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  • Maximizing mission readiness by minimizing safety risks

    Working with aircraft that supply global mobility to the U.S. military and its allies necessitates having many diverse Airmen specialists, workshops, offices and utility spaces to accommodate the rapid-paced needs of the Air Force mission.
  • Patronage expansion program grants Veterans Commissary, Base Exchange and MWR privileges

    Commissaries, military exchanges and morale, welfare and recreation facilities are ready to welcome veterans with service-related sacrifices, as well as primary caregivers of veterans to enjoy the privileges of the new patronage expansion program.
  • Humble, approachable, credible: 509th Weapons Squadron

    While all KC-135 pilots train for air refueling, some get the chance to go above and beyond the basics by learning advance tactics and skills in the 509th Weapons Squadron, which produces 24 boom operators, pilots and navigators every year that are fully trained in providing advanced air refueling capabilities for any situation and at any location.
  • Snow plows save Stratotankers

    A KC-135 Stratotanker descends below the clouds and into the falling snow as it approaches Fairchild Air Force Base. The pilots are calm as they make preparations to land, knowing that the flightline conditions are clear as can be due to the ground crew’s attentiveness.
  • Career assistance advisor leads Airmen

    One of the many great assets that Team Fairchild provides to its Airmen when facing tough decisions like this is the career assistance advisor. The CAA, in an effort to help create a stronger and smarter force, provides resources and guidance to Airmen about the options they have when considering how they would like to shape their careers.
  • Programmed depot maintenance modernizes KC-135s

    With eight buildings, nearly 3,000 workers, and 26 KC-135 Stratotankers, the 564th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the largest squadron in the U.S. Air Force, dedicated to providing programmed depot maintenance and upgrades to all U.S. Air Force KC-135s. Through a tedious process of inspections and upgrades to out-of-date aircraft parts, PDM ensures KC-135s continue the Rapid Global Mobility mission over the next 40 years, allowing the Stratotanker fleet to fly operationally for nearly 100 years before their anticipated retirement.
  • BASH program saves birds and aircraft

    A juvenile rough-legged hawk soars through the skies over the Fairchild airfield. As the hawk flies over, he is drawn to a subtle movement along the grass perimeter. The bird swoops over to get a closer look at its next meal. A mouse scurries inside a metal structure when, ‘snap!’ a cage trap shuts the hawk in.
  • Fairchild supports Airmen with grief support group

    Team Fairchild Airmen and 92nd Medical Group workers created a Grief Support Group for Airmen and their family members grieving after the death of a loved one.
  • Fairchild weather ‘forecasts’ mission success

    During an early winter morning, a 92nd Operations Support Squadron weather forecaster sits below a Doppler radar monitoring weather patterns. When he looks up, he sees a sudden change in the pattern - an ominous snow storm shifting its sights toward Fairchild.
  • Faithful to a proud heritage: Bret Bowers

    Millions of people around the United States observe Veterans Day in celebration of service members. For Idaho State native and former Air Force veteran, this holiday is observed every day. Bret Bowers, Mann-Grandstaff Veteran Affairs Medical Hospital Public Affairs officer and former a U.S. Air Force buck sergeant, views Veterans Day as a way to honor veterans that have and are currently serving.