Contractors making progress on Fairchild runway

Contractors making progress on Fairchild runway
Contractors making progress on Fairchild runway

Contractors working on Fairchild Air Force Base’s runway are on schedule and making steady progress.

“The project is on schedule and coming along as planned,” said Mr. Wayne Musselwhite, 92nd Civil Engineering Squadron chief of construction management. “It’s been a very active time with all the demolition taking place, and will be getting busier next month when concrete placing begins.”

The need to replace the runway, which has forced the displacement of Fairchild’s tanker fleet to other airfields, is a factor of age. The runway is 50-years-old and the useful life of a runway is typically 25 years.

While the runway is being replaced, Fairchild’s tanker fleet have been re-based to Spokane International Airport and Moses Lake Airport.

“Since January, we’ve been operating our tankers out of three locations supporting numerous contingency and humanitarian efforts along the way,” said Col. Paul Guemmer, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander. “Although this has been challenging because of runway construction, Team Fairchild has ‘showed its colors’ by stepping up and meeting any challenges thrown our way. This new runway will allow us to come back home and get back to normal – although ops tempo these days and times are far from normal.”

The $42.8 Million project is being undertaken by more than 40 different companies.