The 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) Report to the president directed the relocation of installation management functions from both the Air Force and Army to a new joint base unit, and established Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The decision listed the Air Force as the supporting agency, implementing and providing the funding vehicle for support to the entire joint base.
Both installations used military, civilians and contractors to perform common installation support functions and similar processes to accomplish those functions. The commission noted the installations share a common boundary and therefore have an opportunity to consolidate the execution of installation support functions and potentially realize savings while also providing more consistent and effective support.
On July 30, 2010, the 673d Air Base Wing activated as the host wing combining installation management functions of Elmendorf Air Force Base's 3rd Wing and U.S. Army Garrison Fort Richardson and consists of four groups that operate and maintain the Joint Base for air sovereignty, combat training, force staging and throughput operations in support of worldwide contingencies. The installation hosts the headquarters for the United States Alaskan Command, 11th Air Force, U.S. Army Alaska, and the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region.
The 673 ABW comprises of 5,500 joint military and civilian personnel, supporting America's Arctic Warriors and their families. The wing supports and enables three Air Force total-force wings, two Army brigades and 75 associate and tenant units.
Elmendorf Air Force Base
Captain Hugh Elmendorf Biography (factsheet)
Biography of Street Names
Emblem Significance (factsheet)
Previous Commanders (factsheet)
Military in Alaska, 1867 - 2000 (factsheet)
11th Air Force
Past Leadership (factsheet)
Commanders/Command Chiefs (PDF)
History, Linage and Honors (PDF)
U.S. Army Alaska
4th Brigade Combat Team
(Airborne) 25th Infantry Division
3rd Maneuver Enhancement
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The History Office is located at 10471 20th Ave, Suite 133. The duty hours of the 673d Air Base Wing History Office which supports the 11th Air Force and 3d Wing are open Monday through Friday, 0730-1630 hours. You may contact the History Office at DSN 552-4765 or 4767 or commercial (907) 552-4765 or 4767.