673D Air Base Wing
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.
673D MEDICAL GROUP
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.
673D CIVIL ENGINEER GROUP
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.
673D CIVIL ENGINEER SQUADRON
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.
773D CIVIL ENGINEER SQUADRON
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.
673D LOGISTICS READINESS GROUP
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.
773D LOGISTICS READINESS SQUADRON
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.
673D LOGISTICS READINESS SQUADRON
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.
673D MISSION SUPPORT GROUP
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.
673D SECURITY FORCES SQUADRON
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.
673D COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON
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.
673D CONTRACTING SQUADRON
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.
673D FORCE SUPPORT SQUADRON
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.
Wing Staff Agencies
673D AIR BASE WING STAFF AGENCIES
The 673d Comptroller Squadron is in the People Center at 8517 20th St. The squadron provides budget, finance, accounting, cost and economic analyses, and payroll support for more than 7,400 personnel in Eleventh Air Force headquarters, six groups, 27 squadrons and 28 tenant units. In addition, the squadron provides nonappropriated funds financial oversight and serves as liaison between the Air Force Audit Agency and base organizations.
The 673d Air Base Wing Office of History supports the 673d Air Base Wing, 3rd Wing, Eleventh Air Force/Alaskan NORAD Region and Alaskan Command by researching and writing annual histories of each, responding to questions for historical information, producing special studies and historical articles for publication and maintaining an archive.
The 673d Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office, on the first floor of 10480 Sijan Ave., is responsible for community relations, media support and internal communications. It is the single point of contact for inquiries from the media and the public. News releases, press conferences, flyovers, base tours, military speakers and community partnerships are all handled by public affairs. The PA office internal communication section produces a weekly newspaper, Arctic Warrior, containing command information, and posts it online at www.jber.jb.mil; manages the Hometown News Release program; and produces the installation guide and map. The PA office also manages and maintains the installation’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jberak. For more information, contact public affairs at 907-552-8151.
The base legal office (the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate) is on the third floor of the People Center, 8517 20th St., Suite 330. There is also a satellite legal assistance office in Bldg. 600, Room A305, on JBER-Richardson. The legal office advises commanders on all legal issues, including military justice, operations law, legal readiness, contracts, environmental, labor law and all manner of civil law matters.
The legal office provides legal assistance and claims service to the base community. Attorneys may advise clients on personal civil legal matters but not criminal nor home business issues. The office also drafts and executes wills and powers of attorney. Military members, retirees and dependent family members are eligible beneficiaries. Legal assistance appointments on JBER-Elmendorf may be scheduled at 907-552-3046. Legal assistance appointments on JBER-Richardson may be scheduled at 907-384-0371.
The claims office adjudicates and pays most tort and pro-government claims. Household goods claims are filed directly with the carrier; therefore, members should contact the Air Force Claims Service Center at 937-656-8044 if problems arise with their carrier. Claims information may be obtained by calling 907-552-7884. The legal office also operates the Wing Commander’s Tax Center, currently located on the first floor of the People Center, Room 111. The tax center is normally open from early February until April 15 each year. There is also a tax center on the third floor of Bldg. 600, Room A306, on JBER-Richardson.
PLANS, PROGRAMS AND INSPECTIONS
The 673d Air Base Wing Plans and Programs Office is located on the first floor and in the basement of 10480 Sijan Ave., Suite 152. The staff provides specialized functional support and is broken down into two divisions. The Plans Division coordinates and manages all joint base plans and works high-interest projects and programs such as Operation Security, Signature Management, Treaty Compliance and installation readiness.
The Exercises and Inspections Division orchestrates exercises and coordinates directly with headquarters on readiness and compliance inspections, findings and assessment reports. For more information, call 907-552-4309.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY OFFICE
JBER’s Equal Opportunity Office (EO) is located at 10480 Sijan Ave., Suite 123-A. The EO Office provides service to all Airmen, military or civilian, and to Department of Army civilians as tenants of JBER, working to coordinate and assist the Army Military Equal Opportunity program in a joint environment. It is U.S. Air Force policy to provide equal opportunity to all persons and to prohibit any Airman, military or civilian, to unlawfully discriminate against, harass, intimidate or threaten another Airman on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including equal pay), national origin, age (over 40), disability, reprisal or genetic information.
