Units & Mission
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On July 30, 2010, the 673d Air Base Wing was activated as the installation wing for Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, home to America's Arctic Warriors.
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 550 personnel, are responsible for the operation and maintenance of a vehicle fleet of approximately 1,500 vehicles worth $121,000; 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 48,000 line items valued at more than $408 million; storage and distribution of 12.5 million gallons of fuel; and traffic management support for 12,500 cargo shipments, 5,300 household good 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 22,000+ requests yearly; moving more than 100,000 passengers, 11,000 tons cargo/350,000 miles/year. The squadron provides deployment and redeploy ment 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/units for installation level supply management, redistribution, retrograde, and excess management (includes Central Issue Facility). Additionally, 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 to include requisition, receiving, inspecting, storing, issuing, shipping, and transferring of assets. It oversees the base repair cycle and provides specialized handling for hazardous, classified, COMSEC, weapons, and pilferable assets; serves as installation POC for AFGLSC, PACAF, DLA and vendors; assists the 3rd Wing with Intermediate Repair Enhancement Program and coordinates all 2S supply training; and maintains 811 government fleet vehicles and manages 793 GSA vehicles across 39 units. The squadron provides joint mobile maintenance vehicle support throughout JBER. The Vehicle Parts Supply Organization (VPSO) provides specialized repair parts for six PACAF installations. The 673d Logistics Readiness Squadron provides first-rate fuels service by operating and maintaining 32 refueling vehicles, three Type III hydrant systems, five service stations and three fuel farms worth more than $95 million.
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 673 CES is comprised of 375 civilians/military in three career fields and supports three total force wings and two Army brigades. Plans, builds and sustains $15B infrastructure with facility project execution for the joint base. Delivers fire protection, environmental management, explosive ordnance disposal and housing for the 42,000 joint military community.
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 comprised 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 is comprised more than 400 military, civilians, and contract guards providing law enforcement, investigations and military working dog services to the 42,000 member joint military community across the 85,000-acre joint base. 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 comprised 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, provides records management, personal wireless systems, provides the base operator support, spectrum management, and automated data processing equipment inventory management for the joint base.
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. 673 CONS also manages the Government Purchase Card (GPC) program ensuring over 40,000 annual credit card actions valued at more than $25 million are in strict compliance with regulatory procedures. In addition, 673 CONS supports 11 AF, USARAK, 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 forwardoperating locations in Alaska and the Pacific.
673d Force Support Squadron
The 673d Force Support Squadron is comprised 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 number-one ranked course in Alaska. They provide support to 34,000 customers across the joint base, providing a wide range of recreational services including two ski hills, 41 boats, and the largest bowling alley in the Air Force. The squadron prides itself by serving the JBER community as an innovative team of professionals delivering exceptional customer service.
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 the Best in the Air Force for 2007 and 2008. For more about the 673d MDG and joint base medical care, see Page 44.
673d Air Base Wing Staff Agencies Comptroller Squadron
The 673d Comptroller Squadron is located in the People Center at 8517 20th St. The 673d 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/economic analysis and payroll support for more than 7,400 personnel in 11th AF headquarters, six groups, 27 squadrons and 28 tenant units. In addition, the squadron provides non-appropriated 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 Wing Public Affairs Office, located at 10480 22nd St. on the first floor, 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 on at www.jber.af.mil; manages the Hometown News Release program; and produces the installation guide and map. 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., Ste. 330. There is also a satellite legal assistance office located in Building 600, Room A305, on JBER-Richardson. 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 household goods and other claims. Claims information may be found 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 open from early February until April 15 each year. There is also a tax center located on the third floor of Building 600 on JBER-Richardson in Room A306. The legal office also advises commanders on all legal issues, including military justice, operations law, legal readiness, contracts, environmental and labor law and all manner of civil law matters.
Plans, Programs and Inspections
The 673d Air Base Wing Plans and Programs Office (XP) is located on the second and third floor of 10441 Kuter Ave., Ste. 221, next to the Post Office building and closest to the flight line. The staff provides specialized functional support and is broken down into three divisions. The Plans Division (XPX) coordinates and manages all joint base plans and works high interest projects and programs such as OPSEC, Signature Management and Treaty Compliance. The Programs Division (XPO) spearheads wing efforts to improve mission effectiveness by implementing proven and emerging technologies to address and assess readiness, implements JMETs at the base level, and coordinates and ensures deployment of essential/key information to interested stakeholders, such as the monthly Community Action Council. The Exercises and Inspections Division (XPI) 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 in at 10480 22nd St., 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 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., 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 907-247-254. The ground safety office is responsible for the industrial, traffic, sports, and recreational safety programs on JBER. Its main duties include safety education and training, safety consultation, inspections, and mishap investigation.
The safety office provides Supervisor Safety Training the first and third Tuesday of every month at noon in the safety classroom located in Building 6230, room 25 (Arctic Warrior Dr, adjacent to AAFES Gas Station).
