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Arctic Thunder Open House 2018

Come experience Arctic Thunder Open House
June 30th and July 1st 2018

Gates Open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

This FREE event is open to the public

Arctic Thunder Opening Ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m.

212th Rescue Squadron-Para-rescue Jumpers
F-16 Demo
F-22 Demo
AV-8B Demo
C-17 Demo
Joint Forces Demonstration
Team Red Bull
Will Allen
Oregon Aero
Jon Melby
Ace Maker
Short Take-Off and Landing/Super Cubs
Kent Pietsch
USAF Thunderbirds


Note: All Subject to Change, check back often for the most up-to-date information. 

How much does it cost?

Admission is FREE. Tickets are not available or required for general entry. General parking is also FREE.

Transportation: Personal vehicles are allowed entry through general public access gates.  Motor homes and RVs are not permitted.

Sponsorship Opportunities: If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of Arctic Thunder, click here for detailed information.

Non-profit Organizations: If you are interested in participating in the Arctic Thunder Open House can contact staff at 907-552-9249 or via email at

No Federal Endorsement Intended. This is a solicitation for commercial sponsorship by a non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the United States Government. It does not obligate appropriated funds or non-appropriated funds.

What can I bring?
The following hand carried items are permitted:
· Personal carts or wheelchairs for physically 
  challenged visitors
· Diaper bags for guests with small children
· Small purses
· Strollers for small children
· Official service dogs (credentials may be requested)
· Photo or video cameras; must be small enough
  to carry by hand
· Binoculars
· Folding chairs and lawn chairs

The following items are recommended:
· Water bottles
· Sunscreen
· Hearing protection
· Sunglasses
· Sunhats/baseball caps

The following items are prohibited:
· Coolers
· Alcohol
· Backpacks
· Duffle bags
· Large purses
· Camelbacks
· Paint
· Balloons
· Large camera bags
· Illegal drugs including marijuana
· Weapons (brass knuckles, mace, pepper spray, 
  box cutters, firearms, knives)
· Military uniforms worn by non-military members
· Gang affiliated colors or clothing
· Bicycles (inside the open house viewing area)  
*Motorcycles & bicycles ridden on base outside of viewing areas must wear a helmet
· Scooters
· Skates
· Skateboards
· Go-carts
· Wagons
· Umbrellas

All pets are prohibited from the Arctic Thunder grounds. Service animals assisting physically challenged guests will be authorized. At no time will pets be left unattended outside the area or in vehicles.
Getting to Arctic Thunder

If you are planning on attending Arctic Thunder 2018, use the following Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson gates depending on the route of travel.

If you are arriving from:

  1. Eagle River or the Valley, enter through the Richardson Gate, starting at 8:30 a.m.
  2. Anchorage, enter through the Boniface Gate, starting at 8:30 a.m..
  • Only distinguished visitors, air show performers, vendors, or military ID card holders will be permitted access through Post Road Gate.
  • Government Hill and Muldoon gates will only permit DoD ID card holders.
  • From 7:30 a.m. to noon, the Boniface Gate will have three lanes inbound and one lane outbound.
  • After 3 p.m., no open house traffic will be allowed through Boniface Gate or Richardson Gate.
  • From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., personnel will not be able to drive from the west side of base to Joint Military Mall utilizing Arctic Warrior Drive; all traffic will be stopped at intersection of Arctic Warrior Drive and Sijan Ave.
  • These people should exit base and re-enter through the Muldoon Gate.
  • Individuals with children are requested to pick up arm bands at Entry Control Points or in Hangar 2.
Contact Information
For questions or more information please contact Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and 673d Air Base Wing Public Affairs (907) 552-8151, Option 3, or via email at with the subject heading "2018 ATOH."
Special Needs Day

Special Needs Day is scheduled for the summer of 2018 and will take place on the rehearsal day before Arctic Thunder Open House, one day before ATOH begins. More details will be posted as they become available, please check this webpage again later.

For more information contact the JBER Arctic Thunder Open House Special Needs staff via email at


Media Access/Credentials

All media representatives interested in covering the 2018 ATOH should contact JBER & 673d ABW Public Affairs at (907) 552-8160, 552-4577 or via email with the subject heading " Media at 2018 ATOH."

All media requesting credentialing must read the ATOH Media Ground Rules and complete/email the ATOH Media Visit Request to the above address.

Arctic Thunder is an opportunity to say 'thank you' for the support the local communities provide to the Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson throughout the years and JBER looks forward to hosting community members.

Guests experience aerial demonstrations and learn more about the military personnel, and equipment, such as aircraft and vehicles carrying out the JBER missions here.

***ATOH 2018 is subject to change and/or cancellation. Please check back often for updates.***