Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Tour Program

Tour Requests

Base tours are offered to local civic organizations, schools and youth groups to educate the community about the U.S. Air Force and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson missions. They are tailored to coincide with the interests of different demographics while not compromising mission requirements.

Tours are free of charge and can be subject to last-minute cancellations due to mission needs and resource availability. As soon as our mission allows, we will attempt to reschedule any tour cancelled for mission-related or weather-related reasons.

Entry Requirements:

A background check must be completed for all guests 16 and older. Each guest’s (regardless of age) full name and date of birth must be provided. Additionally, the driver license or state ID number for all those who are 16 years old or older must be included.

Policy:

  • Public tours are available to groups of 10 to 40 people. Only one tour per organization/school per calendar year.
  • Information requested by Public Affairs must be returned no later than 21 days prior to the confirmed tour date to ensure time for proper coordination. Failure to meet this requirement can result in cancellation.
  • Cameras are allowed on the tour. However, there may be some restrictions. Your tour guide will have details.
  • If a group is more than 15 minutes late for their tour, it will be cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

JBER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CANCEL A SCHEDULED TOUR AT ANY TIME DUE TO MISSION REQUIREMENTS.

Requesting a tour:

  • Tour requests must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the date of the tour. Requests must be submitted through the 673rd Wing Public Affairs office and are accepted up to 90 days in advance.
  • Tours are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Sending and receiving a request does not confirm your requested tour date.
  • To submit a request for your group tour, please email jber.pa@us.af.mil or call call 907-551-8996.
  • Every effort will be made to honor your request, but ultimately, we work around our daily operations schedule and mission requirements.

Transportation:

Groups are responsible for transportation large enough to carry their entire group, unless otherwise coordinated with the Public Affairs office. All buses/vans must arrive at the Boniface gate for security processing.

Please confirm vehicle information and estimated arrival time with our office before arriving. Buses will be met at the gate by a member from the Public Affairs office, who will accompany the group onboard the bus and will remain with them for the duration of the tour.

Base Access FAQs

 

Static Request

Requests for aircraft static displays will only be considered for the following:

  • Air shows
  • Airport events
  • Expositions, fairs and public events which contribute to the public knowledge of Armed Forces equipment and capabilities, including recruiting and ROTC events.
Fill out a request at the U.S. Air Force Aerial Events website. Please be sure to follow all steps for the request. After US Air Force officials approve support for your event, you may contact our office at 907-552-8941. JBER staff do not approve aircraft static display requests.  If you have questions about how to fill out the request, please contact our office.

Requests received less than 60 days before the event decreases the possibility of approval, due to inadequate time for coordination.

Please keep in mind, military missions and training take priority.

To check the status of an Air Force aircraft request go to U.S. Air Force Aerial Events website.

Request for Support

The military belongs to the American people. Common ownership dictates Department of Defense resources be committed to supporting events and activities of mutual interest and benefit. However, limitations of time and money make it impossible to grant all requests. DoD and its subordinate agencies cannot do for one what it cannot do for all.

Need a speaker for your event? Contact JBER to have one of our speakers come to your organization’s activity and make you aware of the various programs JBER is involved in. This is a great opportunity to meet an airman or soldier and find out about the base’s latest accomplishments, current projects and future plans.


DoD policy prohibits:

  • Endorsing and or appearing to endorse a specific organization, product, or commercial service.
  • Using military resources when such assets are reasonably available from commercial sources and where such support would be, in fact, perceived as unfair competition.
  • Using military resources or personnel to increase sales, business traffic, or attendance, such as grand openings.
  • Using personnel outside military bases to act as guards, parking lot attendants, runners, messengers, or baggage handlers.
  • Active-duty military participation in fundraising activities, excluding the Combined Federal Campaign and military relief societies.

Additional policies and guidelines may apply.

For events which meet DoD support requirements, fill out a Support Request Form, DD Form 2536, and submit it to jber.pa@us.af.mil. If you are not contacted about your request within two business days, call 907-552-8941.

Please be aware, even though a request may be approved, the support can be canceled at any time in order to meet military mission requirements.

 

Honor Guard/Color Guard Request

Please be aware, although a request may be approved, the support can be called off at any time if other top priorities come up at the last second. Examples are military or veteran funerals or memorials. 

