Units & Mission
Updated On: 7/16/2013 1:43:10 PM
The 673 ABW is the host unit for JBER and is responsible for providing expeditionary combat support and the day-to-day operations of the installation to include: ensuring timely fire, medical and emergency services; providing deployment and redeployment support for nearly 9,000 deployable Soldiers and Airmen; planning, building and sustaining a $15-billion infrastructure; and much more. read more...
The 673 ABW is composed of the 673d Medical Group, the 673d Civil Engineer Group, the 673d Logistics Readiness Group, the 673d Mission Support Group and more than a dozen Wing Staff Agencies, among them Staff Judge Advocate, Public Affairs, Installation Safety Office, AFSO21 and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.
673d Medical Group
The 673d Medical Group operates a 55-bed Department of Defense/Veterans Affairs Joint Venture Hospital, which is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. It is the Department of Defense referral medical treatment facility for active-duty and retired members and their families assigned to or permanently residing in south-central Alaska. Through a joint sharing agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs, it’s also the primary inpatient medical facility for many of Alaska’s veterans. The 1,196 people assigned to the 673d Medical Group provide a broad range of medical and dental services in six squadrons. The hospital was named Best in the Air Force for 2007 and 2008. For more about the 673d MDG and joint base medical care, see page 47.
673d Civil Engineer Group Units & Mission
The 673d Civil Engineer Group maintains and operates the joint base, including three total force wings and two Army brigades, for air sovereignty, power projection, force staging and throughput operations in support of worldwide contingencies; trains and equips Air Force civil engineers for Air Expeditionary Force worldwide taskings in support of wartime and peacetime base operability requirements; and prepares the base populace for contingency and natural disaster response.
673d Civil Engineer Squadron
The 673d Civil Engineer Squadron is composed of civilians and military in four career fields, which support three total force wings and two Army brigades. The squadron plans, builds and sustains a $15 billion infrastructure with facility project execution for the joint base. The 673 CES delivers fire protection, environmental management, explosive ordnance disposal, and housing for the joint military community.
773d Civil Engineer Squadron
The 773d Civil Engineer Squadron operates, maintains and repairs real property assets on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson while generating physically fit, combat-ready Airmen trained to survive and operate in any contingency environment. The squadron simultaneously provides C2, CBRNE and ATSO training to 6,000 personnel, ensuring the ability to sustain and restore the Air Force mission to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace, and strategically deploy U.S. Army personnel as required.
673d Logistics Readiness Group
The 673d Logistics Readiness Group, the 673d Logistics Readiness Squadron and the 773d Logistics Readiness Squadron, with a combined staff of more than 500 personnel, are responsible for the operation and maintenance of a vehicle fleet of approximately 1,665 vehicles worth $155 million; deployment operations for more than 8,700 deployable Airmen and Soldiers, 3,000 tons of Air Force equipment, 1,100 pieces of Army rolling stock and 600 storage containers; supply operations for nearly 86,000 line items valued at more than $216 million; storage and distribution of more than 10 million gallons of fuel; and traffic management support for 12,500 cargo shipments, 5,300 household goods shipments and 10,630 ticketed travelers.
773d Logistics Readiness Squadron The 773d Logistics Readiness Squadron provides cargo, household goods counseling and personal property processing, passenger travel and vehicle operations support to JBER and 19 remote sites. It supports more than 22,000 requests yearly, moving more than 100,000 passengers and 11,000 tons of cargo 350,000 miles each year. The squadron provides deployment and redeployment support to America’s Arctic Warriors; is responsible for the plans and integration of processes needed to support 8,700 deployable Airmen and Soldiers; and provides support to Army activities and units for installation-level supply management, redistribution, retrograde, and excess management (includes the Central Issue Facility). Additionally, the 773d Logistics Readiness Squadron has highly trained, self-sufficient, mobile, scalable Aerial Port teams that provide airdrop and air-land support capability. At home station, the Combat Mobility Flight (CMF) supports JBER C-130/C-17 unilateral airdrop and air/land training. While deployed, the CMF establishes and operates air terminals where no permanent air terminal organization exists.
