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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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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...]
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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...]
Justice

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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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

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  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • Treasure Island cleanup exposes Navy’s mishandling of its nuclear … Center For Investigative Reporting-Feb 25, 2014 “We found radiation, contaminated materials, in playgrounds and in areas that had … At the former Alameda Naval Air [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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]

Personal Accounts

  • My name is Stephanie and my husband was Carl Mitchell who served at George AFB during the years of 1972-1976. He served with 35th Field Maintenance SQ (TAC) as an Aerospace Ground Equipment Repairman. He [Read More...]
  • 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 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 Martin Rigg, I was stationed at George Air Force Base from 1971-1972 and lived in the enlisted barracks across the street from the Airman’s Club. I worked in the 35th CES Fire [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 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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 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...]
  • 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 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...]
  •   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...]
  • 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...]

Articals

  • 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…]

  • 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...]
  • John Richard Sabol, J.D., P.E. (21 December 1932 – 3 August 2000) was the Chief Environmental & Contracting Programming / Community Planner / Construction Engineer for George Air Force Base, CA from June 1976 to February [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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]