The Last Frontier

Story by Jaqueline Conley-McGinnis, Defense Media Activity

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently wrapped up a visit to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, his first stop of a 12-day trip spanning Asia and Europe. Hagel discussed the base’s role in homeland defense. The Alaskan Command serves a vital role for the military in the Pacific region.

Alaska, Singapore, Romania, Belgium, France

Alaska, Singapore, Romania, Belgium, France

Formerly known as Elmendorf Air Force Base, in 2010 it merged with nearby United States Army Base Fort Richardson to form Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska. Its mission is to support and defend U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world by providing units who are ready for worldwide air power projection and a base that is capable of meeting PACOM‘s theater staging and throughput requirements.

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee/Released)

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee/Released)

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson holds the distinction of being one of 12 joint bases that were created as a result of the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Commission. The base is home to several aircraft including the C-17 Globemaster III, F-22 Raptor, C-12F Huron, E-3 Sentry, C-130 Hercules, UH 60 A/I Black Hawk  and the HH 60 Pave Hawk.

To read more about the history of Elmendorf click here.

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