Fort Wainwright

Mission:

Public Affairs fulfills the Army's obligation to keep the American people and the Army informed, and helps to establish the conditions that lead to confidence in America's Army and its readiness to conduct operations in peacetime, conflict and war.

Public Affairs is the interface between USAG Alaska, Fort Wainwright and the public.

Command Information

The Command Information team provides news and information to members of the Fort Wainwright and USAG Alaska communities by producing an array of command information products for our internal and external audiences.

Community Relations

The Community Relations team communicates Soldiers' stories by directly engaging a wide spectrum of businesses, organizations, local community and education leaders to bring the American people closer to the Soldiers who serve them.

Media Relations

The Media Relations section assists members of the news media in reporting on Fort Wainwright and USAG Alaska, ensuring the American public has access to the information they need to understand the military's role in the community, in support of the nation and in the world.

The Media Relations section is responsible for:

  • Releasing information, arranging interviews, responding to media inquiries, and coordinating access to the installation for news media representatives,
  • Inviting reporters to significant events that highlight missions, programs, or issues of interest to the public,
  • Providing media awareness and media engagement training to members of the Fort Wainwright community.
Reporting on Fort Wainwright

Our high-profile and high-tech military equipment is a primary reason local, national, and international news organizations cover activities at Fort Wainright.

Due to the limited number of public affairs staff to provide escorts, media are asked to make their requests as far in advance as possible.

Media office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (907) 353-6701

Media Escort Requirements

Fort Wainwright is a closed military installation. For security reasons, installation access rules require a public affairs escort to be present anytime members of the media conduct news-gathering activities on post. For invited events, media should RSVP in accordance with the instructions provided in the media advisory to coordinate a public affairs escort onto the installation.

Service members and military family members who are interested in engaging the media are encouraged to contact our office for assistance.

Please note:

Our office does not facilitate "reaction" stories (stories seeking service member or military family member reactions to issues of current interest or events) and "person-on-the-street" interviews - reporters may solicit military personnel and their families for their reactions to current events via other means, but we will not use military resources to provide an escort onto the installation for these types of stories. Possession of a military-issued ID card or visitor pass does not constitute permission to conduct news-gathering activities on any part of the installation - including family housing - without a public affairs escort. Pass-holders and/or the visitor's military sponsor may be held responsible if a pass or military ID is misused.

Noise Complaints

Disturbances caused by military training - report noise, smoke, low-flying aircraft, or other disturbance caused by military activity via phone: (907)353-6701 or email: usarmy.wainwright.id-pacific.list.pao@mail.mil

Social Media

Fort Wainwright keeps the community informed with current events and information through several social media platforms.

 

U.S. Army Alaska

About U.S. Army Alaska

U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK), a subordinate element of U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), is headquartered at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. USARAK provides trained and ready forces in support of worldwide unified land operations, supports theater engagement in the Pacific/Arctic and military operations in the Alaska Joint Operations Area, in order to contribute to a stable and secure operational environment.

Alaska is home to two Infantry Brigade Combat Teams, a Combat Aviation Task Force, enabling Echelon Above Brigade units, and Reserve Component units.

The 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division is headquartered at Fort Wainwright, near Fairbanks, Alaska, along with 16th Combat Aviation Brigade the USARAK Aviation Task Force (UATF), , the Northern Warfare Training Center (NWTC, ), and U.S. Army Garrison Fort Wainwright.

In addition to the USARAK Headquarters, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, the SFC Christopher R. Brevard Noncommissioned Officer's Academy, and selected units of the 17th Combat Sustainment Battalion are stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson..

Other Army-affiliated tenant organizations stationed in Alaska include the Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency (based at Fort Greely), the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Alaska (MEDDAC), U.S. Army Dental Activity-Alaska (DENTAC), U.S. Army Veterinary Command-Alaska, 59th Signal Battalion, Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC), Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pacific Ocean Division, 404th Army Field Support Battalion--Alaska, and supporting elements from Army Material Command. The Reserve Component units located throughout the state include Army National Guard Missile Defense, Infantry and Aviation formations, an Army Reserve Heavy Engineer Company and an Army Reserve Field Hospital.

Public Affairs Staff

Public Affairs Officer
MAJ Timothy Chavis
Phone: 907-384-1373
Email: timothy.c.chavis.mil@mail.mil

NCOIC
SFC Joel Gibson
Email: joel.f.gibson.mil@mail.mil

Command Information NCO
SPC DeMarco Wills
Email: demarco.j.wills.mil@mail.mil

Media Relations Chief
John Pennell
Phone: 907-384-1542
Email: john.m.pennell2.civ@mail.mil

Community Relations Chief
Derrick Crawford
Phone: 907-384-2019
Email: derrick.d.crawford4.civ@mail.mil