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I have had to temporarily disable the guest book due to spam and hackers. Here are some previous comments.

8/6/2011 7:39:05 PM Great site, great info and great audio! I came into the AF in the summer of 1996 as an SP. Did my four and got out. Couldn't resist and now doing my duty in the same career field. I have to agree with you on needing more range time to get familar with our duty weapons but it's something that we just cannot make happen. Thanks for sharing your personnal experience, I will take this and learn from it as this is something that is occurring more and more nationwide. Again, thanks. Defenders. TSgt. Garza
 
5/3/2011 1:24:05 PM Andy: I was stationed at Fairchild at the time of this incident. I did not work or live in or around the hospital, but I know of no one who was stationed there at this time that did not feel the impact of this terrible occurrence. I knew a lot more about the preceeding events surrounding Melberg's discharge, as I had worked at the office that handles Congressional's and had seen the Congressional from his home state and the answers from various base agencies. I knew this tragedy would have long-term effects on all involved and witnessed that with a good friend who was working at the hospital at the time and suffered PTSD until she retired. At the time this happened, then again when you were presented your medal (I was in the crowd that day), and a lot of times since then I've wondered how you are...what effects this had on you...if you hurt. I do understand the long-term pain associated with a tragedy of this sort...my little sister was murdered when I was 11...and even though it has been 33 years, sometimes the pain and sadness is unbearable. One of the many things I learned from my sister's murder is that talking openly and frankly about it helps...even when no one wants to listen. I am very, very glad that you have come to terms, of sort, with this incident and the role you played in it and send God's blessings to you. Jackie Talbott
 
4/24/2011 4:38:19 AM Andy - I wanted to thank you for being willing to share your experience with us at the 2010 ILEETA Conference. I recently returned from the 2011 Conference, and I was thinking about you. Recently, I did some briefing training with my patrol team specifically about this incident. Using the powerpoint presentation you developed (and graciously included in the conference material), we reviewed what occurred. My team was unanimous in their sentiments that you are a true hero. I know you are reluctant to wear this title, but you are definitely a hero to me. Thank you for being being willing to share your experiences. Hopefully, this will allow for better law enforcement response so that more lives can be saved. Thank you. Todd Fletcher, Police Officer
 
2/25/2011 10:00:52 AM Andy, this website and the FB site are something truly needed to remember those that were affected during that terrible week in June 1994. I was the Victim Witness Coordinator from the Base Legal Office and can testify to everything posted as being real, except for the emotional impact of those affected. I was reminded of this incident when the shooting occured at Ft Hood, TX where my daughter, 3 grandchildren, and son-in-law were stationed. That incident took me back to that fatale day many years ago and the interaction I had with so many of the victims and their families. Thank you for remembering them and your heroism. I consider you a true hero...I spent 12 years as Security Police prior to cross-training into the Paralegal career field. Dan Nelson, MSgt, USAF (Ret)
 
2/17/2011 11:27:59 AM Andy, not sure if you remember me or not but we were students together in Law Enforcement 7-Level at Lackland. I remember our 1st day of class you having to brief all of us on the incident. I came across your video presentation on the Security Forces Center website. I watched your entire presentation and it was as if I was back at Lackland with you on that day you presented to our class. One thing that caught my ear during your presentation was you talking about how some of your peers treated you because you were "that guy". Wow, I specifically remember all of us (your classmates) treating you in that same fashion because you were "that guy". I don't know if you remember this or not, but it was after our third day of training and I had noticed how all of us had kind of shut you out. I convinced a couple of our classmates to come with me to your room and get you out to the Thunderbird Bar to have some beers. Man, it took some convincing (probably because how you were being treated by us) but you gave in and came with us that night. Once the beers got flowing, I'll never forget you telling us the story and how people treated you etc. Well, that stuck with me the rest of my career. I told your story many times to my troops and also how we initially treated you. I am now retired from Security Forces; however, I am back with the unit I retired from (1st SOSFS at Hurlburt Field, FL) and I work in the Training Section as a Law Enforcement Trainer. One of my classes I recently taught was Arming and Use of Force to the entire unit. Your story is the first Lessons Learned I brief to them all. I wish I would have come across your video sooner and I would have presented that to my class. I am also an Active Shooter Instructor for my unit and will be sure to use your video and the other resources you have provided from your website. If you are ever in the Panhandle of Florida, please do not hesitate to look me up. With much respect, Paul D. Burgess.
 
