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“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 Dieldrin contamination soil and groundwater

George AFB’s Vapor Intrusion of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

The Air Force has acknowledged that large amounts of trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE/PERC), benzene, and petroleum hydrocarbons (Free Product) were improperly ... [Read More...]
Danger Pesticides

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 Housing ... [Read More...]
Danger Lead Based Paint

George AFB’s Lead Based Paint Contamination

Most facilities and buildings at George AFB were constructed before the DOD banned the use of lead based paint (LBP), in ... [Read More...]
George AFB's Asbestos Contamination

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...]
George AFB's Atmospheric Nuclear Weapons Testing Decontamination Centers

George AFB’s Atmospheric Nuclear Weapons Testing Decontamination Centers

In 2016, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Radiologic Health Branch investigated the radiological decontamination centers at George AFB. CDPH ... [Read More...]
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Terri Kristl Crooks

Terri just set a precedent by winning her Department of Veterans Administration (DVA) claim for service connected health conditions associated with ... [Read More...]
Is George AFB the Air Force’s Camp Lejeune?

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 have ... [Read More...]
George AFB’s Missing Completed Exposure Pathways Assessment

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 The SEDA is physically located about ¼ mile upstream of the Drinking Water Supply Wells for George AFB, Adelanto, CA, ... [Read More...]
George AFB HTRW Sites Lahontan RWQCB

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 [Avgas], ... [Read More...]
Industrial Waste - Completed Exposure Pathways

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...]
Danger Burn Pits

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 → known carcinogens and ... [Read More...]
Domestic Water Supply Wells

Drinking Water – Completed Exposure Pathways

George Air Force Base's contaminated drinking water provided a Completed Exposure Pathway (CEP) Supply wells → water → civilians, military personnel and their family ... [Read More...]
Definition of Due Diligence

Due Diligence

What city or company would lease or buy property on a Superfund Site (George Air Force Base, CA), potentiality exposing their ... [Read More...]
George Elementary School

George AFB’s Schools – Completed Exposure Pathways

Several people have reported that they, family members, friends, or coworkers from the George AFB schools have cancer. If you worked at ... [Read More...]
Dr. John R. Sabol

John R. Sabol, J.D., P.E.

John Richard Sabol, J.D., P.E. (21 December 1932 – 3 August 2000) was the Chief Environmental & Contracting Programming / Community Planner ... [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

Air Force Administrative Record

George AFB In The News

Why The EPA Is Allowing Contaminated Groundwater To Go Untreated
By Dan Ross - March 9, 201

 

Novel Strategy for Dealing with Toxic Contamination: Do Nothing
By Daniel Ross – February 28, 2017

 

Air Force’s High Desert Legacy: Untold & Unknown Contamination Levels
By Daniel Ross – April 23, 2016

 

“I’m Mad as Hell”: Air Force Members Blame Health Horrors on Toxic Exposure
By Daniel Ross – April 17, 2016

 

Air Force Less Than Clear On Extent Of Nuclear Contamination At GAFB
By Mark Gutglueck – May 17, 2015

 

Lahontan: SCLA project unsafe
By Shea Johnson – December 25, 2014

 

The Real Deal with Jim Fetzer podcast
By Jim Fetzer – July 26, 2013

 

The view from being thrown under the bus
By Ed Mattson – June 23, 2013

 

Part II…The view from under the bus
By Ed Mattson – June 30, 2013

 

GAFB Airman [Frank Vera] Exposed to Radiation
By Mark Gutglueck – July 1, 1994

 

Ex-officers: Air Force lied about range
May 7, 1990

 

Low-level radioactive dump discovered at George AFB
By Willian Couey - September 1, 1985

