ARMY IN ALASKA
Fort Wainwright, AK 99703, USA

RELOCATION/WELCOME GUIDE

Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide

Information

Welcome

On behalf of the entire Fort Wainwright Garrison Command Group, welcome to Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Fort Wainwright is the home of the United States Army Garrison and units of the United States Army Alaska (USARAK).

Preparedness and Emergency Management

All personnel should maintain a basic level of preparedness for potential hazards.

You are encouraged to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan and be informed about what might happen.

U.S. Army in Alaska Units

1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment 353-2509

1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment 353-2409

1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division 353-1111

U.S. Army in Alaska Today

U.S. Army Alaska is at the forefront of protecting America’s interests in the volatile Asian Pacific region while also providing ready and relevant forces to overseas contingency operations. We are one of the U.S. military’s most centrally located power projection platforms that benefits from joint training opportunities, a breathtaking environment and diverse weather, all of which provides ideal training grounds to prepare our Soldiers for the challenges of our times.

History of the U.S. Army in Alaska

When Alaska became the 49th state in 1959, the Army was there. Only the indigenous peoples of Alaska have been here longer. Today, the Army thrives here: training in unforgiving arctic conditions, actively participating in community affairs and providing assistance in natural disasters.

Getting Here

If you’re behind the wheel, steer north by northwest toward the top of the world. The highways through Canada and Alaska offer breathtaking scenery and the freedom to explore at your own pace. Most travelers choose the Alberta to Alaska Highway route or the British Columbia-Yukon route. Expect potholes and flying gravel. View details about these roads at www.northtoalaska.com.

Housing

For the housing offices at Fort Greely and Fort Wainwright, visit the Army’s website at https://www.housing.army.mil and select an installation.

Law Enforcement and Security Services

The Directorate of Emergency Services military police at Fort Wainwright provide 24-hour law enforcement to the community with information about road conditions, basic requirements for licensing, directions, referral to on- and off-post agencies, coordination with civilian law enforcement agencies, and general information pertaining to both military and state of Alaska laws and regulations. The organization comprises active-duty military police (MPs) as well as Department of the Army civilian police and Department of the Army security guards at the installation’s gates.

Your New Home

Fort Wainwright, Building 3401 907-353-4227
Fort Greely, Basement of Building 702 907-873-4649

Fort Wainwright, Building 3414 Rhineland Avenue 907-353-7322
Fort Greely, FAC for Guard 907-873-4906

Employment/EEO

A workplace providing full and fair employment opportunities for the federal government’s civilian workforce became law with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Medical Care

Bassett Army Community Hospital (BACH) at Fort Wainwright is the primary medical treatment facility for Soldiers, family members and retirees and their families. A number of civilian hospitals and civilian specialists augment the military facilities to provide complete medical care for personnel in Alaska.

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation

The Valdez Glacier Campground in scenic Valdez, Alaska, about 260 miles south of Fort Greely, is operated though Fort Greely’s Outdoor Recreation program and is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The campground is at the base of the Chugach Mountains beneath the famous Valdez Glacier, and the glacier runoff provides a beautiful waterfall that cascades into a crystal-clear creek. Visitors to the campground will be struck by its beauty and grandeur. Campers can watch mountain goats graze on the steep slopes overlooking the campground, and there is also a pair of nesting bald eagles on-site. Campsites 102 through 104 are off-limits to give this protected family some space while still allowing great photo opportunities.

Fairbanks

Known the world over as the Golden Heart City, Fairbanks is just 198 miles from the Arctic Circle, 400 miles from the North Slope oil fields and 260 miles from the pipeline terminal in the port of Valdez. The city has a rich and colorful history extending from the gold rush era of the early 20th century to the sizzling pipeline construction days of the 1970s. Settled by chance due to low rivers in 1901, Fairbanks incorporated in 1903. Though it began as an isolated, middle-of-nowhere mining boom town, the present city has theaters, stores, restaurants, churches, bars, libraries and public services such as you would find anywhere in a U.S. city of 30,000-plus people. The difference comes in the wildness that starts just outside town — wild country, free-roaming wildlife, mountains, rivers and wilderness trails unmatched anywhere in the Lower 48.

