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Fort Wainwright, AK

Fort Wainwright, AK

Fort Wainwright, AK

PCSing to Fort Wainwright?

If you’ve just been given orders to move to Fort Wainwright, let us be the first to welcome you to the home of the “Arctic Warriors!” Established in 1939 as a cold weather test station, the post now serves as one of the Army’s premier training areas. Today’s Fort Wainwright units include field artillery, infantry, engineering, and logistical and medical support. Keep reading to learn all about your new post.

PCSing to Fort Wainwright

Information about Fort Wainwright

Here’s what you need to know about living on post:

  • It’s located in Fairbanks, AK.
  • The post houses approximately 7,358 soldiers, 8,858 family members, and 1,435 civilian employees.
  • There are 1,500+ privatized housing units on post. North Haven is the primary housing authority.
  • Two pets are allowed per household.
  • School-aged military children attend Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.
  • The post offers a library, sports and fitness activities, access to a community hospital, commissary, family MWR, youth services, and two childcare centers.

Learn more about what Fort Wainwright has to offer in this installation guide!

What Fairbanks offers military families stationed at Fort Wainwright

Once you settle in, you can start living like a true local. Here are some ways to explore Fairbanks:

  • Visit the Alaska Salmon Bake for all-you-can eat grilled salmon, crab legs, fried cod, prime rib, and salad bar. They do a military discount on certain days of the week.
  • Go shopping at Fred Myers, Sam’s Club, the Bentley Mall, Old Navy, Pier 1, Barns and Noble, and many of the unique stores downtown.
  • Tour the University of Alaska Museum of the North and the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.
  • Get involved in the community! See the Fairbanks event calendar on the Explore Fairbanks website.

Places to visit after moving to Fort Wainwright

Fort Wainwright puts you directly into the heart of America’s most northern state – a true winter wonderland. If you have the opportunity to be here for any amount of time, you have to take advantage of being among some of the most exotic wildlife and scenery available to the human eye. Alaska is full of lakes and mountains offering excitement and fun for every adventurer. While stationed at Fort Wainwright, take time to see some of the following places:

  • For fishing, boating, and camping, venture out to one of the many lakes you’ll find in this region, including Deadman Lake, Teklanika Channel Lake, and of course Reindeer Lake (a move so close to the North Pole has to include a visit to this nostalgic area).
  • Once you walk, hike, or bike your way to the top of Azure Mountain Trail, you’ll be mesmerized by the breathtaking view of the Adirondack Mountain Range.
  • Boasting the only night-ski in the Fairbanks area, travel to Birch Hill Ski and Snowboard for a day, or night, of skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. It also has an amazing terrain park fully loaded with mounds, rails, and boxes for doing tricks.
  • While stationed at Fort Wainwright, you’ll be a short 14 miles away from the one and only North Pole. This is the town that bleeds Christmas spirit year round. As you travel down streets named for the cheerful holiday, you’ll see candy cane light poles and of course, the Santa Claus House – the official home of Santa Claus. It includes live reindeer and Santa himself waiting to greet all who pass through.

Moving to Fort Wainwright with U-Pack®

Whether you plan to live on or off post, U-Pack can help you make a convenient and affordable DITY move to Fort Wainwright. Simply pack and load a moving trailer and we’ll ship it to Alaska. When it arrives, unload and we’ll pick it up when you’re done – easy! PCSing to Fort Wainwright with U-Pack means that you can travel to post however you like, instead of behind the wheel of a rental.

Get a moving quote online today, then read more about PCSing to Alaska with U-Pack!

Fort Wainwright Resources

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The service center for Fort Wainwright, AK is located in Anchorage, AK.

Information about Fort Wainwright, AK

Est. Population: Unknown
County: Fairbank
Latitude: 64.8167
Longitude: -147.7167
Zip Codes: 99703