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Fort Wainwright Relocation Information

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Welcome to Fort Wainwright!

Fort Wainwright, “Home of the Arctic Warriors,” houses the United States Army Garrison and the United States Army Alaska (USARAK). Here, you’ll find the: 

  • 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team
  • 25th Infantry Division (aka, the 1-25th SBCT)
  • USARAK Aviation Task Force
  • Medical Department Activity-Alaska

All units are prepared to deploy anywhere worldwide to support humanitarian efforts and combat zones. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Fort Wainwright

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1) Who is Fort Wainwright named after?

Fort Wainwright is named after General Jonathan Wainwright, who first tested aircraft in arctic conditions and later led troops into the Philippines during World War II. 

2) What units are stationed at Fort Wainwright? 

Units stationed at Fort Wainwright include: 

  • Arctic Support Command
  • USARAK Aviation Task Force
  • 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team
  • 25th Infantry Division (aka the 1-25th SBCT)
  • 1-25th ARB
  • 4-25th IBCT
  • 1-52D GSAB
  • 402nd AFSBN
  • DENTAC-AK
  • Medical Department Activity-Alaska

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3) Is Fairbanks an expensive place to live? 

Fairbanks cost of living is 33% higher than the national average. However, the largest expenses you’ll find are housing and utilities. Thankfully, your overseas COLA (cost of living allowance) and BAH should compensate for the increase.  

 

4) What’s the closest city to Fort Wainwright

Ringing in at 50,000 residents, Fairbanks is the closest city to Fort Wainwright. While it might not be a major city like Chicago, San Diego, or Dallas, it’s equipped to handle everything you might need like things to do and places to eat!

Base Location and Information

Official Site: Fort Wainwright

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Fort Wainwright is located in Alaska's Interior region adjacent to the town of Fairbanks. The city of North Pole is just north of post, between Fort Wainwright and Eielson AFB,  a short 15- to 20-minute drive from Fort Wainwright's Badger gate. 

Fairbanks is home to 50,000 residents and offers nearly anything and everything you might want out of a nearby city, not to mention the unbeatable scenery. You’ve undoubtedly heard how beautiful this region of the country is, and the rumors hold true. Regal mountains set the stage for outdoor adventures like hunting, fishing, hiking, camping. And the diverse wildlife is sure to keep things interesting for all members of your family. There’s truly no place like this. 

And if you’re itching to see more of this gorgeous state, Anchorage makes a fantastic destination 6.5 hours south of Fairbanks. 

Nearby military installations: 

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Arrival Lodging

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The Holiday Inn Express Northern Lights Inn handles arrival lodging for military families PCSing to Fort Wainwright.  Their newly renovated rooms make for a pleasant landing space for your moving family or those just traveling for work or play. Centrally located near the PX, commissary, bowling alley, and welcome center, it helps you get your bearings as you learn your new duty station. 

 

Location: 

Bldg 3402 Santiago Ave. 

Fort Wainwright, Alaska 99703

Contact: (907) 370-0999

Fort Wainwright Housing

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North Haven Communities by Lendlease handles on-post housing for families stationed at Fort Wainwright. Aside from the perks you already know and love about living on post like proximity to work and base amenities, you’ll find community here. With walking trails and playgrounds throughout the neighborhoods and a Great Room with an indoor playground, fireplace, and complimentary beverages, you’ll find ways to stay connected no matter what the weather brings. 

Leasing Office

  • Location: 3401 Santiago Avenue, Fort Wainwright, AK 99703
  • Phone: (888) 347-2985 
  • Maintenance Line: (907) 290-5214

Community Office

  • Location: 4268 Neely Road, Fort Wainwright, AK 99703
  • Phone: (907) 356-7000 

For more information, contact the Fort Wainwright  Housing Services Office.

Location: 

Bldg 3401, Room 100

Fort Wainwright, AK  99703

Phone: 907-353-1190

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Fort Wainwright Off-Post Housing

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Military families stationed at Fort Wainwright who choose to live off-post live in Fairbanks or North Pole. Fairbanks offers more things to do in terms of attractions and restaurants, while North Pole provides a quieter place to live. However, neither option puts you far from post or excursions!

Use the BAH Calculator to check out the local Basic Housing Allowance rates. 

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Area Weather & Climate

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Moving to central Alaska, you’ll learn two things:

 

1. The weather fluctuates greatly. In the summer, you’ll notice days reach almost 90 degrees countered drastically by -50 degree days in the winter. Suffice it to say, there’s no leaving part of your wardrobe behind, as you’ll need to be prepared for anything and everything. 

 

2. Your days will look a lot different. You’ve probably heard it, but the midnight sun is real. It causes nearly 20-hour days of sunshine during the summer and offers only four hours of daylight during the winter. As you can imagine, these extreme changes can make for a difficult adjustment. Just as you’ll learn to embrace light-blocking shades to rest during those long summer months, invest in sunlight lamps to help keep your spirits up during the long winter months. 

Yes, you can expect snow. Heavy snowfall is expected October through January; however it’s not uncommon to see those flurries float up until May.

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Fort Wainwright Area Schools

 

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Families with school-age children living on or off-post at Fort Wainwright fall under the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

 

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Middle School Boundary Map

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High School Boundary Map

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For families interested in a private school education for their school-age children, you can find private school ratings at Private School Review Families pursuing homeschooling should view state regulations at The Great State of Alaska Education & Early Development 

 

For any questions or concerns, contact the School Liaison Officer at the Fort Wainwright School Support Services.

 

Location: 

Neely Road, BLDG 4109

Fort Wainwright, Alaska 99703

Contact: (907) 361-9897

Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:30pm

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Support for Military & Families

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 What does life look like for military families stationed at Fort Wainwright? You’ll find a slightly higher unemployment rate than the national average. 

If you’re looking for work, these are the largest employers in the Fairbanks area: 

  • Banner Health System
  • Alyeska Pipeline Service
  • Tanana Chiefs Conference 
  • Petro Star
  • University of Alaska

For those looking to pursue higher education, you’ll find both the University of Alaska and Wayland Baptist University nearby. 

Families can thrive here. With the incredible outdoor landscape and amenities designed to make life even more fun, you’ll find so much to do here. Not only can you expect to spend days kayaking, fishing, hiking, camping, gazing at the Northern Lights, rafting the rapids, and more while you explore the great outdoors, but you’ll find lots to do on post as well. 

 

Places like Nugget Lanes Bowling Center, Birch Hill Ski & Snowboard Center, the Fort Wainwright Library, Chena Bend Clubhouse & Golf Course,  and more, are sure to keep you and your children busy. 

 

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Some helpful links:

Things to Do Near Fort Wainwright

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University of Alaska Museum of the North: There’s no better introduction to Alaska than the UAMN. With exhibits showcasing over 2,000 years of art, it takes you exploring through Alaska’s wildlife, people, and breathtaking land. 

Running Reindeer Ranch: Family-owned and operated, Running Reindeer Ranch is the magical place to head out on a reindeer walk and see this beautiful animals up close and personal. 

Fairbanks Northern Lights Tours: Everything you’ve heard is true. The northern lights are not something you want to miss. Plan a tour for the dead of winter when they’re most visible and watch     those vibrant lights dance in the sky above you. 

Fairbanks Children’s Museum: Watch your kid’s imagination and curiosity come to life at this interactive children’s museum. 

Alaska Coffee Roasting Co.: You can’t live in Fairbanks and not head to Alaska Coffee Roasting Co. for a cup of joe. Your taste buds  will thank you! 

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Base Address:

1060 Gaffney Road
Fort Wainwright , 99703-6000

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