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
I had the opportunity this week to cover the last KC-135 tanker flights back home to Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. from the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, for the Inlander. Three flights, one after another, arrived on the flight line. The Transit Center at Manas, which has served as a tanker base, among other things, since 2001 to support operations in Afghanistan, will close later this year as a result of the Kyrgyz parliament voting to not renew a lease with the United States government.
To see more photos from this story, go to: http://www.inlander.com/spokane/photo-family-reunion/Content?oid=2272422
One thing that I had to do during this assignment was file from the air force base. I was on deadline and there was no time to properly cover the story, head back to the office or home and file the photos. So, I used my iPad to import, process and file photos from my DSLRs. As usual, I used PicturePro to edit and caption the photos. Also, the iPad can be kept on all the time with minimal battery life loss. So, there was no starting up a computer to import, process and file photos. Using the iPad also allowed me to not have to bring any extra gear. The iPad always sits in my gear bag.
Again, the iPad was a valuable deadline tool. It allowed me to keep taking photos while editing. I didn’t have to do much packing and unpacking of gear to multi-task. I am getting happier and happier with the iPad workflow. Someday, I may be able to do all of my photo editing on my little iPad. For now, it is a great deadline tool.
I am spending a few days at the Transit Center at Manas, this week, filing various stories for the Inlander. My first story filed is about First Lieutenant Jacob Mueller, pictured on the right in the photo above, on his first deployment. To read more, go to http://www.inlander.com/Bloglander/archives/2013/12/12/first-deployment.