About Fairchild AFB, WA
Fairchild Air Force Base is located about 12 miles southwest of the city of Spokane, Washington. The base opened in 1942 as the Spokane Air Depot, but was later renamed in honor of General Muir S. Fairchild, who served as the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force as well as a World War I pilot.
The 92d Air Refueling Wing acts as the host unit at Fairchild, and supplies air refueling as well as airlift support. Fairchild is also home to several units of the Washington Air National Guard, including the 242d Combat Communications Squadron. Fairchild serves as one of the main refueling wings for the American west coast.
The total population of Fairchild Air Force Base exceeds 21,000 people, the large majority of them being the 16,982 retirees. 2,672 active duty personnel, 1,051 guardsmen and 486 civilians make up the rest of Fairchild's population.