Unit Safety Representative training and the Safety Clinic are conducted in the safety office every Friday 9 to 11 a.m. Motorcycle training information can be obtained by contacting the safety office, call 907-552-5092 for more information. Traffic Safety Education is required for all military personnel (enlisted and officer) at their first duty station. Enlisted receive this training during their training at the First Term Airmen Center, new officers are required to contact the safety office within 30 days of their arrival to enroll in the next scheduled course. Office hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on normal weekdays. The office is closed on weekends and holidays. For more information contact the safety office at 907-552-6850.
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, 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.
The 673d Air Base Wing Inspector General's office (IG) and staff are located at 10441 Kuter St., 3rd floor, Ste. 312. Normal office hours are 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays, or phone 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, which 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 the 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 the 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 of 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 SAPRO, 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 a victim support system that responds to all reported sexual assaults, 24 hours a day-7 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 907-5510-2035
The Antiterrorism Office (CCW) leads the wing's antiterrorism program and provides recommendations to the wing commander on issues regarding counter terrorism 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 (IPO) 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 907-552-1088. Army unit support for Personnel, Information and Industrial Security is aligned under Fort Wainwright in the Installation Security & Intelligence Office, at 907-384-2208.
ALASKAN COMMAND (ALCOM)
The Alaskan Command is a subordinate unified command of the United States Pacific Command. ALCOM integrates military activities within Alaska to maximize the readiness of theater forces from / through Alaska in support of worldwide contingencies. ALCOM headquarters is at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The command is supported by these Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security commands:
• 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 NORAD through the bi-national 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, JTF-AK detects, deters, prevents and defeats terrorist threats with JOA Alaska to ensure Mission Assurance; and as directed, executes Defense Support of Civil Authorities.
ELEVENTH AIR FORCE
The Eleventh Air Force plans, conducts, controls and coordinates air operations in accordance with the tasks the Pacific Air Forces commander assigns, and is the force provider for Alaskan Command, the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and other unified commanders. This mission is accomplished largely through the 611th Air Operations Center and 611th Air Support Group. Together, they provide a network of critical air surveillance and command, control and communications functions necessary to perform tactical warning and attack assessment in defense of Alaska.
611th Air and Space Operations Center (AOC)
The 611th AOC consists of three divisions and one branch and has direct operational ties with two Alaska Air National Guard units. The 611th AOC supports the NORAD mission in Alaska, 11th Air Force, Joint Task Force-Alaska and Alaskan Command. The Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Division provides all source intelligence support.
The Combat Operations Division executes the application of air and space operations; executes 24/7 combat operations in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE and Northern Sovereignty Operations; manages military airspace; and directs Joint Interface Control in support of an integrated region air and surface picture. The Strategy and Plans Division builds and develops operations and concept plans; facilitates integration of space-based assets into daily and contingency operations, and maintains the capability to support Joint Chiefs of Staff and PACAF taskings for contingency operations.
The training, standards and exercise branch develops, controls, and evaluates region exercises. It is also responsible for assessing and maintaining the combat readiness of aircrews, weapons and tactics for all Alaska-based aircraft supporting NORAD. The 176th Air Control Squadron (Alaska Air National Guard) 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 located throughout Alaska. Its primary mission is to support NORAD with around-the-clock surveillance and intercept data for air defense missions.
The 11th Rescue Coordination Center (Alaska Air National Guard) is responsible for coordinating and directing combat search and rescue missions. The RCC also conducts civil search and rescue missions in Alaska with a primary responsibility to respond to aviation-related incidents.
The RCC works with the Alaska State Troopers and the U.S. Coast Guard to provide a cooperative search and rescue network in Alaska. The RCC is the single agency through which federal search and rescue missions are processed and federal assistance is requested for Alaska. Since assuming operation of the RCC in July 1994, this 12-person Alaska Air National Guard organization has averaged almost 400 missions and 160 lives saved each year.
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, 3 radio relay stations widely dispersed across the state, and Wake Island Airfield (located 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 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 11 AF 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 war fighter in the Alaskan 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. 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 (O&M) contracts which ensure daily operations at 15 remote radar sites, King Salmon Divert Location, Eareckson Air Station, and Wake Island Airfield. In addition, ASUS provides/directs site logistical support, security, support agreements, airfield management, and contract quality assurance. The unit also supports 11 AF logistics and munitions planning, as well as logistics command and control during contingency operations.
611th Civil Engineer Squadron
Like ASUS, the 611th Civil Engineer Squadron came about with the activation of the 611th Air Support Group. The new squadron inherited the personnel and responsibilities of the 11th Civil Engineering Operations Squadron, which it replaced. The squadron provides engineering and environmental services for 611 ASG remote sites and also supports the entire Pacific theatre with special capabilities to include Aircraft Arresting Barrier maintenance, K-span construction, demolition, asbestos abatement and weight test certification 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 constitute nearly 35 percent of the AF total with a completion goal by 2012. 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
Added on Oct. 1, 2010, when the 611th Air Support Group assumed responsibility for Wake Island Airfield from the 15th Airlift Wing. Detachment 1, 611 ASG, is responsible for oversight of the daily operations of Wake Island Airfield, located approximately 2,000 nautical miles west of Hawaii. Wake Island Airfield is a vital aircraft refueling and emergency divert location. The island also supports operations by the Missile Defense Agency.
