I’ve seen our world in service of America. And yet, I always looked forward to being home with Melody, my wife and partner in life, our daughters, and the rest of our family and friends. Participating in Spokane’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and Bloomsday are just a couple of my favorite annual traditions that we enjoy each year.
Andy and his wife, Melody, live in the West Central neighborhood, where they raised three daughters— Rachel, 31, Jeri, 30, and Angie, 29. They just welcomed their third grandchild into the world a few months ago. He and Melody own and operate a number of long-term rental and Airbnb properties in the West Central and Emerson-Garfield neighborhoods.
Andy has served for years on the West Central Neighborhood Council including terms as chair and vice-chair. He was instrumental in helping the Council attain nonprofit status. Andy’s volunteer service also includes over 20 years as vice president on the West Central Community Center board of directors and he is especially proud of his work that completed major capital upgrades to the facility.
Andy was born in Indianapolis, Ind., and his family moved to Washington state in 1975 when his father, a nuclear engineer, accepted a position at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Site near the Tri-Cities. He graduated from Richland High School. After four years at W.S.U., Andy received a degree in physical sciences from Kansas State University in 1987. Having served in the R.O.T.C. program throughout college, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force the day he graduated.
Making Fairchild his first-choice assignment after joining the U.S. Air Force, Andy flew for more than nine years of active duty on KC-135 Stratotankers, later switching to the smaller RC-26 aircraft assigned to the 141st Operations Group of the Washington Air National Guard Counter Drug Task Force. During his more than three decades of military service, he logged more than 10,000 hours of flight time and participated in numerous overseas missions and campaigns.