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United States Army
Intersection of Richardson & New Steese Highways
Fairbanks, AK 99703
For the most current information regarding the cost of living in Alaska, please visit: https://live.laborstats.alaska.gov/col/col.pdf
Fort Wainwright is considered an overseas tour. If you have dependents and you want your family members to accompany you to Alaska, your PCS orders must say "concurrent travel" and have each family member's name on your orders. Each family member must have completed the Exceptional Family Member screening and have Command Sponsorship.
If your PCS orders say "deferred travel" for your family, then you need to travel to Alaska alone. After you arrive and sign into Fort Wainwright, you can begin the Command Sponsorship process. Have your family complete the Exceptional Family Member screening at the losing post and wait to hear from you for further instructions.
For more information, you can inquire with your current Military Personnel Division, or Exceptional Family Member Program Manager at 907-361-5959 or DSN 317-361-5959.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 317 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (907) 353-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
U.S. Army Garrison Alaska enables the readiness of Army forces in Alaska by integrating resources and delivering installation services that enhance the quality of life for Arctic Warriors, Families, Civilians and Community.
Fort Wainwright was first established in 1939 as United States Air Force Base Ladd Field, a cold weather station to test aircraft under arctic conditions. In 1961, it was transferred to the Army and redesignated Fort Wainwright in honor of World War II General Jonathan M. Wainwright. From 1963 to 1972, it was home to the 171st Infantry Brigade, mechanized until 1969, then light. During that time, the 172nd Infantry Brigade was at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. From 1986 to 1994, Fort Wainwright was the home of the 6th Infantry Division (Light), including serving as the division's headquarters from 1990 to 1994. From 1998 to 2006, it was home to the 172nd Infantry Brigade, which was reorganized in 2003 as the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), part of the U.S. Army's transition program to include six SBCTs. In 2006, the 172nd was re-flagged as the 1st brigade of the 25th Infantry Division. In 2006, 4/123 Aviation Battalion was deactivated and reflagged as the Task Force 49 Aviation Brigade. In 2009, Task Force 49th Aviation Brigade was reflagged as the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade. The 16th CAB provides logistical air support for U.S. Army Alaska. Fort Wainwright is also home to Bassett Army Community Hospital (BACH), 9th Army Band, 65th Explosive Ordnance Disposal (65EOD), 507th Signal Company (Network Enterprise Center-FWA), and the Northern Warfare Training Center (NWTC). For more information, go to the Fort Wainwright homepage.
Population: Serving approximately
Tenant Units and Supported Commands:
US Army Alaska (USARAK)
1-25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team
USARAK Aviation Task Force
Medical Department Activity – Alaska and Bassett Army Community Hospital
Dental Activity (DENTAC)
Veterinary Command (VETCOM)
Northern Warfare Training Center (NWTC)
Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC)
402th Army Field Support Battalion
Network Enterprise Center - FWA
3rd Air Support Operations Squadron (USAF)
Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL)
U.S. Army Reserve
BLM Alaska Fire Service
Arctic Support Command
Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska Population 2020. Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska's estimated population is 97,463 with a growth rate of -0.77% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data.
Fort Wainwright has approximately 7,200 soldiers stationed at Fort Wainwright, and 6,500 Family Members reside with those Soldiers on post or in the surrounding community. There are 2,000 Civilians and 400 Contractors working on Fort Wainwright and the installation continues to grow.
Fort Wainwright is located adjacent to Fairbanks in the interior of Alaska. Fairbanks, Alaska is ranked in the top 100 growing cities in the United States. Fort Wainwright is located in the North Star Borough. A borough in Alaska is equivalent to a county in the lower 48 states. Fairbanks, the second largest city in Alaska, is located 365 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska. You'll find that the cost of housing and other living expenses in the Fairbanks area is higher than in the lower 48 states. The weather in Fairbanks has the largest swing in the world. It can reach 90+ degrees in the summer and possibly as cold as -65 degrees in the winter. Soldiers and their families assigned to Fort Wainwright will be able to enjoy breathtaking scenery, abundant hunting, fishing, camping, regal mountains, diverse wildlife and the friendly independent people who will be their neighbors. The base operator's phone number is 907-353-1110 or DSN 317-353-1110.