673d Logistics Readiness Squadron
The 673d Logistics Readiness Squadron is responsible for JBER Air Force supply and equipment accounts, including requisition, receiving, inspecting, storing, issuing, shipping and transferring of assets. It oversees the base repair cycle and provides specialized handling for hazardous, classified, communication security, weapons and pilferable assets; serves as installation point of contact for Air Force Sustainment Cell, Pacific Air Forces, the Defense Logistics Agency and vendors; assists the 3rd Wing with the Intermediate Repair Enhancement Program and coordinates all supply personnel with supply training; and maintains 867 government fleet vehicles and manages 799 Government Services Administration vehicles across 39 units. The squadron provides joint mobile maintenance vehicle support throughout JBER. The Vehicle Parts Supply Organization provides specialized repair parts for six PACAF installations. The 673d Logistics Readiness Squadron provides first-rate fuels service by operating and maintaining 34 refueling vehicles, three Type III hydrant systems, six service stations, and three fuel farms worth more than $95 million.
673d Mission Support Group
The more than 2,000 673d Mission Support Group personnel provide expeditionary combat support as well as base support here in Alaska. The group is composed of four squadrons: Security Forces, Communications, Contracting and Force Support. The group also maintains combat and contingency readiness forces and supports two forward operating locations for Headquarters Alaskan Command and Headquarters Northern Command.
673d Security Forces Squadron
The 673d Security Forces Squadron comprises more than 400 military and civilians providing law enforcement, investigations, combat arms training and maintenance, and military working dog services to the 42,000-member joint military community across the 85,000-acre joint base. The 673 SFS plans and executes integrated base defenses and provides security, antiterrorism and force protection, and resource protection services to secure more than $43 billion in DOD assets.
673d Communications Squadron
The 673d Communications Squadron is composed of nearly 300 civilian and military members. The 673 CS plans, installs and maintains radio, telephone, air traffic controls, network and other communications systems for 12,000 joint base customers. Additionally, the communications squadron delivers the official mail and provides records management, personal wireless systems, spectrum management and automated data processing equipment inventory management for the joint base. Finally, the communications squadron provides military telephone operator service for the joint base as well as for Fort Wainwright and Fort Greely.
673d Contracting Squadron
The 673d Contracting Squadron provides responsive contracting support valued at $300 million annually to JBER units through construction, services and commodity contracts. The 673 CONS also manages the Government Purchase Card program, ensuring more than 40,000 annual credit card actions valued at more than $25 million are in strict compliance with regulatory procedures. In addition, the 673 CONS supports 11th Air Force, U.S. Army Alaska and 611th Air Support Group contracting requirements to include the remote support of the Alaska Radar System at 15 locations, and Installation Support Services at three forward operating locations in Alaska and the Pacific.
673d Force Support Squadron
The 673d Force Support Squadron is composed of approximately 1,300 civilian and military professionals and is the largest employer of disabled individuals in Alaska. Force Support operates 150 facilities, including more than 600 lodging rooms, five child development centers, three dining facilities serving more than 800,000 meals per year, and three golf courses, including the No.1-ranked course in Alaska. They provide support to 34,000 customers across the joint base, providing a wide range of recreational services including a first-class ski hill, 41 boats and the largest bowling alley in the Air Force. The squadron prides itself on serving the JBER community as an innovative team of professionals delivering exceptional customer service.
Wing Staff Agencies
673d Air Base Wing Staff Agencies
The 673d Comptroller Squadron is located in the People Center at 8517 20th St. The 673 ABW/CS staff is responsible for managing more than $470 million in annual appropriations supporting the 11th Air Force and 3rd Wing missions. The squadron provides budget, finance, accounting, cost/econom- ic analysis and payroll support for more than 7,400 personnel Units & Mission in 11th Air Force headquarters, six groups, 27 squadrons, and 28 tenant units. In addition, the squadron provides nonappropriated funds financial oversight and serves as liaison between the Air Force Audit Agency and base organizations.
The 673d Air Base Wing Office of History supports the 673d Air Base Wing, 3rd Wing, 11th Air Force/Alaskan NORAD Region and Alaskan Command/Joint Task Force-Alaska by researching and writing annual histories of each, responding to questions for historical information, producing special studies and historical articles for publication and maintaining an archive.
The 673d Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office, located on the first floor of 10480 Sijan Ave., is responsible for community relations, media support and internal communications. They are the single point of contact for inquiries from the media and the public. News releases, press conferences, flyovers, base tours, military speakers, and community partnerships are all handled by public affairs. The PA office also liaises with the off-base community. The PA office internal communication section produces a weekly newspaper, Arctic Warrior, containing command information, and posts it online at www.jber. af.mil; manages the Hometown News Release program; and produces the installation guide and map. The PA office also manages and maintains the installation’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jberak. For more information, contact public affairs at 907-552-8151.
