US Army In Alaska
Updated On: 12/4/2012 9:56:51 PM
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, breathtaking environment and diverse climate changes providing ideal training grounds to prepare our Soldiers for the challenges of our time. read more...
U.S. Army Alaska, headquartered at Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson, has units at two installations covering 1.65 million acres with nearly 12,000 Soldiers and 2,500 civilian employees who keep the mission going.
U.S. Army Alaska is at the forefront of protecting U.S. interests around the world. Successful combat tours by the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division; 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, and many of our other supporting units mark the Army's continued commitment to stopping terrorism and defending freedom.
The 49th state owes much of its success, infrastructure, roads and accessibility to the Army. Soldiers were here from the moment Alaska was transferred from Russia to the United States, Oct. 18, 1867. Now, 140 years later, U.S. Army Alaska is the Army's forward presence for Northern and Pacific region defense. Our mission is to deploy combat-ready forces to support joint military operations worldwide and serve as the Joint Forces Land Component Command to support Joint Task Force Alaska.
Our strategic location, superior training capabilities and dynamic relationship with our local civilian communities make Alaska a significant national asset and world-class power projection platform for military operations anywhere in the world. Extensive training areas throughout Alaska known as the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, or JPARC, provide extensive backdrops for molding the tough, well-trained Soldiers essential for these new forces. With more than 66,000 square miles of land and air maneuver space and the ability to do live virtual constructive training, JPARC is truly a national treasure for military training.
We execute our mission focusing on taking care of Soldiers, families and communities; pursuing joint initiatives, responding to theater contingency operations around the Pacific, and expanding our strategic reach to missions spanning the entire globe.
Soldiers and families
Our Soldier, spouse and family programs are second to none. Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, Army Community Service, medical care, youth services and our outstanding recreational programs rank with the best anywhere in the Army. One of our newest programs is Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, which uses individual assessments, tailored virtual training, classroom training and embedded resilience experts to provide the critical skills our Soldiers, Family members and Army Civilians need. The goal of the program is to equip and train our Soldiers, Family members and Army Civilians to maximize their potential in facing the physical and psychological challenges of sustained operations. All elements of the CSF program combine to enhance resilience and coping skills, enabling Soldiers, Family members, and Civilians to grow and thrive in today's Army.
2d Engineer Brigade
The 2d Engineer Brigade trains and deploys modular, maneuver support and combat service support units to any contingency. On order, the brigade headquarters deploys and executes command and control of attached forces in order to provide fullspectrum maneuver support to Army, joint and interagency.
17th Combat Sustainment
The 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion is a diverse organization consisting of a battalion headquarters, two transportation companies, a direct support maintenance company, a forward surgical team, a chemical company, finance detachment, explosive ordinance units, the 9th Army Band and a parachute rigger company.
6th Engineer Battalion
The 6th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne) conducts full-spectrum engineer operations in support of Army, joint, combined, or interagency operations. The battalion's training focus is on the employment of engineer equipment and systems following airborne insertions into remote areas of operation.
First established at Camp Maxey, Texas, in 1942, the 793rd Military Police Battalion was reactivated at JBER in 2010 as a deployable battalion command. The 793rd is in charge of all Army military police activities in the state of Alaska.
4th Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division
The 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division is the first new airborne unit created in the U.S. Army since the end of World War II and is the only airborne brigade-sized unit west of the Mississippi River. The brigade is a strategic asset to the Department of Defense's Pacific Command. It provides a quick reaction force capable of deploying anywhere in the world in 18 hours or less. Since the brigade was formed, its Soldiers have conducted training missions all over the world, as well as deploying to Iraq in 2006 and Afghanistan in 2009. The Airborne brigade is currently on its second deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
1st Battalion (Airborne),
501st Infantry Regiment
The 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment was activated at Camp Toccoa, Ga., in 1942. As one of two combat-ready infantry battalions within the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division stationed on JBER, its Soldiers are trained to rapidly conduct reset and small unit training on order, to allow for higher echelon collective training and combat operations in home partner units and joint allied forces.
3rd Battalion (Airborne),
509th Infantry Regiment
The 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment was first designated as such during WWII when C-47s flew over the English countryside carrying members of the 503rd. The paratroopers were redesignated as Company D, 509th Parachute Infantry in mid-flight and jumped under their new designation. The 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne) now deploys worldwide as part of the 4-25th ABCT to conduct an airborne assault, offensive operations, and counter-insurgency operations in support of global contingency operations.
1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry
The 1st Squadron 40th Calvary was originally activated in 1941 as Company A, 4th Armored Regiment. The Army re-activated the battalion at JBER in 2005 as 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment. Today, the 1-40th conducts independent reconnaissance and security missions in support of 4-25th ABCT operations.
2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute
Field Artillery Regiment
Established in 1942, the 2-377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment was reactivated at JBER in 2005. The artillery battalion is capable of providing fast, accurate and lethal fire support anywhere within their area of assigned operation.
425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion
The 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion was activated in 2005 at JBER. The battalion provides combat support effects and capabilities to the 4-25th ABCT to enable the brigade to successfully deploy and fight full-spectrum operations anywhere in the world.
725th Brigade Support
The 725th Support Battalion (Airborne) was established in 1941 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and was reactivated in 2006 at JBER. The battalion can deploy rapidly by land, sea or air to provide integrated combat service support to elements of the 4-25th ABCT in order to conduct full-spectrum operations, counterinsurgency operations, or homeland defense missions.
Army Support Activity
The Army Support Activity serves as a subordinate unit of Installation Management Command Pacific, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Wainwright at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. ASA activities participate in Joint Base Partnerships, Management Councils and installation support, working closely with JBER to synchronize and deliver designated installation services for successful joint mission accomplishment. This enhances the well-being of our nation's Soldiers, Airmen, civilians and their families in Alaska to meet requirements in the 21st century.