Alaska, known for its strategic geographic position and vast wilderness, hosts several critical U.S. military installations. The primary army bases in Alaska include:
- Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER): Situated near Anchorage, it’s a combined United States military facility that houses the headquarters of the United States Alaskan Command, 11th Air Force, US Army Alaska (USARAK), and the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region.
- Fort Wainwright: Located adjacent to Fairbanks in the interior region of Alaska, this base is part of USARAK. Due to its challenging terrain and climate conditions, it supports training operations at individual and unit levels, ideal for cold-weather warfare training.
- Fort Greely: This installation lies near Delta Junction in central Alaska. It is an integral component of missile defense with its ground-based midcourse defense system designed to intercept incoming ballistic missiles during their midcourse phase using ground-based interceptor missiles.
Each Alaska military base serves unique roles ranging from air defense readiness, and tactical response capabilities. This includes airborne assault proficiency or mobilization platforms vital not only for America’s interests within Arctic regions but also for rapid deployment contingencies globally. Given current geopolitical tensions requiring flexible forces able to operate under extreme weather conditions.