Eielson AFB has all the amenities that a regular community needs. There are dining facilities, the Yukon Club, a small shop, and commissary. This is an excellent area to enjoy the great outdoors while providing good quality-of-life with comfortable amenities.
The name of the base was changed from Mile 26 Satellite Field to Eielson Air Force Base in honor of Carl Ben Eielson who flew the very first air mail in Alaska starting from Fairbanks and landing in McGrath. He was able to cover the distance in 4 hours, an expanse which took dog sleds 20 days to cover. Eielson became even more popular for being the first pilot to fly across the Arctic Ocean.
Prior to 2007, the base was used to deploy bomber and fighter units to different parts of the world while at the same time protecting Alaska. Today, its sole purpose is to support Red Flag-Alaska training exercise.
The base’s entire population is comprised of almost 7000 active duty reserve and guard personnel, contractors, civilians, and retirees. Other tenant military units on the base include the 210th Rescue Squadron Det. 25 and 372nd Training Squadron, Air Force Office of Special Investigations Det. 1, 66th Training Squadron Det. 632, Air Force Technical Applications Center Arctic Survival School, and the 168th Air Refueling Wing.
Some of the basic community amenities are present in North Pole City which is the most immediate town to Eielson Air Force Base. The basic services available in North Pole include dining facilities, churches, parks, and a number of events that are held all throughout the year. On Eielson, residents can keep busy with activities such as hiking, fishing, dog mushing, canoeing, snowmobiling, and watching the Northern Light Show.
There is a wide choice for primary and secondary education on Eielson AFB. The schools are run by Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. All kindergarten to 2nd grade students go to Anderson Elementary School, 3rd through 6th grade students attend Crawford Elementary School, and junior and senior high school students study at Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High School. There is a bus service that is available for the students.
For quick medical assistance on-base, the 354th Medical Group is located in Building 2630. There are hospitals outside the base for emergency medical assistance. Finding on-base or off-base housing is taken care of by The Eielson Housing Management Office. Each housing unit has a refrigerator stove, dishwasher, dryer, and garbage disposal. There are also dormitories with more than 600 beds made available for personnel grades E-1 to E-4. The Goldrush Inn provides temporary lodging for visitors and newcomers.