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Eielson AFB

I'd like to agree with Holly. It is beautiful up here, etc. BUT! Yes, there's always a "but". If you like to go shopping, stay away from this place as far as possible!!! Here on Eielson we have a little dinky BX, the army base (Ft. Wainwright) has the larger PX, but it is 21 miles away. Not alot of people are driving on the icy highway during the winter months just to go shopping. And let me tell you, the winters here are LONG! Let's get back to the shopping thing. Fairbanks, which is about 23 miles away offers next to no shopping. We do have a little Sears store, Gottschalk's (which is too expensive anyways), Sam's Club (as close as you will ever get to a Wal-Mart), a Big Super K-Mart which they have been remodeling for I don't know how many months, and are still working on it! And in one of the many "malls" here in Fairbanks they do have a tiny Eddy Bauer outlet store ($$$), and a little KB Toys. There are places here they call "malls", but is anything BUT! It has a drugstore in it, pet store, etc. That's it, folks!! NO real malls!! NO Wal-Mart, no Target (the whole state of Alaska!), no Arby's, no TGIF, no Outback Steakhouse, etc. But, finally, they are building a Home Depot! Wow, I can hardly wait to go there and check out their "wood". LOL If you do get stationed up here, better save up a bunch of money too, so during summer - when the roads clear up and the ice melts (around may) - you can do that 8 hour drive to Anchorage to get back to civilization and kiss that Wal-Mart door! Better get your teeth fixed as well as dentists charge 3-4x more than in the lower 48!! Welcome to Alaska!!

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