Unlawful harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, particularly when submission to such conduct is made directly or indirectly as a term or condition of employment, and/or when submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for an employment decision affecting the person. Unlawful harassment also includes creating an intimidating, hostile working environment for another person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, reprisal or genetic information. The use of disparaging terms with respect to a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information contributes to a hostile work environment and must not be tolerated. EO assures individual complaints are fairly and thoroughly processed, in accordance with MD-110 and AFI 36-2706 or AR 690-600. Mediation and facilitation is available as a form of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) used to improve the efficiency of the federal EO complaint process by attempting early informal resolution of EO complaints. Civilian employees have 45 days from the date of the alleged incident and military members have 60 days from the date of the alleged incident to contact the EOOffice. Employees may also contact the EO Office to use ADR in resolving other workplace disputes. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Contact the EO director at 907-552-2115 or 907-552-3661.
The 673d Air Base Wing Installation Safety Office is in Bldg. 10441, Kuter Avenue, third floor, and performs the duties of Ground Safety. Office hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The main safety office can be reached at 907-552-6850.
The Installation Safety Office conducts mishap investigations, reporting and prevention, training and education, awareness and briefings, facility inspections, spot inspections of facilities and traffic safety. The safety training classroom is in the JBER-Elmendorf Education Center, Bldg. 10441, Kuter Avenue, third floor, rooms 301-302.
Training support provided by the safety office includes weekly safety clinics conducted in the safety office from 9 to 11 a.m. every Friday; unit safety representatives training, conducted during weekly safety clinics; supervisor safety training, offered noon to 4 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the safety training classroom, Bldg. 10441, Kuter Avenue, rooms 301-302; local conditions and personal risk management briefings to all new hires and Airmen to JBER-Elmendorf, conducted weekly at the Community Education Complex, Bldg. 7, JBER-Richardson; motorcycle safety training; and traffic safety education (Alive at 25). Enlisted will receive this instruction during training at the First Term Airmen Center training in Bldg. 6167. New officers are required to contact the safety office within 30 days of their arrival to enroll in the next scheduled course.
At JBER, the chapel community employs powerful preaching; joyful and energetic worship; lively ministries for children, youth, young adults, Airmen and Soldiers; robust religious education; and a devoted staff to fulfill its mission of strengthening spiritual resilience. The chaplains also provide confidential counseling and comprehensive pastoral care to military members, DOD employees and their families, as well as making flightline and unit visitations. Singles, couples and families can depend on chapel staff for spiritual support especially before, during and after deployments. Call 907-552-5762 for more information.
The 673d Air Base Wing Inspector General’s office and staff are at 10480 Sijan Ave., first floor, Suite 152. On weekdays, office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment with the director of complaints and inquiries (673d ABW/IGQ), call 907-552-9444. The 673d ABW/IGQ serves as the installation IGQ, supporting everyone who works or lives on JBER. Although the IG is part of the wing staff agencies, the IGQ program is an independent function that acts as the “eyes and ears” of the wing commander to discover and correct problems that adversely affect the productivity and morale of assigned personnel. The IGQ role also includes the prevention, detection and correction of fraud, waste and abuse and mismanagement. The 673d ABW/IGQ is the commander’s ombudsman, fact-finder and “honest broker” for the resolution of all complaints. It is both your right and responsibility to report perceived acts of wrongdoing that adversely affect Air Force mission readiness. To report a fraud, waste and abuse complaint, call the 24-hour hotline at 907-552-2400.
In addition to complaints and inquiries, the 673dABW/IG also plans and executes exercises, evaluations and inspections throughout the year. The focal point for 673d ABW Inspections and Exercises is the director of inspections at 907-552-8931. The director of inspections is the responsible agent for deployment and employment readiness, installation self-assessment programs, and mission assurance command and control effectiveness.
