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.
There are a lot of interesting things to do while in Spokane. It is home to the minor League team Spokane Indians. Some of the other fascinating spots surrounding the base include Miller Park, the Northern Quest Resort and Casino, and the Riverfront Park Ice Palace among others. There are also other great locations such as Manito Park, Centennial Trail, and Mount Spokane. There are a dozen golf courses for enthusiasts who enjoy playing the greens.
For education, there a number of distinguished universities in the area such as Eastern Washington University, Washington State University-Spokane, Whitworth College, and Gonzaga University. For the lower years, Fairchild AFB is under the jurisdiction of the Medical Lake School District with 2 elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. All school districts in Washington provide free transportation to students.
On base, the 92nd Medical Group is responsible for providing residents pharmacy services, laboratory, optometry, immunizations, pediatrics, and general family health. Emergency rooms are available at Sacred Heart Medical Center and Deaconess Medical Center which are both conveniently located 20 minutes from the base.
Balfour Beatty Communities manages the housing inside the base. There are four districts that contain 798 prime homes. For single occupants, there are also dormitories available. Outside the base, there are a lot of affordable housing units which are either partially or fully-furnished.
The nearest communities include Cheney and Airway Heights and they all have available houses and apartments. For temporary lodging, there are two facilities inside the base – the Survival Inn and the Fairchild Inn. The latter is the arrival point for new members and their families.
Fairchild AFB has all the amenities that a family requires and more. Schools, medical facilities, and other interesting spots are available. There are also several dining and shopping facilities near the base.