Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson (Fort Richardson) FAQ


Installation Info: Zip Code: 99505, Area Code: 907, DSN: (317)384

Fort Richardson, Alaska, is located amid picturesque, majestic, snow-capped mountains, lakes, rivers and glaciers. The area abounds with wildlife. Located within the Municipality of Anchorage and adjacent to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Fort Richardson receives great civilian support from the community. The area is considered high cost because of its unique location. Fort Richardson is 2,090 miles north of Seattle, Washington, and 300 miles south of Fairbanks, Alaska.



Fort Richardson was established in 1940 and moved to its present location in 1950. The major command is United States Army Alaska (USARAK). USARAK stands at the forefront of protecting America's interests in the volatile Asian Pacific region. We are the U.S. military's most centrally located worldwide transportation hub while our joint training opportunities, breathtaking environment and harsh climate changes provide ideal training grounds.

Personnel marvel at the natural beauty of Anchorage, with a population of more than 250,000, and wonders such as the 13,000-foot-high Chugach Mountain Range, the Chugach National Forest, the waters of the Cook Inlet and the Northern Lights adding an almost spiritual quality to the sheer beauty.