The mission of the JBER Command Center makes it one of the most diverse command centers in the world. It provides continuous 24-hour ;support to commanders at all levels, including Pacific Command, Pacific Air Forces, North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command, Alaskan Command, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Eleventh Air Force, 673d Air Base Wing, 3rd Wing, 176th Alaska Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve’s 477th Fighter Group, as well as the 715th Air Mobility Operations Group, 732nd Air Mobility Squadron and 381st Intelligence Squadron. Some Command and Control activities include maintaining positive control of our diverse aircraft; flight following and supporting all PACAF home station aircrews and aircraft; and reporting wartime readiness through the Status of Resources and Training System. In addition, the JBER Command Center is the 24-hour notification center for all information requiring base leadership attention.
PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION CENTER
An additional subordinate unit in the support group is the JBER Professional Military Education Center — the only enlisted PME center in the Air Force to operate the Noncommissioned Officer Academy and the Airman Leadership School simultaneously under the same roof, using one staff. The school serves the entire state of Alaska and units outside Pacific Air Forces. The PME center presents a world-class curriculum for numerous NCO Academy and Airman Leadership School classes per year, graduating more than 500 students. The PME center’s mission is to prepare Airmen and NCOs for leadership positions, to develop and hone communication skills, to expand the Airman’s perspective of the Air Force and to foster a commitment to the profession of arms.
SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE OFFICE
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, in the basement of Bldg. 7153 on Fighter Drive, serves as the installation’s single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim care services. It ensures that a victim support system that responds to all reported sexual assaults 24/7 is in place. The SAPRO reinforces the Department of Defense’s commitment to eliminate sexual assaults through awareness and prevention training, education, victim advocacy, response, reporting and accountability. For more information, call 907-551-2033 or 907-551-2035. For emergencies, call the hotline at 907-551-7272; it’s available 24/7.
The Antiterrorism Office, in Bldg. 600, Room B57, leads the wing’s antiterrorism program and provides recommendations to the wing commander on issues regarding counterterrorism and protection against local threats to the installation. For more information, call 907-384-2399.
INFORMATION PROTECTION OFFICER
The 673d Air Base Wing Information Protection Office serves to integrate, maintain and improve Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s U.S. Air Force collective policies, processes, and implementation of risk management and mitigation actions to prevent the loss, unauthorized access and disclosure, and distortion or inaccessibility of information. The IPO core functions include personnel, information and industrial security while providing security oversight over all aspects of information, and serving installation leadership and tenants on all related security issues. The IPO’s goal is to protect information, regardless of physical form or characteristics, during its life cycle; this includes actions to regulate access to sensitive information and controlled unclassified information and classified information produced by, entrusted to or under the control of the United States government.
The IPO is in Bldg. 10471, Room 246. For assistance or additional information, call 907-552-4793 or 907-552-1088. Army unit support for personnel, information and industrial security is aligned under Fort Wainwright in the Installation Security and Intelligence Office, 907-384-2208.
Alaskan Command (ALCOM)
The Alaskan Command is a subordinate unified (subunified) command of U.S. Northern Command. Alaskan Command, along with trusted partners, conducts homeland defense, civil support and mission assurance in Alaska to defend and secure the United States and its interests. ALCOM headquarters is at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and coordinates with the following organizations to accomplish its mission:
- Eleventh Air Force
- U.S. Army Alaska
- U.S. Coast Guard District 17
- Alaska National Guard
- State of Alaska Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
DOD forces in Alaska include more than 22,000 U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps personnel, as well as 4,700 Guardsmen and Reservists.
Alaskan Norad Region (ANR)
The responsibilities for aerospace warning and aerospace control for North America are assigned to North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) through the binational NORAD agreement. The Alaskan NORAD Region is one of three Canadian co-manned NORAD regions responsible for the execution of the aerospace warning and aerospace control missions. ANRconducts these missions 24/7, continuing an enduring relationship that epitomizes our commitment to the defense of the nation and our allies.
Canadian Detachment (Cdn. Det.) Elmendorf Alaska
Canadian Detachment Elmendorf supports the Alaskan NORAD Region mandate through the provision of operationally focused Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) professionals. Members posted to Cdn. Det. Elmendorf work within U.S. Air Force units at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The CAF members are generally assigned within the 611th Air Operations Center, 611th Air Communications Squadron, the 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron and the 176th Air Defense Squadron. The detachment also includes two support personnel whose duties are related strictly to CAF matters. There are currently more than 40 Canadian members and their families stationed at JBER.
