Armed Forces

Hooah! Heard, Understood, Acknowledged, Here... in Fairbanks, the Golden Heart of Alaska, we welcome you and your family!

There are many ways to explore, experience and get involved in Alaska's Golden Heart. Fairbanks is a remote locale, however, you can still enjoy all the amenities of a charming downtown, a thriving arts community, rich Alaska Native heritage, authentic Alaskan activities and attractions and endless opportunities for exploration. Whether you come seeking the sheer beauty of a sparkling winter day or the summer's everlasting sunshine or to scan the skies for the captivating northern lights, Fairbanks will linger long in your memory as an extraordinary duty station. We've curated these pages just for you and your dependents to help explore your new surroundings and make the most of your experience. We want to welcome you, the Armed Forces of the United States of America, patriots one and all, to the Fairbanks region. Jump to resources.

An F16 US fighter jet on the flight line at an air force baseFairbanks is proud of its military personnel as well as it's military heritage and recognizes what an integral role the Armed Forces commands in the region. Adjacent to Fairbanks is Fort Wainwright Army Post and to the south are Eielson Air Force Base, Fort Greely Army Post and Clear Air Force Station. These military installations are a fundamental part of Fairbanks’ population and personality. We are honored that many people who served in the Armed Forces retire here—in fact, the retired military are 2,000 strong, a significant portion of the populace. Alaskans are proud to welcome the many people in the armed forces that are stationed here in the Fairbanks region and want to help you and your visiting friends and family make your stay filled with the warmth of the midnight sun and the beauty of the aurora borealis.

a statue of two servicemen standing in front of a large airplane propeller - memorial to US and Russia cooperation in World War IIWWII and the Alaska Highway

The military became intertwined with Fairbanks during World War II. During the war, it became evident that a northernmost post was necessary to enable the United States to assist European allies and the desire for a road to Alaska became a priority. Expedited by the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, construction began on the Alaska Highway in March of 1942 at Mile 0 in Dawson Creek, Yukon Territory, Canada, and joined the Richardson Highway in Delta Junction en route to Fairbanks a mere eight months later. An amazing military feat, the 1,390-mile-long (2,237 km) glorious, rough-and-tumble Alaska Highway rambles through some of the toughest, most remote terrain on the planet and still offers a most beautiful and pristine journey today.

Get to Know Fairbanks, Interior and Arctic Alaska

Fairbanks has most amenities you'd expect from any like-sized town in the USA; public parks, shopping malls, box stores, a multiplex cinema, name-brand stores and restaurants and much more. Plus, there are activities and attractions that you'll find in a world-class destination: resorts, fine dining, hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences like riverboat tours, dog mushing, hot springs and flight-seeing just to name a few. We've put together a list of pages to explore on our website, as well as some resources for settling in and making the most of life in the Last Frontier. Click through the links below to unlock the warmth and hospitality of the Golden Heart of Alaska.

Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center Fairbanks, Alaska
Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center
Beautiful and educational, the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in downtown Fairbanks has brochures, maps, free WiFi and phone, and local walking tours. This regional visitor center has friendly, knowledgeable staff to answer your questions. A free 9,000-square-foot exhibit hall features outstanding displays and dioramas showcasing Interior Alaska’s people, wildlife, landscapes and seasons. Enjoy free films and programs on Alaska’s natural and cultural history. More
Midnight Sun Festival Fairbanks Alaska
Events Calendar
No matter when you visit, there’s a multitude of events and festivities for you to take in. See incredible ice sculptures, watch an Alaska Native athlete kick a sealskin ball that hangs nine feet in the air, feel the emotion and energy of a dog musher embarking on an epic 1,000-mile quest, join in a massive festival celebrating the sun – these are a few of the iconic events Fairbanks locals and travelers can enjoy annually. More
Things to Do
Activities, Attractions & Tours
With the midnight summer sun shining nearly 24 hours a day and the northern lights dancing overhead during Aurora Season, Fairbanks is simply bursting with things to do. From top-rated visitor attractions, concerts and performances, art galleries, historic sites, Alaska Native culture, spectacular events and access to the Alaskan wilderness, Fairbanks and nearby North Pole offer you adventure in authentic Alaskan style. More
An irregular shaped building at sunset with lighted glass front
Local Military Discounts
From museum admission to lodging discounts, our local visitor industry partners love to support our troops and their families. We maintain a list of military discounts that are available in the Fairbanks area, as well as from our Denali neighbors and other parts of Alaska. If you don't see a business on the list, just ask a front desk clerk, server or a cashier and they will gladly let you know how to claim your discount. More
Ice auger for fishing
Tourism Employment
Would you like to be a tour guide, waitress, driver, cleaner, cashier or desk attendant? These jobs and more are part of the vibrant and upbeat tourism industry offering employment opportunities in Fairbanks and surrounding areas. Click to view job current seasonal and year-round openings. More
Golden Heart Greeters
Volunteer for the Visitor Industry
Fairbanks Golden Heart Greeters assist at the Visitor Information Centers at the Fairbanks International Airport, Pioneer Park, Alaska Railroad Depot and the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center. You can also help at meetings and conventions with registration, information and organization. You may be paired with visitors to show what you know and love about the Fairbanks region and Alaska thereby enriching the visitors’ experience. More
a USAF airman in uniform with his spouse
Relocation Resources
Known as the "Golden Heart City," Fairbanks Alaska boasts diverse culture, rich history, a thriving population and economy. Fairbanks is the second-largest metropolitan area in the state and serves as the regional economic and health care center for the Interior and Northern Alaska. If you are looking to move to this beautiful city please check out the resources of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce to get to know what Fairbanks has to offer! More
Housing at Eielson AFB
Housing in Fairbanks
Buying, Renting or Building? This resource guide is for residents who are considering taking on the responsibility of heating, lighting, servicing and maintaining a home in Alaska’s Golden Heart. This booklet isn’t meant to give you “all the answers” but will, hopefully, give you a general understanding of the kinds of questions to ask, the kinds of answers to be listening for and some of the places you can go to get further information when Buying, Leasing or Renting a Home in Interior Alaska. More
Golden Heart Alaskan
Cameron Roxberry
Cameron Roxberry
Golden Heart Alaskan
Cameron Roxberry

 "Fairbanks inherently presents challenges and dangers to its residents on a regular basis. Rapid and harsh climate changes, geographic isolation, and contending with larger-than-life ecosystems can make most people feel inadequate and endangered. Herein, lies the intangible value of Interior Alaska. Life’s pace moves quickly and we often miss the beautiful complexity and delicacy of the world around us; but not in Fairbanks. A pause for consideration and a moment to observe cascading views of majestic landscapes augmented with abundant wildlife commands a new perspective to our intertwined life. The people of Fairbanks cherish and value the unique lifestyle Fairbanks demands. It is a place that will forever hold a slice of the heart as “home” to anyone that has lived here."

-Cameron Roxberry,
AH-64 Apache Pilot, US Army