Spokane Air National Guard Station
The Washington Air National Guard has three main bases across the state located in Everett, Spokane and Tacoma. They perform eleven unique missions training and preparing the citizen-airman to respond to the Governor of Washington for state emergencies or the call of the President in times of crisis. Established in 1976, the Spokane ANG Station is located at the Fairchild Air Force Base in western Washington.
The mission of the 141st Air Refueling Wing, nicknamed “The Ace of Spades”, is flying KC – 135 air refueling aircraft in support of world-wide aerial refueling. This 900-member unit provides the core aerial refueling capability for the United States Air Force and the Air Guard. This unique aircraft enhances the Air Force’s capability to accomplish its primary missions. It also provides aerial refueling support to Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps and allied nation aircraft.
Equipped with the KC-135 Stratotanker, the Wing is capable of transporting litter and ambulatory patients using patient support pallets during aeromedical evacuations. The KC-135 has often served as transport for its own units such as the 141 Security Police Squadron, now 141 Security Forces Squadron.
Members of the wing served on state active duty following the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980 cleaning up ash in many of the smaller communities of eastern Washington and during fire storms, floods, and ice storms. The unit’s Security Forces Squadron supported local law enforcement in Pullman following campus riots in 1998. Hundreds of citizen-airmen traveled from Spokane to Snohomish County to search for survivors after the devastating State Route 530 landslide in 2014.
Additionally, the 116th Air Refueling Squadron (116 ARS) is a unit of the Washington Air National Guard 141st Air Refueling Wing located at Fairchild Air Force Base outside of Spokane, Washington. The 116th is equipped with the KC-135R Stratotanker and RC-26B Metroliner.
Fairchild AFB is located approximately three miles west of Airway Heights, WA. If you drive west on Highway 2, turn left at the Fairchild AFB signs and proceed through the Visitor’s Center or the main gate.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.
Government shuttle service is available on base for official government business only by dialing 247-2244. For guests arriving at Spokane International Airport, shuttle service to the base can be obtained through “Stars and Stripes Shuttle” at 509-244-0730 or any local cab company at their own cost.
The Spokane International Airport (GEG) is just 7 miles from Fairchild AFB, which is about a 15-minute drive west by car.
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For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
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FOR THE CHILDREN
In the state of Washington, students must be 5 years old on or before August 31 to enroll in kindergarten. But state law doesn’t require that students enroll in school until they’re 8, so parents can keep them at home or in child-care programs for an additional year, or more, if they choose.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
The Military Family Housing Office located 210 E. Bong Street on Fairchild AFB will be able to assist you with finding schools in the area. You may also contact them at (509) 247-5185 for information about both housing and local public schools in and around Spokane.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Washington Department of Health (360) 236-4501
Spokane Humane Society (509) 467-5235
Spokane Police Department (509)755-2489
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office (509) 532-8911
Spokane Driver Licensing Division Page (509) 482-3882
Spokane Public Library (509) 444-5300
Cable/Internet/Phone providers in the area:
Viasat Satellite Internet
Fairchild AFB Base Operator (509) 247-1212
141st Air Refueling Wing Main Phone (509) 247-7003
141st Air Refueling Wing Commander (509) 247-7004
Air National Guard Office (509) 247-7052
Chaplain’s Office (509) 247-7044
Fairchild Airman & FRC (509) 247-2246
Fairchild AFB Housing Office (509) 247-2341
Fairchild Inn/Temporary Lodging (509) 247-5519
Fairchild Main Exchange (509) 244-2832
Family Support Office (509) 247-7009
Finance & Accounting (509) 247-7020
Legal Office/JAG (509) 247-7035
Military Clothing Sales (509) 244-3324
Personnel Relocation Services (509) 247-7066
Snow Line (509) 247-5100
Veterinary Clinic (509) 247-2583
Fairchild on-base housing is privatized and operated by Balfour Beatty Communities. They offer four different neighborhoods, each ranging from 2-4 beds and 1-3 baths, including Circle Drive, Fort Wright Village, Galena Station and Palouse Hills.
If you will be living off base, there are a number of options to choose from. New arrivals are provided with listings of rentals/sales off base. Applications for Military Family Housing are received and military members are placed on waiting lists according to their family size.
The Military Family Housing Office located 210 E. Bong Street will be able to assist you with finding housing in the area. You may also contact them at (509) 247-5185 for information.
4.5 miles from Fairchild AFB
Named after the close proximity to the runways of the AFB and the nearby Spokane airport, this area offers a local casino, lots of shopping and the Spokane County Raceway Park, which features major automobile events.
7.3 miles from base
With a population of a little over 5,000, Medical Lake offers additional housing options for sale and for rent. This community also has a hospital, shopping, and several nearby lakes, which offer plenty of outdoor activities.
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Typically, Spokane has a hot, arid climate during the summer months, with short spring and fall seasons. On average, July and August are equally warm, and the coolest month is December; July averages about 70 °F, while December averages 27.5 °F.
In addition, Spokane’s location, between the Cascades Range to the west and the Rocky Mountains to the east and north, protects it from weather patterns experienced in other parts of the Pacific Northwest. The Cascade Mountains form a barrier to the eastward flow of moist and relatively mild air from the Pacific Ocean in winter and cool air in summer. As a result of the rain shadow effect of the Cascades, the Spokane area has 16.5 inches average annual precipitation, less than half of Seattle’s 37 inches.
Most precipitation occurs during the month of December. Alternatively, the summer is the driest time of the year. The Rockies shield Spokane from some of the winter season’s coldest air masses traveling southward across Canada. The wetter season lasts 7.6 months, from October 21 to June 7, with a greater than 22% chance of a given day being a wet day.
Just 5 miles south of Fairchild Air Force Base is the town Medical Lake where you can find several nearby lakes to go fishing, such as West Medical Lake, Medical Lake, Silver Lake, Granite Lake and Clear Lake. In town, you can find a pizza restaurant, sandwich shops, Hick’s Hardware store and Denny’s Harvest Foods grocery store.
Located about 7 miles east of Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane offers a wide array of amenities. To start, there are a number different restaurants to choose from, several being featured on Guy Fieri’s from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and recommended in The Wall Street Journal. One such restaurant is Nordic Smoke BBQ, a veteran run and operated catering truck offering such items as briskets, pork spare ribs, BBQ beans, and more. The location of their food truck can be seen on their Facebook page here. A few more restaurants include Chaps Coffee, Elk Public House and Durkin’s Liquor Bar.
Annually at the end of June, Spokane prepares for Hoopfest, a 2-3 day event that is the largest 3-on-3 amateur basketball tournament in the world with over 6,000 teams and 450 courts spanning 45 city blocks in downtown Spokane. The event is accompanied with food tents, interactive events, shopping and live music.
About 35 miles east of Spokane is Coeur d’Alane, Idaho. This city offers a picturesque view of Lake Coeur d’Alene and Fernan Lake, a few notable restaurants such as Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese, Hudson’s Hamburgers, Beverly’s and Pepe Caldo Pizzeria.
There are also a number of colleges and universities in the surrounding area, including Gonzaga University, Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane Community College, Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane branch and Eastern Washington University.
For more information about things to do in the Spokane area, visit this site.
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