Category Archives: Military

KC-135 In Hangar For Maintenance

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A KC-135 sits in a hangar during maintenance at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Monday, July 17, 2017. (Young Kwak/The Inlander)

Here’s a photo for The Inlander of a KC-135 refueling tanker in a hangar at Fairchild Air Force Base for maintenance for a story about the current state and future of the base. https://www.inlander.com/spokane/on-the-horizon/Content?oid=4929888

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PFOA/PFOS Contaminated Water Wells

Here are photos from last Thursday for the Inlander’s story about how perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) from Fairchild Air Force Base contaminated water wells in the neighborhood immediately to the east of the base in Spokane County, Wash. The base used firefighting foam containing PFOA and PFOS from 1970-2016. https://www.inlander.com/spokane/dont-drink-the-water/Content?oid=4133868

Fairchild Water Contamination

Julie Dibble turns on a well water access, which she can’t use due to contamination from Fairchild Air Force Base, on land owned by her and her family on W. Thorpe Rd., in Spokane County, Wash., Thursday, May 11, 2017. Water contamination from perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) in firefighting foam has been found in water wells on the base and some areas nearby. The well in the photograph, one of two used on the property, was tested to contain 440 parts per trillion of PFOA and PFOS. 70 parts per trillion is considered the threshold for a combination of both contaminants to be a hazard to human health, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The U.S. Air Force is currently delivering bottled water to those affected including Dibble and her family. (Young Kwak/The Inlander)

Fairchild Water Contamination

Barb Collins speaks near some water bottles delivered by the U.S. Air Force, at her house on W. Thorpe Rd. due to contamination of her water well from Fairchild Air Force Base, in Spokane County, Wash., Thursday, May 11, 2017. Water contamination from perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) in firefighting foam has been found in water wells on the base and some areas nearby. The U.S. Air Force is currently delivering bottled water to those affected, including Collins. (Young Kwak/The Inlander)

U.S. Army Spc. Chris Hansen

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U.S. Army Spc. Chris Hansen, center, who is stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y. with the 10th Mountain Division, 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, speaks to a fifth grade class in the library at Adams Elementary School, where he was once a student, in Spokane Valley, Wash., Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Hansen wrote to service members during the Iraq War as a fifth grader at the school. He and his unit have received letters from students at the school while on deployment to Afghanistan in 2013-2014 and 2015-2016, as well. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Photo for the Inlander of U.S. Army Spc. Chris Hansen speaking with students at Adams Elementary #School in Spokane Valley. He was once a student at the school who wrote letters to service members who were deployed during the Iraq War. Now he and other service members receive letters from students at the school when he deploys. http://www.inlander.com/spokane/rapid-fire/Content?oid=2759572

2013 Veterans Day Photo

Members of the Spokane Area Veterans Honor Guard, including US Air Force Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Jack Davis, left, take part in a gun salute during a Veterans Day Ceremony, held at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, in Spokane, Wash., on Monday, November 11, 2013. (Young Kwak/The Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Members of the Spokane Area Veterans Honor Guard, including US Air Force Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Jack Davis, left, take part in a gun salute during a Veterans Day Ceremony, held at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, in Spokane, Wash., on Monday, November 11, 2013. (Young Kwak/The Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Thank you veterans for your service.

This is a photo from 2013 of the Spokane Area Veterans Honor Guard’s gun salute during a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

Ray Garland Photo

92 year old former Marine Platoon Sergeant and Pearl Harbor Survivor Ray Garland poses for a photograph at the Pearl Harbor Survivors Memorial in front of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

92 year old former Marine Platoon Sergeant and Pearl Harbor Survivor Ray Garland poses for a photograph at the Pearl Harbor Survivors Memorial in front of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Here’s an extra photo of Ray Garland, a Pearl Harbor survivor who tells his incredible story as a Marine who fought in two wars. To read more of his story, go to http://www.inlander.com/spokane/marine-for-life/Content?oid=2462329

World War II Vet Bill Akers-Photo

91 year old Bill Akers poses for a photograph at his home in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Akers was a Private First Class in U.S. Army 99th Infantry Division, Company C, 393rd Infantry Regiment during World War II and took part in the Battle of the Bulge from Dec. 16-18, 1944, when he was injured by a friendly artillery round. Included in the photo are his Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Division Insignia, Special Training Insignia, Discharge Emblem, Good Conduct Medal, European Theatre Medal with one of two battle stars he earned. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

91 year old Bill Akers poses for a photograph at his home in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

I photographed Bill Akers a couple of weeks ago for the Inlander. A very humble man, Akers survived the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. To read more about his story, go to http://www.inlander.com/spokane/from-college-to-chaos/Content?oid=2385798

Skyfest 2014

Visitors walk past an F-15E during Skyfest 2014, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Saturday, May 31, 2014. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Visitors walk past an F-15E during Skyfest 2014, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Saturday, May 31, 2014. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

I went to Skyfest 2014 at Fairchild Air Force Base on assignment for the Inlander. Thousands attended the first of two days, highlighted by an aerial performance from the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron. To see more photos, go to http://www.inlander.com/Bloglander/archives/2014/06/01/photos-skyfest-2014.