“I’m Mad as Hell”: Air Force Members Blame Health Horrors on Toxic Exposure

Two memories stand out to Terrine Crooks from her arrival at George Air Force Base in the summer of 1980. One is the sense of apprehension she felt at seeing for the first time the broad, flat, barren expanse of the base on the skirt-tails of the Mojave Desert. “I was like, ‘oh my God.’ I was a New Hampshire girl who’d left a beautiful green land.” The second, she said, was how she was told by in-processing personnel not to get pregnant [Read More...]

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George AFB’s Organochlorine Pesticides’ Contamination

In 2002, aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, and lindane were detected in the surface soil at the George AFB Family ... [Read More...]
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George AFB’s Asbestos Contamination

“There are 1,970 buildings on-base (including 1,641 housing units) with a total square footage of floor space of 4,629,926, approximately 10 ... [Read More...]
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George AFB’s Atmospheric Nuclear Weapons Testing Decontamination Centers

With the recent declassification and/or release of documents, through FOIA, by the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) and Defense Threat ... [Read More...]
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Is George AFB the Air Force’s Camp Lejeune?

Is the former George Air Force Base, CA, “EPA Superfund ID: CA2570024453, ″ the Air Force’s Camp Lejeune? Yes! Some people ... [Read More...]
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George AFB’s Missing Completed Exposure Pathways Assessment

Prior to the closure of George AFB in December 1992, the Air Force conducted “epidemiological, environmental, and health survey(s) / assessment(s) ... [Read More...]
Radioactive Waste Disposal Site at George AFB SEDA

Southeast Disposal Area – Completed Exposure Pathways

Supply Wells Supply Wells The SEDA is physically located about ¼ mile upstream of the Drinking Water Supply Wells for George ... [Read More...]
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George AFB’s Hazardous Toxic and Radioactive Waste Sites

Potential Contaminants of Concern at the former George Air Force Base, CA, "EPA Superfund ID: CA2570024453" Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM), Aviation ... [Read More...]
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Industrial Waste – Completed Exposure Pathways

From 1965 to 1 December 1981 (16 years), the Air Force dumped 5,578,400 gallons of industrial waste containing known carcinogens into ... [Read More...]
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George AFB’s Children

I have received dozens of personal accounts about miscarriages, stillbirths, birth defects, and childhood cancers at George Air Force Base. Here ... [Read More...]
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George AFB’s Burn Pits and Incinerators

The Burn Pits and Incinerators at George Air Force Base provided a Completed Exposure Pathway (CEP). Burn Pits and Incinerators → ... [Read More...]

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Aquifer Used For Drinking Water Supply, Contaminated Surface / Structure, Indoor Air, Soil, Soil Vapor
Source: CA State Water Resources Control Board

Contaminants of Concern

Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACM) / Friable Asbestos, Aviation [Avgas], Benzene, Chlordane, Diesel, Explosives (UXO, MEC) [Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) / Munitions and Explosives of Concern (MEC)], Gasoline, Heating Oil / Fuel Oil, MTBE / TBA / Other Fuel Oxygenates, Munitions Debris (MD), Nitrate, Other Insecticides [Aldrin / Dieldrin] / Pesticide / Fumigants / Herbicides, Other Petroleum, Other Solvent Or Non-Petroleum Hydrocarbon, Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), Radioactive Isotopes, Tetrachloroethylene (PCE), Toluene, Trichloroethylene (TCE), Vinyl Chloride, Waste Oil / Motor / Hydraulic / Lubricating, Xylene

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CA State Water Resources Control Board

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  • Burn Pits and Incinerators – News

    March 4, 2015
    Virtually every military base in the United States used unlined burn pits and incinerators (without an air scrubber to remove toxic chemicals).  Tens of Thousands of Americans were injured by this practice.  George Air Force [Read More...]

Personal Accounts

  • Raymond Cook

    July 2, 2015
    I was stationed there from 1966-1969. During my stay my wife had a stillborn and two miscarriages. Prior to that we had no problems and 5 years after that we had a healthy little girl [Read More...]
  • Brigitte Leehr

    January 30, 2016
    My name is Brigitte Leehr (Jones), I lived on George AFB from 1976 – 1979.  I was a dependent child and we lived on base housing during those years. We were deployed to Lakenheath England [Read More...]
  • Connie Curry

    July 2, 2015
    I lived at George from 77 to 80 with my family they were young kids at that time. There were always problems with the water. they would shut it off with no notice, then turn [Read More...]
  • George AFB’s Children

    November 6, 2012
      I have received dozens of personal accounts about miscarriages, stillbirths, birth defects, and childhood cancers at George Air Force Base.  Here are some excerpts from these accounts: “When I arrived at the base [George [Read More...]
  • Tommy Jacobs

    July 2, 2015
    My family was stationed on George AFB in the early to mid seventies. my mom now has multiple sclerosis (MS) and was diagnosed in 1990. but the drs said she had it for a very [Read More...]
  • Melissa Hensley

    October 8, 2014
    My name is Melissa Hensley my mother was stationed at George AFB in 1980-1983 so was my father. We lived in Victorville. My mom was a jet engine mechanic she was around trichloroethylene (TCE)  so was my [Read More...]
  • M. D.

