Eielson Air Force Base

DVIDS/Air National Guard file photo

Officials with the Air Force and other agencies are asking members of the public to weigh-in on several proposals to provide drinking water to Moose Creek residents who can’t use their wells because of groundwater contamination. The pollution came from Eielson Air Force Base’s use of firefighting foam in years past. On Monday, North Pole City Council members made it clear they believe expanding their municipal water system to Moose Creek is the best alternative.


Tim Ellis/KUAC

Cleanup work began this month at a mothballed pump station near Delta Junction that was part of the old Haines to Fairbanks Pipeline. Crews will remove contaminated materials from the Timber Pump Station and two other sites that were part of an old Army-operated pipeline built in the 1950s to transport fuel to the Interior’s three military bases.


DVIDS

Eielson Air Force Base officials say they reminded pilots and their commanders participating in a training exercise last month that they cannot harass wildlife that wanders onto military training ranges during a recent exercise. The issue came up after a pilot asked for permission to flow low over several bison to scare them away from the Donnelly Training Area near Fort Greely, where the aircraft were preparing for a live-fire training exercise.


U.S. Marine Corps

Summer promises to be a busy construction season for the Interior, due to a series of projects at the region’s two Air Force installations. The projects will inject more than $1.5 billion into the area’s economy.


Javier Alvarez/U.S. Air Force

The skies above the Interior and Southcentral Alaska will get a lot busier starting next week, when Northern Edge 2017 gets under way. It’ll be the biggest military-training exercise to be held this year in Alaska.


Amanda Frank / KUAC

Community members, business owners, and military personnel met Tuesday in Fairbanks to discuss partnering on projects with Eielson Air Force Base. KUAC’s Amanda Frank reports.

F-35 Input

Sep 21, 2015
Lockheed Martin

Local hearings are happening this week on the planned basing of fifty four F-35 Fighter jets at Eielson Air Force Base.  The sessions, in North Pole (Mon.), Delta and Fairbanks, provide opportunity to comment on a draft Environmental Impact Statement on the basing plan. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Most of the wells in the small interior community of Moose Creek are contaminated with a chemical emanating from Eielson Air Force Base. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the pollution stems from firefighting foam used at the base in past decades.

Ground water contamination at Eielson Air Force Base has spread off the facility. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, a chemical thought to originate from firefighting foam used at the base prior to the year 2000, is being detected in groundwater wells in a nearby subdivision. 

Department of Defense file photo

Local leaders are welcoming news that the Air Force plans to keep 21 F-16 jets and more than 1,500 military and civilian jobs at Eielson Air Force Base. The Air Force had considered moving them to accommodate the proposed stationing of 2 F-35 squadrons at the base.

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