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Eielson AFB Fast Facts

Eielson Air Force Base, within reach of Fairbanks, Alaska, is home to the 354th Fighter Wing, with a mission to maintain “combat-ready airpower, advanced integration training, and a strategic arctic basing option” in support of US Indo-Pacific Command.

The base is also near multiple natural recreational areas for hiking and outdoor exploration with family or friends. The main demographic of the area is families ranging from 20 to 40 years of age with a median income of $69,000 with most homes ranging from $200,000 to $299,000 in value.

Nearby natural and historic attractions and activities include but are not limited to:

  • James Dalton Highway
  • Aurora Ice Museum
  • Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
  • Creamer’s Field Waterfowl Refuge
  • Pioneer Park

Eielson AFB Temporary Lodging

When arriving at Eielson AFB, the primary temporary lodging facility is the Goldrush Inn at 540 North Street. During the summer when many incoming troops make their way to the area, lodging can be limited, so be sure to seek out reservations up to six months in advance.

If there is no availability at the Goldrush Inn, you may be given a non-availability certificate and referred off base. Make sure to seek lodgings at the Goldrush Inn first. To make reservations please contact the Goldrush Inn at 907-377-1844.

Moving To Eielson AFB

Upon arrival at Eielson AFB, many newcomers may need help with delivery of their home goods and finding storage. Some local options are included below but not limited to:

Storage

Blue Moose Storage
1015 30th Ave

Alaska Mini Storage
1010 Wembley Ave

Fountainhead Warm Storage
1900 Marika Rd

Commissary & Exchange

Eielson Commissary
2540 Central Avenue
Suite 100
Eielson AFB, AK 99702

Base Exchange

3338 Central Avenue
Elelson AFB, AK 99702

Eielson AFB Child Care

Eielson Air Force Base offers quality child care through the Child Development Center at Building 5182, located at 2449 French Creek Drive for children six weeks of age to five years old for active duty and DoD civilian parents on a weekly or drop-in basis. Drop-ins are not recommended without a reservation.

The CDC is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 6 p.m. and closed on holidays. The Give Parents a Break program is offered when advertised. Fees are income based, but meals for children are included in the care program.

If there is no availability or preferences differ, child care can also be obtained through the Family Child Care program, where qualified families care for other children in their homes in compliance with Air Force requirements. The Family Child Care Office is in the Eielson City Center Building 2518. Call (907) 377-3635 for more information and availability.

School aged children can be registered for school age care programs from five to twelve years of age after school. Eielsen School Age Care, in Building 5222, provides clubs and activities to keep kids entertained. Open Monday through Friday 6:30 to 6:00, the program can be reached at (907) 377-5437.

Eielson AFB Check-In and In-Processing

Assigned sponsors should be contacted as soon as service members and families arrive at Eielson Air Force Base. The sponsor is responsible for passing along information about reporting to the appropriate unit and helping orient you around the base.

The commander’s support staff conducts in-processing. All new service members need to report to Pioneer Start newcomer orientation with their families if possible. This orientation offers need-to-knows about the history and contemporary missions of the base, and safety tips due to the extreme weather.

To report for checking-in and in-processing, make sure to bring with you:

  • Several copies of your orders
  • ID cards, social security cards, driver’s license and passports
  • Copies of all insurance policies
  • Immunization records for all children and pets
  • School records for the children and high school/college transcripts for the adults
  • Copies of any occupational licenses and certifications
  • Spouse employment records
  • Certified copies of birth certificates, adoption papers, marriage licenses
  • Vehicle registration and title
  • Your household goods inventory and any related documentation
  • Letters of credit from current/previous utility companies
  • Contact information for credit card companies, utility companies, etc.
  • Copies of family medical records, it at all possible

Please contact the Eielson AFB Military & Family Readiness Center at (907) 377-2178 for any additional questions.

Eielson AFB Services

ID/CAC Card Processing Office
354 Broadway Street Room 173
Eielson AFB, AK 99702
(907) 377-2276

Baker Field House Fitness and Sports Center
462 Broadway Avenue
Eielson AFB, AK 99702
(907) 377-1925

 

354 Medical Group Clinic
2630 Central Avenue
Eielson AFB, AK 99702
(907) 377-1847

Fairbanks, Alaska Local Services

Auto Repair

Right Choice Auto Repair
602 E. Steese Hwy N

Frontline Automotive
1400 University Ave S.

Glacier Garage Auto Service & Repair
3775 S. Cushman St, Ste B

Grocery Stores

Safeway
3627 Airport Way

Fred Meyer
3755 Airport Way

Co-op Market Grocery & Deli
526 Gaffney Rd

Hospital

Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
1650 Cowles St

Retail

Bentley Mall
32 College Rd

Gavora Mall
250 3rd St

Big Ray’s
3230 Airport Way

Eielson AFB Housing]

Within 48 hours of arriving at Eielson AFB, service members should present themselves at the Military Housing Office for in-processing and to make an appointment for housing advice and the Temporary Lodging Allowance. Visit the Military Housing Office at 2334 Central Avenue in Building 2262 for more information.

Those arriving in the status of unaccompanied, will be assigned to the airmen dormitories and should have a room ready. For questions, the Dorm Leader Office is also in Building 2262. The Unaccompanied Housing representative can be reached by phone at (907) 377-2727.

Privatized housing on-base is managed by Corvias Military LLC. The housing office will help make arrangements for privatized housing. For those who wish to look for community housing, rents range from $1,000 to $2,100. If you are interested in living on-base, please visit the Corvias website at http://airforce.corviasmilitaryliving.com.