The base legal office (the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate) is located on the third floor of the People Center, 8517 20th St., Suite 330. There is also a satellite legal assistance office located in Building 600, Room A305, on JBER-Richardson.The legal office advises commanders on all legal issues, including military justice, operations law, legal readiness, contracts, environmental, labor law, and all manner of civil law matters.
The legal office provides legal assistance and claims service to the base community. Attorneys may advise clients on personal civil legal matters, but not criminal or home business issues. The office also drafts and executes wills and powers of attorney. Military members, retirees and dependent family members are eligible beneficiaries. Legal assistance appointments on JBER-Elmendorf may be scheduled at 907-552-3046. Legal assistance appointments on JBER-Richardson may be scheduled at 907-384-0371.
The claims office adjudicates and pays most tort and pro-government claims. Household goods claims are filed directly with the carrier; therefore, members should contact the Air Force Claims Service Center at 937-656-8044, if problems arise with the carrier. Claims information may be obtained by calling 907-552-7884. The legal office also operates the Wing Commander’s Tax Center, currently located on the first floor of the People Center, Room 111. The tax center is normally open from early February until April 15 each year. There is also a tax center on the third floor of Building 600, Room A306, on JBER-Richardson.
Plans, Programs and Inspections
The 673d Air Base Wing Plans and Programs Office is located on the first floor and in the basement of 10480 Sijan Ave., Ste. 152. The staff provides specialized functional support and is broken down into two divisions. The Plans Division coordinates and manages all joint base plans and works high-interest projects and programs such as Operation Security, Signature Management, Treaty Compliance and installation readiness.
The Exercises and Inspections Division orchestrates exercises and coordinates directly with headquarters on readiness and compliance inspections, findings and assessment reports. For more information, call 907-552-4309.
Equal Employment Opportunity Office
JBER’s Equal Opportunity Office (EO) is located at 10480 Sijan Ave., Ste 123-A. The EO Office provides service to all Airmen, military or civilian; to the Department of Army civilians as tenants of JBER; and works to coordinate and assist the Army Military Equal Opportunity program in a joint environment. It is the policy of the U.S. Air Force to provide equal opportunity to all persons, and to prohibit any Airman, military or civilian, to unlawfully discriminate against, harass, intimidate or threaten another Airman on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including equal pay), national origin, age (over 40), disability, reprisal or genetic information.
Unlawful harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, particularly when submission to such conduct is made directly or indirectly as a term or condition of employment, and/or when submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for an employment decision affecting the person. Unlawful harassment also includes creating an intimidating, hostile working environment for another person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, reprisal or genetic information. The use of disparaging terms with respect to a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information contributes to a hostile work environment and must not be tolerated. EO assures individual complaints are fairly and thoroughly processed, in accordance with MD-110 and AFI 36-2706 or AR 907-690-600. Mediation/facilitation is available as a form of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) used to improve the efficiency of the Federal EO complaint process by attempting early informal resolution of EO complaints. Civilian employees have 45 days from the date of the alleged incident and Military Members have 60 days from the date of the alleged incident to contact the EO Office. Employees may also contact the EO Office to use ADR in resolving other workplace disputes. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Contact the EO Director at 907-552-2115 or 907-552-2460, or fax 907-552-0040.
The 673d Air Base Wing Ground Safety Office is located at 10471 20th St., rooms 247-254 on the second floor. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The main safety office can be reached at 907-552-6850.
The Ground Safety Office conducts mishap investigation, reporting and prevention, training and education, awareness and briefings, facility inspections, Site Assistant visits, spot inspections of facilities, and traffic safety. The safety training classroom is in the JBER-Elmendorf Education Center, Building 4109, Room 107.
Training support provided by the safety office includes: Weekly Safety Clinics conducted in the safety office every Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.; Unit Safety Representatives training, conducted during weekly Safety Clinics; Supervisor Safety Training, offered the first Tuesday of each month from noon to 4 p.m. at the Education Center; Local Conditions and Personal Risk Management Briefings to all new hires and Airmen to JBER-Elmendorf, conducted weekly from 3 to 3:30 p.m. at Arctic Warrior Orientation Center, Building 7153; Motorcycle Safety Training (pending new contract and procedures for FY13); and Traffic Safety Education (Alive at 25): Enlisted will receive this instruction during training at the First Term Airmen Center training in Building 6167. It runs every two weeks on Friday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. New officers are required to contact the safety office within 30 days of their arrival to enroll in the next scheduled course.
