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Fairchild turns 75

In wartime and peace, the crews of Fairchild Air Force Base have manned missile silos across Eastern Washington during the Cuban Missile Crisis, flown nuclear-armed B-52s at the height of the Cold War, and refueled aircraft for wars ranging from Kuwait in 1990-91 to Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years. Here’s a look back at the first 75 years of Fairchild Air Force Base’s storied history.


Faces of Fairchild: 1st Lt. Daniel Reed

Reed has been in the Air Force for 18 years. For the first 14, he was assigned to a special operations unit called the Tactical Air Control Party. Often embedding with Army ground troops, Reed completed missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Qatar, Kuwait and “a few classified locations,” he said.

Faces of Fairchild: Senior Airman Tatiana Anderson

Anderson, 22, is a paralegal in the Air Force’s legal branch, the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. A native of San Diego, California, she joined the Air Force in 2014 and now provides a range of legal services, such as drafting wills for retired service members.