DoD partnerships critical to Fairbanks’ strategic importance

July 6, 2018

U.S. Army:

OINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, AK — A new era of military modernization was the theme during a visit to Alaska by one of the Department of Defense’s top officials.

During the week of June 3, the Honorable Lucian Niemeyer, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment, toured new military construction projects valued in excess of $1 billion at Clear Air Force Station, Eielson Air Force Base, Fort Greely and Fort Wainwright — all located in the greater Fairbanks area. Meeting with command leadership at each installation and visiting construction sites under the management of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — Pacific Ocean Division’s Alaska District, Niemeyer saw DoD’s military capacity in the Far North.

“The Alaska area is of strategic importance in the entire world,” Niemeyer said. “It is pretty significant where the U.S. can reach out and project power from Alaska.”

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