POLAR EXPRESS ARTS & CRAFTS CENTER AUTOMOTIVE SKILLS CENTER
Polar Express Arts & Crafts Center: The Arts & Crafts center is in Bldg. 755 at the corner of Second and D streets on JBER-Richardson. It is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. You can also find us on at www.jberlife.com/fun/arts-and-crafts. The Arts & Crafts center offers do-it-yourself picture framing, custom picture framing, laser engraving, ceramics, pottery, glass fusion and yarn crafts. Classes and one-on-one instruction is available for framing, ceramics, glass fusion and pottery.
Assistance and advice are available from well-trained and friendly staff members. The picture framing shop carries a variety of frames, mats, foam core and glass in stock and has the ability to special order custom framing materials. The engraving shop can do custom engraving on wood, plastic, glass, metal plates and other in-stock items. You can also bring items to have engraved. The multicrafts shop has the ceramic pick and paint program, ceramic molds, pottery wheels, clays, glazes, kilns and glass working tools to complete a variety of projects. The shop also has space available for parties and group functions. For more information and classes, call 907-384-3717 to speak to one our staff members.
A fully equipped woodshop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The woodshop safety certification is offered on Fridays at 5:15 p.m. Call 907-384-3717 for more information.
Automotive Skills Center: The Auto Skills Center is attached to the Arts & Crafts Center in Bldg. 755 at the corner of Second and D streets on JBER-Richardson. It is open 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Auto Skills Center has vehicle lift bays and flat bays available for small repairs or complete vehicle overhauls. The shop has hand tools, power tools and air tools to complete any job.
The machine shop has the equipment and expertise for numerous repair and maintenance jobs, from brake rotor resurfacing to tire mounting and dismounting. Mechanics and auto workers are on duty to assist you in all your car repair needs. Secured and unsecured short-term storage is available beside the Auto Skills Center. There is a 24/7 do-it-yourself car wash for cars and RVs with three bays, two vacuums and a dollar changer. The For Sale Lot is located on JBER-Elmendorf off Fighter Drive.
The best way to get out and see The Great Land is by air, and the best way to get airborne is with the Aero Club. Whether it’s hunting, fishing, flightseeing or training, the Aero Club is the best choice for “getting there.” The Aero Club is an FAA-certified flight training center and provides aircraft rental opportunities for the recreational pilot. The club is in Bldg. 10-286, Taxiway P in Hangar 7.
The Aero Club offers services similar to a full-service fixed-base operator, and membership allows individuals to use the airplanes and facilities to pursue general aviation interests. The Aero Club fleet consists of three Cessna 172s, one Cessna 182, one Cessna 172RG (retractable gear), and one Cessna 172 floatplane, all four-place aircraft. The club also has a Piper Seneca II six-seat, twin-engine aircraft. The fleet is available for recreational flying and flight training.
The Aero Club also offers services to members who own aircraft, including tie-downs, 24-hour fuel availability and a heated hangar for winter pre-heating.
The Flight Training Center (FTC) offers flight and ground training from private pilot through airline transport pilot, as well as single-engine seaplane training. The Flight School is authorized under Federal Aviation Regulations Part 141 FTC for education benefits by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (GI Bill), Air Force tuition assistance (TA) and the Alaska Student Loan Program. Find more detailed information on the Aero Club website: www.jberaeroclub.com.
The Polar Bowl at 7176 Fighter Drive, across the street from the Lodging Office, is the largest bowling center in the Air Force and the only one on JBER. Equipped with 40 lanes, automatic scorers, lockers, an arcade, a food establishment and a lounge, Polar Bowl offers fun for the whole family.
Birthday party packages, weekly events, lunchtime and monthly specials including Neon bowling, Dollar Days and Unlimited Bowling are offered at Polar Bowl. Open bowling is available during regular hours of operation, and intramural, mixed doubles, and youth leagues as well as a variety of tournaments take place throughout the long winter.
Ten Pins, operated by Aramark, offer pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs with gourmet toppings, salads and a kids menu, and be sure to check out the drink specials at The Igloo Lounge inside Polar Bowl. Hours vary by season, so go to www.jberlife.com/fun/polar-bowl for updates, or call 907-753-7467.
The PermaFrost Pub in the basement of the Arctic Warrior Event Center (AWEC) is a great venue for fun, parties and other events.
