About Elmendorf-Richardson, AK
Located in Anchorage, Alaska, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is operated by the United States Air Force. The base merges Elmendorf Air Force Base with Fort Richardson. Alaskan Command Headquarters, Joint Task Force-Alaska and several base wing units are located on the joint base.
Established in 1940, Emendorf Air Force Base played a role in the Second World War and the Cold War. Alaska's proximity to the Soviet Union made the base a strategic asset in the 1950s and 1960s. Fort Richardson was used as a holding center during the Second World War. The two installations merged in 2010 to form Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson boasts a wide rand of services for its population. The base offers several fitness centers, outdoor adventure trips, child care and youth programs and an education center. The base population is composed of 13,000 military personnel, 20,000 family members and 30,000 non-military employees.