Fairchild Air Force Base
Moving to a new base can be difficult. Especially when you have school aged children who are making the difficult transition to a new school, with new friends and teachers, different classes, and an unfamiliar community.
Fairchild Air Force Base has every resource you need to make it a smooth transition and together, with Medical Lake School District, we strive to make it easier for your children too.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center is the central point for incoming families to gain valuable information regarding their move and all there is to offer at Fairchild.
The Youth and Teen Centers have incredible programs designed to fit the needs of the military child. Their facilities, located on the base, are available for kindergarten and elementary age, pre-teen and high schoolers and offer before and after school programs that serve the military community.
Fairchild is home to the 92d Air Refueling Wing assigned to the Air Mobility Command's Eighteenth Air Force.
Provide responsive, precise air refueling and operational support for the full range of military operations.
Other units here include the Air Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape school, medical detachments, a weapons squadron and the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency.
Over 5,200 active duty Air Force, Air National Guard, and tenant organization military and civilian employees work on Fairchild, making the base the largest employer in Eastern Washington.
" I relate to military schools and the small Medical Lake School District because I grew up at Whiteman Air Force Base, MO and attended Knob Noster School District. At the time, the town's population was 2,500; it would be less than half of that had the military base not been less than a mile down the road. I'm proud to have grown up as a military child. I feel it prepared me for life in ways that growing up a civilian child doesn't. Teachers and faculty in the school district were aware of this and who the military students were; if a student began acting differently, teachers noticed and looked into it.
While a parent may not be deployed, they could be working 12-14 hour days which typically means not seeing that parent at all during the day. They don't know if one or both parents could be deployed the next day. The Medical Lake School District can best support their students by understanding that all military students may be having difficulties because of their home lives."
- Kelsie Wood
Fairchild AFB 92d Logistics Readiness Squadron Key Spouse