Elmendorf-Richardson is located on the outskirts of the city of Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, which is home to a rich collection of things to see and do. Despite the impression that many people have of the state, just because there’s snow on the ground doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do. You will just need a jacket to do it. If you like the nightlife, quality dining, and plenty of cultural activities and attractions, you won’t be disappointed.
There are even quite a number of activities that are unique to Alaska, including the Midnight Sun Baseball game. Due to the geographical location of Alaska, in the summer months, the sun is still up late which allows the Alaska Goldpanners to begin play, literally, at midnight.
And if you are an outdoors type of person, you will be thrilled with the excellent availability of wildlife, whether you want to shoot with a gun or a camera. There is no shortage of wildlife or scenery. On-base, housing areas gather together during the winter to build ice-skating rinks, snowman collections, and other fun-filled activities.
Just as is the case with most military installations, Elmendorf-Richardson is a city within a city, cooperating with several elements off-base as well as providing services on-base. One example is education, with the base operating several schools, K-12 as well as middle schools and off-base facilities for educational levels beyond. Several colleges and universities offer educational opportunities for their levels on-base.
Health care is provided for active duty personnel as well as for more than 10,000 retirees and their families who live in the surrounding area. This group represents 20 percent of the population of the city of Anchorage.
Complete medical services are provided by JBER Hospital, which is operated by the 673rd Medical Group, made up of more than 1,300 personnel that provide services in a wide range of care. This hospital is a 110-bed facility.
Elmendorf-Richardson might be a dull place if it was all work and no play. But it’s not.
In fact, it’s one of the most complete bases anywhere. Whether you want to spend your free time on-base or off, you won’t be in need of something to do, whether it be for the service member, spouse, or children. Extensive provisions are made for everyone here. Service members and their families will want to explore the offerings off-base, near and far. How many places can you explore Eskimo fishing villages in such remote areas? Watch native blanket tossing festivities and so much more.
There is so much available that makes Alaska unique that there’s little wonder why it is such a memorable assignment for service members and their families. Unlike other assignments, Alaska is a place that is totally different than anything else you will probably ever experience elsewhere, and where it is like anyplace else, there are influences of the area that still make it different. Alaska is a place you have to experience to fully appreciate.