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00. AIR/AMC/ Fairchild airbase ☢

Last modified: 07 Jun 2022, submitted by: Joker

Country: United States    Region: Washington

Locale: Spokane

Latitude: 47° 36' 51" N     Longitude: -118° 21' 25" E

Area use / Military Branches: ACTIVE


USAF-Air Mobility Command Fairchild, State of Washington, Activated 1942 as an army depot.Renamed Spokane Army Airfield, 1942; Spokane Air Force Base, 1948 and Fairchild Air Force Base, 1950. This was a former SAC B-52 base (1958-1994).

The base nuc Weapon Storage Area (former Deep Creek Air Stn) at grid 47°36'40"N 117°38'17"W has a special status. Becoming ops in 1952 it should have been deactivated after 92nd Bomb Wing operating B-52's redesignated into 92nd Air Refuelling Wing operating KC-135's.
However it remained ops. 92nd ARW remains fully nuclear certified and is operating a nuc WSA even without any bombers stationed on base.
Fairchilds WSA stores weapons that are part of the reserve stockpile.
The START II Treaty requires that, “Each Party shall locate storage areas for heavy bomber nuclear armaments no less than 100 kilometers from any air base where heavy bombers reoriented to a conventional role are based.” The Treaty permits conventional bombers to be returned into a nuclear role and the nukes at Fairchild are covering this aspect.

Base now reassigned to Air Mobility Cmd.and currently hosting:
- 92nd Air Refueling Wing (host) operating KC-135R's with 92 Ops Grp, 92 and 93 Air Refueling Squadrons and 92 Ops Support Squadron
- 509th Weapons Squadron
- 336th Training Group; responsible for training Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) tactics
- 368th Recruiting Squadron
- Joint Personnel Recovery Agency
- Det 13, 373rd Training Squadron
- Office of Special Investigations, Det. 322

- ANG 141st Air Refueling Wing operating KC-135R's.with 141 Ops Grp and 116 Air Refuelling Squadron

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