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With more planes arriving to Fairchild, Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck says base’s future remains bright

In a gallery of photos hanging on the wall of a cavernous World War II-era hangar at Fairchild Air Force Base, Lt. Gen. Giovanni Tuck’s picture shows him smiling, between similarly beaming photos of Gen. Carlton Everhart and Col. Ryan Samuelson. The placement is not unintentional. Samuelson, commander of the base, reports to Tuck, who reports to Everhart, commander of the Air Mobility Command. The chain of command continues as, just three photos away, appears Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Then President Donald Trump.

Air Force: More KC-135s inbound to Fairchild

The fleet of tankers at Fairchild Air Force Base is about to get bigger as the Air Force has announced plans to transfer 12 more KC-135 tankers to the West Plains base.

Fairchild may bounce back from letdown

Local leaders appeared more sanguine, pivoting from the prospect of landing the new tankers to the possibility of getting more of the old ones.

Air Force should keep communities informed

It’s troubling that the Air Force officials would change criteria without being transparent. They know communities make critical decisions aimed at preserving air bases.

Refueling the Thunderbirds

A KC-135 air refueling tanker from Fairchild Air Force base rendezvoused Thursday, May 29, 2014, with members of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, which are back in Spokane to perform at this weekend's Skyfest.

‘We will never forget’: Memorial honors Fairchild airmen

More than 200 airmen and family members gathered Saturday morning at Fairchild Air Force Base’s Memorial Grove Park for the dedication of a memorial honoring the three airmen killed in a KC-135 Stratotanker explosion in the sky over Kyrgyzstan exactly one year ago. The memorial features a 5-foot granite pillar engraved with a tanker airplane and “Shell 77,” the plane’s call sign. Arranged around it in a half-circle are three small benches engraved with the names of those who died: Capt. Mark “Tyler” Voss, of Boerne, Texas; Capt. Victoria “Tory” Pinckney, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and TSgt. Herman “Tre” Mackey III, of Bakersfield, California.

Memorial dedication honors three fallen Fairchild Airmen

More than 200 Airmen and family members gathered at Fairchild Air Force Base’s Memorial Grove Park today for the dedication of a memorial honoring three Airmen killed in a KC-135 Stratotanker explosion in the sky over Kyrgyzstan exactly one year ago.

Air Force confirms new tankers going to McConnell

Anyone holding out hope that the first group of new air-refueling tankers would be located at Fairchild Air Force Base can give it up. Pegasus won’t be landing on the West Plains anytime soon. The Air Force confirmed Wednesday the first new KC-46As will go into regular service at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas. McConnell was named the Air Force’s preferred choice for the first operational KC-46A tanker unit last May, with Fairchild as its backup.

Tanker’s tail separated in flight before Kyrgyzstan crash

A KC-135 tanker flown by a Fairchild crew shook apart over Kyrgyzstan last May. The tail section came off and the rest of the plane plummeted through the air until the right wing separated and the fuel spilling out exploded, killing the three on board, an investigation shows.