Eleventh Air Force
The Eleventh Air Force provides combat-ready forces for the Commander, Pacific Air Forces; defends Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and key strategic nodes against all threats; deploys service component forces worldwide in response to major regional contingencies; supports vital Pacific air bridge operations for throughput of strategic movement by contingency forces during crisis response; and provides support to federal and state authorities during civil emergencies, search and rescue operations and counternarcotics interdictions. This mission is accomplished largely through the 3rd Wing and 673d Air Base Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the 354th Fighter Wing at Eielson Air Force Base, the 15th Wing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and the 36th Wing at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, along with the 611th Air Operations Center and Pacific Air Forces Regional Support Center, also located at JBER.
611TH AIR OPERATIONS CENTER (AOC)
The 611th AOC consists of three divisions that develop plans, procedures and directives for the employment of Alaskan combat and support forces assigned to PACAF (Pacific Air Forces) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). They maintain air sovereignty and conduct air defense operations for Alaskan NORAD Region (ANR). Additionally, they direct rescue operations and provide tactical support for air and land forces. The Combat Operations Division ensures the execution of air tasking for NORAD and NORTHCOM in support of aerospace warning, aerospace control and the maritime warning missions. They execute these missions through constant monitoring of the operational environment within the Alaska region. They provide regional expertise for the command and control system that supports air sovereignty and air defense missions. The Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division provides all source intelligence to support the AOC’s joint and combined air campaign planning and execution. The division produces timely and operationally tailored all-source global threat warning and assessments supporting PACOM, NORTHCOM and NORAD theater plans and force employment. The Strategy and Plans Division serves as the focal point for all matters related to the operation, planning and execution of the ANR mission. They develop deliberate plans and employment procedures for Alaskan forces assigned to 11 AF, PACAF, NORAD and NORTHCOM supporting Operations Noble Eagle (One) and Northern Sovereignty Operations (NSO). SPD coordinates operations planning with NORAD and tasked supporting units.
PACAF REGIONAL SUPPORT CENTER (PRSC)
The PACAF Regional Support Center, activated Oct. 1, 2013, in place of the 611th Air Support Group, is responsible for the second-largest but most geographically widespread “cumulative base” in PACAF, comprising 1,119 facilities and 37,110 acres valued at more than $5.28 billion. The 21 active installations managed by the PACAF Regional Support Center consists of Eareckson Air Station, King Salmon airport (with collocated radar site), 15 remote Alaska radar sites, three Hawaiian radar sites and Wake Island. In addition to the active installations, the PACAF Regional Support Center also manages 23 inactive sites. PACAF Regional Support Center provides surveillance radars, Arctic infrastructure including airfields, communications and worldwide ready Expeditionary Air Force warriors for homeland defense, decisive force projection and aerospace command and control in Alaska. All of these efforts are achieved through the activities of the 611th Air Support Squadron, 611th Civil Engineer Squadron and 611th Air Communications Squadron, which collectively provide program management, communications, engineering, logistical and environmental support.
611TH AIR COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON (ACOMS)
The 611th ACOMS serves as the focal point for all command, control, communication and computer (C4) support for ANR and 11 AF. Key functions include theater long-haul communications, radar systems communications, circuit management, network operations and configuration control. Additionally, the unit performs Meteorological Navigational (METNAV) certifications for airfields throughout the theater, as well as Defense Red Switch Network, Communications Security (COMSEC) and frequency spectrum management support. In addition to providing communications planning and programming support to the three O&M contracts, the 611th ACOMS also manages $22 million in communications requirements. The 611th ACOMS also provides direct communications support to the 611th AOC, the 24/7 battle staff crisis action operation center.
611TH AIR SUPPORT SQUADRON (ASUS)
The 611th ASUS manages three of PACAF’s largest operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts worth $82 million for Eareckson Air Station, the King Salmon airport, 15 remote radar sites (including the radar located at King Salmon airport) and three radio relay stations. The squadron provides/directs quality assurance for logistics, force protection, services, communications and facility engineering efforts at these 19 remote locations. The 611th ASUS also supports 11 AF logistics planning and contingency operations, directs delivery of 8 million gallons of fuel annually to all remote sites and ensures safe and reliable transportation of more than 5,000 passengers and 2,700 tons of equipment and supplies annually.