Traveling by Airplane to Fairbanks
Unaccompanied, Enlisted Army Soldiers flying into Fairbanks may utilize a shuttle for transportation to Fort Wainwright. Please look for the uniformed Service Member or you can call Replacement Cadre at 907-353-4311 to arrange for transportation.
The Armed Forces YMCA Military Courtesy Lounge is located near the baggage claims area of the Fairbanks International Airport. This lounge is for military use only and is only available when volunteers are available. They provide snacks, coffee, and a quiet place to rest while you wait at the airport.
You may request ground transportation to billeting for you and/or your family. However, you should be prepared to take a taxi from the airport to the Fort Wainwright Welcome Center, Building #3401, to sign in and then you and your family may go to Northern Lights Lodging. You may also choose to make arrangements with you sponsor in advance. Taxi fare is approximately $30.00 to get from the airport to the Welcome Center, but can vary. Depending on the level of security, taxi service may only be available as far as the main gate. From there you should contact Military Personnel Division and someone will be sent to pick you up and give you a ride to the Welcome center. The Armed Services YMCA operates a Military Courtesy Lounge located near the baggage claim area of the airport that you may utilize while you are waiting to be picked up.
Traveling by Ferry
If you are considering taking the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS)(Ferry), contact your local Transportation Office for details. The Ferry boards in Bellingham, Washington and departs in Haines, Alaska. Haines, Alaska to Fort Wainwright is still an additional 661 miles. You will have to travel from Alaska into Canada and back into Alaska, so you'll need your orders, photo ID, and birth certificates for your children. Passports will be required as of 1 June, 2008 for travel through Canada. Military Personnel Division at your losing installation is required to provide you with passport information.
Traveling through Canada/ALCAN
If you are traveling the Alaska/Canadian (ALCAN) Highway, you will be awed by the beautiful scenery and wildlife along the way. This can be a wonderful adventure for a military family, but there are a few things to be aware of to make the trip more enjoyable. Make sure your PCS orders state that you are authorized to travel the ALCAN and Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) if you are going to be using both. If you deviate from your travel plan, you will need to have your orders amended. Even if you have your orders amended, you still may not receive travel pay to reimburse all your travel expenses.
What to do when you arrive at the Installation Gate
Upon arrival at the Fort Wainwright gate, proceed to the Visitor Center located to the right before entering the Fort Wainwright gate. You will need a copy of your orders, your military ID card, driver's license, current vehicle registration and proof of insurance to acquire a Fort Wainwright vehicle pass. You will need to request a Fort Wainwright map and ask for directions to the Fort Wainwright Welcome Center, Building 3401, Santiago Avenue where you must sign in with Military Personnel Division. If you have any questions, you may call the Welcome Center at 907-353-2273.
Shipping your POV
If you plan on shipping a vehicle to Fort Wainwright/Fairbanks, Alaska between October and April or plan on shipping the vehicle earlier with the intentions of the vehicle arriving between October and April, the vehicle must have anti-freeze protection to -60F. The vehicle should also have a strong battery. If you would like more information on this, please contact the Fort Wainwright Relocation office at 907-353-7908.
If you're driving to Alaska, plan ahead for gas stops, lodging or camping and rest stops. There can be many miles between these stops, but careful planning can greatly reduce the risk of being stranded. Be aware that roads may be rough due to frost heaves. There are areas where dirt roads and highway maintenance will slow your travel and the possibility of gravel hitting, chipping or breaking your windshield is high. Don't follow other vehicles too closely. Be prepared for most minor vehicle repairs such as flat tires or broken belts. Emergency gear in your vehicle can help you to avoid dangerous situations if you break down. Weather in some areas can change drastically in a very short time, even during the summer months. Make sure you have appropriate clothing and supplies.
907-353-1110 or DSN 317-353-1110