2/13/2011 3:23:56 AMHi Andy, I found this site by accident. I worked in the Mental Health Department on the Family Advocacy side at the time of the shooting. It was a good day until approx 3:05 when I heard the first shot; although I had no idea that was the noise; I thought a door had slammed. The Annex got warm during the summer and we had no a/c on the first floor so it was not unusual for a door to be open. Approx 5 seconds later I heard the noise again. Then I heard screaming. My office was in the middle of the first floor of the Annex. To the right was Mental Health/Family Advocacy; to the left was Flight Medicine. Melberg walked by my office on the way down to the physicians' offices but I was working and did not see him go by. I heard no noise from my end of the hallway...the screaming was coming from the Flight Surgeons area. I will never forget the screams. After the second shot I stepped out of my office and looked to my left and saw people running. I did not hear anything to my right so I did not look that way. When I asked what was going on, Melberg stepped out of Dr London's office and put the gun on me (per my boss who's office was next to the door leading to the parking lot). Don't know how he missed me but he did and I had no idea he was there and what was going on. If I had heard noise coming from that end I don't know that he would have missed as I would have been too scared to move. I just knew by the screams and people running that it was real and not an exercise. I went upstairs to the second floor and ran out of the building with everyone else. Thank goodness we had that door to get out of. Dr Brigham was my second level. He was special. At that time I had several years working in AF hospitals on Executive Row. Dr Brigham finished his residency earlier than most and came in as a major. I knew he was special because physicians who just completed residency were commissioned as captains...you had to have several years of private practice to go in at a higher rank. He was an excellent director and had a wonderful family. Dr London was a sweetheart. Every holiday he would bring in little gifts/candy for everyone. I still have some of the little gifts he gave us. His wife was an OB/GYN nurse at the hospital but she was not at work that day. She was always making a gift basket for someone. They were a great couple and just good people. I will always be grateful to you for being there that day Andy. Melberg went to the hospital to die but he wanted to take as many with him once he killed Dr Brigham and Dr London. Unfortunately Anita Lindner and Christa McCarron were also killed that day and many were hurt. But thanks to you more people were not killed or hurt. Even though you did the right thing I imagine it has been difficult to cope with at times. But he was not going to stop until someone stopped him. You were our Angel that day. I hope you are doing well and once again THANK YOU. LeDeane Stewart
 
2/8/2011 2:52:15 AM I was leary when a friend told me about this site as it remains so fresh in my memories daily!
There is alot of info on here I never had seen or heard as I watched the memorial service video I flashed back to that day standing in the church!
I know many deal with the trauma still from that fateful day as I do!
I have tried the PTSD counseling at the VA hospital in Spokane it just was so hard! I have severe PTSD so even as I write this I know I will have the old yet familiar dreams! Survivors guilt sucks!
I am grateful for this site as more need this then those who will admit! I mean really it was frowned upon to seek out counseling after this incident and so many are still trying to self heal the wounds!
Thanks Andy for this site! LeAnne Fackler Bye
 
1/14/2011 12:39:40 AM On that fateful day I left my office in the hospital basement and went up to the laboratory, where I said hi to Anita Linder who was at the lab. We knew each other from church. I then exited the door near the pharmacy, walked across the parking lot and climbed the stairs of the Annex Bldg to the second floor Orderly Room. While there, someone yelled to get out of the building. We were told to get behind the cars across the road. My first thought was that this was an exercise. The hospital had not done well on a recent anti-robbery exercise, so I thought this was a followup. We were then told to move to the housing area north of the hospital. I saw the policeman who rode up on a bike talking to someone in the street. I went over to the corner of a house and looked down the street towards the hospital. I saw the policeman kneeling and pointing his gun. In the distance I saw a man in a black shirt and BDU pants with a rifle, which looked like it was pointing up in the air. Then I saw the man fall. Quite inexplicably, I did not hear any shots. I thought, "This sure is realistic." We were then told that Dr. Bingham had been shot. We ran to the Annex Bldg. I entered Dr. Bingham's office, where he was lying on the floor. I thought, "Is this real?" When I turned him over, it was clear that it was very real. We started CPR and called a Code Blue, not realizing the tragedy what had already happened in the main hospital. We were told to remain in the Annex because the authorities thought there was a second shooter. I went into Chuck Andrew's office, where I called my wife and told her that I was okay, and that Chuck was okay, and asked her to call Chuck's wife. We were not allowed back in the main hospital and were taken to a debriefing somewhere on the main base. Later that week the hospital staff attended group therapy sessions. By the end of the week my spirits were beginning to recover, when the B-52 crashed, killing one of my neighbors. It was a sad week. Time does heal, but this week's tragedy in Arizona brought my thoughts back to Fairchild Air Force Base. Dale Clukey, Lt Col, USAF, NC, Ret
 
