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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Non-destructive inspections Airmen see the unseeable, keep KC-135 flying

    Airmen from the 92nd Maintenance Squadron NDI section are unique from other career fields because they use six different techniques to inspect aircraft parts without taking them apart, saving time while ensuring aircraft are safe. NDI methods include ultrasonic waves, fluorescent penetrant, magnetic

  • Inspirational Air Force POW visits Team Fairchild

    Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Lee Ellis, Vietnam War F-4 Phantom pilot, describes the fateful night he and his comrade were shot down and captured during the Vietnam conflict to Team Fairchild Airmen as part of a monthly leadership speaker series, Oct. 8, at the base theater.The Fairchild Speaker

  • Vehicle Maintenance innovates, saves

    The 92nd LRS is the go-to shop for all of Team Fairchild’s ground vehicle maintenance and repairs, keeping the fleet of passenger cars, fire trucks, snow clearing machines and specialty cargo loading vehicles operational. They are essential to keeping the ground operations that support the base’s

  • 618th AOC enables Team Fairchild tanker operations

    Fragments of pulverized rocks, minerals and volcanic glass filled the air over the Aleutian Islands, just off the coast of Alaska and directly in the flight path of a Team Fairchild KC-135 Stratotanker as it was about to fly out of Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.

  • Keys to the jet: Journey toward becoming aircraft commander

    A driver’s license can be a rite of passage, a reflection of higher responsibility and a symbol of freedom to independently operate and command a vehicle. To military aviators, the achievement of a flight license isn’t the ultimate achievement—being certified as an aircraft commander is the next