Club Membership Cardholders receive a 10 percent FSS benefit card at JBER for clubs and a number of other FSS programs on base. Club card transfers and other card issues are handled at Bldg. 10480, JBER-Elmendorf. See the NAF Accounting Office or call 907-552-4376. For all new card sign-ups, applications can be obtained at almost any FSS program or by calling 907-384-7619, JBER Clubs, for more information.
COMMUNITY CENTER: ARCTIC OASIS
The Arctic Oasis Community Center at 9497 20th St. provides a meeting place for activities including table tennis, foosball, video games, pool, darts, board games, indoor full-swing golf simulators, with blacklight mini golf to come, coconut bowling, an indoor archery simulator, an indoor skate park, indoor playgrounds for big and small children, cyber cafe and a 24-foot rock climbing wall. The center also has Nautilus equipment, stair steppers, treadmills and lifecycles. Also in the building are Information, Tickets and Travel; the Paradise Cafe; and Paradise Cuts.
The center has yearly activities for the entire family such as Breakfast with Santa, the Fall Fest, the Holiday Photo Shoot, the Holiday Card Contest, the Mission Audition for Tops in Blue and more. Many classes are offered throughout the year for the entire family or the military member such as martial arts, music, dance (belly or ballroom), circuit training and piano lessons. The Ballooney Bin is a specialty balloon service within the Arctic Oasis Community Center where you can choose from five special-occasion bouquets or create your own. There are more than 60 Mylar balloons to choose from, as well as a wide variety of latex balloons.
If keeping in touch with those far and near through email is your cup of tea, then the Cyber Cafe is the place to be. The cafe has computers with online access to any net-based personal email account. While the computers are an excellent means of keeping in contact with others, they are also a great way to browse the internet for research or for fun. Call the center at 907-552-8529 for more information.
INFORMATION, TICKETS AND TRAVEL
ITT is a full-service leisure travel office that also has information on tours and activities in and around Anchorage. Located at 9497 20th St. in the Arctic Oasis Community Center, ITT’s services include information on air reservations, car reservations, hotel accommodations, tours and cruises. Among the many opportunities offered, usually at a discount, are Alyeska Ski Area tram and lift tickets, Hilltop Ski Area tickets, movie passes, Seward cruises, Alaska Railroad tickets, Anchorage Museum tickets, Alaska Native Heritage Center tickets and many more leisure attractions. If you’re planning a vacation in Alaska or the Lower 48, visit ITT for tickets and travel information. Travel services can also be accessed at www.myairforcelife.com/ITT for those who want to take advantage of ITT’s services from the convenience of home. For more information, call 907-753-2378.
COMMUNITY CENTER: WARRIOR ZONE
The Warrior Zone Community Center in Bldg. 655 is an adult facility for active duty and Reservists, dependents and retirees 18 years or older, 17 with active or Reserve ID card. The facility includes a Cyber Zone with free internet access WiFi and business computers with CAC card readers. Pool tables, ping pong tables, foosball, regulation dart boards, air hockey and a gaming room with TVs and projectors.
There is also a movie theater room, a TV lounge and video and game rentals. The Warrior Zone is a free use facility with a small snack bar with microwavable foods, candy, soft drinks and beer available for purchase. It also has a CD repair service that can fix most issues for a nominal fee. The Lounge area is available for social and professional gatherings without exclusivity. It is also home to Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS, 907-384-9023), the Joint Base Against Drunk Driving program (JBADD, 907-384-7433) and the Armed Services YMCA (907-384-9622).
Golfers can choose from two difference courses at Moose Run Golf Course: the Creek Course and the Hill Course. Its two 18-hole courses make Moose Run the “northernmost 36-hole golf course in the world.” The original 18 holes make up the Hill Course, constructed in 1952 as a nine-hole course with nine more holes added in 1955. This wooded course has spruce and birch trees and was rated by Golf Digest as third-best in state in 1995-1996 and 1997-1998.
The 7,324-yard, par-72, 18-hole Creek Course crosses Ship Creek several times for challenging golf and incredible views of the Chugach Mountains. The Creek Course has been ranked among the Top 10 military golf courses worldwide as well as being ranked No. 1 in Alaska. In addition to the playing courses, Moose Run has a driving range, three practice putting greens, a chipping green and two short-iron hitting areas. The clubhouse’s large deck offers unrestricted views of Mount Susitna and the 18th hole of the Hill Course, a snack bar, a fully stocked golf shop, rental clubs, carts and cars. The facility typically opens in mid-May and closes between late September and mid-October, though the Golf Shop stays open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the winter for merchandise sales and tournament and clubhouse bookings. Moose Run is east of the main gate on Arctic Valley Road. For more information, call 907-428-0056.