1/3/2011 1:12:07 PM I had just been assigned to Fairchild as part of the tanker wing build-up. I remember being on the flightline checking over our first couple of T-models when I heard our radio net call out Condition Delta which meant the base was under attack. I had our personnel take cover in our maintenance building and we immediately monitor the events on the radio.
Things come back to your memory and re-play over and over. How the hospital was outside the base fencing and off of county road. The memory of seeing the Security Forces patrol on bicycles. And the layout of the hospital, pharmacy area, and the separate building for the Mental Health area.
I remember that one of my guys told me his wife worked in the hospital and the look on his face.
This incident and the actual sight of the B-52 crash still haunts my mind and re-plays at the weirdest times. But all in all, Fairchild and Spokane were great places to live. Richard R. Kelley
 
12/28/2010 7:02:15 PM I remember that day. My children were playing outside base housing when the security police drove down the street and told everyone to get inside and lock the doors. That was a tragic week at Fairchild. I pray that healing would come to all. Thank you for this memorial. Theresa Wagnon Moynihan
 
12/28/2010 1:46:13 PM Thank you for the work you are doing in helping others to understand the importance of counseling after traumatic situations - every word in support, although from varying circumstances, builds help and reinforcement - i am grateful! Karen D
 
12/28/2010 10:52:24 AM Andy, and all the folks who responded to the scene...
I wasn't even near Fairchild AFB during that horrific week, but I heard about the B-52 crash, and it caused my ears to perk up anytime "Fairchild" was mentioned in the news.
I'm an old Marine Infantryman, and I appreciate courage under fire, as well as displays of marksmanship skill, especially when it is a situation where a single individual must rise up to defend many others, as you did that day.
I can't speak of the many failures of "the system" that set the stage for this to happen, but I will say, on that day, a Higher Power put the best man on the scene to respond. Two shots in a small target at 70 yards with a 9mm, that's almost miraculous... You saved a lot of lives that day. You did your duty. I hope that you know that, and that it counts against the demons that we have to deal with when we are forced to take life. The details of the encounter, and your devotion to duty didn't just make the rounds of the Air Force, it went through the other services, and those Marines who heard about it had a common response: In their ruminations, they would nod their heads grimly that it had to be done, and were impressed by the skill displayed to resolve the situation. You done good, Air Force... You done good.
My prayers go out to everyone who was touched by the tragedy of both the B-52 crash, and the shootings... The different services give one another grief, it's true, but when situations like this arise, we are all one family.
God give you peace. Semper Fidelis. William Benson 
 
12/22/2010 2:20:10 AM My husband was in the Annex building just moments before the shooting to have his hearing tested. This tragedy brushed the shoulder of our family in a way that I will never forget. Thank you for sharing the facts of the Hospital Shooting of June 20, 1994 so I was able re-tell the story to my children in a way that was accurate and honroing to all those whoe's lives were lost, those who were wounded, and those whoe's lives will never be the same since that dreadful day. This tragedy will forever be imprinted in our hearts. Our family has never stopped praying for the families directly impacted by this tragedy as we remember every time we enter the parking lot of the hospital.

Thank you again for your stewardness of your job that day, and for carrying that stewardness on so others, as well as yourself may find healing for that day. God Bless! Tina M. Meyer
 
11/30/2010 2:25:25 PM I told a co-worker some of this story and it inspired me to look up information on the Internet and found this site. What a terrible, sad time and I think about everyone living or working on that base experienced some kind of shock. Air Force bases are small compared to the Army or Marine Corps and so you can get to know a lot more of the people. I worked at the library and served several people including yourself, Andy, and I remember the psychiatrist Thomas Bingham--he wanted medical journal articles and was happy that we got them. Also Dean Mellberg came in a few times when he first arrived at the base. I remember telling about things to do in the area--all I can say was that he was very stiff. He would talk but he was one of the most bottled-up persons I have ever met.
I moved to the Azores after this and then North Carolina but I never forgot the good people I met at Fairchild and Spokane. I also met Col. Mark McGeehan who died in the B-52 crash later. What a wonderful man and I feel for his family. Linda Hopkins
 
