The 92d Air Refueling Wing is the host unit to Team Fairchild comprised of the 141st Air Refueling Wing, the 336th Training Group and other tenant organizations. Team Fairchild encompasses more than 5,100 active-duty, Air National Guard, tenant unit members and civilian employees. Another major tenant organization is the Armed Forces Reserve Center, that opened in April 10, comprising approximately 869 Army Guard and Reserve personnel assigned to 18 units with various missions.
Fairchild is the largest employer in Eastern Washington State. The base's total population exceeds 12,980 with approximately 17,000 retirees in the area representing an annual payroll of $252 million. This brings Fairchild's annual economic impact on the community to approximately $448 million, constituting 13 percent of the local economy.
92d AIR REFUELING WING
The 92d ARW operates 63 KC-135 R/T Stratotanker aircraft valued at $1.7 billion and 58 aircrews to support worldwide military missions. As the host unit to Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., the wing controls 6,151 acres and 1,687 buildings.
The 92d ARW employs 2,800 active duty military, as well as 795 appropriated fund civilian employees.
The 92d ARW is responsible for providing aerial refueling, as well as rapid and reliable passenger and cargo airlift and aero-medical evacuations. Fairchild's missions support U.S. and coalition conventional operations and U.S. Strategic Command strategic deterrence missions. Fairchild directly supports Air Mobility Command's mission, providing global reach airpower and deploying expeditionary combat support forces in support of worldwide contingency requirements. The 92d ARW capability of aerial refueling enhances the Air Force's ability to accomplish its primary missions of Global Reach and Global Power.
The 92d Air Refueling Wing is structured under four groups: Operations, Maintenance, Mission Support, and Medical, as wells as 12 staff agencies organized under the Director of Staff.
The 92d Operations Group is primarily responsible for the two flying squadrons. The 92d Air Refueling Squadron and the 93d Air Refueling Squadron both fly the KC-135 Stratotanker. The 92d Operations Support Squadron oversees the following functions: weather, tactics, aircrew training, aircrew flight equipment, airfield management, air traffic control, combat crew communications, current operations and the wing's flight simulator.
The 92d Maintenance Group is comprised of the 92d Aircraft Maintenance, 92d Maintenance and the 92d Maintenance Operations Squadrons. The group provides field-level maintenance support for the KC-135 R/T aircraft and more than 374 pieces of aerospace ground equipment supporting worldwide aerial refueling and airlift operations. The group also provides services for transient contract and military aircraft. Furthermore, the 92d Maintenance Group maintains a high state of combat readiness for more than 667 personnel and equipment supporting the worldwide contingency and nuclear deterrence operations, while maintaining base munitions.
The 92d Mission Support Group is built on the pillars of mission, people, families and community. The 92d MSG consists of six squadrons comprised of more than 1,300 Airmen, civilians and contract personnel. The group provides professional civil engineers; communications; contracting; logistics; force support; security forces; and combat, community and family support services for Fairchild and expeditionary commanders. Additionally, through the wing's Air Expeditionary Force Cell, the 92d MSG integrates all wing readiness functions to train, deploy and reintegrate up to 1,300 warriors annually who deploy in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
The 92d Medical Group serves more than 31,000 eligible beneficiaries in the local area and currently has more than 12,000 enrolled in the Military Treatment Facility. The group has a staff of 308 and an annual budget of $12.3 million. The medical clinic receives more than 53,766 outpatient visits and 10,405 dental visits annually. The group consists of 92d Health Care Operations Squadron, 92d Operational Medical Readiness Squadron and the 92d Medical Support Squadron.
Wing staff agencies include legal, plans and programs, safety, command and control, chapel, public affairs, military equal opportunity, sexual assault prevention program, protocol, historian and the inspector general.
141st AIR REFUELING WING
The 141st Air Refueling Wing reports through the Washington Adjutant General to the Governor in order to respond to natural disasters and times of civil unrest. In addition to the state mission to provide protection to life and property and to preserve peace, order and public safety for Washington State, the wing also has a federal mission. The unit's federal mission is to train, equip and deploy forces to locations worldwide in support of the specific contingency operations.
When mobilized by Congress or the U.S. President, the wing fulfills its Constitutional role and supports AMC's airlift and aerial refueling requirements under the 18th Air Force. The 141st trains to provide worldwide aerial refueling to United States and allied aircraft, counter drug surveillance and interdiction, and combat support across the spectrum of conflict.
Eastern Washington Air National Guard units include the 141st Air Refueling Wing, 242nd Combat Communications Squadron, 256th Intelligence Squadron and 560th Air National Guard Band of the Northwest. The combined strength of these units totals 1,040 members. This includes 739 traditional Guard members, 292 civil service technicians and nine temporary technicians. The economic impact to the local area is $55.6 million annually.
The mobility needs of the modern military have seen 141st ARW tankers in all corners of the globe. The wing has supported Air Expeditionary Forces in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Turkey, Hungary, North and South America and Australia. Since becoming a refueling wing, the unit has supported American Forces and its allies in conflicts in Europe and the Middle East, as well as numerous peacetime and humanitarian missions at home and abroad.
