Fairbanks North Star Borough honored for military relationship

Published: Mar. 9, 2023 at 8:21 AM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Interior Alaska is home to four military bases: Fort Wainwright, Fort Greely, Eielson Air Force Base, and Clear Space Force Station.

This week, the Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) was honored on a national level for its relationship with those who serve.

The Association of Defense Communities has named the borough a Great American Defense Community for 2023. This program which was started in 2016, recognizes communities for efforts to improve the quality of life for those affiliated with the military.

Fairbanks was one of five communities chosen, along with El Paso, Greater Omaha, the Fort George G. Meade Region, and the Montgomery River Region.

FNSB Mayor Bryce Ward says he is humbled and honored by the borough’s recognition.

Ward says about 30 percent of the region’s economy and people are represented by the military, and the Interior has a long history of partnerships with the institution.