<li><a href="http://www.wainwright.army.mil/sites/local/">Visit U.S. Army Garrison Alaska</a></li>

<h3 class="dark">Community Programs and Services</h3>
<h4>Anchorage First Lady Military and Family Support Initiative</h4>
<p>The Anchorage First Lady Military and Family Support Initiative is a partnership with the Armed Services YMCA that provides fund raising efforts in the community to support local military Families. It also conducts numerous events throughout the year designed to provide recreational opportunities for Service Members and their Families. The initiative also conducts reception/recognition events aimed at getting the message of "thanks" out to the men and women who give so much for our nation. For more information visit <a href="http://www.muni.org/">www.muni.org</a></p>

<h4>Anchorage Military Appreciation Week</h4>
<p><p> The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce/Military Affairs Committee annually hosts a Military Appreciation Week each June. This event provides the business community the opportunity to demonstrate their support for servicemen and women, and their Families stationed in the Anchorage. Military Appreciation week concludes with picnics at Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base. The Anchorage Chamber works closely with other organizations to provide a variety of family fun activities during the afternoon of the picnics, such as competitive sporting events, musical performances, and face painting provided at no charge for all Soldiers and their Families. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.anchoragechamber.org/cms/Default.asp'wage=37">www.anchoragechamber.org </a></p>

<h4> Anchorage Platoon Partners Alaska </h4>
<p> Established by the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Last Frontier Chapter at Fort Richardson, Platoon Partners Alaska connects units and the local community through a sponsorship program. The primary responsibility of a sponsor is to provide a link to home for a deployed Fort Richardson Soldier Aca,!" Active, Guard or Reserve. This includes letters, emails, birthday and holiday cards, and small care packages when possible. The purpose is to let the Soldiers know America and Alaskans care and appreciate what they are doing.
For more information, visit <a href="http://ausalastfrontier.org/platoonpartnership.php5"> http://ausalastfrontier.org</a></p>

<h4>Anchorage Veteran Hiring Preference</h4>
<p>The Municipality of Anchorage adopted a Veteran Hiring Preference which guarantees veterans applying for municipal positions, who meet the minimun qualifications, the opportunity to interview. This interview is held regardless of where the individual placed in the initial stack ranking of applicants. For more information visit <a href="http://www.muni.org/Departments/employee_relations/HowDoI/Pages/RequestVeteranPreference.aspx".>www.muni.org</a></p>

<h4>Calling Cards and Internet Services</h4>
<p>The Municipality of Anchorage has worked closely with a local communications provider to provide telephone calling cards and other communications services for the military. The local provider has provided communications and internet services that allow for live internet coverage of high school graduations and significant military events for viewing in deployed locations by deployed Soldiers. The provider also provides services to support the Armed Services YMCA and their overseas phone service for deployed troops. </p>

<h4>Fairbanks Military Appreciation Day</h4>
<p>Many businesses and organizations provide support, information, food, music, rides, activities, and "thank yous" for all Soldiers and their Families each year at Pioneer Park during its Annual Military Appreciation Day. </p>

<h4>Fairbanks Community Partnership Day</h4>
<p>The Community Partnership Day was conceived by the Military Affairs Committee of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce in 2001 as a means of bringing together civilians, Soldiers and Airmen in a joint project that benefits local military installations. The event alternates annually between Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base. For more information, visit<a href="http://www.fairbankschamber.org/members/MilitaryAffairsCommittee.html"> www.fairbankschamber.org.</a></p>

<h4>Fairbanks Organization-hosted Military Appreciation Day</h4>
<p>Businesses, churches, schools, and civic organizations throughout the Fort Wainwright community partner with military units and organizations on the installation. These programs allow the partner to engage in activities intended to provide support to Soldiers and their Families, such as softball tournaments, Grizzlies game, social events, Nanooks hockey games, and Ice Dogs hockey games. They also provide services such as snow-shoveling, dinners, military discounts, swimming at Chena Hot Springs, and riverboat and train trips to Families of deployed Soldiers. </p>

<h4>Fairbanks Military Appreciation Banquet</h4>
<p>The Military Appreciation Banquet started in the 1960s when Jim and Rosemary Messer invited military couples into their home as a way of showing them the hospitality of the Fairbanks community. The banquet has grown into an event of more than 400 people from the military and civilian communities. Today, the Military Appreciation Banquet is sponsored by the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce to honor military personnel and volunteers who exemplify the excellence of our Armed Services. Military Families are hosted by civilians in the community for an evening of dinner and an awards ceremony. The event is typically held in late March or early April. For more information visit <a href="http://www.fairbankschamber.org/members/MilitaryAffairsCommittee.html">www.fairbankschamber.org</a></p>

<h4>Support Deployment/Redeployment Ceremonies</h4>
<p>Support deployment/redeployment ceremonies are held for unit deployment and redeployment and are attended by civic and members of the local communities. During these ceremonies, YMCA and Red Cross provide snacks, movies and books for Soldiers. Local businesses offered assurance the Families would be cared for in the Soldiers' absence. Other groups provided welcome-home baskets for barracks rooms for returning Soldiers. </p>

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