Frequently Asked Questions / Topics

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How can I request the base honor guard to perform at my event?

To request the Fairchild Honor Guard for military related events such as: funerals, weddings or ceremonies, please fill out a DD Form 2536 - Non-Aviation Support and fax it to the Honor Guard at (509) 247-5550. For questions or concerns, please contact the Honor Guard at (509) 247-4713.

 Where can I obtain 92nd Air Refueling Wing or 141st Air Refueling Wing (ANG) patches, posters, etc?

Neither the 92nd Air Refueling Wing or 141st Air Refueling Wing (ANG) are able to provide official uniform items or other memorabilia. However, several private companies exist to meet your needs. The following list does not constitute endorsement: 

Eighth Air Force Museum Gift Shop,
P.O. Box 8159, 
Bossier City LA 71113, 
Phone: (318) 752-0055; 

Action Embroidery Corporation 
1325 W Brooks Street Ontario CA 91762 
Phone: (909) 983-1359 

Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. 
P.O. Box 33624 
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433 
Phone: (937) 258-1218 

Battle Zone Ltd 
PO Box 266 
Towaca NJ 07082 
Fax: (201) 402-7226 

Headquarters for Military Supplies 
131 East 6th Street Los Angeles
CA 90014 

Ken Nolan, Inc. 
16901 Milliken P.O. Box C-19555
Irvine CA 92713 
Phone: (714) 863-1531 

Marketing Dynamics Inc. 
19717 Mayhill Terrace
Gaithersburg, MD 20879 
Phone: (301) 670-0884 Fax: (301) 990-3646

Can I get onto base?

Anyone with a current valid Department of Defense ID card is allowed on base.

 Frequently asked questions regarding AFSO 21 and the IDEA Cash program.

1. How do I submit an IDEA? 

ANSWER: First, review the guidelines for submission by reading Air Force Instruction 38-401. If you have questions on your IDEA such as eligibility or the application process, feel free to call the base IDEA program manager at 247-IDEA (4332). Finally, when you're ready to formally submit your IDEA for consideration, go to the Air Force IDEA web site. 

2. What is the difference between AFSO 21 and the IDEA Program? 

ANSWER: The IDEA program has a direct link to AFSO 21 objectives as a program that encourages and rewards individuals and teams for finding better, faster, safer ways of accomplishing the mission. AFSO 21 normally takes a "nose to tail" look at processes, involving all parties that own a piece of the process, while the IDEA program rewards individuals or small teams that develop innovative solutions outside of the AFSO 21 framework. 

3. How will my money get to me? 

ANSWER: Your award money will be sent to your home address in the form of a check. This is why it is very important for you to verify your information when you log onto IDEA Program Data System. 

4. Are taxes taken out of my award money? 

ANSWER: Yes, standard tax rules apply regardless of your withholding status. 

5. What is an SIP? 

 A Separate Improvement Process is an IDEA that must have a separate document approved first before you can submit your idea. An example would be you recognize that a crosswalk should be placed near the school so that children can cross safely. This is a great IDEA but to make it eligible you must submit an AF 332 (work order) through Civil Engineer. Once the form has been approved, you may submit your IDEA into IPDS and attach the work order as proof that the work will be accomplished. 

6. Who can submit an AF IDEA? 

ANSWER: All Air Force military members and federal civilian appropriated fund employees, Air Force Academy cadets, ROTC cadets, Air Force Reserve personnel on active duty orders, including IMA'S, Air National Guard Title 5 USC employees, and Direct-hire non-US citizen employees may submit ideas and are eligible for monetary awards. 

Private citizens, non-appropriated finds personnel, contractors, retirees (unless idea was submitted before they retired), and Air National Guard Title 32 military members may submit ideas. However, they are not eligible for monetary awards.

 How can I get a phone number for a base agency?

The base operator is able to give phone numbers for on-base agencies. The operator can be reached at (509) 247-1212.

 How can I get a phone number for someone on base?

In the interest of security, we are not able to give personal phone numbers.

How do I get to Fairchild Air Force Base?

Fairchild AFB is located approximately three miles west of Airway Heights Wa. If you drive west on Highway 2 make a left at the Fairchild AFB signs and proceed through the Visitor's Center or the main gate.

 I am interested in civilian employment on base. Where do I start?

All civilian job opportunities on base are listed on the following website. Just click on the state of Washington to see openings for both Fairchild and McChord Air Force Bases. 


How do I determine what procedures are available through TRICARE at the base?

Information on procedures available at military installation clinics (or available through TRICARE) may be researching using TRICARE Online. The web site (which is not sponsored by the Air Force) has a great deal of information on procedures, the pharmacy formulary and tips to maintain health.

 How do I get a copy of the pharmacy formulary?

Information on many medical procedures, including the formulary, is available through TRICARE Online. After registering (if necessary) and logging in to the site, check under "Pharmacy" for information on the formulary.