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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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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 ... [Read More...]

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

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

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

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, ... [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 ... [Read More...]

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 → ... [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 ... [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 ... [Read More...]

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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


CA State Water Resources Control Board

Air Force Administrative Record

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  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • “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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • “Workers there earn bonuses for completing more filings, and supervisors say some workers deliberately stash records to finish more quickly.” Scope of missing federal military records grows Kansas City Star A 2012 audit found that a [Read More...]
  • Judge: Sailors’ class-action suit can proceed over alleged radiation … Stars and Stripes-Oct 30, 2014 Judge: Sailors’ class-action suit can proceed over alleged radiation … for a variety of ailments from radiation exposure following a [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...]

Personal Accounts

  • Lorie Clark

    February 1, 2016
    My name is Lorie Clark, I was stationed at George AFB from 1980-1983. I lived in base housing from 1981-1983. My husband at the time and two daughters lived there. One was born at the [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...]
  • G. A.

    August 4, 2013
    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...]
  • 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...]
  • Larry P. Campos

    July 2, 2015
    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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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 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...]
  • C. Wilkinson

    July 1, 2015
    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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]


  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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 on:  10 April 2011 Administrative Record’s document number (AR [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...]
  • “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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]