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FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Retired Col. Francis Potter refills a prescription at the refill pharmacy here May 2. Colonel Potter has volunteered at the Fairchild pharmacy for the past 24 years, and served in the Air Force from 1943-1969. “I like to keep in touch with the people,” said Colonel Potter when asked why he volunteers. “I like to remain a part of the military.” (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Connie L. Bias) Pharmacy volunteer keeps Air Force, Fairchild history alive
Those tall aspen on the road leading to the Fairchild hospital ... Remember when those were planted? And all the other trees behind the housing area ... Remember when those were just short, tiny wisps? If not, don't worry - you're in good company. As with most people at military bases around the world, the majority of us are only here for a short
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2007
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Dylan Nickerson, 13, pilots a KC-135 in the flight simulator alongside Maj. Brian Eberling, 509th Weapons Squadron instructor pilot, during the 509th WPS’s first “Pilot for a Day” event May 3. Dylan was able to take part in the program due to coordination between the 509th WPS and the Candlelighters of the Inland Northwest, an organization that aids young cancer patients and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kali L. Gradishar) 509th welcomes teenage boy for ‘Pilot for a Day’ event
It isn't every day that a 13-year-old boy gets to pilot a KC-135 to Hawaii. Through the 509th Weapons Squadron's Pilot for a Day program, Dylan Nickerson was able to do just that. Coordination between the 509th WPS and the Candlelighters of the Inland Northwest, a chapter of the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation that aids young cancer
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2007
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Kevin Tsuchinda and Cameron Campbell recite the pledge of allegiance while accompanied by the 141st Air Refueling Wing’s honor guard April 18. These two boys were treated to an orientation through the 141st ARW’s Pilot for a day Program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Bob Thackston) 141st ARW hosts Pilot for a Day event
Pilot for a Day is one of the most inspirational events the 141st Air Refueling Wing hosts. The program is designed for critically ill and disabled children to get away from hospital and doctor visits, givng the children a positive and lasting experience with the Air National Guard. April 18 marked the fifth Pilot for a Day event for the unit.
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2007
Default Air Force Logo Alcohol abuse can create, deepen depression
More than 90 percent of people, youth and adult, who commit or attempt suicide share some common risk factors. The first preventable common risk factor is depression or other mental disorders. The other, also curable and preventable, is substance-abuse disorder, including alcohol. Alcohol, a depressant, does nothing to help those who are already
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2007
Default Air Force Logo Wingman concept in action helps family in need
Almost six months ago Master Sgt. Constance Wetzel, 92nd Air Refueling Wing, wing inspections superintendent, had much on her mind as she was preparing to retire from a 22-year career in the Air Force, seven of which she spent at Fairchild in her current occupation. On Nov. 30, the mother of two, 17-year old, Timothy, and 13-year-old, Sara,
0 4/19
2007
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Phase two candidates perform flutter kicks while wearing their masks and fins. An instructor walks the line filling the trainees’ masks with water. Trainees undergo an entire week of exercises that will test them both physically and mentally. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Larry Carpenter) CRO Selection Takes Place at Fairchild
The Combat Rescue Officer career field held phase two of their selection process the week of March 26 - 30 at Fairchild. The purpose of phase two is to narrow the field of trainees invited to attend the CRO career field training pipeline. Phase two is a rigorous week of intense physical, mental and psychological training that pushes the candidates
0 4/05
2007
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Participants in the Expeditionary Combat Skills Training course, (standing, from left) Staff Sgt. Delton Richardson, 92nd Communications Squadron deployed network administrator, Airman 1st Class Thomas Rhodus, 92nd Air Refueling Wing emergency actions controller, and Airman 1st Class Dawn Bussell, 92nd Aeromedical Dental Squadron public health technician, observe Tech. Sgt. Daniel Merrill, 92nd Security Forces Squadron ECST instructor, as he demonstrates the low crawl technique at Camp Airey March 8. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nancy Hooks) ECST provides Airmen a necessary training opportunity
Elbows and knees bruise as each limb acts as a claw in the earth. Protective gear encases the body on the ground, an M-16 in hand. The pack progresses together as they inch onward in the field. Effort. Communication. Teamwork. Leadership. These are words that exemplify the monthly two-day Expeditionary Combat Skills Training that took place March
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2007
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- “I think we should have a combination of both: put the newspapers in a common place like the BX and commissary for those who aren’t Internet-savvy, and have the Web for the people who are.”
Senior Master Sgt. Matthew Williams, 92nd Communications Squadron (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kali L. Gradishar)

Man on the street
How do you feel about Fairchild's paper going online?"I think we should have a combination of both: put the newspapers in a common place like the BX and commissary for those who aren't Internet-savvy, and have the Web for the people who are." Senior Master Sgt. Matthew  Williams, 92nd Communications Squadron (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class
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2007
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- From left, Chris Penchoen, 11th grade; PJ Slater, 10th grade; and Michael Thibodeau, 12th grade at Medical Lake High School, were named semi-finalists this month in the national Letters about Literature contest. The students submitted their letters, written to an author whose book affected them in some way, through the Fairchild Teen Center. Michael is also the Teen Center’s 2007 Youth of the Year for his contributions in 2006, and will go on to compete for a state-level Youth of the Year award, as well as an Air Mobility Command-level award. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Connie L. Bias)
Fairchild teen named semi-finalist in national contest and Teen of the Year
When Michael Thibodeau writes a book report, the Library of Congress sits up and takes notice. At least that's what happened when Michael and two other Fairchild teens, Chris Penchoen and PJ Slater, were named semi-finalists in the 2006-2007 Letters about Literature contest. The annual contest "encourages young readers around the nation to write
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2007
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Staff Sgt. Charles Myers, 92nd Aeromedical Dental Squadron, talks to Royal Canadian Air Cadets from the 746 Lightning Hawk Squadron, in British Columbia, Canada, about how changes in air pressure affect a person’s ears. The Canadian Cadets were touring various organizations on base Tuesday to gain a better understanding of how an active-duty Air Force base runs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kristian Carter)
Base hosts Air Force ROTC, Navy Sea, Royal Canadian Air Cadets
Three groups of cadets descended on the base in a period of three days this past week. The cadets, from Detachment 850 at the University of Utah ROTC, the Royal Canadian Air Cadets of the 746th Lightning Hawk Squadron, in British Columbia, Canada, and the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, Fort Spokane Battalion, toured multiple facilities on base and gained
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