Story by A1C Caitlin Russell on 03/26/2019The 673d Air Base Wing, 3rd Wing, 176th Wing and 477th Fighter Group will be participating in Polar Force from March 25 to April 5. This means some base services will either be closed or have limited hours.
Polar Force is a two-week exercise designed to test Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's readiness.
Facilities such as the Iditarod Dining Facility will continue normal operations, but will have limited services.
"The dining facility will still be offering customers plenty of dining options," said U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Edward Tompkins, 673d Force Support Squadron sustainment flight superintendent. "The main line and express zone will continue to operate as normal. The Wilderness Inn on [JBER-Richardson] will not be affected by the exercise, as well as Provisions on Demand and the flight kitchen."
For personnel who will be working late hours, the Iditarod offers a midnight meal from 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Tompkins also said if members are unable to make it to the Iditarod during meal hours, the salad bar and the Grab N' Go items area will be available between meals.
For Polar Force participants who have children, the Child Development Centers and School Age Programs will also extend their hours, opening at 6 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m. Members need to make reservations as soon as possible to their facility to guarantee proper staffing.
The Elmendorf Fitness Center will open from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will have limited services due to manning.
"The Fitness Assessment Center will be closed from March 25 to April 5 and we are offering additional test slots March 18, 20 and 22 at 1 p.m.," said Joshua Grieser, 673d FSS Elmendorf Fitness Center director. "Personnel can sign up for these times through their unit deployment manager. We are not anticipating Hangar Five to be affected; however, access to facilities during Polar Force could change at any time due to exercise requirements."
The Military Personnel Services office will also be closed except for appointments. Those who need ID cards or DEERS services can visit http://www.rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil for alternate locations.
The Finance office, 673d Medical Group, Two Rivers and Kennecott youth centers, JBER-Elmendorf Legal office, Public Affairs studio, and Buckner Physical Fitness Center will have normal hours.