Tag Archives: Fairchild Air Force Base

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

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)

Feeding Cows Photo

Eagle Nest Ranch owner Ben Myren, from Colville, Wash., throws hay into a pen to feed one of his cows at the Spokane County Interstate Fair, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Eagle Nest Ranch owner Ben Myren, from Colville, Wash., throws hay into a pen to feed one of his cows at the Spokane County Interstate Fair, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

I met Eagle Nest Ranch owner Ben Myren, who was feeding his cows at the Spokane County Interstate Fair on Friday.

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.

KC-135 Crews Back Home and Deadline Workflow

92nd AMX Staff Sergeant Isaac Bucklin, center, greets his his wife 92nd MXG Staff Sergeant Cassandra Bucklin, as she holds her 16 month old Daughter Emma after coming home on one of the last flights from the Transit Center at Manas after a two month deployment, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. (Young Kwak/The Pacific Northwest Inlander)

92nd AMX Staff Sergeant Isaac Bucklin, center, greets his his wife 92nd MXG Staff Sergeant Cassandra Bucklin, as she holds her 16 month old Daughter Emma after coming home on one of the last flights from the Transit Center at Manas after a two month deployment, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. (Young Kwak/The Pacific Northwest Inlander)

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.

A Tour of the Transit Center at Manas

376th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Vice-Commander Colonel John Vaughn walks by a memorial dedicated to Peter Ganci, the senior most New York City Fire Department officer who perished in the attacks on 9/11, at the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. The transit center was originally named for Ganci but due to federal law, a military base could not be named after a civilian. (Young Kwak/The Pacific Northwest Inlander)

376th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Vice-Commander Colonel John Vaughn walks by a memorial dedicated to Peter Ganci, the senior most New York City Fire Department officer who perished in the attacks on 9/11, at the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. The transit center was originally named for Ganci but due to federal law, a military base could not be named after a civilian. (Young Kwak/The Pacific Northwest Inlander)

I wrote this online piece to give a little more in depth look at the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan for the Inlanderhttp://www.inlander.com/Bloglander/archives/2014/01/06/a-tour-of-the-transit-center-at-manas-in-its-final-year