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Housing is biggest issue at Fairchild Air Force Base

New commander addresses West Plains Chamber of Commerce on base concerns, water issues and future


November 22, 2018

The new commander of Fairchild Air Force Base addressed West Plains Chamber of Commerce members at their monthly breakfast on Nov. 14, telling them to anticipate even more new growth to the region as the base expands its operations and prepares to host an event that could bring up to 3,000 people to the area for a month next fall.

Col. Derek Salmi has been deployed all over the world and flown combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He took command of the base in June following last year’s announcement that the base will receive 12 primary KC-135 tankers plus three additional backup tan...

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