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Law School Military & Veterans Legal Clinics

California Chapman University, School of Law Veterans Legal Clinic 343 N Cypress Orange, CA 92866 Charles Cussalli Phone: 714-628-2692 Website: University of California, Irvine School of Law UCI Veterans Legal Clinic P.O. Box 5479 Irvine, CA 92616-5479 Staff: Debi Gloria, Law Clinic Administrator Phone: (949) 824-9646 Fax: (949) 824-2747 Email: [Read More…]


1988-07-xx News – Ex-officers: Air Force lied about [George AFB] range

This article might explain why the Air Force went from a training base (George AFB) with 360 days of flying weather to Idaho with 100 good days of good weather (Mountain Home AFB). Fighter pilots need lots of training and lots good weather. I understand doing winter training to be [Read More…]

Base Realignments and Closures (BRAC) 1988

1988-12-xx DOD – Base Realignments and Closures

Air Force Base for closure primarily due to degraded training effectiveness, air traffic congestion, and because of excess capacity within the category. The net cost of closure and relocation will be paid back immediately. The Commission expects annual savings to be $70.2 million. The military value of George AFB is [Read More…]


Karen O.

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 Sept. 1974 – May 1976. I lived in one of the barracks on base, although [Read More…]


Terese Halsey Tice

In April 1987 the Air Force transferred my husband to George AFB in California.  I was 30 years old the mother of 3 wonderful children and life was good, or so we thought.  We were given a two story home Texas Ave where we lived until we bought our first [Read More…]

Proposed National Priorities List

1989-07-xx EPA – George AFB Proposed Placement On The National Priorities List

George AFB was proposed as a Superfund site on 07/14/89


1990-02-21 EPA – George AFB Listed as a Superfund Site

George AFB was proposed as a Superfund site on 07/14/89 and placed on the National Priorities List (NPL) on 02/21/90. George AFB’s Superfund id is EPA ID: CA2570024453.  

Department of Defense Activities Related to Trichloroethylene, Perchlorate, and Other Emerging Contaminants

2007-07-12 GAO – Department of Defense Activities Related to Trichloroethylene, Perchlorate, and Other Emerging Contaminants

Two emerging contaminants–trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchlorate–are of particular concern to DOD because they have significant potential to impact people or DOD’s mission. TCE, a degreasing agent in metal cleaning which has been used widely in DOD industrial and maintenance processes, has been documented at low exposure levels to cause headaches and difficulty concentrating. High-level exposure may cause dizziness, headaches, nausea, unconsciousness, cancer, and possibly death. [Read More…]

DOD Can Improve Its Response to Environmental Exposures on Military Installations

2012-05-02 GAO – DOD Can Improve Its Response to Environmental Exposures on Military Installations

DOD has no policy guiding services and their installations on appropriate actions to address health risks from past exposures, which DOD attributes to the Superfund law not specifically requiring responsible parties to address such risks. [Read More…]

Efforts To Clean Up DOD-Owned Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites

1985-04-12 GAO – Efforts To Clean Up DOD-Owned Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites

The Air Force has not cited, released, or acknowledged any environmental assessments or remediations performed under the DOD’s Installation Restoration Program. The DOD IRP predates the Air Force IRP by six years. The first report listed in the George AFB Administrative Record is dated 01/01/1982. [Read More…]


Kandi W.

My name is Kandi W., I moved to George Air Force Base in 1988. My husband Brian and I lived there until 1991. Before moving on base, and we lived in Adelanto for a year and a half then moved to Victorville for a year. My husband was in the [Read More…]


Stacie C

I was born at GAFB in 1988 and lived there til 1992. I’ve had numerous issues including endometriosis, miscarriage, complicated pregnancies and births, migraines, thyroid issues, and blood clots. Two of my children have colitis as well.


Joseph Cox

My father was stationed at George Air Force Base in 1973. I’m assuming he lived in the barracks at that time. He got married and had me in 1976. We move to Germany shortly after and then moved all over from there. We moved back to Georgia Air Force Base [Read More…]


Beth Rice

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.


G. W.

My dad B. W. was stationed at George AFB several times.  I know we were there when I was in kindergarten, then we moved to Ramstein AFB in Germany for 3 years and then back to George for the remainder of my 3rd grade and we lived at different locations [Read More…]


Don Barr

My name is Don Barr. I was stationed in CES from 1986-1989. My first wife lost a set of twins and almost died in the process. She got pregnant again, and we had a daughter with gastroschisis. Her intestines, liver, and part of her stomach were on the outside. While [Read More…]

Investigation of the George AFB Radiological Decontamination Centers

1953-06-xx CDPH – Investigation of the George AFB Radiological Decontamination Centers

According to the following documents, (Vera , 2015) (Vera , 2016) (Headquarters Field Command, Armed Force Speical Weapons Project, March ‐ June 1953), there were several instances where aircraft had flown around and through surface nuclear weapons testing zones for imagery and sample collection, and then returned back to George [Read More…]

Nuke Waste Toughens Closings

1994-09-30 News – Nuke Waste Toughens Closings

The military could run into difficulty in closing bases because a poor job was done keeping track of radioactive waste, Sen. John Glen (D-OH) said yesterday.  DOD does not know how much or what kind of radiation is contaminating American bases, according to a GAO report.  GAO examined DOD’s inventory [Read More…]

