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JBER Community Engagement

Collage of various community relations photos The purpose of community engagement is to run active community relations programs to enhance morale, public trust, and support and to demonstrate that the Air Force is a community partner and a responsible steward of National resources.

Objectives include:

· Increase public awareness and understanding of the armed forces and the mission, policies, and programs of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

· Support military recruiting by inspiring patriotism and encouraging young men and women to serve in the military.

· Maintain a reputation as a good neighbor as well as a respected, professional organization charged with part of the responsibility for national security.


Visitors must have a valid Department of Defense ID or be sponsored onto JBER by a valid DOD ID card holder.JBER visitors explore an E-3

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson offers tours the second Wednesday of each month, at 1:30 p.m.* Tours will take you to different parts of the installation, to include both Elmendorf and Richardson sides.

Space is limited.  Please reserve your seat as soon as possible, at least 10 days before the scheduled tour date.  If interested in visiting JBER, please contact us via email at or phone at 907-552-8970 or 907-552-8110.

Scheduled 2015 Tour Dates:
July 8                                    Aug. 12 
Sept. 9                                  Oct.14 
Nov. 4 (1st Wednesday)       Dec. 9

*Schedule subject to change, due to mission requirements.

Base Access FAQs

tabStatic Request 
Arctic Thunder Open HouseRequests for aircraft static displays will only be considered for the following:
  • Air shows
  • Airport events
  • Expositions, fairs and public events which contribute to the public knowledge of Armed Forces equipment and capabilities, including recruiting and ROTC events.
Fill out a request at the US Air Force Aerial Events website. Please be sure to follow all steps for the request. After US Air Force officials approve support for your event, you may contact our office at 907-552-8941. JBER staff do not approve aircraft static display requests.  If you have questions about how to fill out the request, please contact our office.

Requests received less than 60 days before the event decreases the possibility of approval, due to inadequate time for coordination.

Please keep in mind, military missions and training take priority.

To check the status of an Air Force aircraft request go to US Air Force Aerial Events website.
tabRequest for Support 
Military working dogs at an ice rinkThe military belongs to the American people. Common ownership dictates Department of Defense resources be committed to supporting events and activities of mutual interest and benefit. However, limitations of time and money make it impossible to grant all requests. DoD and its subordinate agencies cannot do for one what it cannot do for all.

DoD policy prohibits:
  • Endorsing and or appearing to endorse a specific organization, product, or commercial service.
  • Using military resources when such assets are reasonably available from commercial sources and where such support would be, in fact, perceived as unfair competition.
  • Using military resources or personnel to increase sales, business traffic, or attendance, such as grand openings.
  • Using personnel outside military bases to act as guards, parking lot attendants, runners, messengers, or baggage handlers.
  • Active-duty military participation in fundraising activities, excluding the Combined Federal Campaign and military relief societies.
Additional policies and guidelines may apply.

For events which meet DoD support requirements, fill out a Support Request Form, DD Form 2536, and submit it to or fax: 907-552-5111. If you are not contacted about your request within 2 business days, call 907-552-8941.

Please be aware, even though a request may be approved, the support can be canceled at any time in order to meet military mission requirements.
tabJBER Community Partnership Program 
JBER logoAs a good neighbor, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is committed to developing, promoting and maintaining positive and productive relations with key opinion and community partner leaders in the surrounding Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna and Kenai area communities.

This program's objective is to provide these community leaders greater exposure to the JBER missions and roles the Air Force and Army play in supporting the nation's defense. For more information on the JBER Community Partnership Program, such as who's eligible, expectations, goals of the program and more, call 907-552-8941.
tabHonor Guard/Color Guard Request 
Please be aware, although a request may be approved, the support may be called off at any time, if other top priorities come up at the last second. Examples are military or veteran funerals or memorials.

Service members transport a casketTo start the request process for an Air Force Color Guard or Honor Guard fill out DD Form 2536, Request for Armed Forces Participation in Public Events form and email it to If you are not contacted about your request within 2 business days, call 907-552-8941.

To request an Army Color Guard or Honor Guard call 384-2019.

To request a Joint-Service Color Guard call 552-7587.

Joint color guard presents flagsRequests may not be approved (aside from funerals and memorials) if:
- An event is political, unless bi-partisan.
- An event is not opened to the public.
- An event is for a controversial organization, special interest group, religious, or ideological movement.
- An event is for the benefit of a private individual, organization, or political candidate, such as fundraisers.
- An event is for business, or commercial ventures, such as business or mall grand openings, motion picture promotions, or beauty pageants.

To verify whether a support request can be honored, please contact our offices.
tabBand Request 
Band of the PacificTo request the U.S. Army Alaska's 9th Army Band, call    907-384-2019.

The Alaska Detachment of the Band of the Pacific which was located at JBER, deactivated on October 1,  2013. All Band of the Pacific band operations stopped June 1, 2013.

The remaining two locations of the Pacific Air Force Band include a unit stationed at Yokota Air Base, Tokyo, Japan and one operations detachment stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii.

All requests and inquiries for Air Force Band of the Pacific support should be directed to the PACAF Band in Hawaii. Please contact the Director of Operations at (808) 448-0281; DSN 315-448-0281.
tabFlyover Request 
F-22Requests for flyovers will only be considered for the following:
  • Aviation-oriented events, such as air shows, airport anniversaries or dedication events.
  • Patriotic observances, one day only, held in conjunction with Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, POW/MIA Recognition Day, or Veterans Day, event must be within seven days of the actual holiday date to be considered.
  • The Missing Man Formation is reserved only for funeral services in honor of active duty rated or designated aviators or dignitaries of the federal government or as determined by the military services.
  • Flyovers, are not to exceed four aircraft, and may be performed by operational or training aircraft as determined by the providing military service. Sponsors of events other than bona fide air shows are prohibited from scheduling more than one military service to conduct the flyover. Once a military organization confirms flyover support, the sponsor must notify all other military service requested, so they will not participate in the same event.
  • The Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds do not perform flyovers.
  • Requests for flyovers must be received for processing at least 90 days prior to the event for consideration.

If the request meets the guidelines, contact each service to request aircraft flyovers. 

For Air Force aircraft go to the USAF Aerial Events Support website. 
At the top of the page click on "New Request" read through the guidelines and click "Create a New Request." Sections of DD FORM 2535 will begin to pop up.

Once the proper fields are filled out, a list of instructions will appear. Part of the instructions prompt you to send the form to your local FAA office. To locate their nearest FAA office click on this link: Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO).

The FAA should send the request back to DoD.   If the FAA returns the form to the requestor, the requester should fax the form to (703) 693-9601.

To check the status of an Air Force aircraft request go to USAF Aerial Events Support website. 

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