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Fort Greely Army Base in Fairbanks, AK Alaska Military Bases
Fort Greely is one of the small, yet very important US military bases located in Greely. According to the 2000 census, the fort hosted not more than 461 individuals. It is located in the central side of the state, in a plain field close to the Richardson Highway. The place was built to test and successfully launch anti ballistic missiles. At the same time, the weather is perfect for the Cold Regions Test Center. It can easily host various tests at extreme weather conditions, depending on the time of the year. The fort is named in the memory of Adolphus Greely.
The site was chosen for the initial Big Delta camp in 1942, as part of the US preparation plans for World War II. The place was in the middle of nowhere. In order to connect it with the most important surrounding objectives, the authorities also approved the construction of the Alaska Highway to connect it with the Richardson Highway and Canada. Believe it or not, the relationships between the United States of America and Russia were not always so cold. Back then, the US government used to help the Russian forces against the Empire of Japan and Germany with multiple supplies and planes. The name was changed by the end of World War II to Allen Army Airfield. Soon after the war ended, the actual construction began as Fort Greely.
The war represented a good trigger for the US Army. By the end of the war, the US Army figured how important it was to train its troops for absolutely any environment, including the extreme weather conditions. The decision came after the experience in the cold Russian lands. Therefore, the fort was organized to support and deal with the training under such cold conditions. The decision was more than perfect. It took a few years for the Cold War to start, therefore it seems the US Army took the best decision. At the beginning of the ’60s, one of the new facilities and improvements included the construction of a nuclear electrical power plant. However, it didn’t activate for too long, as the intense radiation destroyed the metal parts. It was one of the three such power plants of those times.
The current objective was assigned in the modern times, after the US government has announced its decision to break the Anti Ballistic Missile Treaty and withdraw from it. It is said that the most important danger these days is the nuclear power of North Korea, which is expected to hit the West Coast of the USA. However, all these are nothing but rumors that might soon be taken for the real reasons of an actual invasion.
When dispatched to Fort Greely, it is important to contact the local accommodation service early. This way, you have the chance to lose all the relocating stress while looking for a home. Processing the application might take months, but if you do it early, you might skip all this waiting time.
Fort Greely is nestled between two beautiful mountain ranges located about 100 miles from the nearest town, Fairbanks, Alaska and is known to be a remote tour of duty because of it’s abroad distance.
Fort Greely was established as the Army Air Corps Station 17, Alaskan Wing, of the Air Transportation Command in 1942. It served as a refueling point for aircraft sent to the Soviet Union (now Russia) under the Lend-Lease Program. After World War II, it was immediately placed in an inactive status. However, it was maintained by the Civil Aeronautics Authority for civilian use. In 1948, the air station was reactivated as the United States Troops, Big Delta Alaska and was the home of the Army Arctic Training Center. It was designated as Fort Greely in 1955 in honor of Major General Aldolphus Washington Greely. Fort Greely has a proud history. Because of its location and environment, it has been the site for cold-weather training and testing of operations and equipment through the past half century. Until the late 1990’s, its primary tenant units included the Cold Regions Test Center and the Northern Warfare Training Center.
In 1995, Fort Greely underwent Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Most of the lands associated with Fort Greely were transferred to the operational control of US Army Alaska. In 2001, Fort Greely was partially removed from the BRAC list, in order to support the nation’s strategic objective of missile defense. Today, Fort Greely proudly serves as the primary support base for a host of tenants that support the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) initiative.
Today, Fort Greely proudly serves as the primary support base for a host of tenants that support the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) initiative. The main component support is the Alaska Air National Guard whose key mission is security and operation of the Missile Defense Site. A small regular Garrison unit is in charge of oversight of the post and main cantonment areas.
Fort Greely’s population is a mix of active duty garrison personnel (10), Alaska Air National Guard (207), civilian workers (430), contractor and tenant personnel (643). There are approximately 789 people that reside on the post proper.
Current there is no base transportation available on this installation. The post is small and most areas can be accessed within 10 minutes or less if walking.
The sponsorship program is a wonderful way to be introduced to your new location. All in-bound personnel will be assigned a sponsor after receiving orders. Please contact your assigned unit to inquire about a sponsor if one does not contact you first. The Fort Greely ACS has an information and referral program that way be able to assist you with questions and additional assistance. The phone number for I and R services is 907-873-3284 or DSN 317-873-3284.
Reservations can be made only during lodging office hours, Alaska time. The Lodging office serves both transient and permanent personnel living on Fort Greely. Military and civilian personnel on PCS or TDY orders can make reservations during Lodging Office business hours. Contractor personnel reservations must be made by their Fort Greely sponsors. Rate is $99.00 a night for all lodgers. Rooms consist of 19 one and two-bedroom units located in Bldg 702. Call reservations at 907-873-4311.
Your unit sponsor should be your first contact for relocation assistance. There is not a post military personnel office available. Additional information, if needed, may be obtained by calling the Army Community Service Relocation Office at 907-873-3284.
All soldiers are required to process through the Housing Services Office. You may reach them by phone (907) 873-4658. You will receive information on housing options and receive a housing application. Anyone moving on base will need to call Transportation/Household Goods at (907) 873-3042.
At the main entrance to Fort Greely is the Visitors Center. Because Fort Greely is a Missile Defense site with a high level of security, depending on your status, you may be required to have someone sponsor you or have the correct ID. The Visitors Center hours of operation are 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. For information on accessing the post, you can call them at 907-873-3660.
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 312 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 (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
Adult Education Centers
Education Services Office
Building 845, Arctic Avenue
Fort Greely, AK 99731
Phone (DSN) 317-873-4369
Building 626 Northeast side
Fort Greely, AK 99731
Phone 907-873-3139 / 907-803-3607
Child Development Centers
Child Development Center
Building 847, Big Delta Avenue
Fort Greely, AK 99731