McChord Air Force Base is situated in Pierce County, Washington and has a total population of 4,096 people. It is home to many United States Air Force divisions, such as the 62nd Airlift Wing and the 446th Airlift Wing. The base was named in honour to Colonel William C. McChord who has been killed in an airplane crash in Richmond, Virginia. The base was opened in 1948.
The base does not have a stand-alone logo, since it is being used by two units. The logo for the 62nd Airlift Wing is a sword, a pair of wings and a hemisphere of the sun, the symbols of control, power and flight; on the other hand, the emblem for the 446th Airlift Wing is a sword, stars and wings, conveying almost the same meanings. The base has been very important, historically- speaking as it has trained many in the field of air combat tactics and close combat operations. The base is commanded by Colonel Jerry P. Martinez and flies a lot of B-23 Dragons, C-17 Globemaster IIIs and a KC-135 Stratotanker. Although the base has poor housing facilities due to its high number of people, the attractions in the area are wonderful. One can always go to the near-by cities of Ashton or Buckley to socialize, or one could always go for the many sports facilities on-base.
Education is also important to people at McChord, at they have a primary and secondary school on-base and many other training centers for recruits at the HQ. The base is very popularizes because it conducts many environmentally-friendly support actions, in which it gathers many recruits, as was the event of October the 26th 2007.