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EYB: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska

Editor’s note: This post was updated in October 2020.

One of the most challenging aspects of military spouse life is preparing for an upcoming PCS or, if you get the chance, potentially picking a new duty station. There is a lot of information out there, and it can be almost overwhelming.

We here at Army Wife Network want to take some of the guesswork out of the need-to-knows about duty stations around the globe. Hence, our Post With the Most series. In this particular blog, we will be showcasing information related to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

Back in 2010, the Department of Defense merged two installations in Alaska to form Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. It’s a big place, home to large numbers of service members, families, and civilian employees. While the base is way up north, it has numerous outdoor activities to offer, as well as beautiful scenery and wildlife galore.


JBER is a joint base, but home to the following Army units:

  • 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division
  • 4th Infantry Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division
  • 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion
  • 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment
  • 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade
  • Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, United States Army Alaska
  • 59th Signal Battalion

Surrounding Cities:

  • Eagle River (10 miles)
  • Anchorage (11 miles)
  • Palmer (35 miles)
  • Wasilla (36 miles)

Closest MAJOR City: Anchorage

 Names of Area Colleges:

Weather: While you might expect Alaska to be frigid, it’s considered a “dry” cold, so it doesn’t feel as bad. You’ll experience four seasons, but also a fifth, known as “break up,” which falls in between winter and spring. It can be a dismal time of year, with the snow and ice melting during the day, refreezing at night and breaking into pieces. Summer is beautiful with temperatures rarely above the 80s and rainbows in abundance.

JBER is not as cold as one would think. Just as the humidity makes the heat worse, humidity makes the cold worse. Science, am I right? But the cold in JBER is a dry cold, which means that even when it’s 40 degrees outside, one would see college kids in shorts.” —Sarah Anne H.

Time Zone: Alaska Time Zone


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Map of the Area

For a full history of JBER, go here.


On-post Housing is managed by Aurora Military Housing.

 Major realty/rental companies in the area:


 School Liaison Officer            

School District: Anchorage School District

On-Post Schools

Off-Post Schools: There are more than 300 schools in Anchorage alone, so rather than list all of them, go here for a ranking of schools in the area.



Health Care:

Shopping/malls: Fifth Avenue Mall has five floors of shopping.



Eagle River:





Eagle River:


Hatcher Pass:


“Not only will you get the chance to see whales, otters, and other beautiful aspects of nature, but where else can you get a margarita made with freshly-carved glacier ice? Throw in a no-seasickness guarantee and you’ve got yourself a deal. Oh, and to get there you need to drive through a mountain.” — Sarah Anne H.


Army Wife Network does not promote or endorse these groups; however, we know they can be helpful in learning about various duty stations, so they are provided for your convenience.

 Installation Facebook Page: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson—JBER

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