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 are Airway Heights, Cheney and Medical Lake.
The host unit at Fairchild AFB controls more than 6,150 acres and nearly 650 buildings.
Fairchild is home to a wide variety of units and missions. Most prominent is its air refueling mission with the 92nd Air Refueling Wing, which is the host wing, and the Washington Air National Guard’s 141st ARW.
Tenant units at Fairchild AFB include the 509th Weapons Squadron; 336th Training Group; 368th Recruiting Squadron; Joint Personnel Recovery Agency; 373rd Training Squadron, Detachment 13; and Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 322.
The base has more than 6,000 active-duty personnel, Air National Guard, Army National Guard members and civilian members. The base’s total population exceeds 9,000 with approximately 9,000 retirees in the area, representing an annual payroll of $236 million.
Fairchild AFB’s total impact on the local economy in fiscal year 2015, the most recent analysis available, was approximately $420 million. It is one of the largest employers in the Spokane region and created 2,314 jobs in FY 2015.