The JBER Protocol Office is responsible for planning, coordinating and executing visits for distinguished visitors, both foreign and domestic, and the interoffice administration that must be completed along with these responsibilities. Protocol personnel are involved in all aspects of planning and executing itineraries: ensuring appropriate accommodations and proper protocol for all distinguished visitors. Protocol advises 673d Air Base Wing, 3rd Wing, 11th Air Force, Alaska NORAD Region, and Alaskan Command personnel regarding all matters of protocol, including formal changes of command, promotion and retirement ceremonies, official military dinners, receptions and Commander’s Calls, as well as annual events like the air show, awards banquets and international exercises.
The Protocol Office also controls lodging reservations for distinguished visitors in the Chateaus and suites on base. For more information, call Protocol at 907-552-3210.
At JBER, the chapel community strengthens spiritual resiliency through upbeat and dynamic worship; vibrant children’s, youth and young adult (Airmen and Soldiers) ministries; joyful music; powerful preaching; strong religious education; and a world-class staff. The chaplains also provide confidential counseling and comprehensive pastoral care to military members, DOD employees and their families, as well as flight line and unit visitation. The chapel staff delivers solid spiritual support for singles, couples and families, especially before, during and after deployments. For more information, call 907-552-4422.
Inspector General Units & Mission
The 673d Air Base Wing Inspector General’s office and staff are located at 10441 Kuter St., 3rd floor, Suite 312. Normal office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, or call 907-552-9444 to schedule an appointment. The 673 ABW/IG serves as the installation IG, supporting everyone who works or lives on JBER. Although the IG is part of the Wing Staff Agencies, the IG program is an independent function that acts as the “eyes and ears” of the wing commander to discover and correct problems that adversely affect the productivity and morale of assigned personnel. The IG role also includes the prevention, detection and correction of fraud, waste and abuse and mismanagement. The 673 ABW/ IG is the commander’s ombudsman, fact-finder, and “honest broker” for the resolution of all complaints. It is both your right and responsibility to report perceived acts of wrongdoing that adversely affect Air Force mission readiness. To report a fraud, waste and abuse complaint, phone the 24-hour hotline at 907-552-2400.
The mission of the JBER Command Center makes it one of the most diverse command centers in the world. It provides continuous 24-hour support to commanders at all levels to include Pacific Command, Pacific Air Forces, North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command, Alaskan Command, Joint Task Force-Alaska, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, 11th Air Force, 673d Air Base Wing, 3rd Wing, 176th Alaska Air National Guard, the Air Force Reserve’s 477th Fighter Group as well as the 715th Air Mobility Operations Group, 732nd Air Mobility Squadron and 381st Intelligence Squadron. Some of Command and Control activities include maintaining positive control of our diverse aircraft; flight following and supporting all PACAF home station aircrews and aircraft; and reporting wartime readiness through the Status of Resources and Training System. In addition, the JBER Command Center is the 24-hour notification center for all information requiring base leadership attention.
Professional Military Education Center
An additional subordinate unit in the support group is the JBER Professional Military Education Center — the only Enlisted PME center in the Air Force to operate the Noncommissioned Officer Academy and the Airman Leadership School simultaneously under the same roof, using one staff. The school serves the entire state of Alaska and units outside Pacific Air Forces. The PME center presents a world-class curriculum for numerous NCO Academy and Airman Leadership School classes per year, graduating more than 500 students. The PME center’s mission is to prepare Airmen and NCOs for leadership positions, to develop and hone communication skills, to expand the Airman’s perspective of the Air Force, and to foster a commitment to the profession of arms.
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, located in the basement of Building 7153 on Fighter Drive, serves as the installation’s single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim care services. It ensures that a victim support system that responds to all reported sexual assaults, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is in place. The SAPRO reinforces the Department of Defense’s commitment to eliminate sexual assaults through awareness and prevention training, education, victim advocacy, response, reporting and accountability. For more information, please call 907-551-2033 or 551-2035. For emergencies, please call the hotline at 907-551-7272; it’s available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Antiterrorism Office leads the wing’s antiterrorism program and provides recommendations to the wing commander on issues regarding counterterrorism and protection against local threats to the installation. Their office is located in Building 600, Room B57. For more information, call 907-384-2399.