An off-road trail system for ATVs and BMX motorcycles lies on the north side of the Davis Highway. When riding, always watch for hikers and wildlife, and remember to stay off the cross-country ski trails in the winter. An automated system, iSportsman, can walk visitors through what they need to do to recreate on JBER training lands. Call 907-552-WILD (9453).
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE PROGRAM
Outdoor Recreation at 7301 13th St. offers the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) to allow service members and their families to safely experience the wonders of Alaska. This is a one-of-a-kind program for our military family. The OAP prides itself on scheduling trips to meet specific customer needs. The experienced guides can take you on excursions designed for beginners up to those desiring a truly advanced Alaska adventure.
The OAP’s guided trips range from kayaking among icebergs to glacier traversing and ice climbing, from white water rafting to family float trips into the Alaska bush. OAP runs ATV, snowmachine, mountain bike and rock climbing trips that allow you to experience the Alaska seen only in books. Gear is provided for most of the trips. The OAP guides have a vast knowledge of the local area and extensive expertise, and serve as the primary source of information for those who want to go into the back country on their own. The guides can also provide information on where to go to fish, what trails to take, where to go rock climbing and how to stay out of trouble in the outdoors. They further serve their community by providing classes to military units and families on topics such as boating safety, bear awareness, wilderness survival, rock climbing, kayaking and ATV safety certification. The OAP also has kayaks, rafts and satellite phones for rent for those who qualify. OAP can be reached at 907-552-4599/3812, or go to www.jberlife.com/fun/oap or OAP’s Facebook page for additional information.
BOATING, CAMPING AND LAKES
Because boating in Alaska can be extremely dangerous as well as exciting, you must pay special attention to the environment and know what to do in case of an unforeseen situation. The ocean water temperatures are generally in the 40-degree range with tides of more than 20 feet. Alaska rivers are mostly glacier fed, frigid and dangerous. Because of these risky conditions, you will be required to go through mandatory boating safety training. The training is specific for the type of boat you want to reserve and must be completed prior to rental. This training is offered through the Outdoor Recreation Centers. For JBER-Richardson, the Outdoor Recreation Boat and Travel Trailer Issue Center is at 794 Davis Highway (907-384-1475/1476). For JBER-Elmendorf, the Outdoor Recreation Equipment Issue Center is at 7301 13th St. (907-552-2023). The centers are open from May through September.
FAMILY CAMPGROUNDS AND RV CAMPING
The Outdoor Recreation Program runs two RV and family camping sites. The first, Fam-Camp, is near the JBER Hospital and has 60 camper/RV spaces, 10 tent sites and an overflow area. Electrical and water hook-ups are available. Pets are allowed, and there is a camp host if you have any questions or need assistance during your stay. Facilities include an on-site laundry, playground, sewage dump and showers. The camp operates with full service from mid-May to September and is open in the winter with limited services. No reservations are required or taken. Fam-Camp is a first-come, first-serve resource.
The second site, Black Spruce Campground on Otter Lake Road, is in the picturesque woods of JBER. It also operates on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority given to service members who need accommodations due to PCS moves. The camp is open May through September, and there are 45 sites with complete RV hook-ups, tent camping, and sites equipped with barbecue pits and picnic tables. The camp also has a shower, laundry facilities and a playground. For more information call Outdoor Recreation at 907-552-2023.
LAKES AND OTTER LAKE BOATING FACILITY
The Outdoor Recreation Program also oversees several other facilities on base such as the Otter Lake complex, an outdoor recreation area amid spruce and birch trees with a beautiful view of the mountains. It is an ideal place for a unit or family party, picnics and camping. The Otter Lake Boating Facility rents kayaks, Jon boats, paddle boats, canoes and rowboats for use on the lake during the summer, and can be reached at 907-384-6245 for further information.
When the lake freezes in winter, it becomes a fantastic spot for ice skating and ice fishing. Also available at Otter Lake are several rental cabins that overlook the lake. Several other lakes such as Six Mile, Hillberg, Clunie and Waldon lakes are stocked by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and provide excellent trout and salmon fishing. Those using lakes other than Otter will need to get the iSportsman recreation access permit. For more information about the iSportsman and to register for the permit visit www.jber.isportsman.net or call the Conservation Law Enforcement Officers at 907-552-8609 or 907-552 9453.