11/7/2010 8:59:06 AM May God continue to bless you Andy, and all who were touched by this day. I remember sitting in the dining hall watching the news all day. An incredible week, with the B52 crash as well. I was a member of the base Honor Guard and did some of the funerals, both from the shooting and the crash. I did over 100 details while at Fairchild with the Honor Guard, but I still remember those funerals like it was yesterday.
Andy - I wanted you to know, I now work with the Security Forces at Wright Patterson and tell the story of your actions often to the young men and women of the 88th SF Sq. Jim Davies
 
 
11/4/2010 7:52:30 PM Andy,
You were very brave on this sad day! I wanted to thank you for creating this webpage, I have tried telling my kids my past and this help out so much! I was a young girl age 6 When this happened and I remember it like it was yesterday! My Dad (Scott Schulte) was at work and my mom had my sister and I go fill the pool outside when we heard something, My mom told us to come in because I casing to a bullet had bounced off my younger sisters airplane swing and into our pool! My mom had us hide beside the bed and head to the airplane hanger where we found our father! I remember having to call our grandparents in Illinois to let them know we were okay and I remember Mcdonalds had supplied food as well! If anyone remembers my family please feel free to email me (cassandragoskie@yahoo.com) My dad is in Afganistan as of right now serving for the United States Army Cassandra Goskie (Cassandra Schulte)
 
9/25/2010 8:35:43 PM Andy, I have been looking for a source of information to share with my Son and friends to help them understand what happend that fatefull day. Thank you for all of your hard work. I was at the annex when it all went down. After I ran outside to render aid to the fallen, I took cover behind the van with Doc Baker and Anita Linder (after they were shot) when there was rumors of a second shooter. Every time a workplace/school or mass shooting occurs, I am taken back to that day and reminded of the horror that the survivors are going through. Most of them did not have a hero come to their aid as we did. Eddie McGee
 
8/13/2010 10:35:10 PM Andy, again, thank you so much for all you have done for us-both On 20 June 94, but also up to this day-you are truly an amazing person-this is an incredible gift you have given us-saving our lives so long ago, protecting us. And now such a tremendous gift in this gift of rememberance, support forums, and just the contact with each others. May God Bless you, & it's good to see that others are doing okay. There's been much healing for all of us. Myself included. But God has been good-We survived that day-and continue to this day to do the same. Thanks. JJ/HF Heather Ford (aka Jennifer Copeland)
 
8/12/2010 2:23:09 PM I am so glad I found this site. My 9 year old son and I were in Pediatrics when someone from Physical Therapy came running down the hall yelling get out he has a gun. We are still dealing with the aftermath. We have friends who were shot and a lot more of us with mental problems til this day. Thank you so much for your bravery and setting up this site. Selma Jones
 
8/1/2010 9:37:15 PM A day none us will forget. I helped get him sent to mental health in TX the AF droped the ball. God Bless All Hurt Buy This Man. Aaron Jackson
 
7/27/2010 12:13:20 PM Thank you. I can not find words to express my appreciation for this site, I guess Thank you will have to do,you are greatly appreciated for all you have done.The world needs more heros like you.Unfortunate I knew one of the victims Anita Lindner , fortunate I had 20 wonderful years to be her daughter. Anastasia Hernandez Vasquez
 
5/19/2010 10:46:27 PM This website helps remind us to cherish the people who are important to us. Anita Linder was a good friend in high school but I lost track of her and didn't know until today what had happened to her. I kept hoping she would come to a class reunion or show up on Facebook. I'm still in shock and keep rereading the articles I find to see if I can learn any more about her. If anyone has any information I'd appreciate hearing from them. Thank you for the website and for the heroic actions you took. Sarah Eldred Thomas
 
5/16/2010 6:55:17 PM Andy, thanks for taking the time to share your personal experiences and lessons learned with the 92 SFS. Though you probably would disagree, we in the Security Forces career-field consider you a real hero, not only for NOT hesitating in the face of danger, but also for taking your training seriously and performing with excellence. Best wishes. Lt Col Jeff Hollman
 
5/15/2010 2:47:06 AM Thank you for taking time to come and speak to us here at Fairchild about the events that took place it was very informative and a real eye opener. Kyle A. Reid, A1C, USAF
 