Information Protection Office
The 673d Air Base Wing Information Protection Office serves to integrate, maintain and improve Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s U.S. Air Force collective policies, processes and implementation of risk management and mitigation actions to prevent the loss, unauthorized access/disclosure, and distortion or non-accessibility of information. The IPO core functions include Personnel, Information and Industrial security while providing security oversight over all aspects of information and serving installation leadership and tenants on all related security issues. The IPO’s goal is to protect information, regardless of physical form or characteristics, over its life cycle; this includes actions to regulate access to sensitive information and controlled unclassified information and classified information produced by, entrusted to or under the control of the United States Government.
The IPO is located in Building 10471, Room 246. For assistance or additional information, call 907-552-4793 or 552-1088. Army unit support for Personnel, Information and Industrial Security is aligned under Fort Wainwright in the Installation Security and Intelligence Office, at 907-384-2208.
• U.S. Pacific Air Forces (11th Air Force, 673d Air Base Wing, 3rd Wing and 354th Fighter Wing)
• U.S. Army Alaska
• U.S. Coast Guard District 17
ALCOM combined forces include more than 21,000 Air Force, Army, Navy and Coast Guard personnel, and 4,000 Guardsmen and Reservists.
Alaskan NORAD Region
The responsibilities for aerospace warning and aerospace control for North America are assigned to North American Aerospace Defense Command through the binational NORAD agreement. The Alaskan NORAD Region is one of three NORAD regions responsible for the execution of the aerospace warning and aerospace control missions. ANR conducts these missions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Joint Task Force-Alaska (JTF-AK)
In coordination with other governmental agencies, Joint Task Force-Alaska detects, deters, prevents and defeats terrorist threats with Joint Operations Area-Alaska to ensure mission assurance, and as directed, executes defense support of civil authorities.
The Eleventh Air Force
The Eleventh Air Force provides combat-ready forces for the Commander, Pacific Air Forces, defends Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and key strategic nodes against all threats, deploys service component forces worldwide in response to major regional contingencies, supports vital Pacific air bridge operation for throughput of strategic movement by contingency forces during crisis response, and provides support to federal and state authorities during civil emergencies, search and rescue operations and counternarcotics interdictions. This mission is accomplished largely through the 3rd Wing and 673d Air Base Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the 354th Fighter Wing at Eielson Air Force Base, the 15th Wing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, and the 36th Wing at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, along with the 611th Air Operations Center and 611th Air Support Group, also located at JBER.
611th Air and Space Operations Center (AOC)
The 611th Air and Space Operations Center is a tailored version of the U.S. Air Force’s normal 611 AOC construct. It consists of three divisions and one branch. It is one of the smaller Air and Space Operations Centers in the Air Force and does not have an associated Air Force Forces staff embedded. The traditional “beds, beans, bullets” support roles normally done by an AFFOR have been assigned to 611 AOC personnel, essentially making them “dual-hatted” on a 24/7 basis. This AOC is also unique in that it has direct operational ties with two Alaska Air National Guard units, and together with active-duty and Alaska Air National Guard personnel, works to support the Alaskan NORAD Region mission in Alaska. The 611 AOC also works hand-in-hand with 11th Air Force, Joint Task Force-Alaska and Alaskan Command to secure the skies in the Alaskan NORAD Region.
The 611 AOC comprises three divisions. The Combat Operations Division executes the application of air and space operations, 24/7, in support of Operations Noble Eagle and Northern Sovereignty Operation simultaneously. It also manages military airspace and directs data link Joint Interface Control in support of an integrated region air and surface picture. The 611 AOC’s Strategy and Plans Division builds and develops operations and concept plans, facilitates the integration of space-based assets into daily and contingency operations and maintains the capability to support Joint Chiefs of Staff and PACAF tasks in contingency operations. The Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division’s personnel provide all source intelligence in support of Alaska NORAD Region missions. To ensure the training, standardization and cohesive coordination of JCS exercises, the 611 AOC relies on a very small cadre of subjectmatter experts to ensure the combat readiness of AOC crews, guide annual training and assure the annual mission-ready certification of all AOC-assigned personnel and Alaska-based aircraft supporting the Alaskan NORAD Region.
As one of two Alaska Air National Guard units that work hand-in-hand with the 611th Air Operations Center, the 176th Air Control Squadron has overall responsibility for the Regional Air Operations Center. The RAOC acts as the nerve center and central data collection point for a network of 18 Air Force long-range radar sites and radio relay stations throughout Alaska. Its primary mission is to support NORAD with around-the-clock surveillance and intercept data for air defense missions.