Low-level radioactive dump discovered at George AFB

1985-09-01 News – Low-level radioactive dump discovered at George AFB

Victorville — The existence of a low-level radioactive waste dump near Victorville and the Mojave River was revealed Friday after a telephone tip from an off-road vehicle enthusiast. The dump was apparently unknown to local and county officials, but might be on a state water board list. The approximately one-acre [Read More…]

What's contaminated Services can not say for sure

1994-10-16 Army Times – What’s contaminated? Services can’t say for sure

WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense is unable to clean up radioactive contamination on military bases because it doesn’t have accurate records of where the waste is, according to congressional investigators. The services have reported 420 sites with low levels of radioactive waste. But investigators from the General Accounting Office [Read More…]

U.S. Air Force Investigates Radiological Waste Burial

2003-06-02 WSJ – U.S. Air Force Investigates Radiological Waste Burial

The U.S. Air Force is investigating whether radioactive waste is buried at more than 80 former and current air bases across the country, including the site of a new federal prison in central California. Air Force health experts believe the radioactive material, generated by nuclear-weapons maintenance in the 1950s and 1960s, [Read More…]

Dr Sabol Radioactive Waste Investigation SEDA GAFB

1979-xx-xx Sabol – Radioactive Waste Investigation Southeast Disposal Area (SEDA)

In 1979, John Richard Sabol, J.D., P.E. located 18 to 20, 55-gallon drums of radioactive waste in the Southeast Disposal Area (SEDA) when he conducted an environmental assessment/investigation of the SEDA for the Air Force.  The Air Force has refused to release any of Dr. Sabol’s records from when he [Read More…]

Technical Order 00-110A-1 Radioactive Waste Disposal

1956-05-25 AF – Technical Order 00-110A-1 Radioactive Waste Disposal

a. Disposition of Solid Wastes. Solid radioactive wastes may be disposed of by burial in the ground, or at sea. In addition, certain items which contain radium such as luminous instrument dials, may be returned to a radium refining company such as the Canadian Uranium and Radium Corporation or the [Read More…]

Sites Contaminated and Potentially Contaminated With Radioactivity in the United States

1991-02-xx EPA – Sites Contaminated and Potentially Contaminated With Radioactivity in the United States

The Department of Defense (DoD) has 7463 sites in the United States and 952 sites in CA contaminated or potentially contaminated with radioactivity. THIS IS A PRELIMINARY DRAFT (Not Yet Subjected to Peer Review) 2.1.4 Department of Defense (DoD) The U.S. Department of Defense through its Departments of Army (including the Army National [Read More…]

Radioactive Waste Disposal HQ USAF SCA 71-28

1971-01-19 AF – Radioactive Waste Disposal (HQ USAF SCA 71-28)

In 1971, George AFB was notified by HQ USAF that its radioactive waste burial sites were to be accounted for, fenced off, and clearly marked. They were not. 1. The disposition of solid radioactive waste is strictly controlled in accordance with Technical Order 00-110N-2, “Radioactive Waste Disposal.” The Technical Order [Read More…]


1990-05-23 GAO – The Military Would Benefit From a Comprehensive Waste Disposal Program

Senator John Glen requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examine the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s oversight of the Department of Defense’s use, handling, and disposal of radioactive material. The GAO found that no comprehensive DOD waste disposal program exists, and none of the three services knows the full extent of [Read More…]

CERCLA §120(h) - Deed Restrictions

1980-12-11 – CERCLA §120(h) Deed Restrictions – Special Nuclear Material

Because all activities supporting the nuclear defense program are highly classified to protect national security Congress included a provision in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) that requires the DOD to withhold information and records about Special Nuclear Material at its Superfund sites.  This requirement creates a unique [Read More…]

Better Data Needed for Radioactively Contaminated Defense Sites - GAO

1994-08-24 GAO – Better Data Needed For Radioactively Contaminated Defense Sites

On December 22, 1992, Senator John Glenn requested that the General Accounting Office (GAO) investigate whether the Department of Defense (DOD) has accounted for all of its radiologically contaminated sites.  The GOA found that the DOD could NOT identify the location, isotopes, or amount of radioactive material disposed of at [Read More…]


FOIA Public-Interest, Media Fee Waivers

DC Circ. Clarifies FOIA Public-Interest, Media Fee Waivers A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently rejected a lower court ruling under the Freedom of Information Act that had imposed burdensome requirements on a fledgling nonprofit’s eligibility for public-interest or news-media fee [Read More…]


Vapor Intrusion – DOD – News

Tetra Tech Supports the U.S. Navy on Multi-Award-Winning Remediation Project 3BL Media (press release)-Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Tetra Tech supported the Navy by providing a state-of-the-art vapor intrusion mitigation system to ensure indoor air contamination was reduced … The Toxic Homefront: As Marine Families Fall Ill, Some Are Accusing the [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 disposed of at the former George Air Force Base, CA, “EPA Superfund ID: CA2570024453.” [Read More…]


Msgt. Victor “Vic” Nabors

My father (Msgt. Victor “Vic” Nabors) was stationed at George in the early 80’s. He was an aircraft mechanic. He passed away in 2011 after a 5-year battle with squamous cell cancer, COPD, pneumonia, and a pulmonary embolism. He also had hearing issues which I attribute to jet fuel and [Read More…]


Misty Deming

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 in GAFB Family Housing until I was 6. My father passed away a few months [Read More…]


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