Fort Greely is a remote Army Base situated approximately 100 miles southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska, 350 miles north of Anchorage, and located between two majestic mountains in the Washington range, and near the Delta Junction. This is one of the smallest facilities operated by the U.S. Army, but of extreme importance, being a National Security Asset serving as a launch site for anti-ballistic missiles, and selected as part of the United States Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) and Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system in 2002.
Days at Fort Greely are short during winter time, with just four hours of daylight, while in summertime the sun does not fall below the horizon, therefore there is not much to see around this army base than the breathtaking natural settings. As a strategic Army Base, Fort Greely is called "Home to the Guardians of the North" and it houses the Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC), as this place is one of the coldest regions in the state of Alaska all year round. There is reference naming the Alaskan Kodiak Island as former home of Fort Greely, but this information is not documented in the Army Base official page.
Cost of Living: The closest city to Fort Greely is Fairbanks, a somewhat livable city scoring 62 points of livability, ranked number 46 in Alaska, and number 26,926 in the USA, with a cost of living of 3.8% greater than the Alaska average, and 35.4% greater than the national cost of living average.
Automated Telephone Attendant Number: Base Operator numbers are (907) 873-3662, (907) 873-4346, and (907) 873-3284, DSN: 873-3284
Base Population: Fort Greely population hardly sums up 441 people on post, but there are also 5 Active Duty garrison personnel, 205 Alaska Air National Guard, 357 Civilian employees, and 643 tenants.
City/Area Population: Fairbanks is the largest city in Alaska with an estimated population of 32,324 people as of 2013, but with the Metropolitan Statistical Area of Fairbanks North Star Borough, its population accounts for 100,807 inhabitants, which makes Fairbanks the most populous metropolitan area in Alaska after the Municipality of Anchorage. Fairbanks is also in the northernmost Metropolitan Statistical Area of America, just less than 120 miles south of the Arctic Circle.
Child Development Centers: The Child Care Center at Fort Greely handles all the children-related affairs, but registration requires the presentation of documents including the child's current immunization, shot records, vaccines results and more. Please call for inquiries and orientation; phone (907) 873-4599.
Youth Programs: The Education Office at Fort Greely provides support and counseling for children, teens, and youth education, programs and careers. The education counselor is reachable at (907) 873-2485 or visit the Child and Youth Services (CYS) Office in Building 847.
Family Readiness Center: Family readiness programs at Fort Greely are handled by the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Office. Call the Family Assistance Coordinator at (907) 873-2482.
Employment: Fort Greely offers Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) programs and on post jobs to military personnel and civilians.
Base Services: Fort Greely has services to provide the military personnel hosted here with a comfortable life in an arctic region.
History: Fort Greely was established in 1942 under the name of Army Air Corps Station 17, being the Alaskan Wing of the Air Transportation Command, which served as a refueling facility for aircraft sent to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease Program.
However, the base was deactivated as soon as the Word War II was over, but reactivated again in 1955 and designated as Fort Greely.
Units: The 59th Signal Battalion and 49th Missile Defense Battalion are stationed here, besides the Army Corp of Engineers and the Alaska National Guard.
Housing: Fort Greely grants Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) that can be used for living on post, or to be used for renting or buying an off post home. Call Fort Greely Housing Office for more information, phone (907) 873-4658. On post housing depends on eligibility and availability, and therefore there might not be on post accommodations, hence applications may be put onto a waiting list. When it comes to buying or renting an off post home, housing opportunities are commonly found in the cities surrounding Fort Greely in Salcha and Delta Junction. There are also temporary quarters, please make your reservation during office hours at (907) 873-4311.
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