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Gold Rush Inn Dining Facility Closure - The Gold Rush Inn will be closed August 1 through 31 to accommodate a field training exercise.  Both the Iditarod and Wilderness Inn Dining Facilities will continue normal hours of operation.

Arctic Warrior Drive Repair -  Closure 10 Aug - 28 Aug -  Details

JBER Community Action Council - July Slides

JBER gate hour changes effective 6 a.m, Tuesday July 7th - News Release

Starting July 7, SARC moving to a single hotline number

Starting July 7, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator telephone number will be 384-7272.

The base has consolidated the previous Army and Air Force hotline numbers into one hotline available to all personnel.

Runway construction likely to mean increased noise - News Release

Pharmacy renovations

The JBER hospital pharmacy in the main building is undergoing renovations through November.

There will be three functioning windows and a slight reduction in waiting area; wait times will increase slightly, especially during lunchtime and other peak hours.

When renovations are complete, there will be six windows, 100 percent more waiting area, and an expanded inpatient pharmacy.

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

Air Quality Index

Smoke continues to increase throughout the area and is impacting air quality from the Matanuska-Susitna Valley south to the Kenai Peninsula.

Air quality will vary between GOOD and UNHEALTHY depending on wind flow and proximity to the fire.

The current air quality index can be viewed here.

The most recent weather observations may be found on National Weather Service's homepage at

Fighter Drive construction will start on Monday, 15 June.

The project has been divided into four phases to facilitate traffic flow. 
Detours will be set to minimize traffic disruptions and funnel vehicles away from construction zones.

Phase I: 15-26 June              (See map)
Phase II: 29 June-10 July
Phase III: 13-24 July
Phase IV: 27 July-7 August

Updates will be posted to JBER Facebook and For any questions,
please contact TSgt Eric Wilson at 552-5922.

ATTENTION Civilian Employees - Potential PII Breach

Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Glenn Highway Anchorage to Eagle River Update

Glenn Highway Capacity Improvement Project Update

(6/3/15)-The project is moving along, and we are reaching our construction milestones. As you know, the entire work zone is full of activity. There is also a lot of work coming up in June. Please keep an eye out for these alerts and check

Anchorage side of the project

Excavation and embankment work will be occurring near the Hiland Overpass.  After the third lane is completed under Hiland, we will shift traffic to allow the building of the new section of highway in the median area. Watch for more information on this in the near future.

Later this month, crews will build the new northbound Hiland off ramp.  You'll see the removal of the vegetation, relocation of the lighting and the construction of the embankment. This will require nightly off- and on-ramp closures at Hiland. Again, watch for more information on this in the near future.

Work on the median

Bridge work, mainline excavation and embankment construction continue. Crews will haul in material for the road, so you will see a lot of side dumps accessing the site in a few weeks. Keep in mind: Large trucks have blind spots, so be alert. If you can't see the driver, they can't see you!

Major gas line relocation

A high-pressured gas line currently runs under the Glenn Highway in the construction zone. To build the new highway, this line needs to be trenched across the existing Anchorage-bound lanes near the Hiland exit. This is a major operation - it will require one full weekend of narrow and shifted lanes. This weekend work is currently scheduled for June 19-21. Please pay close attention to the construction signs and cones during this work.

Eagle River side of project

Excavation and embankment work will be occurring near Artillery Road. The bike path off Brooks Loop, down by Qwik Lube remains closed, and a detour is in effect. Crews are working on drainage and new lighting. There will be a lane shift in this area in July. Watch for more information on this by the end of the month.


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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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