Housing management may provide loaner furniture until your household goods arrive. Call 907-377-2244 for more information. The Airman & Family Readiness Center will loan small household items such as dishes, pots, pans, etc. You can reach them at 907-377-2242. Regarding personal furnishings, most furniture can be moved into quarters. However, some items, such as large cabinets, oversized couches, exceptionally large king-size bedroom sets, etc., may not fit through doors or hallways. You may want to consider storing such furniture. The decision to store furniture items must be made within 30 days from household goods delivery date.
Once you arrive, the Traffic Management Office (TMO) should be one of your first stops. It’s located in Amber Hall, Building 3112. When your property arrives, the staff will make arrangements to deliver it to your residence or place it in storage. If you opt to have it placed in storage, your delivery may be delayed, and due to extra handling your property will be subject to greater risk of damage.
Eielson has family housing units; however, the number of available units fluctuates. Each unit is equipped with a refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer, dishwasher and garbage disposal. Some have trash compactors. Eligibility for on-base housing is based on command sponsorship. Wait time depends on availability by category, rank, date of rank, time in service, family composition and report date. You should plan to visit the Housing Office within two duty days of arrival.
Eielson has dormitories for unaccompanied enlisted members. Call Consolidated Dormitory Management (CDM) at 907-377-2727 for dormitory space. Unaccompanied members in grades E-1 through E-4 are required to live on base. All facilities have a recreation room equipped with a pool table, ping-pong table, foosball table and cable television. Washers and dryers are also provided. All dormitory rooms are equipped with a refrigerator and microwave. Residents may use coffeemakers and popcorn poppers in dorm rooms as long as the appliances meet base fire regulation standards. Dormitory residents are provided a storage area in the facility they occupy. Storage will accommodate items such as winter gear, packing boxes, etc. Space is not available for large items, such as furniture. Dormitory rooms are furnished. The legal drinking age in Alaska is 21. Alcohol is permitted in the dorms for occupants 21 or older.
Military members are required to contact the Housing Office prior to securing off-base housing. Off-base housing is available, but is limited. The following rent examples may or may not include utilities, depending upon the type of rental unit. A one-bedroom rental averages $950, two-bedroom, $1,250, and three-bedroom, $1,600. Four- and fivebedroom rental units are virtually nonexistent. Utilities average $100 to $400 per month. Utility deposit waivers may be obtained with appropriate documentation. The first month you can expect to pay in excess of $1,000, including utilities, to establish residency in a two-bedroom rental. Off-base residents must have a dependable automobile. Nearby communities include Moose Creek and North Pole; however, some members commute from Fairbanks, 26 miles north of the base. The highway is usually clear. For more information, call the family housing office at 907-377-1840.
There are some things to consider when bringing pets to Alaska. Housetraining and daily walks take on a whole new perspective when temperatures are below zero.
First, make sure the animal’s health certificate is current. You’ll need it for traveling the Canadian portion of the Alaska Highway. If flying, check with the airlines for their rules.
Some people may want to consider leaving their pet behind with friends or relatives while getting settled at Eielson. Pets are allowed in the temporary living facility, but space is limited. Boarding facilities in this area are also limited and expensive. They require distemper and rabies shots, in addition to other vaccines. Dogs must be checked for kennel cough and corona, and cats must be checked for leukemia and FIP. Fecal, flea and tick checks are also required.
Rental agreements spell out rules regarding pet ownership. Most landlords will not allow pets. If you find someone willing to rent their house, apartment, or cabin, make sure you understand all deposits and penalties before signing a lease. Ask the landlord if there is a limit on the number and size of pets. As mentioned earlier, winter weather requires special consideration, especially if the animal is small. In weather of 20 degrees below zero, small pets shouldn’t be left outside for more than a few minutes. This confines the pet to the house for long periods of time.
Special dog houses can be built for animals that will be left out in the extreme cold, and even then, owners should limit exposure time. Before buying or building a dog house, ask housing which types are allowed on base and provide the best protection.
All animals, including cats, must be on a chain or leash when outside. Base regulations don’t allow animals to run free or to be left unattended in vehicles.
No more than two pets per family are allowed in base housing. Also, in 2011 the Air Force established a new pet policy whereby residents are not allowed to board any breed (including mixed breeds) that is deemed an “aggressive or potentially aggressive” dog such as a pit bull (American Staffordshire terrier or English Staffordshire bull terrier), Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, Chow Chow and wolf hybrids. The prohibition extends to other breeds of dogs or individual dogs that demonstrate or are known to demonstrate a propensity for dominant or aggressive behavior. Contact your military housing office for details. Small caged pets such as hamsters are an exception to the two-pet limit. Dormitory residents can have pets too, including fish, caged birds, hamsters, gerbils or caged lizards (not exceeding 12 inches in length).
Visitors to the base should view wildlife from a distance. Moose can be dangerous and base residents are reminded that feeding wild animals is strictly prohibited both for their protection and yours.