Fort Greely is a small installation in one of the coldest regions in the United States. Moose wander freely on the base. Daylight ranges from 24 hours a day in the summer to just four hours in the winter months. Due to the remote location of the installation, there are many recreational activities on-post. The Aurora Community Activities Center offers bowling, an arcade, a grille and a bar. The fitness center includes a pool, tanning booth, sauna and weight room.
Because Fort Greely is located in the coldest region of Alaska, it is home to the Cold Regions Test Center, where vehicles, weapons and clothing are tested. The primary mission of the installation is mid-course missile defense. Fort Greely hosts several tenant units, including the Missile Defense Agency, and provides support for the the Ground-based Midcourse Defense initiative.
The nearest town to Fort Greely is Delta Junction, a small community with a population of less than one thousand. Locally, service members and their families can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Alaska. From the Northern Lights to a moose walking across the lawn, Fort Greely families get the privilege of an adventure most people will never experience without leaving the post.
Fairbanks is the nearest major city and can be reached by car in about two hours. Downtown Fairbanks offers a wide selection of traditional and unique shopping venues, entertainment and nightlife. Denali National Park is located approximately four hours from Fort Greely.
The Delta/Greely School District serves the families of Fort Greely. There are five physical school and a homeschool program in the district. Children up to 8th grade attend Delta Elementary, Fort Greely School and Gerstle River. New Horizons High School and Delta High School educate children in grades 9-12. The Family Medical Center at Fort Greely provides primary care to the service members and families on-post. Specialty care is limited to some gynecology and obstetrics.
Bassett Army Community Hospital is a full service medical facility located at Fort Wainwright, near Fairbanks. The nearest hospital with an emergency room to Fort Greely is at Bassett Army Community Hospital, almost two hours from the installation.
North Haven manages the family housing communities at Fort Greely. The installation has a total of 168 two, three and four-bedroom single family homes. Amenities include a dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer. Each home on Fort Greely has one private parking space. Each household may have up to two domesticated pets.
Temporary housing is available at Installation Lodging. While waiting for their permanent home, service members can enjoy cable television with several premium channels, Internet access, an ice machine and laundry service. Pets are not allowed at Installation Lodging but there is a kennel on-post.