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  • Families gain insight into deployment process

    The troops were starting to get rowdy. About half way through an intelligence briefing preceding their special mission, mutiny was setting in amongst the ranks. "No, no, no" one of the deploying troops screamed out from the back of the room, interrupting the lieutenant colonel's briefing. Another one broke into song ...well, sort of. Her lyrics
  • Reserve exercise stresses mission readiness

    Forty-one health care specialists from the 604th Medical Squadron, an Air Force Reserve unit at Fairchild, "deployed" to Camp Airey on base Aug. 3-6 for a four-day medical readiness exercise.Airmen from the 604th MDS regularly deploy on a volunteer basis to Southwest Asia, but the unit has not deployed in significant numbers since 2003. The recent
  • Fairchild's KC-135 saves lives in Aeromedical evacuation mission

    While the KC-135 Stratotanker was originally designed to extend the length of other aircrafts' flight times, aircrews at Fairchild are also using the airplane for a completely different mission - to extend medical care to critically injured patients. Tanker aircraft began augmenting the Air Force's aeromedical evacuation mission in 2003,
  • Visitors flock to Fairchild for Skyfest

    A record-breaking crowd estimated at 125,000 visitors turned out this weekend for Skyfest 2006, the base's air show and open house. Eclipsing the previous record of 123,000 set in 2004, this year's Skyfest featured Airmen from all professions from Team Fairchild representing the Air Force and its expeditionary nature. Outfitted in the desert
  • Washington Air National Guard joins Operation Jump Start

    The 141st Air Refueling Wing, Washington Air National Guard, deployed a small portable expeditionary aeromedical rapid response package for Operation Jump Start July 31. Operation Jump Start is the National Guard' s mission supporting Customs and Border Patrol to secure the U.S. border with Mexico.A KC-135 loaded with pallets of medical equipment
  • Base unveils ‘City of Spokane’

    The latest incarnation of the "City of Spokane," a KC-135 with tail number 58-0092, was unveiled near base operations here before an audience that included Spokane, Wash., Mayor Dennis Hession, local government and business leaders, Fairchild honorary commanders and Eagles, July 26. "The new City of Spokane has as proud a heritage as the Team
  • CV-22 Osprey, Thunderbirds slated for Skyfest

    Skyfest 2006, Fairchild’s air show and open house, is fast approaching. There will be a static display of a CV-22 Osprey from Kirtland Air Force Base, which will be its first off-post airshow display since becoming operational. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s premier flight demonstration team, is scheduled to be the main
  • Independence Day firework safety made easy

    Fireworks and celebrating the 230th anniversary of our nation go hand in hand as described in the national anthem "rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air" and is something all Americans are proud of and proud to celebrate. Unfortunately, fireworks can turn a joyful celebration into a painful memory when children and adults are injured while