Clear Air Force Station Base is a strategic radar station located in Clear, an unincorporated community one mile west from mile marker 293.5 on Parks Highway in Denali Borough in central Alaska, just five miles west southwest of Anderson, alongside the extinct Alaska railroad route, and relatively close to Fairbanks and Mount McKinley. This 11,500-acre facility is in charge of early detection and monitoring of enemy submarine and intercontinental nuclear ballistic missile (ICBM) through its Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS).
One of the northernmost U.S. Air Force stations, Clear Air Force's BMEWS Site II was one of three radar sites in the world covering the polar region when the Soviet's Sputnik was launched. Actually, this station is home to a section of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Thirteen Space Warning Squadron (SWS) assigned to the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.
The base is managed by the Alaska Air National Guard and, besides detecting intercontinental and sea-launched ballistic missiles Clear Air Force Station Base has played an important role in space-related operations, thanks to its sophisticated satellite and radar systems.
Cost of Living: The closest city to Clear Air Force Station Base is Anderson, which scores 53 points of livability, ranking number 172 in Alaska, and 28,761 in the USA as a barely livable city, where the cost of living is 5.7% less than the Alaska average, but 23% greater than the national cost of the national average.
Automated Telephone Attendant Number: Base operator phone is (907) 585-6409, DNS: 585-6110
Base Population: There is no base population statistics reported for Clear Air Force Station Base.
City/Area Population: Clear is a small community next to George Parks Highway at Denali Borough, which is the largest city is Anderson. As of 2000, Anderson had 367 inhabitants, but in 2007 population decreased to only 274.
Child Development Centers: For children’s programs and Child Development Center in Clear Air Force Station Base, request further information from Peterson Air Force Base, calling base operator for telephone directory assistance: (719) 556-7321.
Youth Programs: Youth programs and services are not reported from this Air Force base.
Family Readiness Center: The Family Readiness Centers are meant to help family with deployment and transition to military life. Find out more by calling Military One Source toll free, phone (800-342-9647- En español marque (877) 888-0727. TTY/TDD: (866) 607-6794.
Employment: There might be employment opportunities at Clear Air Force Station Base, but these are published on the federal job bulletin board when available.
Base Services: There are no base services at all in or around Clear Air Force Station Base. Clear, the community where this base is installed has only two businesses.
Clear Air Force Station Base was originally built in 1950 as an auxiliary airfield in 1950 on land that the Department of the Interior purchased in 1949, including the 1918 Alaska railroad. Originally, this facility served as a Ladd Field gunnery range. It was not until 1958 when the construction of the Clear Missile Early Warning Station began as a technical camp, and was completed one year later, when the structure for the radar was completed and the railroad moved away.
Initially assigned to Massachusetts' Hanscom Field, Clear Air Force Station Base was declared operational in 1961, receiving many awards throughout the decade of 1970. The end of the Soviet Union in the following decade came along with the station base degradation, with outdated equipment and installation made it necessary for the relocation of the military personnel, but further upgrades and refurbishing between 1998 and 2001 made it functional again.
Units: There are no units or troops stationed at Clear Air Force Station Base.
Housing: There are no on-site housing facilities in this station base, but military staff and their families are lodged in nearby accommodations.
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