The former Kulis Air National Guard Base, on the south side of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, has been vacant since 2011 — but it may find new life as a historical site.

More than five decades after Kulis opened in 1955, at the height of the Cold War, the base's Hangar 1 was listed in late March in the National Register of Historical Places.

The Alaska Military Heritage Museum is proposing another use for the former Kulis site: turning the base into a museum and training program for veterans transitioning into civilian life.

Kyle Kaiser, who helps out with the organization and is a veteran himself, said the plan is to essentially turn it into a "university for veterans," complete with a dormitory. 

"The programs here are going to be designed to take anybody in the service, and give them the skills and training they need to be successful as a civilian," Kaiser said.

Kaiser added the location is perfect because Kulis is secure and away from distractions. This would allow veterans to focus on getting back into the workforce, especially if they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Alaska Military Heritage Museum is waiting on several approvals, Kaiser said, to move forward with its plan for the site.

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