The 3rd Wing trains and equips an Air Expeditionary Force lead wing comprised of more than 2,400 Airmen and F-22A, E-3B, C-17, C-12, and C-130 aircraft. It provides trained and equipped tactical air superiority forces, all-weather strike assets, command and control platforms and tactical airlift resources to project global power and global reach.
The 3rd Wing, in one form or another, has served the United States on a continuing basis since its activation as the U.S. Army Surveillance Group on July 1, 1919. Including squadrons active in World War I (the 19th and 90th Fighter Squadrons), the wing and its organizations have participated in every major U.S. conflict of the 20th century. As the first organized attack group to form within the Army Air Service, the 3rd Attack Group was instrumental in developing close air support doctrine during the inter-war period. The group pioneered dive-bombing, skipbombing 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 aircraft, all flown by the 3rd Wing during its illustrious history. 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 were unable to do so. At the time, Master Sgt. Kerry Seifert, a master falconer, proposed the idea of permanently housing disabled bald eagles on Elmendorf. The 3rd Wing commander at the time, Col. Rodney P. Kelly, agreed, and a team of volunteers constructed the cage. It was re-dedicated as part of the YUKLA 27 Memorial on Sept. 20, 1996.
The Wall of Heroes is adjacent to the YUKLA Memorial. 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, 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, counter narcotics, 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 OG 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 Maintenance Operations Squadron, the 703rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, the 3rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, the 3rd Component Maintenance Squadron and the 3rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron.
176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard
The 176th is one of the largest and most active Air National Guard wings in the country. Its more than 1,400 members serve Alaska and the United States as pilots, navigators, mechanics, engineers, electricians, administrative support personnel, network programmers, air controllers, medical technicians, chaplains, photojournalists, firefighters and more. Many of these highly trained men and women work full-time for the wing. Most, however, are "traditional" members — that is, citizen Airmen from all walks of life who work and train one weekend a month and 15 other days throughout the year. From 1955 to 2011 the 176th Wing operated out of Kulis Air National Guard Base, just south of Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage. In early 2011 the unit moved to a set of brand-new buildings on JBER. The 176th Wing's units include the 144th Airlift Squadron; the 249th Airlift Squadron; the 210th, 211th and 212th rescue squadrons, and the 176th Air Control Squadron.
Another important part of the 176th Wing is the 11th Rescue Coordination Center. The RCC's Guardsmen serve at the hub of Alaska's rescue infrastructure, coordinating not only Air Guard units but also rescue units of the Coast Guard, National Park Service, Alaska State Troopers and other rescue agencies. The Alaska Air National Guard assumed control of this critical rescue function in 1994. Since then, Alaska Guard members have been credited with saving with more than 1,900 lives and assisting in another 800 saves. Last year alone, Alaska Guard members were credited with saving 79 lives in Alaska and another 25 overseas.
JBER supports many organizations that reside on JBER but do not report directly to the 673d Wing. These are called associate units.
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 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 is subordinate to Air Force ISR Agency, the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Wing and the 373rd ISR Group. The 381st IS plays an important role in AFISRA's worldwide secure communications network. It is the unit's mission to provide decisive intelligence communications to the commander, 11th Air Force, ALCOM, Alaska NORAD Region, and national command authorities. This mission is accomplished by integrating all-source intelligence into tailored products and services for national and theater commanders. Unit members develop and apply techniques and materials designed to ensure that friendly command and control communications are secure and protected from hostile countermeasures, including interference, jamming and intrusion. Additional functions include computer security, research on electronic phenomena, direction-finding assistance to air-sea rescue and navigational aid.
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 war fighter, anytime, anywhere.
732ND AIR MOBILITY SQUADRON
Air Mobility Team Alaska - enabling 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 AMC owned or controlled aircraft fly. Members traveling on funded orders must call the Traffic Management Office, at 907-552-5242, in order 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 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will open when flights are available between 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily.
Flight information can be found on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Passenger Terminal Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joint-Base-Elmendorf-Richardson- Passenger-Terminal/204965679537720 or travelers can call 907-552-4616 for a 72-hour forecast of potential flights.
Units & Mission
OTHER ASSOCIATE UNITS INCLUDE:
• 372nd Training Squadron, Det. 14
• Red-Flag Alaska, 354th Combat Training Squadron, Det. 1
• Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Det. 631
• Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence
• Air Force Audit Agency, Det. 215
• Area Defense Council
• Defense Commissary Agency, Det. 402
• Defense Energy Support Center, Alaska Office
• Defense Information Systems Agency, Alaska Office
• Defense Logistics Agency, Pacific
• Defense Courier Service Anchorage
• Defense Security Service
• Marine Corps Training Center
• National Security Agency, Alaska
• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District
• U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command, Anchorage