The other Alaska Air National Guard unit is the 11th Rescue Coordination Center. The 11 RCC is responsible for coordinating and directing combat search and rescue missions and conducts civil search and rescue missions in conjunction with Alaska civil authorities, with a primary responsibility to respond to aviation-related incidents. The RCC works with Alaska State Troopers and the U.S. Coast Guard to provide a cooperative search and rescue network throughout Alaska. The RCC is the single agency through which federal search and rescue missions are processed and federal assistance is requested in Alaska.
611th Air Support Group (ASG)
The 611th Air Support Group consists of four subordinate units: the 611th Air Communications Squadron; the 611th Air Support Squadron; the 611th Civil Engineer Squadron; and Detachment 1, 611th Air Support Group (Wake Island Airfield). Encompassing approximately 40,000 acres and infrastructure valued at more than $5 billion, the group is responsible for a cumulative base nearly three times the size of the Elmendorf side of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
As North America’s “Sentinels,” the men and women of the 611 ASG provide the Air Force, North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Federal Aviation Administration with radar surveillance, communications and infrastructure for homeland defense in the Last Frontier. The Hawaii-based sites provide the United States Pacific Command the homeland defense communications, radar systems and infrastructure. Wake Island Airfield provides the United States Pacific Command a mid-Pacific aircraft refueling and emergency divert airfield. The group’s footprint consists of Eareckson Air Station (1,500 NM from Anchorage) located near the end of the Aleutian Island chain on Shemya Island, an aircraft divert location at King Salmon Airport on the Alaska Peninsula, 15 active radar sites and 21 inactive radar sites, three radio relay stations widely dispersed across the state and Wake Island Airfield (2,000 NM west of Hawaii). The 611th Air Support Group also exercises real property responsibilities for Kokee Air Force Station, Kaala Air Force Station, the Wheeler Army Airfield Annex, Bradshaw Training Area, Punamano Air Force Station and the Makua Sub-Cable Site, all of which are located in Hawaii and Johnston Atoll in the mid-Pacific.
611th Air Communications Squadron
The 611th Air Communications Squadron, activated in October 2007, began as the 611th Air Communications Flight, part of the overall restructuring of 11th Air Force in the mid-’90s. The unit provides a focal point for all command, control, communications and computer functions for 11th Air Force and Alaskan NORAD Region. Individual functions include radar system communications, satellite systems, local area network system management and Air Operations Center configuration control. The 611 ACOMS provides technology and communications to support the warfighter in the Alaska theater.
611th Air Support Squadron
Along with the 611th Civil Engineer Squadron, the 611th Air Support Squadron was one of the two squadrons created as part of the activation of the 611th Air Support Group. 611 ASUS inherited the mission and many of the personnel from the 11th Air Force director of logistics and the 11th Air Control Wing. ASUS is responsible for $650 million in operations and maintenance contracts that ensure daily operations at 15 remote radar sites, King Salmon Divert Location, Eareckson Air Station and Wake Island Air?eld. In addition, 611 ASUS provides and directs site logistical support, security, support agreements, air?eld management and contract quality assurance. The unit also supports 11th Air Force logistics and munitions planning as well as logistics command and control during contingency operations.
611th Civil Engineer Squadron
Like 611 ASUS, the 611th Civil Engineer Squadron came about with the activation of the 611th Air Support Group. The squadron provides engineering and environmental services for 611 ASG remote sites and also supports the entire Paci?c theater with special capabilities to include Aircraft Arresting Barrier maintenance, K-span construction, demolition, asbestos abatement, and weight-test certi?cation for all types of lifting equipment. The unit is also responsible for the largest environmental restoration program in PACAF, consisting of more than 360 cleanup sites throughout the state. Cleanup of these sites constitutes nearly 35 percent of the Air Force total. In many respects, no other unit in the Air Force compares with 611 CES. Its expertise is unparalleled in providing engineering services under some of the harshest climatic and logistical conditions on the planet. Detachment 1, 611th Air Support Group Detachment 1, 611th Air Support Group was added on Oct. 1, 2010, when the 611th Air Support Group assumed responsibility for Wake Island Air?eld from the 15th Airlift Wing. The group is responsible for oversight of the daily operations of Wake Island Air?eld, located approximately 2,000 nautical miles west of Hawaii. Wake Island Air?eld is a vital aircraft refueling and emergency divert location. The island also supports operations by the Missile Defense Agency.
