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Location:  Eielson AFB is located 26 miles southeast of Fairbanks, in the interior of Alaska, about 110 miles south of the arctic circle. Eielson boasts hiking, fishing, canoeing, dog mushing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and some of the best Northern Lights Shows in the world. Installation's homepage.

Cost of Living: Eielson is a high cost area.  Fairbanks is slightly lower than the rest of Alaska.  It is similar to living in Boston MA. For the 4th quarter 2014, the average price of a single family house is $223,447. The average rent for 3 bedroom apartment was $1,505. The average price of a 3 bedroom home was $1,845. The average cost of food at home for a week for a family of 4 was $174.93 in September 2014. Average self-service unleaded gasoline was $3.42 / gallon December 2014.

Base Operator:
 907-377-1110, DSN 317-377-1110.

Population:  Over 6,900 active duty, guard and reserve, family members, civilians, contractors, and retirees.

Area Population:  Approximately 100,000 in the Fairbanks North Star Borough

Child Development Centers:  The Child Development Center is a modern facility located at 2449 French Creek Drive. Care is provided for the dependents of active duty and DoD Civilians. The Center accepts children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age.  Available programs include, weekly care, drop-in care and a preschool program. Reservations for drop ins are made on a first come first served basis, depending on availability. 

Schools:
 The schools on Eielson AFB are part of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. State of Alaska law and school district policy governs all of the schools in the area. Thus programs and services are similar from school to school. Extracurricular and co-curricular activities such as athletics, band orchestra, etc are provided within budget limitations. Senior high students are offered college prep courses as well as vocational technical education courses. Special education is provided for exceptional children, as well as for children with learning disabilities, physical handicaps and other special needs. Eielson has a representative on the school board to give a military perspective on policy issues.

Youth Services:  A wealth of creative, supervised youth activities are available through the Youth Center for youth between the ages of 5 and 18 (6 year olds must be enrolled in first grade). The Youth Center is conveniently located at 714 Raven Way next to Crawford Elementary School and across the street from Ben Eielson Junior and Senior High School. The youth center is also home to the Teen Center, which includes a snack bar which is open for lunch each day during the school year. High School students can have lunch in the lounge area, complete with music, then enjoy video games or use the computer room.

Airman and Family Readiness Center: Airman and Family Readiness Center, 907-377-2178.

Housing: Visit the Air Force Housing website to find your new home with the Air Force. This website serves as a one-stop shop for Airmen and their families to obtain information about the housing options and support services available to them at Air Force bases world-wide. At Eielson AFB, military family housing is privatized. Corvias Military Living owns the family housing and is responsible for maintaining, repairing, constructing and managing the community. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you now may choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Corvias Military Living.

For comprehensive information about the privatized housing community at Eielson AFB, visit the Corvias Military Living website. The website provides information you need to know about the homes and amenities available in the privatized housing community.

Employment: Alaska unemployment rate is 6.3%, currently Fairbanks Alaska 5.6% as of December 2014. To file for unemployment benefits online, click on "Unemployment Insurance Benefits". 

Base Services: 

Medical Services: The 354th Medical Group, located at 2360 Central Avenue, is a primary-care comprehensive clinic providing outpatient-managed healthcare for all eligible beneficiaries living in the Eielson area. Bassett Army Community Hospital (BACH) on Fort Wainwright serves as the Eielson clinic's primary referral source for specialty and inpatient care.

Special Messages:

  • Eielson is in a high cost area. Service members and DoD Civilians on base are provided COLA (DoD civilians are converting over locality pay as COLA is phased out).
  • Eielson AFB is located in interior Alaska where temperatures can range from 95 degrees in the summer to 60 degrees below zero in extreme winter conditions.
  • If you are driving to Eielson in the winter, your vehicle should be winterized prior to leaving your current location.  In addition, you must make sure you are eligible to drive through Canada.
  • All parties traveling through Canada will need proof of citizenship. Family members will need passports to travel and military members should be prepared with military IDs, copies of orders and identification / proof of US citizenship. Plan in advance and do not ship these important documents with your HHG.
  • A winter vehicle emergency kit should include, at a minimum: blankets, high energy source food (candy), water, flares, a candle, matches, signaling device (fluorescent orange), first aid kit and winter clothing (gloves, hat, coat, boots) for all passengers.
  • Drive with caution and watch for icy roads and animals. Caribou, moose and bear are often seen on the roadside or even in the road. These animals often dart across the highway as you approach them.

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.

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