Related: Basic Allowance for Housing Calculator

Eielson AFB Local Spouse Employment Resources

Air Force service members and their spouses benefit from assistance with job searches and resources offered through the Employment Assistance Program at the Airman and Family Readiness Center located on base.

Eielson Spouse Education, Training and Careers

2631 Wabash Avenue
Eielson Air Force Base, AK 99702
(907) 377-2178

Fairbanks, Alaska Local Schools and Universities

School aged children who reside in Fairbanks and at Eielson AFB, will attend Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, a district with almost 17,000 students, from Kinder to 12th grade.

Students living on base will attend Anderson Elementary for Kinder through second grade before moving on to Crawford Elementary for 3rd through 6th grade. Kinder students upon registration must provide a copy of their birth certificate and related documents. From sixth grade through graduation, students will attend Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High School.

If service member students live off base, they will need to register at their closest area public school. Bus transportation is available for children who live more than a mile from their school.

For service members and spouses who wish to further their education, three universities provide classes for residents of Eielson AFB. The University of Alaska, Fairbanks offers bachelor and masters degrees in business administration, technology and interdisciplinary studies as well as associate level classes all online. \

Wayland Baptist University has options for online bachelor and masters degrees in education, counseling, public administration and applied science.

At Thomas Edison State College, associate, bachelors and masters programs in over 100 subjects are available from aviation to sociology.

More information and education counseling happens at the Eielson AFB Education Services including testing appointments, program details, tuition assistance and information on how to find scholarships. To learn more and create a personalized education plan visit, the Eielson AFB Education Services Center at:

Education Services

2631 Wabash Ave
(907) 377-5106

Eielson AFB Mission and Units

Eielson Air Force Base hosts the 354th FW which offers combat airpower and the 168th Air Refueling Group. The Eielson Air Force Base prioritizes advanced training, partnership and strategies to optimize and improve high-end flight tactics.

Major units at Eielson AFB include:

  • 168 Air Refueling Wing (BLDG 3127)
  • 18 Aggressor Squadron Building 4110
  • 353 Combat Training Squadron (BLDG 2559)
  • 354 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (Bldg 1331)
  • 354 CPTS (BLDG 354)
  • 354 Civil Engineering Squadron (BLDG 2310)
  • 354 Communnications Squadron (BLDG 2543)
  • 354 Contracting Squadron (BLDG 2258)
  • 354 Fighter Wing (BLDG 3112)
  • 354 Force Support Squadron (BLDG 3112)
  • 354 Healthcare Operations Squadron (BLDG 3349)
  • 354 Logistics Readiness Squadron (BLDG 3426)
  • 354 Maintenance Group (BLDG 1347)
  • 354 Maintenance Squadron (BLDG 3462)
  • 354 Medical Group (BLDG 3349)
  • 354 Mission Support Group (BLDG 3112)
  • 354 Munitions Squadron
  • 354 Operational Medical Readiness Squadron (BLDG 3349)
  • 354 Operations Group (BLDG 3112, Suite 261)
  • 354 Operations Support SQ (BLDG 1220)
  • 354 Security Force Squadron (BLDG 3134)
  • 355 Fighter Squadron (BLDG 1358)
  • 3rd Air Support Operations SQ (BLDG 1595) (Located at Fort Wainwright)
  • AFOSI DET 632 (BLDG 2210)
  • DET 1, 210th Rescue Squadron (BLDG 1141)
  • DET 1, 66 Training Squadron (BLDG 3347)
  • Defense Commissary Agency (BLDG 2540)
  • Det 3 Weather Squadron (Located on Ft Wainwright)
  • Wing Staff Agencies (BLDG 3112)

Air Force Bases in Alaska (OCONUS)

  • Eielson AFB
  • USAG Alaska, Greely
  • USAG Alaska, Wainwright

Coast Guard Bases in Alaska

  • US Coast Guard Base Ketchikan
  • USCG Base Kodiak

Get more info on VA benefits for veterans, retirees, separating service members, spouses, dependents, and disabled veterans. Learn more about the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon program, monthly housing allowances, VA loans, and TRICARE.

Did you know? Alaska offers benefits for military members and their families, including military credit toward state retirement, property tax exemptions, state employment preferences, and tuition assistance. Learn more at the Alaska State Office of Veterans Affairs.

VA Facilities in Alaska

Do you need to locate a VA clinic, Vet Center, or other VA facility in the State of Alaska? The list below has addresses and contact phone numbers for VA clinics and other sites within the state.

Colonel Mary Louise Rasmuson Campus of the Alaska VA Healthcare System

1201 North Muldoon Road
Anchorage, AK 99504-6104
888-353-7574
Mental health care: 907-257-4854

VA Health Clinic Locations

Elmendorf-Richardson VA Clinic5955 Zeamer Avenue, 673rd Medical Group, Building 673

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson,
AK 99506-3702
907-257-4700

Fairbanks VA Clinic

2555 Phillips Field Road
Fairbanks, AK 99709-3933
907-328-1750
Mental health care: 907-361-6370

Homer VA Clinic

4141 Pennock Street
Homer, AK 99603-7223
888-353-7574

Juneau VA Clinic

709 West 9th Street
Federal Building, Suite 150
Juneau, AK 99801-1807
888-353-7574

Mat-Su VA Clinic

865 North Seward Meridian Parkway
Suite 105
Wasilla, AK 99654-7241
888-353-7574
Mental health care: 907-631-3100

Soldotna VA Clinic

237 West Rockwell Avenue
Soldotna, AK 99669-7412
888-353-7574
Mental health care: 907-420-3219

Alaska VA Vet Centers

Anchorage Vet Center

4400 Business Park Boulevard
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-563-6966

Fairbanks Vet Center

751 Old Richardson HWY
Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-456-4238

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