The 3rd Wing provides the Commander, U.S. Paci?c Command, trained and equipped low-observable air dominance assets, airborne command and control platforms and global airlift resources for theaterwide contingency operations and also provides the Commander, U.S. Northern Command, immediate early airborne detection, warning, surveillance and interception of hostile forces within the Alaska North American Aerospace Defense Command Region. The wing ?ies the F-22, C-17, C-130, C-12, and E-3 aircraft and is responsible for more than 2,200 assigned Airmen.
The 3rd Wing formally activated in August 1948, but traces its lineage back to the U.S. Army Surveillance Group, activated on July 1, 1919. With the 19th and 90th Fighter Squadron paving the way in World War I, the wing and its organizations have participated in every major U.S. con?ict of the 20th century. As the ?rst organized attack group to form within the Army Air Service, the 3rd Attack Group was instrumental in developing close air support doctrine during the interwar period. The group pioneered dive-bombing, skip bombing and parafrag attacks in the 1920s, the earliest forms of precision-guided attack from aircraft, and remains at the leading edge of precision-guided weaponry as the 21st century begins. Visit www.jber.af.mil/library/history/index. asp for the full 3rd Wing history.
Heritage Park is located on Sijan Avenue directly across from and around the 3rd Wing headquarters. The park is dedicated to the men and women of the 3rd Wing who have made the mission possible, regardless of where the wing has been located. At the center of the park are several of the signi?cant aircraft ?own by wings assigned to Elmendorf Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The aircraft are the F-4 Phantom II, F-102 Delta Dagger, F-89 Scorpion, T-33 Shooting Star, F-15 Eagle and the C-130 Hercules.
The YUKLA 27 Memorial is dedicated to the memory of the 24 American and Canadian crewmembers who died when their E-3B Sentry aircraft crashed in 1995 after a severe bird strike to two engines just after takeoff. The memorial has 24 plaques listing the name and hometown of each crewmember mounted on a half-oval wall, with an E-3 model aircraft in a climbing left bank mounted on a pedestal at the center of the memorial. It also has 24 trees planted in and around the memorial.
Next to the YUKLA 27 Memorial is the Eagle Aviary. It was initially constructed in part due to the oil spill from the Exxon Valdez. In the aftermath of the spill, wildlife paid a heavy toll. Efforts were made to save wildlife and return them to their natural habitats. However, some could not be returned. At the time, Air Force Master Sgt. Kerry Seifert, a master falconer, proposed permanently housing disabled bald eagles on Elmendorf. The 3rd Wing commander at the time, Air Force Col. Rodney P. Kelly, agreed, and a team of volunteers constructed the cage. It was rededicated as part of the YUKLA 27 Memorial on Sept. 20, 1996.
The Wall of Heroes is adjacent to the YUKLA 27 Memo- Units & Mission rial. It honors those members of the 3rd Wing who have been prisoners of war and missing in action. The wall has service stars for each campaign the 3rd Wing has been involved in, as well as the words, “You are not forgotten.”
The center of the Wall of Heroes is dedicated to all of the men and women of the wing, highlighted by 12 individuals who distinguished themselves throughout their careers. The model on display in the center is a De Havilland DH-4 biplane flown by the 3rd Attack Group in the early 1920s. Near the Wall of Heroes is a new memorial, dedicated in 2000, in memory of a former Alaskan Command commander, Air Force Lt. Gen. David McCloud. The Air Force and a team of volunteers recovered and restored a vintage World War II P- 38G Lightning from Attu Island and returned it to Elmendorf. The memorial featuring the plane is the culmination of the project, made possible by McCloud before his tragic death in a private aircraft accident on July 26, 1998.
The cumulative effect of these four memorials at Heritage Park provides everyone with a sense of deep pride in the history and heritage of the 3rd Wing and its people.
3rd Operations Group
The 3rd Operations Group mobilizes, deploys and employs the F-22A, E-3B/C, C-17A, C-12F and C-130 aircraft to accomplish air superiority, airborne warning and control, air interdiction, counternarcotics, airlift, equipment and troop airdrop, and air sovereignty missions to achieve global reach, precision engagement, and combat-lean logistics in support of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pacific Command, Pacific Air Forces and NORAD operations.
Squadrons in the 3rd Operations Group include the 3rd Operations Support Squadron, 90th Fighter Squadron, 525th Fighter Squadron, 517th Airlift Squadron, 537th Airlift Squadron and the 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron.
