ARMY IN ALASKA

Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide

Welcome

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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 units include the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, or 1/25th SBCT, as well as
aviation units with the USARAK Aviation Task Force and supporting units such as Medical Department Activity Alaska, or MEDDAC-AK.

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Preparedness and Emergency Management

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Emergencies affect hundreds of people every year. One may hit your installation and community and challenge you and your family. When emergencies occur, military and civilian organizations respond, but it takes time to mobilize and they focus on the most critical needs first.

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U.S. Army in Alaska Units

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Fort Wainwright DSN (317)
COMM (907)

1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment 353-2509

1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment 353-2409

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U.S. Army in Alaska Today

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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 cetrally 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.

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History of the U.S. Army in Alaska

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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.

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Getting Here

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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.

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Housing

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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.

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Law Enforcement and Security Services

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Directorate of Emergency Services — Fort Wainwright

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.

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Your New Home

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Army Community Service (ACS) Center: Centralized facility providing comprehensive, coordinated and responsive readiness service to support commanders, Soldiers, civilians and families. Fort Wainwright, Building 3401; 907-353-4227; Fort Greely, Basement of Building 702; 907-873-4649

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Employment/EEO

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

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Medical Care

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Bassett Army Community Hospital 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.

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Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation

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Forts Greely and Wainwright provide well-rounded recreation programs including arts and crafts, auto crafts, sports and athletics, and outdoor
recreation. Although there are some variances in programs and facilities,
they all have much in common. Soldiers and their families have first
priority for a wide variety of facilities and services. DOD-sponsored Armed Forces Entertainment and United Service Organizations shows are also presented periodically. The performers invite the entire military
community and public to watch them set the stage with musical performances, fashion and talent shows.

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Community and Recreation

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The Alaska Dog Mushers Association hosts Sunday races at the Jeff Studdert Race Grounds on Farmers Loop Road, featuring skijoring,
four-dog, six-dog, eight- to 10-dog and open classes throughout the winter. Championship races are held in February and March. These races are great fun to participate in or watch, and getting involved in this exciting Alaska pastime is a great way to enjoy winter outdoors.

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Fairbanks

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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.

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Surrounding Areas

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Ester

Ester, population 2,621 in 2013, is 8.5 miles west of Fairbanks on the Parks Highway. This old mining community has become a haven for artists, intellectuals and gold miners. Many
residents work in Fairbanks, but tourism also boosts the local economy. When visiting
Ester, be sure to walk through all the galleries
and raise a glass at the saloon. See more
about what goes on in this quirky hamlet at www.fairbanks-alaska.com/ester-alaska.htm.

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