Surrounding Areas

Fox is 10 miles northeast of Fairbanks at the junction of the Steese and Elliot highways. Fox was a gold mining camp before 1900, and most residents who live there work in Fairbanks. There are many relics of the mining past in the area, and the famous Gold Dredge No. 8 is about halfway between Fairbanks and Fox.

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Commander of Alaska Army National Guard earns general's star

Story by SGT David Bedard on 09/22/2016
Joseph Streff, who serves as the commander of the Alaska Army National Guard and the assistant adjutant general - Army, was promoted from colonel to brigadier general during a ceremony at the Alaska National Guard Armory here Sept. 21.
As the commander, Streff ensures the training and equipping of approximately 1,800 Alaska citizen Soldiers here and at readiness centers across the state.
"It is a privilege to now wear this new rank as I serve as the Army commander," Streff said. "From this day forward, we will continue to endeavor to make this a top-notch organization."
Brig. Gen. Laurie Hummel, Alaska adjutant general, placed the magnitude of Streff's promotion in context.
"This ceremony marks a momentous occasion in a military career, as there are fewer than 200 officers in the entire United States Army across all components that hold the rank of brigadier general," Hummel said. "Those of us here today bear witness to a relatively rare ceremony."
Streff said he looks forward to the continuation of his command.
"I have never been more excited for this organization than I am right now," he said. "We are a capable, agile and motivated force that is combat tested and proven to be on par with the best. We have never been better manned, equipped, trained or prepared to do our state and federal missions."
Streff's February 2015 assumption of command of the Alaska Army National Guard represented the culmination of a 29-year career in Army aviation, all with the Alaska Army National Guard.
Streff began his career when he enlisted as an air traffic controller in 1987. He graduated flight school for the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in 1990 and was appointed a warrant officer, attending Officer Candidate School the same year and earning a commission as a second lieutenant.
Streff's early assignments included aviation liaison officer, operations officer and company section leader in the 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment. On promotion to captain, he commanded an aviation maintenance company, attended the Aviation Maintenance Course and UH-60 Test Pilot Course, and earned his senior aviator wings.
Streff attended the fixed-wing C-12 Huron course in 2001 and continued his service in 1-207th Aviation as operations officer and executive officer. After attending the Command and General Staff College in 2005, he served at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia, as the Aviation Program manager.
In 2006, Streff deployed to Iraq, where he served as the Multi-National Corps Air Operations Section leader during the troop surge. Upon return to Alaska in 2007, he served as the State Army Aviation officer, 1-207th Aviation commander, and deputy United States Property and Fiscal officer. He was promoted to colonel in 2013 and held senior Joint Force Headquarters staff assignments before taking command of the Alaska Army National Guard in March 2015.
He has earned numerous awards and decorations, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and three awards of the Meritorious Service Medal.
Streff is married to wife, Lynn. They have five children, Ben, Katy, Caroline, Josiah, an Alaska Army National Guard warrant officer 1 and UH-60 pilot, and Jonathan.

Department of Nursing implements lasting changes

Story by Marcy Sanchez on 09/21/2016

The change, which affects all inpatient services throughout the hospital, comes after an administrative review of the inpatient medical record processes identified several opportunities for improvement. The resulting changes streamline patient care, discharge, admission and transfers while standardizing procedures in daily operations.

Darcy meets with fourth-graders in Nome to talk about Every Kid in a Park'

Story by Dena ODell on 09/20/2016

Those were some of the questions fourth-grade students asked Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary of the Army for civil works, during an outreach event to promote the Every Kid in a Park program Sept. 14 at Nome Elementary School.

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