The base owns two of these engines, both moving coal and rail traffic across the 11 mi (18 km) rail system. Air Force EMD GP40-2 locomotive sits outside Eielson AFB's central heat and power plant.

The 354 FW's primary mission is to support Red Flag – Alaska, a series of Pacific Air Forces commander–directed field training exercises for U. Forces, joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close-air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment.

Eielson AFB was named in honor of polar pilot Carl Ben Eielson.

Until 2007, Eielson was a front line base, deploying fighter and bomber units around the world and providing for the defense of Alaska.

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