3rd Maintenance Group
The 3rd Maintenance Group provides sortie generation and munitions support with teamwork and synergy created from the 3rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, the 703rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, the 3rd Maintenance Squadron, the 3rd Munitions Squadron and the 3rd Maintenance Operations Squadron.
477th Fighter Group, Air Force Reserve
The 477th Fighter Group is Air Force Reserve Command’s first F-22 Raptor unit. The 477th Fighter Group is a Classic Associate unit responsible for recruiting, training, developing and retaining Citizen Airmen.
477th Fighter Group, Air Force Reserve The 477th Fighter Group was originally established in May 1943 as the 477th Bombardment Group to train the legendary World War II aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Their legacy of service before self and courage under fire lives on in the 477th Fighter Group, reactivated on Oct. 1, 2007, at Elmendorf Air Force Base as the first Air Force Reserve unit to fly, maintain and support the world’s most capable fighter aircraft. The 477th Fighter Group will provide a combat-ready force of approximately 425 Air Reserve technicians, traditional Reservists and civil servants assigned to operations, maintenance, medical and mission support units.
Subordinate units include the 302nd Fighter Squadron, 477th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 477th Maintenance Squadron, 477th Civil Engineer Squadron, 477th Force Support Squadron, 477th Security Forces Squadron, 477th Operations Support Flight and 477th Aerospace Medicine Flight. The men and women of the 477th Fighter Group functionally integrate with their active-duty Air Force partners in almost all F-22 mission areas to increase efficiency and overall combat capability while retaining Reserve administrative support and career enhancement. The 477th Fighter Group leverages the traditional Reserve component strengths of experience and continuity to fly, fight and win as unrivaled wingmen on the total force team at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Visit www.477fg.afrc.af.mil for more information about the 477th Fighter Group.
381st Intelligence Squadron
The 381st Intelligence Squadron, “The Mastodons,” is subordinate to the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency; the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing; and the 373rd ISR Group. It is the unit’s mission to provide decisive intelligence to combatant commanders, 11th Air Force, ALCOM, Alaska NORAD Region and national command authorities. In addition to the primary mission, the 381 IS plays an important role in AFISRA’s worldwide secure communications network and provides directionfinding assistance to air-sea rescue and navigational aid. Through organized efforts in computer security and research on electronic phenomena, unit members ensure friendly command and control communications are secure and protected from hostile countermeasures, including interference, jamming and intrusion.
Established as the 951st Signal Radio Intelligence Company, Aviation, in 1944, the 381 IS has called Alaska home since 1950 when it moved to what was then Elmendorf Air Force Base from the Lower 48. The squadron’s antenna is a prominent landmark on the northwest side of the runway, near Hillberg ski slope and base lakes. The large circular array, commonly known as the “elephant cage,” measures more than 100 feet high, 1,460 feet in diameter, three-quarters of a mile in circumference, and covers more than 40 acres. The men and women at the “Top of the Hill” keep constant vigil and stand ready to provide essential information for the warfighter, anytime, anywhere.
732nd Air Mobility Squadron
Air Mobility Team Alaska enables Global Reach from the world’s most strategic location and the most extreme conditions. Day and night, in all types of weather every day of the year, personnel of the 732d Air Mobility Squadron “Huskies” work on the JBER flight line to recover, repair, load and launch Air Mobility Command aircraft transiting Alaska. As the only AMC unit in Alaska, the squadron provides support for all strategic airlift aircraft, including the C-5, C-17, C-130, KC-10 and the KC-135. In addition, the squadron supports the commercial and Department of Defense cargo aircraft that supply remote stations throughout Alaska.
Military Air Travel
The Air Mobility Command passenger terminal at 10364 18th Ave. handles all military air passenger and baggage processing and space-available (Space-A) travel. Those eligible to travel Space-A can sign up for flights to anywhere in the world that AMC-owned or controlled aircraft fly. Members traveling on funded orders must call the Traffic Management Office at 907-552-5242, to make reservations.
The passenger terminal provides an AMC Special Category Lounge (for E-9s and O-6s and above), a family lounge and a large waiting area with a big-screen TV. A long-term parking lot to use for up to 60 days is also available for travelers. Passes are available at the front desk. The AMC passenger terminal is open for normal business from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will open when flights are available from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily.
Flight information can be found on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Passenger Terminal Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Joint-Base-ElmendorfRichardson-Passenger-Terminal/204965679537720 or travelers can call 907-552-4616 for a 72-hour forecast of potential flights.