 5/10/2010 5:30:02 PM Very nice site. There are many reasons why we can't afford to forget about these tragic incidents; the victims, and survivors first of course but maybe as equally important is preventing a repeat. I was involved with the joint AFOSI/SFS post incident case actions/reviews and your actions and those of many prevented this from being even more tragic. Few understand the life-long impact this type of incident can have on survivors and first responders like yourself--and your do a great service educating and helping others. Steve K
 
4/29/2010 11:30:46 PM Thanks for the site, it seems this tragedy has almost been forgotten and this is something that should never be forgotten. I was driving by the hospital that day and remember people running and telling us to turn around that some crazy person was shooting everyone. The day got worse when I realized I knew someone, Anita Linder, who was killed by the gunman. Thanks for your bravery Andy and thanks for this site. Andy S.
 
4/23/2010 11:01:37 AM Andy, I remember the day very well. As the on duty Shift Commander, I know what a stressful event it really was--you relied on your training and your actions were second to none. I'm proud to have worked with you. Scott Kolar, USAF, Maj (ret)
 
4/18/2010 9:20:49 PM Andy,
We worked together at Hickam and I saw the website and justed wanted to say you did in a stessful situation what others may have not been able to do. Glad to see you have been able to express what happened that fateful day and continue to wish you well.

GREGORIO P. PACHECO, MSgt, USAF SF
 
4/11/2010 12:45:20 AM I was fortunate to meet you in MPI school. I remember you as a quiet, professional and unassuming individual. Your colors came through when it mattered most. Thank you for sharing your account, especially some of the emotions and internal decision making. The phone and radio recordings were an eye opener. It is amazing how quickly an event like this unfolds. Thanks again, for sharing this. Bill Impellezzeri 
 
3/7/2010 11:47:15 PM Thank you for this site. My family assits Eva, she was shot multiple times that day and lost on of her legs due to it. Thank God she survied and you were able to do what had to be done. Kim Broesch
 
3/5/2010 2:37:11 PM Hello Andy,
Thank you for being there and taking action that day. Thank you for the website also. Deena Brackett Kelley
 
2/24/2010 6:54:41 PM I only found out that my Father was shot after he had passed away. He passed away on Sept 25,1995. Only I did not find out this information until October 1995. Then it was not until 2008 that I found out he was shot in this horrific incident. If I had been in my Father's life perhaps he would not have been shot. Thank you for this website. Take Care, Mark R.Urick son of John Urick
 
1/31/2010 3:12:30 PM Hi Andy, words can't express how outstanding of a job you did with this website. I hope all who visit the site will benifit from it. Dennis L. Moe
 
1/20/2010 9:03:50 PMAndy, I never got to say Thank you for your courage that day or meet you in person but you are forever in our lives. Thank you for this site I hope it will help the healing that not all of us have achieved. Michelle Sigman
 
1/17/2010 8:45:06 PM You are still and will always be the hero in my life. What a wonderful job you have done AP you should be very proud. Tracy Turner
 
1/15/2010 10:23:49 AM Wow! This is an awesome website. You did a great job. The audio files gave me chills. I hope it serves its purpose and helps people to connect and share thier stories.
We love you! Chris Strong
 
1/14/2010 8:30:36 PM This is a really good thing you have done here Andy, I hope it helps you as much as it does the people you are reaching out to. Penny Moyles
 
1/14/2010 6:48:18 AM Andy, after all these years, I'm still so proud to be your friend. I'll never forget the few days we hung out in Ellensburg the day before the shooting, nor the phone call where I kept asking you about the shooting on base, and you quietly said the words "Mike, I'm the guy that shot him..." I remember going "No, really, do you know what happened?" and you just repeated the same statement....

I hope that this site offers you a cathartic journey towards coming to terms with the fact that you are, and always have been, a quiet hero for many of us....
Your buddy far away,
-Michael Schmidt
ps: Can we go fishing again someday? :-)
 
1/13/2010 10:07:03 PM Andy, thank you so much for putting this together. I can't begin to tell you how much this touches me, but I know you of all people understand. This is a geat step towards healing. I don't think you can ever be thanked enough for what you did that day, but thank you. You are a hero! SrA Bryan Campbell
 
1/13/2010 6:19:41 PM I am proud of you! Rhonda Brown



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