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  • POL Airmen keep tankers flying

    Fairchild is renowned for its aerial refueling capabilities for the United States Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and allied nation aircraft. The KC-135 Stratotanker has been called a “flying fuel depot,” but what many overlook is the Airmen who supply the gas it needs to accomplish its global

  • Fairchild Airman supports effort in Puerto Rico

    The wind raged between 110 and 155 miles per hour Sept. 20 as Hurricane Maria hit the United States territory of Puerto Rico. Power was knocked out across the island, infrastructure collapsed, plants were uprooted from the ground and water flooded across large areas.

  • Fairchild firefighters train to maintain readiness

    Being responsible for thousands of lives, more than 4,000 acres of land and approximately 35 aircraft, the 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron fire department knows the importance of keeping their Airmen “rescue ready.”

  • Shaw, Fairchild Airmen fuel the fight

    A group of F-16CM Fighting Falcons take off from the foggy flightline at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. They soar above the clouds and into the airspace over the Atlantic Ocean, heading east until they can no longer see the land behind them. Despite the meticulous checklists run on aircraft

  • Retired crew chief reminisces about 60 years of KC-135 airpower

    MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- On June 28, 1957, the Air Force received its first KC-135 Stratotankers.Retired Chief Master Sgt. Bobby McCasland, a former crew chief, was part of the crew that picked up the first aircraft, tail number 55-3127, from Larson Air Force Base, Washington, and delivered

  • Fairchild Airmen serve as first responders for community

    FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- As members of the United States Air Force, Fairchild Airmen are held to a higher standard to serve their country and give back to their local community. For some Airmen, utilizing their military skills to work alongside Spokane County Fire District firefighters has

  • LRS Airmen fuel mission

    Adorned with training computer terminals and dark leather couches, the staging area for the fuels distribution team has the tense air of any waiting room. Refueling equipment operators can be seen pouring over the latest training materials, going over safety checklists and reviewing daily schedules,

  • Crew chiefs keep KC-135s flying

    Fairchild Air Force Base is home to nearly 35 KC-135 Stratotankers, most of which are approaching their 60th birthdays. With little rest for the lynch pin of global reach air refueling in sight, these KC-135s rely on a highly-trained, responsible group of maintainers to keep them in the air.The 92nd

  • F-86 wreckage rediscovered 60 years later

    In September 2015, a small team with the United States Forest Service gathered more than 60 miles from Fairchild Air Force Base to begin surveying land near Timber Mountain, Washington, in the 1.1 million acre Colville National Forest.After hours of surveying, they came across aircraft wreckage with

  • Crew chief continues grandfather’s legacy

    For more than 50 years, generations of Airmen have put their blood, sweat, and tears in the KC-135 Stratotanker. For Senior Airman Tomorian Montgomery, the legacy and tradition of working on this aircraft is in his blood.In October of 1963, John Gilbert, Montgomery's grandfather, enlisted into the