Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

Arctic Thunder Open House
Scheduled to Appear

Arctic Thunder Opening Ceremony

212th Rescue Squadron-Para-rescue Jumpers
Jason Newburg/Pitts S25
Gary Ward/MX-2
Greg Colyer/T-33


Anna Serbinenko/Super Decathalon
Team Rocket/F-1 Monoplanes
Joint Forces Demonstration
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Melissa Pemberton
C-17 Demo
F-22 Demo
P-51 Heritage Flight
Marcus Paine/Stearman
Short Take-Off and Landing/Super Cubs
U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Note: All Subject to Change

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. Public access gates will be updated in 2016, please check back for an update. 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

Vendor Opportunities: For information about re-sale vendor booths for Arctic Thunder Open House 2016

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 2016, 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.
  2. Anchorage, enter through the Boniface Gate.
  • 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 9 a.m. to noon, the Boniface Gate will have three lanes inbound and one lane outbound.
  • After 4 p.m., no open house traffic will be allowed through Boniface Gate; attendees must use the Richardson Gate.
  • From 9 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 "2016 ATOH."
Special Needs Day

Special Needs Day is scheduled for the summer of 2016 and will take place on the practice 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 2016 ATOH should contact JBER & 673d ABW Public Affairs at (907) 552-8160, 552-4577 or via email with the subject heading " Media at 2016 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 2016 is subject to change and/or cancellation. Please check back often for updates.***

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