Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide

Commander's Welcome

Welcome to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), the premier joint base in the Department of Defense and home to America’s Arctic Warriors!...

History of the Military

The military’s long and important history in the Great Land began at the very moment Alaska became American soil, Oct. 18, 1867. Elements of the Army’s 9th Infantry were on hand as the Russian Golden Eagle was lowered and the Stars and Stripes were raised in Sitka, which became headquart...

Units & Mission

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 a...

US Army In Alaska

U.S. Army Alaska is at the forefront of protecting America’s interests in the volatile Asia-Pacific region while also providing ready and relevant forces to overseas contingency operations. USARAK is one of the U.S. military’s most centrally located power projection platforms that benefi...

Alaska Army National Guard

The Alaska Army National Guard headquarters is located on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at Camp Denali. Only a small portion of the 1,900 fully mission-capable Soldiers work full time at the headquarters. Most are “M-day” citizen-Soldiers who work and train one weekend a month and 15 o...

Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affaris

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is dedicated to the mission of “Securing the State, Defending the Nation.” More than 4,700 professionals within the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Alaska Military Youth Academy, Veterans...

Getting to Alaska

Driving For the adventurous, the Alaska Highway offers one of the most exciting routes north. For Soldiers, your PCS orders must specifically authorize travel via the Alaska Highway if you wish to drive....

Arrival & In-Processing

Once service members and their families arrive in Alaska, Airmen and Soldiers go through slightly different processes to join their gaining units.

For Airmen, after you arrive, you must report to Building 8517, Room 118, at 8 a.m. for in-processing 24 hours after arrival or the next duty day....

JBER Lodging

Located in Building 600, the Lodging Office provides quality lodging to members permanently changing station in and out of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), members on temporary duty to JBER, members on morale leave and members eligible for space-available reservations. All travelers should be...

Money Matters

While you are stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, there is a military finance office to assist you in resolving most of your financial arrangements during your in-processing....

JBER Housing

Currently, JBER has 3,262 privatized housing units. Active-duty military members arriving at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on an accompanied tour with command- sponsored dependents are eligible for privatized family housing....


Five Anchorage School District elementary schools, kindergarten through sixth grade, serve Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson: Aurora, Mount Spurr, Orion, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. There is also one special education facility, Mount Iliamna....

Joint Base Medical Care

Medical Care at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Appointments, including same-day appointments, can be made by calling the 673d Medical Group at the Department of Defense/Veterans Affairs’ Joint Venture Hospital at 907-580-2778.

Appointments can also be made atwww.tricareonline. com or v...

Base Access & Rules of the Road

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson begins at the gates....

Potential Hazards

• Bridges: Watch for ice on bridges during winter months....

673d Force Support Squadron

Warfighter and Family Services Flight provides an extensive child care program for dependent children of authorized families.

The JBER-Elmendorf Child Development Centers are:
• Katmai, at 7181 11th Ave.........................907-552-5113
• Denali, at 7377 15th Ave...............

Food Facilities

The 673d Force Support Squadron operates the following food services on JBER-Elmendorf as part of the Air Force Food Transformation Initiative (FTI), managed by ARAMARK, the FTI contractor....

Leisure & Recreation

The 673 FSS hosts many programs and activities for the JBER community. Regulations allow all active duty, retired, Reserve, Guard members, and Department of Defense and non-appropriated fund civilians as well as all family members the opportunity to use all JBER facilities and programs. Some contrac...

Fitness Centers

The spacious 107,000-square-foot fitness center at 9510 22nd St. offers three full-length basketball courts; six racquetball courts; and a 9,000-square-foot weight room that includes 54 weight machines, 98 pieces of plate-loaded benches and eight dumbbell sets from 5 to 150 pounds. There are three s...

Youth Programs

JBER youth programs help active-duty military personnel and DOD civilians perform their duties more effectively, with confidence that their children are in good care. Diversified youth programs provide opportunities for youth to develop their physical, social, emotional and cognitive abilities and t...

Outdoor Recreation

The Outdoor Recreation Program at 7301 13th St. has recreational activities, equipment and services for everyone. The large Outdoor Recreation Center offers both winter and summer recreational items for a fee, from fishing gear and picnic supplies to cross-country skis, camping accessories, campers,...

Education Centers and Library

The JBER-Elmendorf Education and Training Services (ETS) Office, 4109 Bullard Ave., assists Airmen and family members in meeting personal and professional development goals through educational, training and testing programs....

Chapel Community Opportunities

The JBER chapel community is known for upbeat and dynamic worship, its vibrant children’s ministry, youth and young adult (Airmen and Soldiers) ministries, uplifting music, powerful preaching, strong religious education and worldclass staff. All people are welcome to share their talents and gi...

Veterinary Service

The U.S. Army Veterinary Services-Alaska provides veterinary medical care for all Department of Defense installations throughout the state. Direct your questions about policies regarding pets in Alaska to the branch chief at 907- 384-2865. If you need further assistance you may contact the Commander...

American Red Cross - Armed Services - YMCA

The American Red Cross, part of the worldwide Red Cross movement, is chartered by Congress to provide Service to the Armed Forces, and Disaster Services....

Spouses' Organizations - Clubs - Shopping

The Elmendorf Officers’ Spouses’ Organization is a nonprofit organization. It’s a group of spouses whose two goals are: to improve our base through education and charitable offerings, and to promote morale, good will and fellowship among our membership. ...

Wildlife Education Center - DLADS

The JBER Wildlife Education Center, 8481 19th St. near the intersection with Rickenbacker Street, features more than 200 Alaska wildlife displays. It is also an excellent source of hunting, ?shing and natural resource conservation information, including copies of state regulations....


The Defense Commissary Agency opened the Anchorage Area Commissary, a state-of-the-art commissary, in the south end of the Joint Military Mall in 1999, and renovated it in 2012. The mall, located at 5800 Westover Ave., serves Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson residents, their families, retirees and Na...

Joint Base Employment Opportunities

Information and listings for all federal jobs can be found

Civilian Personnel Flight
The Civilian Personnel Flight is the hiring agent for Air Force civil service positions at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The CPF is located at 8517 20th St., Room 200. Office hours are Mo...

101 Things to Do in Alaska

1. canoe, kayak or raft down a wilderness river.
2. cross-country ski in an area where you make your own trail.
3. Watch a grizzly bear on the tundra in denali national Park.
4. Explore the ghost town of Kennicott.
5. Battle a king salmon in a stream or on the high seas.
6. Greet...