Enhancing the Eielson Community

July 5, 2018

Last week, we opened our first Community Center for our Eielson AFB residents. The new center marks the 35th among all of our military installations and is a testament to our unmatched commitment to make our service members feel at home.

This latest community center includes a multi-purpose room and a club room that includes shuffle board, foosball and other arcade games. The children’s playroom incorporates the feel of Alaska with a toy camper that kids can play in with a small camping area. Outside, you will find an oversized fireplace, where families can enjoy a beautiful Alaska night gazing up at the stars and stay warm by the fire. To honor the history of Eielson, the Design team integrated an important, local artifact, a radio operator’s panel, from the “Lady of Lake” aircraft, which sits on a lake in Eielson. The plane was used in the lake for open-water extraction training until it became too dangerous. Now, the aircraft remains in the lake, while the panel hangs in the foyer and is a thoughtful way to connect our community center to the roots of the town.

As with all of our community centers, this facility was designed to foster a better sense of community for our service members and should be place for them to enjoy with their family and friends.

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Left to right: Construction Manager Mathieu Tinkelenberg, Operations Director Kim Zimmerman, Construction Director Kelly Karl and Partnership Liaison Jim Champagne arriving to the ribbon cutting ceremony in the Model T that was driven by Carl Benjamin Eielson, for whom Eielson AFB is name. Eielson, an American aviator, bush pilot and explorer, drove this car from 1926 - 1929. 
Featured in this photo is a radio operator's panel from the "Lady of the Lake" aircraft, which sits on a lake on Eielson AFB. The plan was used in the lake for open-water extraction training until it became too dangerous. Now the aircraft remains in the lake while the panel hangs in the Community Center foyer.
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