I lived there twice during the early 80’s and late 80’s and was one of the last families to moved during the closure in late 1991. I remember towards the end of the closure we would get busses off base to a different school in the city. I’ve been telling people the story of when I lived at George AFB and took a [Read More…]


William L. Collins

I was stationed at George A.F.B. from 1973 to 1977. I was at the FMS Squadron. The last year I was transferred to the Wheel and Tire Shop. They brought in a large Trichlorethylene tank in order to clean wheel bearings that came off the wheels of the F-4. We would lower the bearings into this large. 5 x 4 x 7-foot long [Read More…]


Deborah A. Lord

My father was stationed at George AFB from 1972 till we left in 1979.  We lived in Base Family Housing on Michigan Ave across from the flight line. I am a dependent, so I went to school on base, to the pool, exploring the wide-open range and pretty sure places where I should not have been! Played in the dirt. Dug holes, tried [Read More…]

News21 George AFB Operations

Military bases’ contamination will affect water for generations

VICTORVILLE, CA – Once a fighter jet training base critical to the Cold War, little remains of the former George Air Force Base but rows of dilapidated houses, a dismantled military hospital and dangerous chemicals from pesticides, jet fuels and other hazardous wastes that have poisoned the water for decades.

“Now when I see the base today, areas of it look like a war zone,” said Frank Vera, an Air Force veteran stationed on the base in the early 1970s. “I don’t think people know what to do with some of these areas because they are so contaminated.” [Read More…]


Stacy Moreland

My brother in 1981 something went wrong one minute everthing is okay whit how everthing went because of what they are hiding back then and how the death went down and the man that brought the body back strange he said all of stuff hiding

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Pamela McKay

My husband was stationed at GAFB from 1978-81. He died from complications of MS 10 years ago. He started showing symptoms in 1984..


David Edge

I was at GAFB from 81 to 85. My wife grew up on George. We had four miscarriages. I had migraines. She is bipolar. I WILL be seeking the advice of an attorney.


Kelly (Nabors) Beck

My father, Victor Nabors, was stationed at George AFB in the early 80’s.  We lived in the George AFB Family Housing for approximately 3 years on Alabama Court. I attended the elementary school on base.  While we were stationed there, I become violently ill every year was hospitalized several times with pneumonia.  I was diagnosed with asthma while there and placed on numerous [Read More…]

Scales Of Justice

Seeking Justice

When we (the injured) try to seek justice for our injuries through the courts, we are told that our case has no standing because of the Statute of Limitations, Feres Doctrine, and/or the sovereign immunity clause of the Federal Torts Claim Act (FTCA). How can the DOJ/DOD argue that the Statute of Limitations has expired when rogue employees within the DOD conspired to [Read More…]


T. E. H.

I was stationed at George AFB from March 1983 – Nov 1984.  I was at the Component Repair Squadron (CRS) Group of the 35th TAC Wing. I lived in the dorm across from the BX and showered and drank the water at the dorm and while at work. Played golf at the Course and ate at the Chow Hall regularly. In the early [Read More…]


Kenn R. Finkelstein

I was stationed at George AFB from 1963-1965, nearly 2-years. From the onset of living in the WWII old barracks, I have watched and felt my body slowly disintegrate and cause me heavy pain, discomfort and a loss of trust for a 17-year old Airman. I as well as so many more put our faith and trust into the Air Force’s hands to [Read More…]

Scales Of Justice

Law School Military & Veterans Legal Clinics

California Institute for Military Personnel, Veterans, Human Rights and International Law & AMVETS Legal Clinic Chapman University One University Drive Orange, CA 92866 714-628-2692 Kiana Boyce, Office Coordinator Chapman University Military Law & Policy Institute and AMVETS Legal Clinic is a free legal clinic for active duty troops and veterans. Law students handle the cases and are taught and supervised by former [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 prepared, but not moving a whole base from one of the top areas [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 lower than other tactical-fighter installations due to its distance to specialized training ranges [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 I don’t remember which one. I was pregnant when discharged and had a [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 home about 9 months later.  We played out in the yard, did somersaults, [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 fire department and I took him dinner on the nights he was on [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 in 1986 and we lived in temporary housing for about six months. I [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 over the years.  I attended both George and Shephard Elementary. I have horrible [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 at Lackland getting fixed… we saw our old neighbors whose daughter LaShawn V. [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 Air Force Base for decontamination. We could not find any documentary evidence that [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 of 420 low- level radioactive sites on military land but found some sites [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 unfenced site is located within the extreme southern boundary of George Air Force [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 said the lists are outdated, inaccurate and incomplete because some sites have been [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 was employed by the Air Force at George AFB.  Additionally, the Air Force [Read More…]


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