Welcome to Fort Wainwright , Alaska , home of United States Army Garrison and units of the United States Army Alaska (USARAK) including the 172d Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), 4-123 rd Aviation and Medical Activity Alaska. Fort Wainwright offers soldiers and their families a special and unique place to live and serve. The Post is located in the Tanana River Valley just east of Fairbanks in the center of Alaska , America 's “Last Frontier.”
In November 1903, Fairbanks was incorporated as a city and named after a popular Indiana senator Charles W. Fairbanks, soon to become Vice President under Teddy Roosevelt.
During World War II two United States military bases, Ladd Field and Eielson Air Force Base, were constructed in the Fairbanks area to aid in sending aircraft and supplies to the USSR and the Russian-controlled Far East. During the Cold War Ladd Field became a U. S. Army base, Fort Wainwright. These bases brought additional jobs to the Fairbanks area and brought military personnel, some of whom stayed and became residents of the area after finishing their military service.
There is a park in Fairbanks built originally for the Alaska Purchase Centennial Celebration in 1967. The park is now called Pioneer Park and contains museums, an old riverboat and many old buildings moved there from around the Fairbanks area. The Palace Theatre and Saloon in the park gives a musical presentation of the history of Fairbanks.
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