Eielson Air Force Base

EAFB Regional Growth Plan

Sep 28, 2018

The Regional Growth Plan for expansion of Eielson Air Force Base is being released this week. As KUAC’s Robyne reports, it looks at the impact of a 50 percent population increase at the base when F-35 aircraft are stationed there.

Two F-35A Lightning II squadrons will be stationed at the base in the next four years by the year 2022, with the first arriving in 2020.

Borough Mayor Karl Kassel informed the Assembly last night that work has already started on the suggestions made by Agnew Beck Consulting. The project firm was hired to examine what happens when about four-thousand more people move into the area near the Air Base.

“We’re taking the growth plan very seriously and acting on it already.”

The analysis estimates 2,000 of those new residents will be under the age of 17, causing a severe shortage of space for elementary and middle school students. The report notes there is already a shortage of affordable child care options in the borough, and the newcomers will bring about 800 children under the age of four.

The plan shows new growth has been an economic boost to the area, with lots of new housing already under construction. “It recommends we form a housing task force, and we’ve already done that with FEDC, Fairbanks Economic Development taking the lead on that.”

In addition to housing, education and child care, consultants examined Planning and Zoning, developing the civilian workforce, Public Safety, Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure, Health and Social Services, and even Quality of Life.

Kassel says the plan involves the private sector in improving growth.
“An example of that is Foundation Health Partners are already planning a health clinic on the east side of town.”

The plan will be on the website: EAFBRegionalGrowth.com

U.S. Army/Samantha L. Magers

Some 6,000 military personnel from Fort Wainwright and Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson will deploy next week to the Fort Greely area for a big, two-week field training exercise to test the Stryker Brigade’s combat readiness. And while they’re training on the ground, the Air Force will launch its latest round of Red Flag aerial combat training out of Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Richardson Elmendorf.


Pacific Air Forces public affairs office

Five B-52s from a U.S. air base in Guam are parked at the southern end of the airfield on Eielson Air Force Base. The big bombers and their crews were sent to Eielson this week to wait out a powerful typhoon that's now spinning its way toward Asia.

Fort Wainwright

Moose-hunting season begins in just over two weeks, and hunters are up in arms over restrictions on access through military-training ranges that will make it hard for them to get back into their favorite camps. Fort Wainwright officials say they’ve tried to accommodate hunters’ concerns. But they say the restrictions are needed because the ranges around Fort Greely will be busy for the next few weeks with Air Force Red Flag training exercises.


Eielson AFB photo

Eielson Air Force Base officials will host a town hall meeting tonight in North Pole to talk about a recently issued document that offers guidelines for land uses around the base that would be compatible with the F-35 aircraft that'll begin arriving at the base beginning next year.


F-35 Plan Released

Jun 28, 2018
Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson / Eielson AFB

The Fairbanks-North Pole area is at the start of a mini-boom, as the region prepares for the basing of 2 squadrons of F-35 fighter jets at Eielson Air Force Base. Challenges and opportunities presented by the F-35 basing are the focus of a draft plan released this week by the Fairbanks North Star Borough. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. military increasingly relies on Alaska, both to provide a base of operations to maintaining dominance of the Indian and Pacific oceans to the south and to enable the Coast Guard and Navy to maintain control of U.S. Arctic waters, to the north. Mattis spoke at a news conference this morning at Eielson Air Force Base.


KUAC file photo

Fairbanks International Airport and Eielson Air Force Base no longer use a type of firefighting foam containing a chemical compound that’s contaminated groundwater around the city, and that poses a potential threat to human health.


Erin Corneliussen/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

City and borough officials announced Thursday that another groundwater contamination hotspot has been found in the Fairbanks area, this time around South Davis Park. In response, borough Mayor Karl Kassel says the Parks and Rec Department will no longer use water from contaminated wells to irrigate the park’s heavily used sports fields.


Corps of Engineers

Air Force officials will host an open house meeting Monday to talk about proposals to provide drinking water to Moose Creek residents whose well water has been made unpotable due to groundwater contamination.


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