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Department of the Air Force
Visitor Control Center
302 E. Arnold St.
Fairchild AFB, WA 99208
When you arrive at your new installation, you’ll need to follow installation-specific procedures. Each installation and service handles in-processing differently. Here, you can find installation-specific guidelines and a list of documents to bring with you when checking- in. Reach out to the contacts provided if you have specific questions.
Military personnel - your sponsor will inform you of unit reporting procedures. If you arrive after duty hours, report-in the next duty day. You will need to bring your records packet from your losing base, Basic Training and Tech School certificates only for Enlisted First-Duty Station and at least 3 copies of PCS order. You will be scheduled to in-process with the Unit Commander’s Support Staff and you will be provided with an in-processing checklist. Civilian personnel report to the Civilian Personnel office. Check with your supervisor or sponsor for specific instructions.
Part of the in-processing checklist includes attendance at the Right Start newcomer orientation. Right Start is a newcomer's orientation program which focuses on welcoming you and ensuring that you have a positive experience when beginning your tour at Fairchild. Your CSS/Unit Program Coordinator/Squadron will schedule you for Right Start when you in-process with the CSS. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend.
Make sure to submit proper leave request prior to taking permissive leave for a house hunting trip.
To in-process at the CSS bring your records packet from your losing base. The CSS will review your records packet, ensure you are being paid at the proper rank and will credit your records for overseas tour if applicable.
Your sponsor can assist you with your in-processing appointments. Inbound personnel may contact their gaining unit if they have not heard from a sponsor. If further assistance is needed please contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 509-247-2246 or DSN 312-657-2246.
There are two lodging facilities on base - Fairchild Inn is on the main part of the base and is used for most guests. The Survival Inn is on the Survival School side of the base and is for students in Survival School. The Fairchild Inn, is located at 300 N. Short Street. Both front desk locations are open 24-hours. Personnel making a permanent change of station move to or from Fairchild are given priority; all other personnel will be space-available. Reservations may be made as soon as you receive your orders. For reservations call 509-244-2290, DSN, 312-657-4275 or toll free, 888-AFLODGE or 888-235-6343. If there is no space available, lodging personnel will assist you with finding off-base temporary quarters and will issue you appropriate paperwork.
-Note for pet owners: There are 17 units in which pets are allowed - must provide shot records and there is an additional fee of $10.00 per night. If there is no pet unit available but there is a regular unit available, you must kennel your animal or you must pay the excess cost to stay off base. Lodging has information on local kennels and hotels which accept pets. There is also a kennel on base that charges $25 to $28 depending on the type ofmaccommodation for pets per nightly board.
For reservations call 509-244-2290, DSN, 312-657-5519 or toll free, 888-AFLODGE or 888-235-6343. Personnel on orders are encouraged to make reservations as soon as assignment notification is received. Personnel in space- available status may make reservations three to 120 days in advance of arrival, depending on the occupancy level at the time. The Fairchild Inn has two reception centers. One is located on main base to be utilized by temporary duty travel, PCS and space-available guests. The other is located at the United States Air Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School and is primarily for survival students only.
Personnel on TDY/PCS orders to Fairchild are Priority 1 for accommodations. Accommodations for survival students are for the student only. Students who bring family members will be considered Space A for accommodations unless student is TDY en route PCS and family members are listed on orders. If accommodations are not available, Priority 1 personnel will be provided a non-availability letter. Lodging personnel are available to provide any assistance you may need with your off-base accommodations.
Availability, Costs, Registration
Lodging at Fairchild consists of 219 guest rooms and 42 temporary lodging facilities of which 17 are pet friendly. Room rates range from $79.00 per night to $101.00, depending upon the availability of room types at the time of reservation. Rates range from $79.00 to $94.00 at the Survival Inn. Rates range from $94.00 to $101.00 at the Main Lodge. Reservations not secured with a credit card expire at 6 p.m. the date of your arrival. Guaranteed reservations are secured with a credit card beyond 6 p.m., but a no-show fee will be charged if you fail to show, fail to cancel or fail to update your reservation before midnight on day of arrival. Ask reservation/front-desk staff the specifics of this policy. Survival students arriving from within the continental United States may arrive one day prior to class start date and students arriving from outside the continental United States may arrive two days prior to class start date. Lodging check-out time is 11 a.m. and check-in starts at 2 p.m. All lodging rooms are non-smoking and guests are responsible for room damages. Pets in a non-pet friendly room will accrue a cleaning fee of $150.00.
Maximum length of stay
Lodging accommodations for students will extend to the date on the orders. Personnel on PCS orders are authorized to stay for up to 30 days. Please speak with the lodging manager if longer time is needed. Personnel are advised to contact Finance/Travel Pay for questions concerning reimbursement of lodging expense. Personnel in space-available status may stay up to 14 days at a time under the discretion of the lodging manager; reservations may be made for up to 30 days in advance for any Temporary Lodging Facility (TLF's) units and 120 days in advance for any other unit at the Main Lodge.
300 N. Short Street, Fairchild AFB, Washington, 99011
If you get married to a civilian spouse before your permanent change of station report to the nearest military base if you live nearby regardless of service to update your spouse/dependents into the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, enroll in Tricare, and make a dependent ID card. You must bring your marriage license, spouse’s driver’s license or state ID, birth certificate and social security card.
Important: Upon arrival at the gaining base report immediately to the military personnel flight Force Management Office to amend your PCS order to include your spouse and/or dependents. This will allow for you to file your travel voucher and will get reimbursed on your per diem, travel air tickets expenses and household weight increase. Although you will have to pay for your dependents’ travel expenses up-front.