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The 2005 Base Realignment and Closures (BRAC) recommendations adopted by Congress mandated that the Department of Defense designate Elmendorf Air Force Base and the adjacent U.S. Army Fort Richardson to combine installation management functions as Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER). The Department of Defense designated the Air Force as the lead agency for providing those installation management functions on JBER which prompted the establishment and activation of the 673d Air Base Wing (ABW) on 24 June 2010.

The numerical designation chosen for the 673d ABW came indirectly from the history of the 673d Air Base Group which served as the host unit Eareckson Air Force Station located on Shemya Island in the Aleutians from 15 July 1958 to 1 April 1995. The 673d Air Base Group had also been previously designated as the 5040th Air Base Squadron, 5073d Air Base Squadron, and 5073d Air Base Group. The 673d Air Base Group was first designated as such beginning on 27 January 1992.

The 673d ABW is composed of a command section, the 673d Comptroller Squadron, and four groups. The former 673d Air Base Group's lineage and honors continued on 24 June 2010 with its redesignation and reactivation as the 673d Mission Support Group. The 673d Mission Support Group joined the newly activated 673d Medical Group, 673d Civil Engineer Group, and 673d Logistics Readiness Group as the primary organizations responsible for providing installation management functions at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Together, with their assigned squadrons, the groups assist the wing with operation and maintenance of the joint base for air sovereignty, combat training, force staging, and throughput operations in support of worldwide contingencies.

The 673d ABW comprises over 5,000 joint military and civilian personnel, supporting America's Arctic Warriors and their families. The wing supports and enables three AF total-force wings, one Army brigade and 55 other tenant units, including United States Alaskan Command, Eleventh Air Force, the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, and the 3rd Wing, as well as U.S. Army Alaska, the 2nd Brigade, 11th Airborne Division, and all of their subordinate units. Other tenant units include the U.S. Air Force Reserve's 477th Fighter Group, the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th Wing, the Pacific Air Forces Regional Support Center, and the 373d Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group among many others. In addition, the wing provides medical care to over 35,000 joint service members, dependents, Veterans Administration patients and retirees throughout Alaska. The 673d ABW maintains $12.4B in infrastructure encompassing more than 79,000 acres, ensuring Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson remains America's premier strategic power projection platform. 

673 ABW/AFSO21
673 ABW/CCN - Elmendorf PME Center
673 ABW/CCW  -  Antiterrorism/Force Protection 
673 ABW/CP  -  Command Post
673 ABW/CPTS - Comptroller Squadron
673 ABW/EO  - Equal Opportunity
673 ABW/HC  -  Chaplain
673 ABW/HO  -  Historian
673 ABW/IG  -  Inspector General
673 ABW/IP
673 ABW/IR
673 ABW/JA  -  Legal
673 ABW/PA  -  Public Affairs
673 ABW Protocol
673 ABW/SE  -  Safety
673 ABW/XP  -  Plans and Programs

The 673d Medical Group is composed of a combined DoD and VA workforce of more than 1,100 personnel in six squadrons who provide world class care to Alaska's past and present warriors and their families.

The 673 MDG delivers health care to twenty percent of the Anchorage population by providing over 221,000 outpatient visits, 3,300 surgeries, 444,000 prescriptions and 592,000 lab procedures annually and are truly dedicated to the motto "finding ways to safely say yes."


The 673d Mission Support Group (MSG) is composed of five squadrons: the 673d Contracting Squadron, the 673d Communications Squadron, the 673d Security Forces Squadron, the 673d Force Support Squadron, and the 773d Force Support Squadron, with a total work force of over 1,900 military, civilian and non-appropriated fund (NAF) personnel supporting the 673d Air Base Wing and more than 40 associate and tenant units assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf - Richardson.


The 673d Logistics Readiness Group is composed of two squadrons: the 673d Logistics Readiness Squadron and the 773d Logistics Readiness Squadron, with a total workforce of over 575 personnel. The Logistics Readiness Group provides logistics and expeditionary combat support for the 673d Air Base Wing, 3d Wing, US Army Alaska, and a myriad of associate and tenant units assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The group is responsible for a vehicle fleet in excess of 1,700 vehicles worth $181M, deployment operations for over 15,000 tons of Air Force equipment, 1,100 pieces of Army rolling stock and 600 storage containers, supply operations for line items valued at over $742M, storage for distribution of 12.5M gallons of fuel, and traffic management support for the shipment of 53,000 tons of cargo and 10,000 household good shipments.


The 673d Civil Engineer Group (CEG) is a highly motivated, multi-disciplinary professional workforce composed of the 673d Civil Engineer Squadron and the 773d Civil Engineer Squadron. Over 900 military and civilian members maintain an $11.4B infrastructure and provide superb real property maintenance and construction, support utilities, fire and disaster protection, explosive ordnance disposal, housing services, planning, and environmental management for over 84,000 acres of property while supporting a total JBER population of 35,000, to include over 15,000 joint warriors.

The 673rd Civil Engineer Group is a participant in the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Task Force True North pilot program which seeks to bolster comprehensive Airmen Fitness in assigned Active Duty members and their dependents. READ MORE

The 673d Air Base Wing Staff Judge Advocate Office provides legal services for JBER. They assist commanders with maintaining good order and discipline, and advise military members, retirees and their family members on a variety of personal, civil and legal problems. They are located on the third floor of the People Center, 8517 20th Street.