611TH CIVIL ENGINEER SQUADRON (CES)
The 611th CES provides engineer service functions at all 40 active and inactive sites throughout Alaska. The 611th CES assures environmental compliance within 59,000 square miles of military operations air space and provides, as a command resource, specialized capability in aircraft hangar door maintenance and repair; asbestos and lead abatement; depot overhaul and certification of emergency power engine-generator sets and aircraft arresting systems; construction of Super K-Span facilities; and crane and hoist repair and certification. The 611th CES provides facility support to the three O&M contracts and also manages $61.8 million in facility requirements.
DETACHMENT 1, PRSC
Detachment 1, Pacific Air Forces Regional Support Center was added Oct. 1, 2010, when the former 611th Air Support Group assumed responsibility for Wake Island Airfield from the 15th Wing. Detachment 1, PRSC is responsible for oversight of the daily operations on the airfield, located approximately 2,000 nautical miles west of Hawaii. Wake Island Airfield is a vital aircraft refueling and emergency divert location. The island also supports Missile Defense Agency testing.
The 3rd Wing is a corps of professionals dedicated to control and exploitation of the air domain to secure our nation’s interests, providing air dominance, global mobility, and command and control for combatant commanders. The wing flies F-22, C-17, C-12 and E-3 aircraft and is responsible for nearly 2,200 assigned Airmen.
The 3rd Wing formally activated in August 1948 but traces its lineage back to the U.S. Army Surveillance Group, activated July 1, 1919. With the 19th and 90th Fighter Squadron paving the way in World War I, the wing and its organizations have participated in every major U.S. conflict of the 20th century. As the first organized attack group to form within the Army Air Service, the 3rd Attack Group was instrumental in developing close air support doctrine during the interwar period. The group pioneered dive-bombing, skip bombing and parafrag attacks in the 1920s, the earliest forms of precision-guided attack from aircraft, and remains at the leading edge of precision-guided weaponry into the 21st century. Visit http://www.jber.jb.mil/Units/3wg/3wg-history.aspx for the full 3rd Wing history.
Heritage Park, on Sijan Avenue directly across from and around the 3rd Wing headquarters, is dedicated to the men and women of the 3rd Wing who have made the mission possible, regardless of where the wing has been located. At the center of the park are several of the significant aircraft flown by wings assigned to Elmendorf Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson: the F-4 Phantom II, F-102 Delta Dagger, F-89 Scorpion, T-33 Shooting Star, F-15 Eagle and the C-130 Hercules.
The YUKLA 27 Memorial is dedicated to the memory of the 24 American and Canadian crewmembers who died when their E-3B Sentry aircraft crashed in 1995 after a severe bird strike to two engines just after takeoff. The memorial has 24 plaques listing the name and hometown of each crewmember mounted on a half-oval wall, with an E-3 model aircraft in a climbing left bank mounted on a pedestal at the center of the memorial. It also has 24 trees planted in and around the memorial.
Next to the YUKLA 27 Memorial is the Eagle Aviary. It was initially constructed in part due to the oil spill from the Exxon Valdez. In the aftermath of the spill, wildlife paid a heavy toll. Efforts were made to save wildlife and return them to their natural habitats. However, some could not be returned. At the time, Air Force Master Sgt. Kerry Seifert, a master falconer, proposed permanently housing disabled bald eagles on Elmendorf. The 3rd Wing commander at the time, Air Force Col. Rodney P. Kelly, agreed, and a team of volunteers constructed the cage. It was rededicated as part of the YUKLA 27 Memorial Sept. 20, 1996.
The Wall of Heroes is adjacent to the YUKLA 27 Memorial. It honors those members of the 3rd Wing who have been prisoners of war and missing in action. The wall has service stars for each campaign the 3rd Wing has been involved in, as well as the words, “You are not forgotten.”
