“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 Housing ... [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 have asked ... [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 AFB, Adelanto, ... [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 [Avgas], Benzene, ... [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 → known carcinogens and respiratory ... [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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  • Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA – News

    February 5, 2014
    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...]
  • SEC Charges Victorville and the SCLAA – News

    April 29, 2013
    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...]
  • Mustard Gas – News

    June 26, 2015
    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 – News

    April 15, 2014
    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...]
  • Air Force – Radioactive Waste – News

    July 27, 2013
    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...]
  • Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC – News

    January 22, 2014
    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...]
  • 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...]
  • Hunters Point Naval Shipyard – News

    January 1, 2015
    Contractor Submitted False Radiation Data at Hunters Point NBC Bay Area-Oct 13, 2014Share … with cleaning radioactive soil at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in … from a nuclear research lab that included radiation experiments [Read More...]
  • George Air Force Base, CA – News

    January 22, 2014
    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 – 17 April [Read More...]
  • Contaminated Military Family Housing – News

    June 20, 2014
    Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe The lawsuit alleges breaches of contract, violation of the landlord-tenant code, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud and unfair and deceptive trade practices. The lawsuit alleges the company [Read More...]
  • DOE Human Research – News

    September 7, 2015
    U.S. Gov’t intentionally ‘blew up’ nuclear reactor outside Los Angeles in massive human radiation experiment on public — Southern California covered in radioactive plume — Officials “documented effects of long-range effluent cloud on people downwind” [Read More...]

Personal Accounts

  • Annette

    July 2, 2015
    My dad was stationed there GAFB in 70 – 73, I was 13 and up. I had a total hysterectomy with endometriosis and bilateral mastectomies for breast cancer. I have been ill for many years [Read More...]
  • Daniel S.

    September 4, 2013
    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...]
  • Frank Vera

    June 4, 2013
    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...]
  • 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...]
  • Andrea Asa Sonnenberg

    June 4, 2013
    My name is Andrea Asa Sonnenberg, and my father was a career officer in the USAF. For the first 10 years of my life, we lived on base, moving from such diverse areas as Germany, [Read More...]
  • D. G.

    January 31, 2016
    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...]
  • Bridgette Smith

    August 17, 2014
    My name is Bridgette Smith, and my father was stationed at George AFB from 1983- 1991. We moved to Wyoming Ct, off of the flight line, when I was 5 and moved off base when [Read More...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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

  • Get help for others and myself?

    August 18, 2014

    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…]

  • Brigadier General H. Huston George

    December 14, 2011
    George AFB was named in honor of Brigadier General Harold Huston George (1892-1942), a World War I fighter ace, General George directed air operations in defense of the fortified islands in Manila Bay at the [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...]
  • Mojave River Basin

    October 21, 2012
    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...]
  • 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...]
  • Ocean Dumping of Radioactive Waste

    December 23, 2013
    Burial of Radioactive Waste in the USAF Page 26, section (2), refers to burial of radioactive waste at sea in 2 locations. 1. 72° 43” west longitude: 38° 40” north latitude, 2. 123° 6” west longitude: 37° 40” north [Read More...]
  • Due Diligence

    October 20, 2012
    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...]
  • Oaths of Office / Enlistment

    November 30, 2014
    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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]