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Here’s what’s at stake as Air Force considers Fairchild to host new KC-46 tanker

Much has changed since the first KC-135s arrived at Fairchild in 1958, but the 65-year-old aircraft remains the backbone of the Air Force's aerial refueling operations. Today, Fairchild is the largest tanker base under the Air Force's Air Mobility Command, home to a fleet of 63 KC-135s shared by the 92nd and 141st Air Refueling Wings, the latter a unit of the Washington Air National Guard.

Fairchild survival school winters in the Colville Forest

Since 1964, Colville has provided the rough wilderness training stage for thousands of service members who might be forced to survive in a wilderness setting behind enemy lines through the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) School.