The center of the Wall of Heroes is dedicated to all of the men and women of the wing, highlighted by 12 individuals who distinguished themselves throughout their careers. The model on display in the center is a De Havilland DH-4 biplane flown by the 3rd Attack Group in the early 1920s.
Near the Wall of Heroes is a new memorial, dedicated in 2000, in memory of a former Alaskan Command commander, Air Force Lt. Gen. David McCloud. The Air Force and a team of volunteers recovered and restored a vintage World War II P-38G Lightning from Attu Island and returned it to Elmendorf. The memorial featuring the plane is the culmination of the project, made possible by McCloud before his tragic death in a private aircraft accident July 26, 1998.
The cumulative effect of these four memorials at Heritage Park provides everyone with a sense of deep pride in the history and heritage of the 3rd Wing and its people.
3RD OPERATIONS GROUP
The 3rd Operations Group provides premier combat-ready aerospace forces to warfighting commanders tasked to defend and protect U.S. interests in the Pacific region and around the world. The group trains, mobilizes, and employs five squadrons comprised of C-17 Globemaster, C-12 Huron, E-3 Sentry, and F-22 Raptor aircraft, providing unmatched air dominance, global mobility, and command and control for Combatant Commanders. Additionally, the group sustains installation operations at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson for critical force-staging and throughput operations in support of worldwide contingencies.
The following squadrons support the 3rd Operations Group’s mission:
- 3rd Operations Support Squadron
- 90th Fighter Squadron
- 525th Fighter Squadron
- 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron
- 517th Airlift Squadron
3RD MAINTENANCE GROUP
The 3rd Maintenance Group keeps 1,600 personnel and equipment at a high state of readiness to provide forces for worldwide deployments. It maintains and launches F-22, C-17, C-12 and E-3 aircraft supporting the wing’s training, air superiority, interdiction, airlift and airborne air control missions. The group provides engines, munitions, avionics and ground equipment to enable the mission.
The following squadrons support the 3rd Maintenance Group’s mission:
- 3rd Maintenance Operations Squadron
- 3rd Munitions Squadron
- 3rd Maintenance Squadron
- 3rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
- 703rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
477th Fighter Group, Air Force Reserve
The 477th Fighter Group is Air Force Reserve Command’s first F-22 Raptor unit. The 477th Fighter Group is a classic associate unit responsible for recruiting, training, developing and retaining citizen Airmen.
The 477th Fighter Group was originally established in May 1943 as the 477th Bombardment Group to train the legendary African-American World War II aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Their legacy of service before self and courage under fire lives on in the 477th Fighter Group, reactivated Oct. 1, 2007, at Elmendorf Air Force Base as the first Air Force Reserve unit to fly, maintain and support the world’s most capable fighter aircraft. The 477th Fighter Group will provide a combat-ready force of approximately 425 Air Reserve technicians, traditional reservists and civil servants assigned to operations, maintenance, medical and mission support units.
Subordinate units include the 302nd Fighter Squadron, 477th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 477th Maintenance Squadron, 477th Civil Engineer Squadron, 477th Force Support Squadron, 477th Security Forces Squadron, 477th Operations Support Flight and 477th Aerospace Medicine Flight.
The men and women of the 477th Fighter Group functionally integrate with their active-duty Air Force partners in almost all F-22 mission areas to increase efficiency and overall combat capability while retaining reserve administrative support and career enhancement. The 477th Fighter Group leverages the traditional reserve component strengths of experience and continuity to fly, fight and win as unrivaled wingmen on the total force team at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Visit www.477fg.afrc.af.mil for more information about the 477th Fighter Group.
Supporting Component Activities
373RD INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE AND RECONNAISSANCE GROUP (ISRG)
Subordinate to Air Combat Command, 25th Air Force and the 70th ISR Wing, the 373 ISRG consists of three subordinate units: the 301st Intelligence Squadron; the 381st Intelligence Squadron and Detachment 1, 373 ISRG (Yokota AB, Japan). The group was first organized as the 7th Photographic Group in 1943 and redesignated as the 373rd Intelligence Group at Misawa Air Base, Japan, in 2000. In 2015, the group relocated to JBER, joining their subordinate intelligence squadrons at the Alaska Mission Operations Center (AMOC), a national intelligence activity.