336th TRAINING GROUP
The 336th Training Group, located at Fairchild Air Force Base, is home to the Air Force's Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) school. The 336 TRG consists of three squadrons and one flight, with geographically separated detachments at Lackland AFB, Texas, Pensacola NAS, Fla., and Eielson AFB, Alaska. The Survival School teaches 22 different courses to approximately 20,000 students at the four locations annually. Their mission statement: To provide at risk of isolation personnel with the skills and confidence to 'Return with Honor'.
The 336th Training Support Squadron provides superior resources and support services to the SERE mission by way of medical and psychological care, vehicle maintenance and repair, syllabus and courseware development and enhancement, roads and facilities operations and maintenance and administrative services. The 336 TRSS integrates Airmen from 23 different AFSCs to provide this vital role for the SERE school. They single-handedly ensure network capabilities, parachute rigging and medical support for search and rescue (SAR) missions. Additionally, they maintain more than 350 miles of roads in the 500,000-acre Colville National Forest while also ensuring the operability of 30 facilities.
The 36th Rescue Flight supports the 336th Training Group in the execution of all AETC syllabi and provides evacuation of injured DoD personnel from remote training areas. Support operations include live rescue hoist training, para-drop demonstrations and combat rescue procedures training. The 36 RQF is on 24-hour standby six days a week, 50 weeks a year to provide medical evacuation coverage for students and instructors. The 36 RQF also supports the National Search-and-Rescue (SAR) Plan by conducting SAR and medical evacuation missions in the Pacific Northwest, covering a four-state region. Since 2001, the 36 RQF has responded to 165 requests for assistance and saved 115 lives.On average, the unit responds to 15 to 20 calls for assistance each year and is credited with saving 673 lives since its inception in 1971. In doing so, the 36 RQF is proud to uphold the motto of rescue personnel worldwide: "That Others May Live."
The 22nd Training Squadron is tasked with teaching those "at risk of isolation personnel." The basic course, which instructs all aspects of SERE, lasts 19 days and occurs 50 weeks out of each year. The majority of the course is taught at Fairchild AFB; however, six days are spent approximately 70 miles north of the base, in the mountains of the Colville and Kaniksu National Forests. This course consists of physical and psychological stresses of survival, hands-on training in post-ejection procedures and parachute landing falls, survival medicine and recovery device training and equipment procedures. In the field, students receive additional training which includes food procurement and preparation, day and night land navigation techniques, evasion travel and camouflage techniques, ground-to-air signals and aircraft vectoring procedures and shelter construction. Finally, students are returned to Fairchild and receive Code of Conduct Training training in evasion and conduct after capture. The 66th Training Squadron is the Air Force's sole source of training, developing and certifying new SERE specialists.
The SERE Specialist Training course is a five-and-a-half month program designed to teach future survival instructors how to instruct aircrew members to survive in a broad variety of training environments. Future SERE specialists are trained while entrenched in each of those environments which include: temperate, desert, coastal, open-ocean, tropics, rough land (rocks), arctic and evasion. The 66 TRS also conducts a non-ejection water survival course, which trains aircrew members of non-parachute-equipped aircraft. This training includes lessons such as techniques in signaling rescue aircraft, hazardous aquatic life, food and water procurement, medical aspects of water survival and life raft procedures.
Detachment 1, 66th Training Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, teaches Arctic Survival Training. This five-day course conducted from October through March is designed for aircrew personnel assigned to flying duties in the northern regions. Instruction concentrates on food and water procurement, thermal shelter construction, firecraft and various signaling techniques.
Detachment 2, 66th Training Squadron at NAS Pensacola, Fla., conducts a water survival course for those aircrew members going to parachute-equipped airframes. This course lasts four days and includes instruction in signaling rescue aircraft, hazardous aquatic life, food and water procurement, medical aspects of water survival and life raft procedures. Students parasail to simulate in-flight over water emergency and parachute decent.
Detachment 3, 66th Training Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, teaches the Air Force's only Evasion and Conduct After Capture (ECAC) course. The Evasion and Conduct After Capture (ECAC) course is a Level-B, four-day curriculum designed to prepare Air Force members to survive the rigors of isolation and return with honor. The course consists of full spectrum (wartime, peacetime and hostage) captivity training in academic classes and academic role-play laboratory (ARL) training environments and culminates with a hostage resistance training laboratory (RTL). ECAC also provides academic training on evasion; personnel recovery principles; Tactics, Techniques & Procedures (TTP); and an evasion laboratory (EL) that provides hands-on practice using evasion TTP.
"Return With Honor," the motto of the Survival School, is symbolic of the school's dedication to providing lifesaving training.
JOINT PERSONNEL RECOVERY AGENCY
The Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA) is a Chairman's Controlled Activity aligned under the Director, Joint Staff J-7. JPRA is designated as DoD's office of primary responsibility for DoD-wide personnel recovery matters, less policy. JPRA is headquartered in Fort Belvoir, Va., with schools located in Fredericksburg, Va., and Spokane, Wash.
OTHER TENANT ORGANIZATIONS
509th Weapons School (ACC)
373rd Training Squadron, Detachment 13 (AETC)
Army Air Force Exchange (AAFES)
Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)
Air Force Audit Agency (AFAA)
Army Corps of Engineers (COE)
Area Defense Council (ADC)
Defense Security Forces (DSS) Field Office
Defense Energy Support Center (DESC)
Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) Detachment 322
D Flight, 368th Recruiting Squadron
Naval/Marine Corps Reserve Readiness Center
Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO)
Armed Forces Reserve Center