News Feeds

  • The Atomic Sailors by William R. Levesque “It was the Navy’s dirtiest job. The crew of the U.S.S. Calhoun County dumped thousands of radioactive barrels into the Atlantic Ocean from 1946 to 1960. The Navy [Read More...]
  • The DOD’s Modus Operandi (M.O.) – Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC The DOD lied to the public and local, state, and federal regulators and congress; withheld records; covered-up deaths that were the result of [Read More...]
  • Radioactive waste buried at Biggs Airfield/Fort Bliss, TX stemming from Air Force maintenance activities involving nuclear weapons from the 1950s and 1960s. The specific quantity of maintenance waste buried is not known due to incomplete [Read More...]
  • El Toxic Hell Toro – Death Sentence for Marines from Tim King 2 years ago Not Yet Rated El Toxic Hell Toro Part Two: A Death Sentence for Marines and School Kids? (IRVINE, Calif.) – A number of [Read More...]
  • California City, Underwriter Misled Investors, SEC Says U.S. regulators accused Victorville, California, and underwriters of lying to investors by inflating property values backing $13.3 million of municipal bonds to redevelop a closed air force base [George [Read More...]
  • Veterans Used In Secret Experiments Sue Military For Answers NPR … at least 70,000 troops were used in the testing, including World War II veterans exposed to mustard gas, whom NPR reported on earlier this [Read More...]
  • Treasure Island Naval Station was home to US Navy’s Nuclear War Academies The navy’s nuclear war academies used a variety of radionuclides in their training The Navy did not acknowledge that history publicly, and as a result, cleanup [Read More...]
  • Military Contractors Claim Mantle of Government to Defend Tort Suits New York Law Journal – 12/24/15 (registration) Under the Feres doctrine, the government has sovereign immunity from liability for injuries to military personnel that arise out [Read More...]
  • Pentagon puts budget concerns ahead of Fort McClellan troops’ welfare The Pentagon doesn’t want to spend the money to alert hundreds of thousands of soldiers who served at a once-contaminated Army base that they may [Read More...]
  • Toxic soldiers: A Portland woman among thousands of Army vets … Street Roots News-Dec 18, 2014 Oregon hosts only one of the DoD Superfund sites: Umatilla Army Depot in Hermiston. The depot was placed on [Read More...]
  • “Almost every experimenter named by the authors ought to have served time in prison for torturing helpless fellow humans. Instead, the experimenters won research grants and often received accolades as heroes trying to combat a [Read More...]

Personal Accounts

  • I was stationed at George Air Force Base from 1969 thru 1973, with a tour of South East Asia in between. I was a crew chief on F4 Phantoms. In 2005, I was diagnosed with [Read More...]
  • My name is D. G., I lived at George AFB as a child of an active duty soldier. I lived there from 83 to 91, at 238 Oregon St. I/m 36 years of age and suffer [Read More...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • My name is Willis Parsons. My dad (TSgt Franklin A. Parsons) was stationed at George AFB, and we lived at 313 Montana St. in base family housing from Oct 1973 to Sept 1976 when he [Read More...]
  • I went to school for 4 years and have multiple heath problems any advice?
  • My name is Frank Vera. I was stationed at George AFB from 1973 to 1974, assigned to the 35th MMS, worked in the Gun Shop, and lived on base in the barracks. I was discharged 15 [Read More...]
  • I was stationed at George from 1967 until July 1970. Recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).
  • 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...]
  • 1975- 1977 in base housing and daughters in base schools until 1979; prior husband prostate cancer; children with melanoma and various respiratory issues, skin cancer, and leukemia for me and a cluster of thyroid issues in [Read More...]
  • I lived on George Air Force Base as a child from 1980 to 1984 and have tons of the listed ailments and my family does as well. My brother was also born there around 1981 [Read More...]
  • I was stationed at George AFB. from November 81-April 1984. 35th TFW 20th AMU as a Crew Chief. In the last 2 1/2 years I have been diagnosed with glaucoma, central retinal vein occlusion, and [Read More...]
  • I arrived in Fall of 1984 and I had heard from people that they were telling women not to get pregnant. So when I got pregnant in 1985 I was told by the doctor at [Read More...]

Articals

  • Because the Department of Defense (DoD) has not acknowledged the true nature and extent of the environmental contamination at the former George AFB, and its Completed Exposure Pathways (CEP): Doctors cannot treat the toxic exposures [Read More...]
  • I was stationed at George AFB and I think that my health problems are connected to the toxic contamination at George Air Force Base, CA, “EPA Superfund ID: CA2570024453.″ Request a complete and unredacted copy, printout, or export of your military personnel; inpatient, outpatient, dental, and mental health medical records from the National Personnel Records Center […] [Read More…]

  • 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...]
  • Because George Air Force Base is in the Mojave Desert, protection of the water supply is of critical concern. Unfortunately,George AFB’s contamination has seriously damaged the fragile aquifer system of the Mojave River Ground-Water Basin [Read More...]
  • The Commissioning Oath “I, _____ , having been appointed an officer in the (Service) of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear that I will support and defend [Read More...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • What city or company would lease or buy property on a Superfund Site (George Air Force Base, CA), potentiality exposing their employees to toxic contamination, and opening the door to years of litigation? The George [Read More...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]