It is the unit’s mission to provide decisive intelligence to combatant commanders, Eleventh Air Force, ALCOM, Alaskan NORAD Region and national command authorities. In addition to the primary mission, the unit plays an important role in 25th Air Force’s worldwide secure communications network and provides direction-finding assistance to air-sea rescue and navigational aid. Through organized efforts in computer security and research on electronic phenomena, assigned personnel ensure friendly command and control communications are secure and protected from hostile countermeasures, including interference, jamming and intrusion. The site’s antenna is a prominent landmark on the northwest side of the runway, near Hillberg ski slope and base lakes. The large circular array, commonly known as the “elephant cage,” measures more than 100 feet high, 1,460 feet in diameter and three-quarters of a mile in circumference and covers more than 40 acres. The men and women at the “Top of the Hill” keep constant vigil and stand ready to provide essential information for the warfighter anytime, anywhere.
301ST INTELLIGENCE SQUADRON
The 301st Intelligence Squadron was originally founded as a U.S. Army unit, the 138th Signal Radio Intelligence Company, Feb. 7, 1942, and has a storied history spanning seven decades of service and seven countries. From 1953-2014, the 301 IS and its predecessor units played an integral role in the worldwide U.S. Department of Defense communications network at Misawa AB, Japan. In 2014, the squadron relocated to JBER, joining their sister squadron, the 381st Intelligence Squadron, as a mission partner at the AMOC. The unit’s mission is to collect, process, analyze and report signals intelligence on adversary operations, capabilities and intentions. Additionally, unit personnel conduct communications, maintenance and administrative actions supporting site operations, as well as provide tactical analytic support to the warfighter.
381ST INTELLIGENCE SQUADRON
The 381st Intelligence Squadron began as the U.S. Army’s 951st Signal Radio Intelligence Company, Aviation, in 1942 and has called Alaska home since 1950 when it moved to what was then Elmendorf Air Force Base from the Lower 48. The unit’s mission is to organize, train and equip assigned Air Force personnel (military and civilian) to support the AMOC in the successful execution of its national intelligence mission in air, space and cyberspace in order to keep our local and national decision-makers one step ahead of our adversaries.
715TH AIR MOBILITY OPERATIONS GROUP
As a subordinate unit of Air Mobility Command, the 715 AMOG is responsible for ensuring its three squadrons, the 732 Air Mobility Squadron (AMS) at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson; the 734 AMS at Andersen AFB, Guam; and the 735 AMS at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, are organized, trained and equipped to execute command and control, aircraft maintenance and aerial port operations throughout the Eastern Pacific.
732ND AIR MOBILITY SQUADRON
Air Mobility Team Alaska enables global reach from the world’s most strategic location and the most extreme conditions. Day and night in all types of weather every day of the year, personnel of the 732nd Air Mobility Squadron “Huskies” work on the JBER flightline to recover, repair, load and launch Air Mobility Command aircraft transiting Alaska. As the only AMC unit in Alaska, the squadron provides support for all strategic airlift aircraft, including C-5, C-17, C-130, KC-10 and KC-135. In addition, the squadron supports the commercial and Department of Defense cargo aircraft that supply remote stations throughout Alaska.
MILITARY AIR TRAVEL
The Air Mobility Command passenger terminal at 10364 18th Ave. handles all military air passenger and baggage processing and space-available (Space-A) travel. Those eligible to travel Space-A can sign up for flights to anywhere in the world that AMC-owned or -controlled aircraft fly. Members traveling on funded orders must call the Traffic Management Office at 907-552-5242 to make reservations.
The passenger terminal provides an AMC Special Category Lounge (for E-9s and O-6s and above), a family lounge and a large waiting area with a big-screen TV. A long-term parking lot to use for up to 60 days is also available for travelers. Passes are available at the front desk. The AMC passenger terminal is open from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will open when flights are available from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily.
Flight information can be found on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Passenger Terminal Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Joint-Base-Elmendorf-Richardson-Passenger-Terminal/204965679537720, or travelers can call 907-552-4616 for a 72-hour forecast of potential flights.