The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck 7 miles north of Anchorage Nov. 30 damaged a variety of facilities at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), but did not result in widespread destruction or serious injuries at the installation. Less than 48 hours later, JBER was mission ready and capable of resuming regular operations, according to a press release posted the following day. Three C-130s landed on the airfield within an hour after the quake, reported Air Force Times. “Together, we’ve carried on our mission while keeping people safe and bringing the base fully back online. Team JBER is safe, secure, and we are still ready,” said Air Force Col. Patricia Csànk, commander of JBER and the 673d Air Base Wing.
Still, facilities such as the commissary sustained significant damage and prompted a massive cleanup effort. The installation sustained damage to steel frameworks, ceilings, and sprinkler and heating systems, officials said Friday. None of the installation’s F-22 Raptors was damaged by the temblor. “To this date, we have not found anything of the magnitude that I ever expected.” said Air Force Lt. Col. Jacob Leck, commander of the 773rd Civil Engineer Squadron and director of the base emergency operations center.
JBER is home to F-22s assigned to the Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Army Alaska and the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, among many other units.
Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caitlin Russell