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UPDATED: Wed., July 1, 2020

Fairchild Air Force Base sees change of command

Fairchild Air Force Base marked Wednesday its 15th change in command of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing, the more prominent of Fairchild’s two wings and the Air Force’s largest air …

Trump nominee pushed to relax restrictions on toxic chemicals found near Fairchild Air Force Base

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, led Tuesday’s questioning of Nancy Beck, a former chemical industry lobbyist who …

Fairchild adapts to COVID-19 precautions, won’t release case counts due to Pentagon order

As Fairchild Air Force Base continued to adapt to state- and military-mandated COVID-19 precautions this week, the Department of Defense announced new guidance Monday for military installations to halt the …

UPDATED: Tue., March 3, 2020

Air Force updates song lyrics to be more inclusive; 2 female Fairchild officers praise the changes

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein approved changes to the branch song last week as a part of an effort to be more inclusive and celebrate diversity. …

Shawn Vestal: Mitchell and Jessen, with waterboards and PowerPoints, stand at center of new film

Film about post-9/11 torture program paints Spokane psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen as the bad guys.

Meet the pilot who organized the 2019 U.S. Air Force SkyFest

When he was 7, Mark Watson remembers his eyes glued to the window of his first airplane ride. “I couldn’t believe what was happening,” he said.

Same chemical detected in Fairchild water last year closes Tacoma water well

A Tacoma Water utility well has been shut down after chemicals commonly tied to firefighting foam showed up at a higher-than-acceptable level in a test at the site.

Dogs rescued after more than three weeks in underground silo

Two dogs trapped for more than 22 days in a deactivated Cold War-era missile silo near Medical Lake are now home safely with their owner.

A year in review: 14 big stories of 2017

No quick list could adequately sum up the awesome, horrifying, beautiful and frustrating events of 2017. But some stories stand out for their scale and impact on the city, the …

Scientists say concerted effort needed to study types of chemicals leaked into Fairchild water

A group of scientists, physicians and public health officials is calling for a nationwide research initiative to better understand the health effects of man-made fluorinated compounds, such as those leaked …

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017

Sen. Cantwell secures additional funds for Fairchild cleanup

A provision to the Department of Defense’s future budget could see more funds flow to local communities whose water supplies have been affected by contaminants from Fairchild Air Force Base.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017

Fairchild unveils memorial to airmen killed in 1958 B-52 crash

In 1958, 13 airmen were killed when two B-52s collided at Fairchild Air Force Base. Those men were memorialized Friday afternoon on base in a ceremony attended by about 50 …

Fairchild runoff could spur lawsuits

More than a few residents of the area surrounding Fairchild Air Force Base suspect their chronic health problems can be attributed to chemical runoff from the base’s firefighting operations. But …

UPDATED: Sun., July 30, 2017

Gen. Everhart: State of Washington delivers training, power projection capability for America

In its 70th year of existence, the U.S. Air Force delivers an unrivaled power projection capability for America.

UPDATED: Sun., July 30, 2017

Behind the mavericks: How one Thunderbirds crewman keeps the geese afloat for SkyFest weekend

While the mavericks are up above, twisting and turning to the delight of the crowd below, Chief Inspector Ryan Smith is perfectly content on the ground, where he belongs.

UPDATED: Sat., July 29, 2017

Back in action: Crowds converge as SkyFest returns after three-year hiatus

Cloudless blue skies stretched for miles above Fairchild Air Force Base Saturday as the return of SkyFest sent a cavalcade of biplanes, jets and tankers buzzing through the air.

UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017

More wells near Fairchild test positive for firefighting chemicals – north of the base

Forty more wells north of Fairchild Air Force Base have tested positive for toxic firefighting chemicals, with 21 exceeding the level that federal regulators believe is safe, base officials said …

UPDATED: Sun., June 25, 2017

Q&A with Gen. Everhart: Fairchild ‘a remarkable asset’

Gen. Carlton Dewey Everhart serves as commander of the U.S. Air Mobility Command. He sat down with Spokesman-Review editor Rob Curley on Monday to talk about the strategic value of …

Conversation with the commander: Four-star Gen. Carlton D. Everhart has Fairchild’s back

Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II has been to Fairchild Air Force Base many times. But last week was his first visit as a four-star general.

Air Force unimpeded by Qatar tensions

The ongoing feud between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors has heightened tensions between it and the United States. But those tensions have not impeded operations of U.S. Air Force programs …

Air Force says proposed Spokane Tribe casino poses no insurmountable obstacles

Spokane County is moving forward with

UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017

Nearly $50 million in infrastructure improvements planned as Fairchild prepares to receive more KC-135 tankers

As Fairchild Air Force Base moves into a position of being the largest refueling tanker base in the U.S. military, commanders are facing two years of preparation to get the …

Citing potential water contamination, Department of Corrections issues recall for food manufactured at Airway Heights Corrections Center

The Washington Department of Corrections announced Thursday evening that it is voluntarily recalling food manufactured by the Airway Heights Corrections Center following reports of possible contamination in the Airway Heights …

UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017

Testing confirms chemical contamination in residential wells near Fairchild Air Force Base

Air Force officials visited Julie Dipple’s home last week to share some troubling news: Her drinking water is contaminated and it probably has been for a long time.

While Trump promotes military buildup, some look at another round of base closings

At the same time that President Donald Trump is pushing a plan to increase defense spending by 10 percent, Washington state Rep. Adam Smith says it’s time to save money …

Fairchild’s mission, name have changed through the decades

A look at Fairchild through the years.

Fairchild had nuclear weapons for nearly 50 years

Originally published May 6, 2001 For nearly half a century, Spokane sat at Ground Zero.

Forest Service, Fairchild uncover story behind jet wreckage in Colville National Forest

Originally published July 25, 2016 Maj. Charles Seeley had just completed a turn after his fourth pass of the “enemy target” and was in a controlled dive when the F-86A …

Fairchild AFB named after distinguished Air Force general

General Muir S. Fairchild, a Bellingham native, had a long and storied military history before he died suddenly on March 17, 1950, while serving as vice chief of staff of …

Basing decision for next-generation tankers to shift Fairchild’s role

Even though Fairchild wasn’t chosen for the Air Force’s next-generation refueling tankers, officials say the base could end up with more planes and people.