Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson

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Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Anchorage, Alaska in the United States of America
A C-17A Globemaster III takes off from Elmendorf AFB during 2010. The C-17 is operated by the 3rd Airlift Wing and 176th Airlift Wing from the base.
A C-17A Globemaster III takes off from Elmendorf AFB during 2010. The C-17 is operated by the 3rd Wing and 176th Wing from the base.
Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson logo.JPG
JB Elmendorf-Richardson is located in Alaska
JB Elmendorf-Richardson
JB Elmendorf-Richardson
Location in Alaska
Coordinates61°15′05″N 149°48′23″W / 61.25139°N 149.80639°W / 61.25139; -149.80639 (JB Elmendorf-Richardson)Coordinates: 61°15′05″N 149°48′23″W / 61.25139°N 149.80639°W / 61.25139; -149.80639 (JB Elmendorf-Richardson)
TypeUS military Joint Base
Site information
OwnerDepartment of Defense
OperatorUS Air Force
Controlled byPacific Air Forces (PACAF)
Site history
Built1940 (1940) (as Elmendorf Field and Fort Richardson)
In use2010 (2010) (as Joint Base)
Garrison information
Garrison673rd Air Base Wing (Host)
Airfield information
IdentifiersIATA: EDF, ICAO: PAED, FAA LID: EDF, WMO: 702720
Elevation64.9 metres (213 ft) AMSL
Direction Length and surface
06/24 3,048 metres (10,000 ft) Asphalt
16/34 2,283.8 metres (7,493 ft) Asphalt
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson (IATA: EDF, ICAO: PAED, FAA LID: EDF) is a United States military facility in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska. It is an amalgamation of the United States Air Force's Elmendorf Air Force Base and the United States Army's Fort Richardson, which were merged in 2010.[2]


President Donald Trump greets the troops at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, May 24, 2019
Paratroopers participate in a skijoring training exercise at the base in 2021

The adjacent facilities were officially combined by the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Commission. Its mission is to support and defend U.S. interests in the Asia Pacific region and around the world by providing units who are ready for worldwide air power projection and a base that is capable of meeting PACOM's theater staging and throughput requirements.[3]

It is the home of the Headquarters, Alaskan Command (ALCOM), Alaskan NORAD Region (ANR), Joint Task Force-Alaska (JTF-AK), Eleventh Air Force (11 AF), the 673d Air Base Wing, the 3rd Wing, the 176th Wing and other Tenant Units.[4]


Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson (JBER), holds the distinction of being one of 12 Joint Bases that were created in BRAC 2005.[5] The 673d ABW consists of four groups that operate and maintain the joint base for air sovereignty, combat training, force staging and throughput operations in support of worldwide contingencies.[6]

The installation hosts the headquarters for the United States Alaskan Command, 11th Air Force, U.S. Army Alaska, and the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region.

Major units assigned are:

Activated on 30 July 2010 as the host wing combining installation management functions of Elmendorf AFB's 3rd Wing and U.S. Army Garrison Fort Richardson. The 673d ABW comprises over 5,500 joint military and civilian personnel, supporting America's Arctic Warriors and their families. The wing supports and enables three AF total-force wings, two Army Brigades and 55 other tenant units. In addition, the wing provides medical care to over 35,000 joint service members, dependents, VA patients and retirees throughout Alaska. The 673d ABW maintains an $11.4B infrastructure encompassing 84,000 acres.[7]
Responsible for maximizing theater force readiness for 21,000 Alaskan service members and expediting worldwide contingency force deployments from and through Alaska as directed by the Commander, NORTHCOM.[8]
U.S. Army Alaska executes continuous training and readiness oversight responsibilities for Army Force Generation in Alaska. Supports U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Cooperation Program. On order, executes Joint Force Land Component Command functions in support of Homeland Defense and Security in Alaska.
On order, 4/25 IBCT (ABN) conducts decisive action, to include joint forcible entry, as an Army Contingency Response Force (CRF) aligned with PACOM in order to promote security and peaceful development in the Asia-Pacific region. [9]
To support and defend US interests in the Asia Pacific region and around the world by providing units who are ready for worldwide air power projection and a base that is capable of meeting PACOM's theater staging and throughput requirements.
  • Alaskan Norad Region
The Alaskan NORAD Region (ANR) conducts aerospace control within its area of operations and contributes to NORAD's aerospace warning mission.
Provide ready warriors and infrastructure for homeland defense, decisive force projection, and aerospace command and control

Major Commands to which assigned[edit]

Base operating units[edit]

Major units assigned[edit]

  • 381st Intelligence Squadron (2010–present)
    (6981st with various unit designations under USAFSS)
  • 3rd Wing (2010 – present)
  • 176th Wing (2011 - present) The 176th Wing (AK ANG) moved from the former Kulis Air National Guard Base to JBER in 2011.[10] Its new facilities, an area north of the flightline, were unofficially but widely nicknamed 'Camp Kulis'. The area includes a headquarters building, pararescue facility, and several other installations used by the 176th Wing.

Notable aviation accidents[edit]

On September 22, 1995, a United States Air Force Boeing E-3 Sentry airborne early warning aircraft crashed on departure from (previously named) Elmendorf Air Force Base with the loss of all 24 on board. The aircraft, serial number 77-0354, and using call sign Yukla 27, struck birds during takeoff and lost power in two of the aircraft's four engines, subsequently crashing into a wooded area less than a mile from the end of the runway.[11]

On July 28, 2010, a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft practicing for an upcoming airshow crashed into a wooded area within the base, killing all four aircrew members; three from the Alaska Air National Guard and one from the USAF.[12][13] The cause of the accident has been reported to be pilot error. The pilot performed an aggressive righthand turn and ignored the aircraft's stall warning, continuing the turn until the aircraft stalled due to lack of airspeed. The low altitude of the turn made it impossible for the crew to recover from the stall in time to avoid impacting the ground. The C-17 crashed just 100 yards from the site of the 1995 E-3 AWACS crash.[14]

On November 16, 2010, a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor took off for a training mission. At approximately 1900 hours, the base reported that the aircraft was overdue and missing. Air Force rescue teams were reported to be concentrating their search for the missing plane and pilot in Denali National Park. The F-22's crash site was found about 100 miles north of Anchorage near the town of Cantwell, Alaska. The pilot, part of the US Air Force's 525th Fighter Squadron, was killed in the crash.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Airport Diagram – Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (PAED)" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 5 December 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, AK". Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  3. ^ "11th Air Force". Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson: Small Business Base Contracting Information and Guidance". Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment". Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Colonel Patricia A. Csànk". Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson". Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  8. ^ "LIEUTENANT GENERAL DAVID J. MCCLOUD". Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  9. ^ U.S. Army. (2016, April 22). 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne). Retrieved from U.S. Army:
  10. ^ "Guard integration moves Airmen from Kulis to Elmendorf". Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Air Safety Network". Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Four Dead in Alaska Air Force Base Crash". 29 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  13. ^ "Military plane crashes on training mission in Alaska, killing 4 airmen". 29 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  14. ^ D'Oro, Rachel (December 13, 2010). "Pilot error blamed in July C-17 crash". Anchorage Daily News. Archived from the original on December 13, 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2010.
  15. ^ "Alaska Military Base Searching for Overdue F-22". 17 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-17.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

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