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Location:  Fairchild AFB is located 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 communities nearest the base are Airway Heights, Cheney, and Medical Lake. Fairchild AFB homepage. Fairchild Facebook page.

Cost of Living:  Spokane’s cost of living is 9.1% lower than the U.S. average. Off-base sales tax is 8.5%.

Base Operator:  509-247-1212, DSN 312-657-1212.


  • Active Duty 2,672
  • Guard 1,051
  • Civilians 486
  • Retirees 16,982

Area Population:  479,398 Spokane County

Child Development Centers:  There is one Child Development Center (CDC) at Fairchild AFB. The CDC has space for 250 children, ages 6 weeks through Kindergarten. There is a waiting list for all ages. The CDC is located on base at 201 East Fairchild Hwy, and can be reached by calling 509-247-2403/2408 or DSN 312-657-2403. The curriculum includes age-appropriate activities that enhance cognitive, social, physical, and self-help development. Washington State Child Care Resource and Referral Network -- Helps parents by supplying valuable information on licensed child care in the (off-base) area and tips for selecting a child care provider.

Schools:  A 75 mile radius of the base encompasses 3 counties, 8 school districts and a total of 108 schools. There are no Department of Defense schools in the area. Fairchild AFB is located in the Medical Lake School District - the district has 2 elementary schools (1 located on the base), 1 middle school, and 1 high school. Military and civilian personnel stationed at Fairchild AFB may choose to have their children in grades kindergarten thru sixth attend elementary school on-base, whether they live on or off the base. It also offers free part-day three and four year-old preschool programs for personnel residing on Fairchild AFB (military personnel who reside off-base may pay).  

Youth Services: Youth Programs at Fairchild AFB are affiliated nationally with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4H. All of the programs focus on developmentally appropriate activities for children that address cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and recreational skills and abilities. Information and calendars are available on the center's website.

Airman and Family Readiness Center: Airman and Family Readiness Center, 509-247-2246

Housing: Fairchild AFB family housing is privatized and managed by Balfour Beatty. FAFB family housing is currently undergoing renovations and demolition, availability of housing will be limited. Contact the Balfour Beatty Communities Management Office at 1-877-243-8651, or visit their web site at: for information on privatized housing and application. If you would like to contact the Housing Management Office (HMO) directly please call DSN: 657-2342 or COM: 509-247-2342

Dormitories are available for single or unaccompanied enlisted service members. Enlisted personnel E-1 to E-4 (with up to 3 years of active-duty service) are required to live in the dorms. Contact the Dormitory Management Office at COM: 509-247-3275/8679 or DSN: 657-3275/8679 as soon as possible after receipt of orders, either directly or through your sponsor.

Before military members seek off-base accommodations, they are required to check with the Housing Referral Office. Mr. Robert Thompson,, DSN: 657-5185 or COM: 509-247-5185, can assist with finding off-base accommodations that will fit your needs. Spokane has a fair supply of rental and purchase properties.

Employment:  The unemployment rate for Washington State is about 5.6%. The unemployment rate for Spokane is about 9.4%. The Fairchild A&FRC offers a variety of workshops to assist Service and family members in their local area job search.

Unemployment compensation may be paid to a spouse who left work to relocate for the (other) spouse's employment that is due to an employer-initiated mandatory transfer if the claimant remained employed as long as was reasonable prior to the move. For more information contact the Washington Employment Security Department at 1-800-318-6022.

WorkSource Washington - the state's official site for online employment services. The A&FRC also houses two Work Source employees every day of the week except Tuesdays.

Base Services: 

Medical Services:  The 92d Medical Group provides Family Health, Pediatrics, Immunizations, Women's Health, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Mental Health, Laboratory, Health and Wellness Center, Radiology and Pharmacy Services. The 92d Medical Group does not have an emergency room (ER). The nearest ERs are located at Sacred Heart Medical Center  and Deaconess Medical Center. Fairchild is in the TRICARE West region.

Special Messages: 

  • Personnel arriving by car in the winter months should ensure their vehicle is winterized, emergency items are on hand, and that drivers are familiar with safe winter driving.
  • There is no regulation regarding the "Home Alone" policy for the state of Washington or Spokane. Guidelines mandated by Fairchild AFB regarding the age at which children may be left alone or may babysit are available through the Housing Office, 509-247-2341, DSN 312-657-2341.
  • There is no curfew in Spokane. On Fairchild, the curfew is as follows: ages 15 and under, 10:00 p.m. - 5:30 a.m.; ages 16 - high school graduation, 11:00 p.m. - 5:30 a.m. (exceptions may be made for chaperoned events or for work related reasons).
  • Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

    The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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