    April 18, 2016
    My name is M. D. I was an AF wife at George AFB for 7 years, late 1968 through late 1975. We lived in Adelanto through most of my first pregnancy. I nearly miscarried in [Read More...]
  • Cheryl J. Wolford-Stamps-Carter

    July 2, 2015
    My sister and I were born on George’s Air Force base in 1955 and 1954 respectively. My father Wolford last name was enlisted. My Mother was Beverly. They were married. She died of liver disease [Read More...]
  • Terri Kristl Crooks

    June 2, 2015
    My name is Terri Kristl Crooks, I was active duty assigned to George AFB from July 1980 until March 1982 living in the enlisted barracks and then as a dependent lived in base housing there [Read More...]
  • Suzanne Mounce-Arena

    September 5, 2013
    My name is Suzanne Mounce-Arena – I was stationed at George AFB from 1986-1991- 35th 20th AMU weapons F-4 I lost two pregnancies [miscarriage] at the base, had to get a hysterectomy in my 20’s, [Read More...]
  • Lisa McCrea

    February 28, 2016
    My name is  Lisa McCrea, I arrived at GAFB a normal, healthy woman in 1987 but, certainly didn’t leave that way. I suffered a horrible miscarriage with my first pregnancy and nearly died at 4 [Read More...]
  • Rachel Grasty-Sheehan

    May 20, 2014
    My name is Rachel Grasty-Sheehan. My dad was stationed at George AFB from 1983 to  1989 my dad was an SP, and then he cross trained to Training Management after his back problem got too [Read More...]
  • Yvette Allen

    February 29, 2016
    My name is Yvette Allen, I lived on George as a dependent from 1973 to 1982 we lived on Montana Street we drank plenty of water, played in the dirt and took lots and lots [Read More...]

Articals

  • Victorville Federal Correctional Complex

    October 21, 2012
    If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) requires the Air Force to make full disclosure of known and suspected contaminants when the [Read More...]
  • DoD’s Culpability For Contamination

    May 10, 2013
    I am trying to document when the Department of Defense (DoD) knew or suspected it had a problem with environmental contamination at its facilities, installations, or bases. To do this, I am trying to find the [Read More...]
  • Transferred to Civilian Use

    October 21, 2012
    The Secretary of Defense announced the closure of George Air Force Base under the Base Closure and Realignment Act 5 January 1989. George AFB was deactivated December 15, 1992. President Bill Clinton fast-tracked George AFB environmental cleanup [Read More...]
  • Kansas Army Ammunition Plant (KSAAP) – Pesticides

    December 31, 2014
    “It is the EPA’s decision that the pesticides are no longer protected under “intended use” when the structures are demolished or are to be demolished. Because of this, the chemical’s “intended use” is no longer applicable, and [Read More...]
  • Names and Commands

    October 21, 2012
    Established as the Air Corps Advanced Flying School: 23 June 1941 Construction Began: 12 July 1941 Occupied: 25 October 1941 Renamed Victorville Army Flying School: 6 February 1942 Renamed Victorville Army Air Field: 23 April [Read More...]
  • Is George AFB the Air Force’s Camp Lejeune?

    August 23, 2014
    Is the former George Air Force Base, CA, “EPA Superfund ID: CA2570024453, ″ the Air Force’s Camp Lejeune?  Yes! Some people have asked why it is taking so long to get help for the families of [Read More...]
  • Important Documents – Timeline

    December 4, 2012
    1971 February – Hq USAF survey letter – Radioactive Waste Disposal, Hq, SCN 71-28 – AF George AFB was notified by HQ USAF that that all of its radioactive waste burial sites were to be accounted for, [Read More...]
  • DOD’s Hubris Towards America Citizens

    January 13, 2015
    The DOD’s employees hubris towards America Citizens and the callous disregard for the laws that every DOD employee swore to uphold and protect? Pentagon puts budget concerns ahead of Fort McClellan troops’ welfare The Pentagon [Read More...]
  • George Air Force Base Intro

    November 13, 2012
    Did the Department of Defense (DOD) misrepresent the nature and extent of the environmental contamination at the former George Air Force Base, CA, “EPA Superfund ID: CA2570024453″?  Yes.  In doing so, the DOD wasted in excess [Read More...]
  • John R. Sabol, J.D., P.E.

    December 14, 2011
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  • Radioactive Waste Disposal at George AFB

    December 16, 2011
    US Government Reports, Letters, Personal Accounts, and Newspaper Articles Hq USAF survey letter – Radioactive Waste Disposal, Hq, SCN 71-28 – AF – February 1971  George AFB was notified by HQ USAF that its radioactive waste burial sites were [Read More...]