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Fairchild Air Force Base

Moving to a new base in an unfamiliar community can be a difficult transition, especially for school-aged children making the shift to a new school with new friends, classes, and teachers. Fairchild Air Force Base and Cheney Public Schools are committed to providing the resources your family needs to make it as smooth as possible for you and your students. 

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.
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Fairchild Air Force Base is a United States Air Force Base located approximately 12 miles southwest of Spokane, Washington. Fairchild AFB is home to the 92nd Air Refueling Wing assigned to the Air Mobility Command's Eighteenth Air Force, and the 141st ARW. Other units include the Air Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape school, medical detachments, a weapons squadron and the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency.
Mission: Provide responsive, precise air refueling and operational support for the full range of military operations. 
Vision: The world's finest expeditionary Airmen leading the Air Force's center of excellence for air refueling. 
More than 5,100 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. Another major tenant organization is the Armed Forces Reserve Center that opened in April 10, comprised of approximately 869 Army Guard and Reserve personnel assigned to 18 units with various missions. The base's total population exceeds 12,980 with approximately 17,000 retirees in the area, representing an annual payroll of $252 million. This brings Fairchild's annual economic impact on the community to approximately $448 million, constituting 13 percent of the local economy.