If you'd like to request an Army color guard or honor guard, please call 384-2019.
If you'd like to request a joint service color guard, please call 552-7587.
If you'd like to request an Air Force color guard or honor guard for an off-base event, please fill 
out this form and email it to jber.pa@us.af.mil. If you are not contacted about your request within two business days, call 907-552-8941.

If you're a JBER unit and would like to request Air Force Honor Guard for an on-base event, please 
fill out this form and email it to honorguard2@us.af.mil. If you are not contacted about your request within two business days, call 907-552-2252.

If you need to request a Military Funeral Honors request, please fill out this form and email it to honorguard2@us.af.mil. Call (907) 552-2252 for receipt confirmation and questions/concerns.

Requests may not be approved (aside from funerals and memorials) if:
  - An event is political, unless bi-partisan.
  - An event is not open to the public.
  - An event is for a controversial organization, special interest group, religious or ideological movement.
  - An event is for the benefit of an individual, organization, or candidate, such as fundraisers.
  - An event is for business, or commercial ventures, such as grand openings, promotions, or pageants.

Flyover Request

Requests for flyovers will only be considered for the following:
  • Aviation-oriented events, such as air shows, airport anniversaries or dedication events.
  • Patriotic observances, one day only, held in conjunction with Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, POW/MIA Recognition Day, or Veterans Day, event must be within seven days of the actual holiday date to be considered.
  • The Missing Man Formation is reserved only for funeral services in honor of active duty rated or designated aviators or dignitaries of the federal government or as determined by the military services.
  • Flyovers, are not to exceed four aircraft, and may be performed by operational or training aircraft as determined by the providing military service. Sponsors of events other than bona fide air shows are prohibited from scheduling more than one military service to conduct the flyover. Once a military organization confirms flyover support, the sponsor must notify all other military service requested, so they will not participate in the same event.
  • The Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds do not perform flyovers.
  • Requests for flyovers must be received for processing at least 90 days prior to the event for consideration.
If the request meets the guidelines, contact each service to request aircraft flyovers. 

For Air Force aircraft go to the USAF Aerial Events Support website. 
At the top of the page click on "New Request" read through the guidelines and click "Create a New Request." Sections of DD FORM 2535 will begin to pop up.

Once the proper fields are filled out, a list of instructions will appear. Part of the instructions prompt you to send the form to your local FAA office. To locate their nearest FAA office click on this link: Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO).

The FAA should send the request back to DoD.   If the FAA returns the form to the requestor, the requester should fax the form to (703) 693-9601.

To check the status of an Air Force aircraft request go to USAF Aerial Events Support website. 

JBER Honorary Commander Program

As a good neighbor, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is committed to developing, promoting and maintaining positive and productive relations with key opinion and community partner leaders in the surrounding Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna and Kenai area communities.

This program's objective is to provide these community leaders greater exposure to the JBER missions and roles the Air Force and Army play in supporting the nation's defense. For more information on the JBER Honorary Commander Program, such as who's eligible, expectations, goals of the program and more, call 907-552-8941.

JBER Honorary Commander Program Application

Band Request

To request the 11th Airborne Division Band, call (907) 580-0637.

The Alaska Detachment of the Band of the Pacific which was located at JBER, deactivated on October 1, 2013. All Band of the Pacific band operations stopped June 1, 2013. 

The remaining two locations of the Pacific Air Force Band include a unit stationed at Yokota Air Base, Tokyo, Japan and one operations detachment stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii. 

All requests and inquiries for Air Force Band of the Pacific support should be directed to the PACAF Band in Hawaii. Please contact the Director of Operations at (808) 448-0281; DSN 315-448-0281.

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Collage of various Community Relations photos    The purpose of community engagement is to run active community relations programs to enhance morale, public trust, and support and to demonstrate that the Air Force is a community partner and a responsible steward of National resources. 

Objectives include: 

· Increase public awareness and understanding of the armed forces and the mission, policies, and programs of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. 

· Support military recruiting by inspiring patriotism and encouraging young men and women to serve in the military. 

· Maintain a reputation as a good neighbor as well as a respected, professional organization charged with part of the responsibility for national security.