The base was named in honor of First World War pilot General Muir S. Fairchild who served as Vice chief of Staff of the USAF. Some of the units housed on Fairchild AFB aside from the 92d Air Refueling Wing include one Air National Guard unit, 141st Air Refueling Wing, Air Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape school, and the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency. More than 5000 people including civilian employees work inside the Fairchild Air Force Base. The base is the biggest employer in Eastern Washington.
Historic Fort Lewis was named after the famous explorer Meriwether Lewis who was the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
With the Joint Base combined history of over 93 years, it is the oldest military base in the Pacific Northwest. The United States Air Force became a branch of the Armed Forces in 1917, the same year Camp Lewis was founded. Lewis-McChord is in a prime site ideal for military members, situated along Interstate 5 with easy access to the Sea-Tac airport.
Whidbey Island was established in the 1940s for re-fueling and maintenance of aircraft on the western border. The original airfield, that still exists today, was named Ault Field and was named after CDR Ault who went MIA in the Battle of Coral Field. During WWII this installation held F4F Wildcats, F6F Hellcats and PV-1 Venturas. Dauntless dive bombers were added later in the war. After WWII many Naval installations closed, however Whidbey Island remained opened and expanded while providing support doing the Korean War. Today Whidbey is home to numerous active and reserve squadrons.
A military member assigned to TDY (Temporary Duty) or has PCS (Permanent Change of Station) orders to Naval Station (NAVSTA) Everett, the most modern naval station in the U.S., will reside in Everett, Washington, 25 miles north of Seattle.
This base is homeport of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, two destroyers, three frigates and two Coast Guard cutters/vessels.
Those that are assigned to NAVSTA Everett will find unaccompanied housing, family housing and off-base housing (where there are pet friendly apartments) available.
Tip: The Housing Services Center (HSC), located on base, is the one-stop shop to receive housing information and assistance services.
A Child Development Center (CDC), which is on base, is available for any young children that accompany the service member. Unfortunately, there are no on-base schools so one must find a private/public school off-base. Tip: Before arrival, contact the Naval Station Everett School Liaison Officer for assistance or advice about the local school districts nearby. For those, instead, who desire a college degree, there is the Navy College Office (NCO) on base.
Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) jobs are available for those that seek employment on base. Tip: To help secure a job position, be sure to fill out the Military Spouse Employment Preference Form and bring it to the Fleet & Family Readiness Support Office on base. Off-base employment is an option too. The job unemployment rate in Washington is at 7.6 percent, which is ranked thirtieth lowest in the U.S. (BLS, 2012)
For family entertainment, there is not much other than going to the base cinema, gym, or playing intramural sports, but off base, there are many recreational sites to visit. Tip: Both the Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) office and Liberty (single sailor) program on base have opportunities to get people out and away from base and take trips, tours, and/or attend special events in the area or afar when not at sea.
The average annual temperature in Everett, Washington is 61 °F; but can go as low as 43 °F. Washington’s climate varies greatly as it gets wet and humid often as a result of being near the Pacific Ocean.