains combat and contingency readiness forces and supports two forward operating locations for Headquarters Alaskan Command and Headquarters Northern Command.

Security Force Airman with K9, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, JBER


The 673d Security Forces Squadron’s military and civilian personnel provide law enforcement, investigations, combat arms training and maintenance, and military working dog services to the JBER community across the joint base. The 673d SFS plans and executes integrated base defenses and provides security, antiterrorism and force protection, and resource protection services to secure DOD assets.


The 673d Communications Squadron is composed of nearly 300 civilian and military members. The 673d CS plans, installs and maintains radio, telephone, air traffic controls, network and other communications systems for 12,000 joint base customers. Additionally, the communications squadron delivers the official mail and provides records management, personal wireless systems, spectrum management and automated data processing equipment inventory management for the joint base. Finally, the communications squadron furnishes military telephone operator service for the joint base as well as for Fort Wainwright and Fort Greely.


The 673d Contracting Squadron provides responsive contracting support valued at $300 million annually to JBER units through construction, services and commodity contracts. The 673d CONS also manages the Government Purchase Card program, ensuring more than 40,000 annual credit card transactions valued at more than $25 million are in strict compliance with regulatory procedures. In addition, the 673d CONS supports Eleventh Air Force, U.S. Army Alaska and 611th Air Support Group contracting requirements that include the remote support of the Alaska Radar System at 15 locations, and installation support services at three forward operating locations in Alaska and the Pacific.


The 673d Force Support Squadron is composed of approximately 1,300 civilian and military professionals and is the largest employer of disabled individuals in Alaska. Force Support operates 150 facilities, including more than 600 lodging rooms, five child development centers, three dining facilities serving more than 800,000 meals per year and two golf courses. It provides support to 34,000 customers across the joint base through a wide range of recreational services that include a first-class ski hill, 41 boats and the largest bowling alley in the Air Force. The squadron prides itself on serving the JBER community as an innovative team of professionals delivering exceptional customer service.

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