Located southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska, Fort Greely is home to a United States Army launch site for anti-ballistic missiles. Built in 1942, Fort Greely was originally Big Delta Army Air Field. By 1949, it was decided it was going to be a permanent fixture of the U.S. Army. Since it's opening, it has been used as a way to train soldiers to deal with the cold. This was true up until the end of the "Cold War." In 1995, Fort Greely was reassigned rather than closed.
Fort Richardson was opened in 1941. It was named after Army explorer Brig. Gen. Wilds P. Richardson. The fort was moved northeast of Anchorage in 1950. Today, Fort Richardson Army base is headquarters to United States Army, Alaska (USARAK), one of the United States Army Pacific Command units. It is home to the only airborne Army division in the Pacific theater. Task Force 1-501 is based there, although they have done quite a bit in Afghanistan starting in 2003.
Fort Wainwright is close to Fairbanks, Alaska. It was created in 1961 when the U.S. Air Force transferred Ladd Field to the Army. The Army base received its name from a famous WWII General Jonathan M. Wainwright. During the first 10 years of its existence as an Army base, it was home to the 171st Infantry Brigade. In the 1980s and 1990s, it was home to the 6th Infantry Division (Light). In the late 90s and early years of the 21st century, it was home to the 172nd Infantry Brigade (which became the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) in 2003.)
Updated: February 18, 2015
Families moving to the last frontier state will find Alaska quite military friendly with an abundance of great quality schools. Despite its chilly scenery of beautiful blue ice glaciers and fur-clad Eskimos and igloos, residents enjoy long summer days and the overall winter seasons may not be as harsh as one might think. There are activities and attractions galore in Alaska. Newcomers can enjoy year-round fishing, Arctic Winter Games, Hot Springs, Tanana Valley State Fair and the World Ice Art championships. As one can see by the information listed below regarding the following three army bases, Alaska is not bad place to be stationed.
Originally named Big Delta Army Air Field, Fort Greely opened in 1942 in the town of Delta Junction, which is 90 miles south Fairbanks. The base has been used to train troops and is an ideal place to help soldiers learn how to deal with a cold climate. A launch site for anti-ballistic missiles, the base has also proven to be an excellent choice for keeping army equipment in low temperature settings. Testing and training usually takes place about 10 miles from Fort Greely at Bolio Lake Range Complex. In order to continue protecting Alaska and America’s west coast from possible attacks from North Korea, expansion may eventually be required. Visitors and residents are privy to spectacular views of snow-capped mountains and the enviable chance to catch the northern lights dance across the night sky.
Located near Anchorage, Fort Richardson was established in 1941 and was named after Brigadier General Wilds P. Richardson. For a short period of time, the base was used as a holding center for members of Alaskan Japanese Americans arrested after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is one of the United States’ Army Pacific Command units and is home to Task Force 1-501 and Alaska National Guard. Non-military functions at Fort Richardson include a state-owned fish hatchery and a United States National Cemetery. Known as the home of “America’s Arctic Warriors,” Fort Richardson is 62,000 acres of land filled with housing complexes and other facilities. Animal and nature lovers may appreciate Anchorage’s diverse wildlife. Bear and moose sightings are very common with approximately 60 grizzlies and 250 black bears living in the area.
Fort Wainwright was established in 1961 and is located near Fairbanks. The base is named after World War II General Jonathan M. Wainwright and was home to the 171st Infantry Brigade during its first 10 years of existence. It became home to the 6th Infantry Division (Light) during the 1980s and 1990s and by the late 1990s, it was home to the 172nd Infantry Brigade. In addition to that, it also houses Task Force 49 and is the operations base for the Alaska Fire Service. Fort Wainwright’s extreme weather conditions means having a wide range of temperature experience as part of training for troops. There are nine gorgeous neighborhoods located on base.