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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Army Corps polar researcher appointed member of USARC

Dr. Jacqueline A. "Jackie" Richter-Menge a polar researcher with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center's Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to a key administrative post.

Kosovan soldiers learn mountaineering skills at Northern Warfare Training Center

Story by John Pennell on 08/25/2016
The Balkans region of Europe might not seem to have much in common with Interior Alaska, but for 1st Lt. Vedat Shaqiri and Cpl. Besim Emini from the Republic of Kosovo's Security Force, Alaska offered a familiar yet different training experience this summer at the Northern Warfare Training Center's Black Rapids Training Site near Fort Greely.
"(Kosovo has) similar mountains, even though Alaska is something different," Shaqiri said. "It has some advantages when it comes to military mountaineering, especially. But we have similar mountains where we can also practice all these skills and knowledge we gain from the Northern Warfare Training Center."
Shaqiri and Emini went through both NWTC's Basic and Advanced Military Mountaineering courses, starting in early July and ending in August.
"It was very intense and for a short amount of time, there was too much information and it was a little bit hard to get all the knowledge in our brains," Shaqiri said. "But we've seen all of the training and all the lectures that were given to us are connected to each other and are building on each other."
Shaqiri, a Pristina native, said he is part of the search and rescue training center that is being established in his home country.
"I have been assigned in charge of the operation, so mostly dealing with the urban search and rescue operations which are part of the Civil Protection Regiment which is under the Support Operation Brigade," he explained. "So when I go back there I'll be in charge of all the instructors that will be giving the lectures regarding urban search and rescue, but it will also contain the diving part and also the mountain search and rescue part. The knowledge that we gain here we can use not only for military purposes, but also for civilian purposes like evacuating casualties or helping people in civilian cases, wherever they might be in the country or even outside the country."
Emini, a member of Kosovo's Rapid Reaction Brigade and a resident of Viti, said he came to the NWTC courses with a limited background in military mountaineering.
"I did it just once - rappelling - when I was training in Kosovo," he said. "I only had an hour training, just once I rappelled down."
Staff Sgt. William Eller, a member of NWTC's instructor cadre, said both men displayed a willingness to learn and share experience with their fellow students.
"(Both students are) very willing to learn, they ask a lot of questions, and they pay attention quite well," Eller said. "They absorb everything as you're talking to them."
Shaqiri noted he was also studying their instructors and the way training was presented as he prepared for his follow-on mission.
"The center that's going to be established, the search and rescue training center, it's not going to be established only for our country purposes or only our military purposes," he explained. "It will start giving training for the units inside the military first, then it will go beyond this to the organizations inside the Republic of Kosovo. Then from 2018 it will deliver lectures and training for the whole regions around the Balkans as well as foreign countries where countries around the globe can come and get certified.
"So it's worth mentioning that the training that we are getting here is something that will give us the idea how training will be delivered, not only for the inside inside the military and beyond this to the organizations, to the civilian ones, or whatever they might be," he continued. "Now we've got all these ideas and perspectives of how things should be done in an appropriate way. Because all the instructors, all the programs that we have seen here, are very good."
Eller pointed out that the learning during the two courses was a two-way street.
"They're able to show us their TTPs (tactics, techniques and procedures) through things like this, where we just trade information, to see how different militaries do things," he explained. "It helps build cross training, so if you ever work with them somewhere else in some other country, you kind of know how they operate and they know how we operate, so it's good relations."

The Army Surgeon General visits Regional Health Command-Pacific

Story by Emily Yeh on 08/22/2016

This marks West's first official command visit to the Pacific region as she continues her journey interfacing with Army Medicine team members throughout the globe. During this visit, West not only spoke with leaders, but also with the Soldiers and civilians who are dedicated to carrying on the Army Medicine mission in the Pacific area of responsibility.

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