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Holiday Shout Outs

It's time to record Hometown Greetings! These are the videos you frequently see on local TV stations where military members living overseas wave and say, "Happy holidays from <insert your family names and location here> to <insert their family member names here>."

3 different dates/times, 2 locations:

Nov. 25 and Dec. 4, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Wildlife Education Center

Dec. 5, 12 p.m.- 3 p.m. at the Commissary parking lot, near the Holiday Tree.

Family members are welcome to accompany, but the service member MUST be in uniform.

JBER Community Action Council - November Slides

Road Closure - Richardson Dr & West HQ Loop Intersection --- Nov 24 & 25 0700 TO 1700 hours

Road closure is required by Doyon Utilities (DU) to make corrections to sanitary sewer line.

Attached is map indicating area of road closure, detour routes, and area open to local traffic only.   Click for map

Question regarding this activity may be directed to:. 
JBER-Richardson Utility Privatization Team.

Military & Family Readiness Center temporary relocation

Bldg 8535 will temporarily close for renovations beginning 2 November for approximately 8 - 10 weeks.  View flyer.

Noise Advisory

A B-1 Lancer bomber will be at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, while participating in an annual North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command exercise.

Residents in and around JBER may hear louder-than-normal aircraft noise created by the B1 bomber as it conducts local area training.

For concerns regarding the noise, please call 1-800-JET-NOIS or 907-552-JETS.

Arctic Warriors,

As we head into the winter months, I would like to re-emphasize the importance of signing up or updating your JBER AtHoc account.

AtHoc is a networked crisis communication platform that enables us to provide emergency and pertinent installation information through numerous devices.

Base personnel can update their information by using the AtHoc Interactive Warning System-Alerts self service module; right click on the purple globe icon at bottom of the screen and select "Access Self Service" and update accordingly.

For the daily user, with the exception of the desktop alerts, users will only be notified on their personal phone lines for actual emergency situations such as, but not limited to, severe weather events, evacuation
orders, specialized recalls and alerts.

Please see attached for more information and how-to guide. If you are experiencing issues or have any questions, then call 552-3000.

AtHoc Instructions

Alaska Combined Federal Campaign Oct. 5 - Nov. 20. - News Release

CFC is the federal government's authorized charity drive - the only time troops and civilians should be solicited for donations to private organizations and charities with the exception of a few, like Army Emergency Relief, Air Force Assistance Fund, and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. In 2014, JBER gave $216,592.16 through CFC. This year's goal is $260,000 by the campaign's end Nov. 20, though organizers are hoping to surpass that amount. To see how "you can change a life," visit the organization's Web site or seek out your unit keyworker for assistance.

F-22 Raptor runway use - News Release

On September 22, 2015, the Air Force published a Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Proposal to Improve F-22 Operational Efficiency at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.  Details about the proposed action and alternatives, project schedules, opportunities to offer input on the proposal, EIS-related documents, and other important information can be found on the project website:

The JBER-E MPS, located in the People Center, will be closed for training at 1200 on the 3d Thursday of the month.  This adjustment enables the staff to conduct critical training requirements. 

During this period of closure, assistance with ID cards or DEERS updates can be provided through one of the alternate locations listed below. 

600 Richardson Dr., Bldg. 600, 2nd floor, Rm B235, JBER, AK 99505
Phone: 907-384-2956/907-384-0332
Hours of Operation: 0800-1200 1300-1600 M-F
Appointment: Walk-ins

ANG HQ Alaska
Building 49000, RM C-118, Army Guard Rd.
JBER, AK 99505
Phone: 907-428-6792/907-428-6067
Hours of Operation: 0800-1200 1300-1600 M-F

477th FSS MPF
9443 Mundy Ave Rm #218
JBER, AK 99506
Phone: 907-551-4741
Appointment: By Online Appointments

For any additional questions regarding this change, please call 552-8080.

UPDATE: COLA to be reduced in Anchorage

We hope that this update will provide better clarification with regards to the reduced COLA in the Anchorage area. The main cause of this reduction is due to an erroneous index higher than what is authorized for the area. Those stationed in the Anchorage area were receiving an additional cold-weather allowance that was not authorized and it was determined by the Military Advisory Panel to implement the six-point decrease. Alaskan Command recognized the COLA issue early and requested an out-of cycle Living Pattern Survey to be conducted. DTMO granted this survey and it is to be conducted this fall. Previously, the next survey was not due to be conducted until 2017. Although the survey this fall will not prevent the August COLA reduction, it has the potential to increase or decrease COLA rates starting in 2016. Therefore it is vital that all personnel complete the survey once available. Failure to participate in these surveys can have negative ramifications on everyone's financial status. There will be no retroactive recoupment of funds already paid however. Please note that the August change will not affect civilian or military retiree pay rates. To help answer questions regarding COLA please visit or contact Senior Master Sgt. Maryann Navarro-Davis, Alaskan Command Joint Manpower and Personnel Division superintendent at 907-552-4841.

If you would like to calculate your approximate new rate starting August 16, follow these steps:

Step 1: find current pay using the DTMO COLA Calculator

*Note: current pay only reflects a single pay period

Step 2: take your current COLA rate and multiply by 2 (pay periods); this will equal your current COLA per month

Step 3: take your current monthly COLA value and divide by 24 (current index is .24); call this value "x" (note that this is your daily value)

Step 4: take value "x" and multiply by 18 (new index is .18); this will be your approximate new monthly COLA starting August 16



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Bears and Bird Feeders

Bears and Bird Feeders

Bears' love for bird seed is a surprising fact for new Alaskans experiencing their first spring, and a good memory jogger for us more experienced Alaskans.  Bears are particularly attracted to suet and oily sunflowers often found in Alaskan bird feeders.  The Alaska Department of Fish and Game recommends that bird feeders be taken down in mid-March. With plenty of natural food items available during the unfrozen months, birds do not need the food and the risk that the feeders pose as a bear attractant is too great to ignore. Please take the time this week-end to remove your bird feeders for the season.  Your actions will reduce wildlife conflict in your neighborhood and perhaps save you the cost of a citation for negligent feeding of wildlife (5AAC 92.230).

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