See the Getting To & Around Spokane County chapter for information about local airports, train service and public transportation. The closest commercial flights land at Spokane International Airport, about 10 miles from the base. Stars and Stripes Shuttle provides transportation to the base from the airport. Call 509-244-0730 for more information.
Contact your sponsor with your estimated arrival time and flight information, if applicable, prior to your arrival at Fairchild AFB.
Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Fairchild AFB. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about the base and the local area, make lodging or dorm arrangements and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will be there to help you and your family until you are settled into your new community.
If you have not been in touch with a sponsor and your departure is nearing, contact your gaining unit as soon as possible, or the Fairchild AFB Airman and Family Readiness Center at 509-247-2246.
Cellphone use by the driver of a moving motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department of Defense installations, unless the cellphone is used with a hands-free device.
The national Real ID Act now governs access to Fairchild AFB. Many acceptable forms of identification, including a current U.S. passport, will get you on base, and these are listed in the government’s Real ID Act Pamphlet online at https://tinyurl.com/yaccqfgw. Several other forms of identification, among them some state driver’s licenses, do not comply with the act, and those seeking to use them to enter the base will be turned away.
From Spokane International Airport
Exit the airport via West Airport Drive toward U.S. Highway 2. Travel west toward Airway Heights. Fairchild AFB is 3 miles past Airway Heights.
From Interstate 90
If you are traveling west on Interstate 90, take Exit 277. If traveling east, take Exit 277 B. These exits will take you to U.S. Highway 2 heading west. Continue on Highway 2 through Airway Heights. 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.
Military Personnel Flight
7 W. Arnold St., Suite 41B 509-247-9292
Your sponsor will inform you of unit reporting procedures and assist you with inprocessing appointments. If you arrive after duty hours, report in the next duty day. You will need to bring your records packet from your losing base, your medical and dental records (if hand-carrying), and your leave and earnings statement. You will be scheduled to inprocess with the Military Personnel Section, and you will be provided with an inprocessing checklist.
Part of the inprocessing checklist includes attending Right Start newcomer orientation. This orientation program focuses on welcoming you and ensuring you have a positive experience when beginning your tour at Fairchild. You will be scheduled for Right Start when you inprocess with the Military Personnel Section. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend and should call 509-247-2246 for the next date, time and location.
First Term Airman Center
716 W. Castle St. 509-247-8020
The First Term Airman Center program, for first-term, first-base airmen, provides a streamlined process for base inprocessing and an organized transition for these airmen from a controlled training environment (basic, technical) to one of self-efficiency as an Air Force member. The FTAC positions airmen for success, welcoming them onto Fairchild AFB and providing a setting in which airmen can network and learn what resources are available.
300 N. Short St. 509-244-2290/247-5519
The Fairchild Inn provides safe, comfortable and clean accommodations for TDY, PCS and Space A guests. If no reservations are available, lodging personnel can assist with finding off-base temporary housing. Lodging consists of 283 guest rooms, 16 of them pet-friendly, and 42 temporary lodging facilities. Check-in time is 2 p.m., and checkout is 11 a.m. All lodging facilities are nonsmoking. Personnel with pets unable to secure space in one of the pet-friendly rooms must kennel their animals off base.
1000 Survival Loop 509-247-5127/3571
The Survival Inn accommodates survival school students. CONUS survival students may arrive one day before their class start date; OCONUS students may arrive two days before their class start date. Check-in time is 2 p.m. and checkout time, 11 a.m.