Otter Lake Lodge, a two-story chalet with a full kitchen and bar, is available for rent year-round and can host events from weddings to official training and functions. Visit the website for details at www.jberlife.com/download/fun/outdoors/otterlake/OtterLake_Lodge_sm.pdf or call 907-854-1734 for reservations. In addition, three pavilions are available for rental.
OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTER
Members of the military in Alaska are known to be avid adventurers, and our command has taken the steps to ensure that service members and their families have a place to go to be well-equipped for the outdoors. JBER Outdoor Recreation can supply gear for most any activity, from fishing, skiing and camping to 22-foot ocean boats and camper trailers so service members and their families can challenge the outdoors at a moderate price. Outdoor Recreation Center-Richardson in Bldg. 794 on the Davis Highway is open from April through September and has large items like campers and boats, though those renting ocean-going boats must first take the Boaters Safety Course and the Captains’ Class through the Outdoor Adventure Program, JBER-E. Call 907-384-1475/1476. The Outdoor Recreation Center-Elmendorf, or ORC-E, in Bldg. 7301 on 13th St., has gear for everything from fishing to ice skating. It’s open year-round seven days a week, but hours vary by season. Visit the website at www.jberlife.com/fun/outdoor-recreation, or call 907-552-2023.
The Equipment Rental Issue facility operates out of two locations during summer, and both facilities are open seven days a week. Bldg. 7301 carries items for rent such as fishing gear, mountain bikes, rafts, kayaks, camping gear, lawn care items, bouncy houses, chairs and picnic items. Call 907-552-2023. Bldg. 794 on the Richardson side provides the big summer rental items such as RVs, camper trailers, freshwater and saltwater boats and limited picnic and fish gear. That number to call is 907-384-1475.
During winter, Outdoor Recreation puts ORC-Richardson, Bldg. 794, into hibernation and runs out of its primary facility, Bldg. 7301. The center morphs from its summer rentals to a one-stop agency for winter equipment with items such as cross-country skis, sleds and ice augers to bore holes in the ice for fishing, snowshoes, snow blowers and more to make your winter in Alaska fun.
The Warrior Extreme Paintball Course’s 2.5 wooded acres on Upper Otter Lake offers a location for units to conduct small unit tactics training. The paintball course is also open for special parties and events, which can be coordinated through the Otter Lake Boat Facility. The course opens in early May and closes in September or when the weather turns. Course use is by reservation only. Call 907-384-6245.
SKEET, TRAP AND ARCHERY RANGES
Shooting sports in Alaska provide service members and family members a healthy, fun way to stay sharp, enjoy the outdoors and share important time. The installation provides intramural and recreational leagues and shoots sponsored by the National Skeet Shooters Association as well as “fun” shoots. Ranges are equipped with outdoor lights for use year-round. Ammunition sales, gun rentals and shooting supplies are available.
The JBER Skeet, Trap & Archery range is in Bldg. 450199 off Richardson Drive, Davis Highway, on JBER-R. Four skeet and three trap ranges are on-site, as well as a snack bar. An archery range with 10-, 20-, 30-, 40- and 50-yard target boxes is available (field points only). Targets can be rented from the skeet range, including 3-D animal targets, or you can use your own. For schedules and information, call 907-384-1480.
SKIING, SNOWBOARDING, ICE SKATING AND TUBING
The Hillberg Ski Area at 23400 41st St. at the back of the base features beginner and intermediate terrain with a double chairlift, T-bar and handle tow. A spacious lodge accommodates your every need with a fireplace lounge, snack bar and gear rental shop. A small pro shop stocks retail goods such as hats, goggles, gloves and accessories. Certified technicians can take care of all your ski and snowboard maintenance.
Downhill ski and snowboard equipment can be rented at Hillberg on a daily, weekly or seasonal basis. Skis and snowboards are available for the entire family.
Hillberg offers skiing and snowboarding lessons by appointment for all ages and abilities, the goal being for everyone to safely enjoy skiing and snowboarding. Hillberg is open from November to March.
Hillberg also has tubing, and tubing parties by reservation. It’s great fun for everyone! For more information, go to www.jberlife.com/fun/hillberg or call 907-552-4838.