Air Force Wings
Fairchild Air Force Base

92nd Air Refueling Wing
S3O2 E. Arnold Street, Building 2071, Fairchild AFB, WA 99208

Fairchild Air Force Base

Fairchild Air Force Base is named after General Muir S. Fairchild, who had died in 1950 due to a heart attack while serving as USAF Vice Chief of Staff. Fairchild came into operation in 1942 with the onset of World War II. The citizens of Spokane had raised $125,000 to buy 2,400 acres in donation to the War Department (eventually falling into the hands of the Air Mobility Command’s Eighteenth Air Force). The location of the base was chosen due to a few strategically advantageous conditions, such as better weather conditions (as compared to western Washington), a distance of 300 miles from the coast, and the Cascade Mountains providing a natural barrier from a possible Japanese attack.

 

In 1947, the base was transferred to the Strategic Air Command and assigned to the 15th Air Force with the In November 1950, the base received its current name in memory of Air Force Vice-Chief of Staff, General Muir S. Fairchild, a native of Bellingham, Washington. In 1994, Fairchild AFB was transferred to Air Mobility Command and the assigned wing was redesignated as the 92 Air Refueling Wing.

 

The Fairchild AFB is located in Spokane county about 12 miles west of Spokane and just under 300 miles west of Seattle. A few additional local communities are Cheney, Airway Heights, Spokane Valley and Coeur d’Alene in Idaho (about 35 miles east of Spokane).

Arriving at Fairchild Air Force Base

If you are traveling west on I-90, continue through Spokane and take exit 277. This exit will take you to Highway 2 heading west. Continue on Highway 2 through Airway Heights and Fairchild is approximately 3 miles from Airway Heights on the left hand side of the road. You will see signs indicating where to turn into the base.

 

If you are heading east on I-90 driving toward Spokane take exit 277B onto Highway 2 heading west. This exit is before you actually go into Spokane. Continue on Highway 2 through Airway Heights and Fairchild is approximately 3 miles from Airway Heights on the left hand side of the road.

 

If you are arriving by the bus/train station, head west on I-90, then take Exit 277 onto Hwy 2. Travel west towards Airway Heights. Fairchild AFB is located 3 miles past Airway Heights.

 

If you are taking the Spokane International Airport (GEG), take West Airport Dr. towards Hwy 2. Travel west towards Airway Heights. Fairchild AFB is located 3 miles past Airway Heights.

 

Personnel arriving by car in the winter months should ensure their vehicle is winterized, emergency items are on hand, and that drivers are familiar with safe winter driving.

 

There is no curfew in Spokane, but the curfew on the base are as follows:
ages 15 and under, 10:00 p.m. – 5:30 a.m.; ages 16 – high school graduation, 11:00 p.m. – 5:30 a.m. (exceptions may be made for chaperoned events or for work related reasons).

 

1. The following hours are established as curfew for juveniles under the age of 16: 2200 – 0530, seven (7) days a week.

 

2. The following hours are established as curfew for juveniles, ages 16 and 17: 2300 – 0530, seven (7) days a week.

 

3. Juveniles may exceed these hours, whether escorted or not, if they are returning from a chaperoned function on or off base or place of employment or with parental permission; however, they must proceed by the most direct route to their assigned quarters. They may also exceed these hours if they are sent on an errand by their parents, guardians, or other persons having the legal charge of such minor(s). After returning from any function, errands, or place of employment, minors will not be allowed to remain on the street, in, or upon any unoccupied premises or grounds within the limits or control of Fairchild AFB.

 

4. Persons 18 years of age and older, though excluded from the curfew, are prohibited from congregating in crowds within the streets when their actions or conduct are annoying other residents or their actions are such that they constitute an act of vandalism, malicious mischief, harassment, etc.

Base Population

There are 21,375 Officers, Enlisted, Guard, Civilians and Retirees assigned to Fairchild Air Force Base.