Eielson Air Force Base occupies 63,195 acres southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska. In 2013, about 2,500 service members worked at Eielson alongside about 480 civilian employees. The runway is the second longest in North America, at over 14,500 feet long.
The base is home to a large number of wings and squadrons, including the 354th Fighter Wing. The mission of the 354th is to prepare U.S. and allied aviation forces for combat, to deploy Airmen in support of global operations, and to enable the staging of forces to promote U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition, Eielson is responsible for hosting an increasingly broad number of joint forces combat training events on the Joint Pacific-Alaska Range Complex.
On April 14, 2015, U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James announced that Eielson AFB will remain the home of the 354th Fighter Wing’s Aggressor Squadron. Stating that the Aggressor Squadron decision was based on strategic location and mission suitability, Secretary James also commended the infrastructure and personnel already in place at Eielson.
Eielson AFB is also home to two units of the Alaska Air National Guard: the 168th Air Refueling Wing is the primary workhorse fuel tanker unit for the Arctic Region and Pacific Rim; Detachment 1 of the 210th Rescue Squadron provides alert rescue coverage for Eielson aircraft as well as logistics support for interior Alaska military ranges.