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Location:  Fort Wainwright is located adjacent to Fairbanks in the interior of Alaska. Fairbanks, the second largest city in Alaska, is located 365 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska.  Fort Wainwright's mission is to deploy combat ready forces to support joint military operations worldwide and serve as the Joint Force Land Component Command to support Joint Task Force Alaska.

Cost of Living: The cost of housing and other living expenses in the Fairbanks area is higher than the average for all major U.S. cities.

Base Operator: 907-353-1110 or DSN 317-353-1110


  • 7,358 soldiers
  • 8,858 command sponsored dependents
  • 1,435 civil service employees
  • 722 non-appropriated employees

Area Population:  34,540

Child Care: There are two Child Development Centers providing care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old (pre-kindergarten). One offers full day care while the other offers part day and hourly care. Both offer Strong Beginnings program. For more information, call 907-353-7713.

Family Child Care: The Family Child Care (FCC) program offers parents a viable and flexible child care option. FCC Providers living on post provide care to children ages 4 weeks to 12 years old. FCC offers full day, part day, hourly care, and extended or weekend care. For more information, call 907-353-6266.

School Age Care: The School Age Care Center provides before and/or after School Care for children in kindergarten through 6th grade. For more information, contact 907-353-7713.

Schools: There are no DoD schools on Fort Wainwright. All public schools that military children attend are in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

Youth Services: The Youth Center provides activities and recreational opportunities for youth in grades 6 to 12. For more information about what is available at the Fort Wainwright Youth Center, call 907-361-KIDS or 907-361-5437.

Army Community Service: ACS 907-353-4ACS (4227)

Housing: Fort Wainwright has more than 1,500 Privatized Housing Units located on post. The majority are within walking distance of elementary schools, the AAFES Shoppette, child care center and chapels.  Housing  for families with exceptional family members is available.  Call 907-353-1190.

Employment: The University of Alaska Fairbanks is a major employer. Fifty percent of employment is in government services. Alaska's unemployment rate is 7.2%. Median household income in Alaska is $67,825.

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Medical Services:  Bassett Army Community Hospital, 907-361-5172 and the Kamish Clinic, 907-361-4000, serve soldiers and family members.

Special Installation Messages:

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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