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Airman 1st Class Christian Kinder, 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection journeyman, conducts an engine check on an airport rescue vehicle Feb. 1, 2017, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Each morning Fairchild firefighters conduct checks, both monthly and daily, to ensure trucks and equipment are safe and operational. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson) 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.”
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Senior Airman Tyler Connell, 92nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, looks on as Fairchild Airmen learn how to ski and snowboard Dec. 18, 2016, at 49 Degrees North Ski Resort, Wash. Outdoor Recreation can request funding from the Recharge for Resiliency program to host activities that provide a high-adrenaline rush in a safe environment to help deescalate high-adrenaline emotions for Airmen returning from deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell) R4R helping Airmen stay resilient through Outdoor Rec
Outdoor Recreation “is in the business of making people’s vacations,” but it is also in the business of helping people with resilience, social interaction and experiencing the local area’s great outdoors.Outdoor Recreation offers more than 250 trips a year at a small charge to Airmen and their families because of the “Recharge for Resiliency”
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Senior Airman Ricardo Longarini, 92nd Air Refueling Squadron aviation resource manager, celebrates the holiday season with Santa and Mrs. Claus Dec. 14, 2015, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Longarini spent more than four months at Incirlik assisting in setting up the 22nd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. (Courtesy Photo) Fairchild Airman one percent within one percent
Monday through Friday Senior Airman Ricardo Longarini can be found at the 92nd Air Refueling Squadron creating flight orders, auditing and assigning aircrews to Fairchild refueling missions as a Squadron Aviation Resource Management Airman.
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92nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airmen manually deice a KC-135 Stratotanker Dec. 12, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. During the winter months, deicing happens nearly every day. In 2015, Fairchild used 24,810 gallons of deicing fluid. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson) Snow begins to fall on Fairchild, KC-135
Spokane gets an average of 47 inches of snow per year, which provides opportunities for recreation as well as challenges with both ground and air travel. With rapidly dropping wind chills and the arrival of fog, snow and ice, Airmen from the 92nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron are spending time on the flight line clearing the way for the wing's global reach air refueling mission.
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Senior Airman Logan Lingren, 92nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance technician, creates a rivet pattern on a piece of sheet metal Nov. 15, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base. Lingren has been at Fairchild since 2012. He leads many programs in his shop and trains new Airmen on the basics of aircraft structural maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson) Fairchild Airman helps stop violent crime
Oct. 16, 2016, began as a normal day for Senior Airman Logan Lingren, unaware that his actions in a local restaurant restroom would make the evening news.“I was doing my laundry at a laundromat in the Shadle area,” said Lingren, 92nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance technician. “While my clothes were in the washer, I walked over
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Capt. Deborah Gaddis, 509th Weapons Squadron training flight commander and Weapons Instructor Course instructor, accepts the 2016 Col. Joe Jackson Award for Excellence in Mobility Tactics from Gen. Carlton Everhart, Air Mobility Command commander, and Lt. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez, United States Forces Japan commander and previous AMC director of operations, Sept. 15, 2016, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. This annual award represents the very best in the significant achievement in mobility tactics, application of innovative weapons and tactics employment, and the instruction and evaluation of tactics which significantly contributed to increased readiness.
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Instructor pilot awarded AF Col. Joe Jackson Award
Capt. Deborah Gaddis is the 509th Weapons Squadron training flight commander, a Weapons Instructor Course instructor and a certified KC-135 Stratotanker instructor pilot. She has been at Fairchild Air Force Base since 2010; first as a pilot with the 92nd Operations Group and in 2015 she became an instructor with the 509th Weapons Squadron.
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Senior Airman Tyler Karr, 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron mission generation vehicle and equipment maintenance journeyman, verifies a snow broom is in good working condition Oct. 3, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base. Airmen change fluids, filters, safety items such as windshield wipers, conduct in-depth inspections and tire maintenance prior to the first snowfall.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson) LRS prepares for first snowfall
Washington winters can cause issues for vehicles on the roadways and in the skies. At Fairchild, the 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Maintenance shop begins preparing for the unpredictable winter months and the weather they bring, eight months prior to the anticipated first snowfall.
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The military offers a wide array of different resources for Airmen and their families to learn valuable skills to maintain a healthy professional and personal life. This includes the Chaplain, mental health, supervision and numerous avenues through the Airman & Family Readiness Center including the Military Family Life Counselor Program. MFLCs provide coping methods for professional and personal life pressures Airmen and their families may be feeling such as deployments, separation, homesickness, parenting issues, conflict resolution and many more.(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Mackenzie Richardson) MFLCs integrate into units
When you break a bone, you are rushed to the nearest hospital where you’re poked, prodded and wrapped in a cast by doctors and specialists who will ensure your broken bones heal properly. When experiencing troubles or stress in an individual’s personal or work life, the Military Family Life Counselors are here to help ensure Airmen and their families heal properly and are fit to fight.
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Airman 1st Class Tiffany Cristo, 92nd Force Support Squadron food services apprentice, and Airman 1st Class Marina Ericson, 92nd FSS food services apprentice, prepare food for boxed meals, Aug. 24, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base. The flight kitchen offers an online order form through the base’s SharePoint, so Airmen can see what foods are available and place an order. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell) Food is fuel, Fairchild’s flight kitchen
If you have been to the Warrior Dining Facility, chances are you’ve walked past what is called the flight kitchen, but only a fraction of team Fairchild members have ever entered it.
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Spokane County Fire District 10 firefighters train during a West Plains Academy course December 4, 2014. After completion of the 12-week academy, firefighters continue their training with extensive emergency medical technician training and perfecting basic firefighting skills. (Courtesy Photo) Fairchild Airmen serve as first responders for the community
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 provided them a way to give back and discover a new passion.“Fairchild Airmen
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