More than 50 years ago surveyors first staked out the land that would someday be Eielson Air Force Base. It was 1943; Japanese had invaded the Aleutian Islands, the Russians were asking for American aircraft to help their military defend the homeland and the Allies had yet to get the upper hand in Europe or the Pacific.
But as one looks back at the origins of the base, it becomes apparent Mother Nature - more than Uncle Sam - prompted the opening of Eielson and its expansion to the premier Air Force installation in the Interior of Alaska.
phone numbers: Commercial (907)377-1110 or
address: 354th Fighter Wing, Eielson Air
Force Base, Alaska 99702
3,300 active duty; 624 reservists; 3,997 family
members; 1,124 civilians
family units; wait several months; 483 unaccompanied
personnel spaces (907)377-1840/2244
lodging: 908 visitor units (907)377-1844;
Support Center: (907)377-2178
elementary, one combined junior high/high school on base
Care: Center for 240; 42 approved homes
care: Outpatient clinic.
Appointments (907)377-5253; benefits (907)377-4130;
Tricare (800)242-6788; also see Fort Wainright
Eielson Air Force Base - Alaska
has a medium size commissary and a mini commissary -
a medium exchange, and one shoppette (907)377-4154. Recreation at Eielson Air Force Base - Alaska
includes arts and crafts, bowling, library, auto hobby,
recreation center, golf, gym, tennis, swimming, outdoor
activities, camping, and fishing.