Fort Richardson, AK Housing and Relocation Information
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Anchorage is the biggest city in Alaska with a population of 298,800. Located in the south central part of the state, the city is sheltered from the Gulf of Alaska by the Kenai Fjords and Chugach National Forests. There are just a few smaller communities near Anchorage and the closest major city is Fairbanks, over 6 hours to the north; remote locations are the norm here. Other nearby cities are Eagle River, Birchwood, Chugiak, and, slightly further away, Palmer and Gateway. Alaska is well known for the rugged, untamable wilderness that draws many adventurous visitors and residents here each year. Living here is very different than living elsewhere in North America, but many families will find the new experiences to be rewarding.
About the Installation
Fort Richardson is home to the Alaskan Command, the Alaskan NORAD Region, and the Joint Task Force-Alaska as well as several base wing tenants. The main mission of Fort Richardson is to defend the Asia Pacific region by providing combat units ready for air power projection worldwide. Due to the Base Realignment and Closure initiative of 2005, Elmendorf Air Force Base was officially merged with United States Army Fort Richardson in 2010, forming Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.