Fairchild AFB
Fairchild AFB, WA 99011, USA


Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide


Our Military

Location Fairchild Air Force Base is in the eastern part of Washington state, in Spokane County. The base is 12 miles west of Spokane, 279 miles east of Seattle and 45 miles west of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. The closest communities to the base are Airway Heights, Cheney and Medical


Near the eastern border of Washington, Spokane County is 18 miles west of the Idaho border and 110 miles south of the Canadian border. Adjacent counties include Whitman County to the south, Lincoln County to the west, and Stevens and Pend Oreille counties to the north. The largest city

Getting To & Around

The business and cultural hub of the Inland Northwest, Spokane County is well-connected within the state and the rest of the United States. Major roadways include Interstate 90; U.S. routes 2, 195 and 395; and state routes 27, 206, 290, 291, 902 and 904. The new North Spokane Corridor

Housing & Real Estate

An outdoor lover’s paradise, the county of Spokane offers beautiful scenic views and numerous recreational opportunities to its residents. From the bustling, metropolitan city of Spokane to the small-town feel of the charming city of Cheney, Spokane County’s communities are diverse. In 2015, an estimated 490,000 people called the

Employment & Economy

Eastern Washington’s population and economic center is Spokane County. Spokane’s economy survived the Great Recession and emerged more diversified. Spokane’s recovery is being led by five industries: advanced manufacturing, health services, finance/insurance, transportation/warehousing and education. Without the advantage of mega employers, these five industries have medium-sized employers that are

Health Care

There are many health care services in Spokane County for military, civilians and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act has changed established insurance options. Visit www.healthcare.gov for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act. Washington health plans are detailed at

Family Resources

Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier. Local government websites are valuable resources for newcomers to Spokane County because they provide

Education & Academics

For those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public schools system in Spokane County, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children in the


Music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping — Spokane County has it all. Hand-feed a tiger at Cat Tales, or shred the slopes at Mount Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park. Be sure to catch the Spokane Lilac Festival’s Armed Forces Torchlight Parade, and thank a member of the military


Shriners Hospital patient earns wings for "Pilot for a Day"

Story by SrA Janelle Patio on 09/27/2017 A once in a lifetime opportunity was given to an eight year-old Shriners Hospital patient who was invited to be a Fairchild Pilot for a Day Sept. 22. Toby Lee earned his honorary pilot's wings over the course of just one day here,

MHS GENESIS deployed at Naval Hospital Bremerton

Story by Douglas Stutz on 09/26/2017 A symbolic switch was thrown at 7 a.m. as the Department of Defense's (DoD) new electronic health record (EHR), MHS GENESIS, deployed at Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB), Sept. 23. The deployment of MHS GENESIS culminated months of extensive preparation and intensive training at NHB

Fairchild conducts 9/11 and National POW/MIA retreat ceremonies

Story by SrA Janelle Patio on 09/21/2017 Team Fairchild held two retreat ceremonies recently to recognize the events of Sept. 11, 2011, as well as individuals listed as Prisoner of War/Missing in Action here. On Sept. 11, Fairchild Airmen honored and remembered the 2,977 victims including 415 public safety me
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