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We enlisted/were commissioned in the military to protect our country in its time of need, agreed to sacrifice our body or lay down our life if necessary to protect the country we loved. We did NOT agree to be needlessly poisoned by the very country we swore to protect, and we certainly did NOT agree to the poisoning of our spouses and children. [Read More…]

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Military bases’ contamination will affect water for generations

VICTORVILLE, CA – Once a fighter jet training base critical to the Cold War, little remains of the former George Air Force Base but rows of dilapidated houses, a dismantled military hospital and dangerous chemicals from pesticides, jet fuels and other hazardous wastes that have poisoned the water for decades.

“Now when I see the base today, areas of it look like a war zone,” said Frank Vera, an Air Force veteran stationed on the base in the early 1970s. “I don’t think people know what to do with some of these areas because they are so contaminated.” [Read More…]

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George AFB’s Organochlorine Pesticides Contamination

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George AFB’s Lead Based Paint Contamination

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Reported Health Problems

death Sjogren's syndrome deceased don't get pregnant heart attack breast cancer hypertension chronic bronchitis hysterectomy neonatal death emphysema PMDD tremors fibromyalgia CML female infertility tinnitus gastroschisis anxiety difficult pregnancy CIPD mood disorders degenerative disc disease lung cancer Psoriasis dermoid cyst bone cancer ulcerative colitis autoimmune pre-eclampsia polyps dysplasia skin cancer asbestos COPD osteopenia arthritis joint pain blood clots headaches histiocytosis tumors learning disabilities manic depression anencephaly club feet uterine fibroids celiac sprue disease chromosomal defects osteoporosis reproductive disorders stillborn Raynaud's mds IBS gout depression uterine cancer sleep apnea squamous cell carcinoma c-section CIDP melanoma allergies insomnia cataracts bone problems MS migraines thyroid ulcers bladder cancer ovarian cysts lobular carcinoma schizophrenia mystery illness pancreatic cancer celiac disease colon cancer Rosai-Dorfman disease thrombocythemia hepatosplenomegaly Mosaic Trisomy 18 diabetes chronic pain syndrome (CPS) graves’ disease infant mortality molar pregnancy blackouts prostate cancer cluster headaches anemia leukemia Tourette's Syndrome sinus infections rheumatoid arthritis neuropathy brain cancer myelodysplastic syndrome Ewing's sarcoma radiation myocarditis mastectomy throat cancer pulmonary embolism testicular cysts ductal carcinoma angina heart problems ADHD Oligoastrocytoma brain tumor autism miscarriage fibroid tumors seizures central retinal vein occlusion endometriosis lymphoma autoimmune disorder liver disease pneumonia thyroid cancer raves ophthalmology hyperactive premature birth radiation myelitis irregular menstruation osteoarthritis glaucoma kidney cancer PCOS multiple health problems bipolar disorder compromised immune systems high risk pregnancies cancer memory hypothyroidism asthma lupus basal cell carcinoma cystic hygromas deaf

Potential Media Affected

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

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By Daniel Ross – Truthout – April 17, 2016

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Part II…The view from under the bus
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By Mark Gutglueck
Desert Mountain Express – July 1, 1994

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Personal Accounts

  • I was stationed at George from may 77 to Nov80 and lived in the barracks. Due to the heat drank a ton of water all time from community water fountains. Should I be concerned? Thru [Read More...]
  • Lived on George 78 to 81 .have had mystery illness ever since. They sprayed my house all the time. For ants. The water used to be shut off with no warning constantly my kids played [Read More...]
  • My name is Misty Deming. My father, (Jamie Deming) retired as E-6 Master Instructor, Electronic Warfare, was stationed at George Air Force Base from 1980-1989. I was conceived and delivered at GAFB, and we lived [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...]
  • We were at GAFB from 1989-1992. My husband got bladder cancer (non-smoker). My oldest daughter has had reproductive disorders. I have fibroids. Another daughter has odd skin conditions that can’t be diagnosed.
  • My father was stationed at George AFB from 1972 till we left in 1979.  We lived in Base Family Housing on Michigan Ave across from the flight line. I am a dependent, so I went [Read More...]
  • Terri just set a precedent by winning her Department of Veterans Administration (DVA) claim for service connected health conditions associated with her exposure to toxic chemicals at George AFB. She had a repeated and prolonged [Read More...]
  • My father, Victor Nabors, was stationed at George AFB in the early 80’s.  We lived in the George AFB Family Housing for approximately 3 years on Alabama Court. I attended the elementary school on base. [Read More...]
  • My name is G. A.  In October 1981, at age 17, I was assigned to George AFB, CA (active duty).  I attended a briefing by the base hospital as part of the INTRO program for newly [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 was at GAFB from 81 to 85. My wife grew up on George. We had four miscarriages. I had migraines. She is bipolar. I WILL be seeking the advice of an attorney.
  • Hi, my name is Karen. I came across Frank Vera’s sites quite by accident, and I must say I was stunned by what I read. I was stationed at GAFB for just 19 months, from [Read More...]
  • My name is Daniel S – Dates at George AFB 1987-1992 – Active duty, Nav-Aids/ MET-NAV – 2067 COMM Squadron I lived  off and on base the  entire 5 years, some in the barracks, some in base housing. I [Read More...]

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  • In the 1940s and 50s, it was standard practice to bury radioactive waste, including radioactive waste generated by nuclear weapons maintenance operations, in unlined pits, until the Air Force implemented Technical Order 00-110N-2 in 1958-59. [Read More...]
  • “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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board recently released the “Deed Restrictions” for George Air Force Base that are required by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) §120(h). Because of these CERCLA §120(h) [Read More...]
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  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • Three hundred and one documents have been deleted or pulled from the United States Air Force (USAF) Administrative Record (AR) for George Air Force Base. Source accessed 10 April 2011 AR # View Size(MB) Subject or [Read More...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]