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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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Request For A New Public Health Assessment (PHA)

I am requesting that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) conduct a new Public Health Assessment for the former ... [Read More...]
GAFB VOC Groundwater Contamination Plumes with Schools

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...]

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...]

DoD’s Culpability For Contamination

I am trying to document when the Department of Defense (DoD) knew or suspected it had a problem with environmental contamination at ... [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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Reported Health Problems

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

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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Personal Accounts

  • I was stationed at George from 88 until it closed.  Two years after I left my youngest daughter was diagnosed with a rare thyroid cancer normally associated with radiation exposure and had to have her [Read More...]
  • I went to school for 4 years and have multiple heath problems any advice?
  • I was stationed at GAFB from 1966-1969. I was married and my wife had two miscarriages and a stillborn baby during that time.
  • 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...]
  • 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 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 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...]
  • 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 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]