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Eielson AFB, AK

Eielson AFB, AK

Eielson Afb, AK

Are you PCSing to Eilson Air Force Base?

Eielson AFB is located just 26 miles southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska, and is the host unit for the 254th Fighter Wing. The wing provides operations, maintenance, mission support, and medical function for the military, and includes 10 tenant units.

While the base has been in operation since it was established in 1943, it will soon see growth as it becomes home to the first operational overseas F-35A Lightning IIs. Two squadrons will be joining the base in 2020. Whether you have orders to join Eielson now or suspect you’ll be moving there with the addition of the F-35As, the information below will help you prepare.

Read more about PCSing to Alaska.

Eielson Air Force Base Location on Alaska Map

Base FAQs

Eielson has a lot to offer military members and their families! Learn more about what to expect with these FAQs.

How do I Find Housing?

Once you have orders, you can be put on the housing list. At this time, on-base options include 930 homes and 387 dorm rooms. According to mybaseguide.com, wait times for on-base housing depend on category, rank, time in service and family composition. Houses come equipped with appliances, but aren’t furnished. Dorms (available for unaccompanied service members) are furnished.

If you can’t secure on-base housing or want to live off base for another reason, contact the Housing Office before making any arrangements. The nearest towns are Moose Creek, North Pole and Fairbanks, and you’re required to have a dependable vehicle in order to live off base. While it does snow, the main roads are usually cleared quickly, so it shouldn’t be difficult to get to the base during inclement weather.

What is there to do for Fun?

Even though Eielson is a little remote, opportunities abound. On base, there’s a shopping center with several shops, a salon and a food court, and you can get household items at the commissary. The gym has intramural sports, fitness classes, an indoor track and a sauna. Dorms on campus are equipped with recreational options like pool tables and foosball.

Fairbanks is the closest town to Eielson, and will be a great place to call home or visit when you’re not on base. Here are just some of the fun things the town has to offer:

  • Watch the Northern Lights
  • Go bird watching at the Alaska Bird Observatory
  • Attend the World Ice Art Championships in late winter
  • Shop at the summer Farmer’s Market
  • Hit the trails — Angel Rocks, Eagle Summit, and Chena Dome
  • Visit the Pioneer Park to take a step back in history

What are the Options for Families?

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District operates an elementary, junior and senior high school on base. The district strives to meet the unique needs of military families, so if you live off base, you can request that your children attend those schools. As long as there is space available and you can provide transportation, they’re welcome to attend. Read more about public school options.

Outside of school, Eielson offers other family-friendly resources. The community center has youth programs including a Boys and Girls Club and 4H programs, and the youth center provides games and age-appropriate events along with a snack bar. The child development center uses the Air Force Creative Curriculum and provides child care for kids between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years.

Can I Bring My Pet to Eielson?

According to mybaseguide.com, Eielson is a pet-friendly base, and on-base houses allow two pets per household. Dogs need to be checked for kennel cough and coronavirus, and have distemper and rabies shots, while cats should be checked for leukemia and FIP. Contact the Housing Office for any other required checks and paperwork for your pet.

Moving to Eielson AFB

If you’re planning to PCS to Eielson, U-Pack® can help you get your household goods there affordably. You’ll pack and load your belongings, and we’ll take them to Alaska for you. No need to drive a rental truck through Canada! When your shipment arrives, we’ll deliver it to your home.

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The service center for Eielson Afb, AK is located in Anchorage, AK.

Information about Eielson Afb, AK

Est. Population: 5232
County: Fairbanks North
Latitude: 64.6667
Longitude: -146.9667
Zip Codes: 99702