APRIL 17, 2018

Fun events coming-up, come-out and enjoy your base retiree benefits, always a Great Price!:


Wine Soiree on Saturday, 28th April from 3 – 6 PM at the Red Morgan CC.  (21+ age group please)

$15 standard rate / $12 club members – Tickets available at ITT office at the BX. (Cash only @ the door)

Entry Includes:  80-100 wines to taste and purchase from a brick oven fired pizza bar provided by Veraci Pizza.

Also having raffle prizes, chocolate sampling, board and card games – Should be Great FUN!  Additional questions, call 247-8260.  Advertisement at https://www.fairchildfun.com


Star Wars, May the 4th be with U! on Friday, 4th May from 6 – 8 PM at the Red Morgan CC.  Bing your Grand Kids – Have some FUN!

Bring out the Star Wars Fan in you!  $5 per person / 3 and under FREE.  Tickets sold at ITT office at the BX now till 1 May.

Celebrate with Star Wars characters, video games, costume contest, Star Wars movies, theater snacks and, AAFES trivia and prizes.

For more information, call 247-1800 or visit https://www.fairchildfun.com


Join the Base Library for an Ewok Picnic the day prior, on Thursday,May 3rd Starting at 4 PM this is a free event ages Pre-K through 3rd grade.

Bring your stuffed animals or Star Wars characters for stories, snacks, picnic plate craft and make Ewok binoculars.

For more information, call 247-5556 or visit https://www.fairchildfun.com


Mother and Son Gaming and Dinner Night!  On Friday, 11th May from 6 – 8 PM at the Red Morgan CC.  Grand Moms bring your Grand Sons for some FUN!

$8 per person / 3 and under FREE.  Get your tickets at ITT office at the BX by 9 May or call 244-4797 for ‘Will-Call’.  Everyone’s welcome to join us for a fun night of video, board and table games, along with movies and a dinner.  There will even be Smash Brothers in the Wii gaming system. For more information, call 247-1800 or visit https://www.fairchildfun.com


Fairchild Clear Lake Resort Season Opening! on Saturday, 28th May from 6 AM – 6 PM.  Great Fishing Fun for the whole family!

This is a wonderful retiree benefit!  Camping, cabins and RV sites.  Free fishing Derby! 

There are Boat Rentals with a lodge providing breakfast and dinner.

Reservations are accepted now, call 299-5129.

See https://www.fairchildfun.com for the advertisement.


While visiting the Fairchild Fun web site, look for the Club Member ‘How-To-Join’ and get 10% off numerous local fun and recreational retiree benefits!

All of you can have some really fun events with you Grand Kids this summer.


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APRIL 13, 2018

For your information:


‘Choice is Yours’ Medical Grp Program to change Tricare Primary (Prime or Plus) care from Fairchild to Off-Base Provider:


The ‘Choice is Yours’ program is soliciting volunteers to change their Primary Care to Off-Base.  Our Medical Grp is looking for 1000 more patients to volunteer for this program.


    a. Per meetings with our Fairchild Medical Grp POCs, plan is to hopefully acquire enough volunteers, rather than direct patients to change their primary care to an Off-Base Provider.


    b. A DD Form 2854, Tri-Care Plus disenrollment Request is required and then processed at Fairchild Medical Grp.


    c. Tri-Care Prime Patient’s Care disenrollment form isn’t required, the Medical Grp will receive notification through the Tri-Care System once the change is complete.


Instructions to find/change your new Primary Care Manager (Fairchild Medical Grp Guide)


-          Go to:  https://www.tricare-west.com

-          Select ‘Beneficiary’

-          Left-Hand side of web page under ‘PUBLIC TOOLS’ select ‘Network Provider Directory’

-          Click on blue bar ‘Search Network Provider Directory’

-          ‘SEARCH FOR’ Health care providers

-          ‘YOUR LOCATION DETAILS’ Use beneficiary’s Zip Code

-          Select Beneficiaries plan: Should be ‘Tri-Care Prime’

-          ‘Default is 40 mile radius of zip code, however you can change’


-          (if you are looking for a specific provider such as PEDIATRICS or INTERNAL MEDICINE then select the option under) ‘SPECIALTY’ recommend ‘ALL’

-          ‘MAX # OF PROVIDERS TO RETURN’ – option up to 175

-          Select ‘SEARCH NOW’

-          ‘SEARCH RESULTS’ be sure to select the ‘PROVIDERS TAB’

-          Under ‘SEARCH ORDER’ select ‘DISTANCE’

-          Do your ‘due diligence’ to find a provider you wish to see.  Call the Provider’s office to schedule a ‘NEW PATIENT APPOINTMENT’ (Insure they are still accepting patients)

-          CALL TRI-CARE ‘ENROLLMENT DEPARTMENT 844-866-9378 and change your PCM ‘PRIOR’ to going to the 1st appointment.

-          Please document ‘WHO’ you spoke to with the date and time, just in-case there is a problem.

-          Release of Information (ROI) can have medical records from past years sent to your new PCM.  Please stop by room #111 at the Fairchild Medical Grp to fill-out the request form.

More Information:


If you would like more information, please call Patient Administration at 509-247-5520 or the 92 ARW public affairs office at 509-247-5705.  


From the RAO Director:  Personally this applies to me as well, I’m a USAF 20 year Retiree (57 years Old) under Tri-Care Prime and also a 70% VET.  I prefer to have my Primary Care on-base and I’m not happy with the prospect of having to change to an off-base provider.  I would ask that some of you who are VA Rated, consider getting primary care at the Spokane VA Medical Center (Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center). This will take care of the military retiree, but of course doesn’t apply to your dependent spouse.  Please go to the 7th floor Entitlements Office (Just Off The Elevator) to check-in with having your primary care changed to the VA Medical Center.  Please keep an ‘Open Mind’ going in to talk, things have changed for the ‘BETTER’ with VA Patient Care.  Please don’t fall into the past considering past scandals and not wanting to take-away care from VETS whom really need the VA.  Truth is: The more we use the VA, the more money flows into our local VA hospital and the better it will get!  (VA Medical Center: 509-434-7009)


For those without this option and for dependents, moving to an off-base PCM is a higher cost; considering having to make co-pays for care and other costs that goes along with receiving care down-town.  Prescriptions can still be filled at our on-base Pharmacy (Generic Medications)


Even though this may be a ‘Sour Pill’ for some of us, I think it is important for our RAO team to get the word-out on this process.  I’ve already received calls from area retirees asking about if they will be directed to move to a downtown provider, if they don’t volunteer themselves for the ‘Choice is Yours’ program. Truth is ‘YES’, depending on how the “Choice is Yours!’ program is filled, with enough volunteers.





The Commissary will be closing at 1600 on 26 April and will re-open 29 April. Beginning 1 May, the Commissary will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays 0800-1900, and Sundays from 0900-1800, with early bird shopping starting one hour prior to opening.


Michael D. Knapp, TSGT (RET)

Retire Activities Office (RAO) Director

Fairchild AFB, Bldg. 2040, Rm 109