Welcome to JB Elmendorf-Richardson, AK
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) is home to tenants like the Alaska NORAD Command Region, the 673rd Air Base Wing, and the Alaskan Command headquarters. It is located in Anchorage, Alaska and is a combination of Fort Richardson and Elmendorf AFB.
Fort Richardson, was built to protect the relatively undefended northern territory and to house the Alaskan Command. Also, it was conveniently located for receiving shipments from the USSR during World War II. In 1942, when the Japanese attacked the Aleutian Islands, the fort was one of the only defenses. In 1947, Fort Richardson moved locations and out of the need for more protection and the birth of the Air Force, Elmendorf AFB was created. They officially became a joint base (again) in 2010.
Anchorage, is in the southern part of the state like most of Alaska it has a subarctic climate which produces, cool summers and extremely cold winters. Temperatures during summertime are usually in the 50-60 degree range (F) and winters can experience bitter temps in the low 20's to low teens. An average of 70 inches of snow are expected, or about a foot per month, and large snow storms are common.
Although, this area of Alaska is fairly remote, Anchorage is the state's largest city. There is plenty of housing, events, and outdoor activities to keep your family entertained. Other areas outside the city are Eagle River, Chugiak, and Gateway, which are all within a 15-45 minute drive (fairly short for Alaska!) of base. If your family is looking to purchase your own home, there are modestly priced homes and detached houses on par with AK state average prices.
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About DoD Housing Network
Welcome to DoD Housing Network. We provide the resources for you to make an educated housing decision upon your PCS arrival to JB Elmendorf-Richardson. Whether you decide to stay on post in JB Elmendorf-Richardson housing or use your basic allowance for housing (BAH) to rent or purchase a home in the community surrounding JB Elmendorf-Richardson, our relocation tools will help you make the right choice.
Feel free to browse the homes for rent and homes for sale, as well as the local businesses that work with JB Elmendorf-Richardson inbound soldiers and their families. Our goal at DoD Housing Network is to help you better understand JB Elmendorf-Richardson and the surrounding communities, neighborhoods and activities. If you need temporary lodging upon your arrival to JB Elmendorf-Richardson please visit our lodging section with available hotels close to post. Please note DoD Housing Network is not a government sponsored website.