173rd Fighter Wing Welcomes Deployed Airmen Home

173rd Fighter Wing Welcomes Deployed Airmen Home

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. - The 270th Air Traffic Control Squadron welcomed home a team of 15 Airmen from a six-month deployment to Iraq, Jan. 4, 2018 at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

A demobilization ceremony served to officially welcome back the Kingsley Field Airmen, after they provided radar approach and finals control at the busiest airfield in Iraq—Al Asad Air Base.

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Walden Nominates Four Klamath County Students Along with Six Others for Acceptance to US Service Academies

Walden Nominates Four Klamath County Students Along with Six Others for Acceptance to US Service Academies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today announced that he has nominated ten Oregon students for acceptance to the prestigious United States service academies. Walden’s Service Academy Nomination Board -- retired and active-duty military officers who interview potential candidates for the service academies -- recommended each student based on their academic performance, extracurricular involvement, and character.

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173rd Fighter Wing to Welcome Home Airmen Following Iraq Deployment

173rd Fighter Wing to Welcome Home Airmen Following Iraq Deployment

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing will welcome home a team of 15 Airmen from a six-month deployment to Iraq, Jan. 4, 2018, here.  A demobilization ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the base theater.

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The Not So Secret Santa, Toys for Tots [VIDEO]

The Not So Secret Santa, Toys for Tots [VIDEO]

Starting at 9:00 AM this morning [12/21/18], volunteers began helping distribute toys for Klamath Basin families in need. Like Santa’s Elves, they pair up with a parent, grandparent, or guardian to escort them through the distribution center. Each child they help is allowed one large toy, two small toys and several other special goodies for stocking stuffers.

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Wounded Warrior Placards Coming Soon for Disabled Veterans

Wounded Warrior Placards Coming Soon for Disabled Veterans

Starting Jan. 1, 2019, Oregon veterans who qualify for a disabled parking permit and have a service-connected disability that is VA-rated at 50 percent or greater may apply for the new Oregon Wounded Warrior parking placard from the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Driver and Motor Vehicles division (DMV).

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Governor Brown Orders Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Honor of George H. W. Bush

Governor Brown Orders Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Honor of George H. W. Bush

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff in honor of Former President George H.W. Bush. In accordance with the proclamation by the White House and pursuant to U.S. Code (4 U.S.C. 7m), the flags should be flown at half-staff beginning immediately for 30 days. 

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BLM Announces the First Veteran Interagency Hotshot Crew

BLM Announces the First Veteran Interagency Hotshot Crew

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Oregon/Washington office announced today the Lakeview Veterans Fire Crew has achieved certification as the Lakeview Veterans Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC).  Of the 112 IHCs throughout the nation, Lakeview Veterans is the tenth BLM-funded hotshot crew, and the only one focused on recruiting and developing veterans.

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Money For Military Families

Money For Military Families

Students and staff at Peterson Elementary School wore red, white, and blue Friday for a good cause: to help local military members and their families.

For a $5 donation, students and staff could wear the patriotic colors. In all, the 660 students and 40  staff members raised $708 for the 173rd Fighter Wing’s David R. Kingsley Foundation, which provides funds for military families in need.

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First Time: 173rd Fighter Wing hosts Secretary of the Air Force

First Time: 173rd Fighter Wing hosts Secretary of the Air Force

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited the 173rd Fighter Wing Nov. 3-4, 2018, marking the first visit by a sitting secretary since Kingsley Field opened its gates during WWII.

During her visit, Wilson had the opportunity to see firsthand the wing’s mission, which is the sole training provider of F-15C air superiority pilots to the U.S. Air Force. The base coined the phrase, “America’s air superiority starts here,” to describe a mission vital to the interests of the Air Force.

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Secretary Wilson Meets with Community Leaders [VIDEO]

Secretary Wilson Meets with Community Leaders [VIDEO]

Klamath Falls, Ore - Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson was in town over the weekend as an invited guest of Congressman Greg Walden. On her visit to Klamath Falls, Secretary Wilson was able to: tour Kingsley Field, fly in an F-15 Eagle (piloted by base commander Col. Jeff Smith,) and meet with local dignitaries to discuss issues involving the Klamath Basin & Kingsley Field.

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers Return From Middle East Deployment

Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers Return From Middle East Deployment

SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard is scheduled to honor Citizen-Soldiers in a demobilization ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 3:00 p.m., at the Army Aviation Support Facility, Hangar 1, located at 1921 Turner Rd. SE, in Salem, Oregon. 

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Secretary of the Air Force to Tour Kingsley Field, Fly in F-15 Eagle

Secretary of the Air Force to Tour Kingsley Field, Fly in F-15 Eagle

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. – The Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, will visit the 173rd Fighter Wing this weekend.  Secretary Wilson will the tour base, meet with Airmen, and see the mission first-hand when she flies in the backseat of an F-15 Eagle. 

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Air Force Secretary to Visit Kingsley Field

Air Force Secretary to Visit Kingsley Field

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today announced that the Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, will visit Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base in Klamath Falls this weekend on invitation from Representative Walden. Secretary Wilson will join Walden in Klamath Falls to meet with the troops and commanders at Kingsley Field to learn more about the home of Oregon Air National Guard’s 173rd Fighter Wing, including the base’s capability to become a future home of a next-generation fighter jet, such as the F-35.

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KCSD Hires New Construction Project Manager

KCSD Hires New Construction Project Manager

The Klamath County School District has hired a 21-year Air Force veteran and state superintendent of Kingsley Field’s 173rd Fighter Wing as its new construction project manager and maintenance supervisor. Mike Jones will start with the district Nov. 5, replacing Justin Azevedo who is leaving the area to pursue new opportunities.

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Every Three Days, an Oregon Veteran Takes His or Her Life.

Every Three Days, an Oregon Veteran Takes His or Her Life.

According to the latest data from the VA, Oregon veterans commit suicide at a rate that is significantly higher than the state’s general suicide rate. In Oregon, veterans represent only 8 percent of the population, but account for 16 percent of the suicides.

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Living the Events of 9/11 Live on Television [Editorial]

Living the Events of 9/11 Live on Television [Editorial]

It has been 17 years and I can still remember where I was and what I was doing when the planes hit the World Trade Center in New York City.

My 22 year old self was home. I was getting an early start on a long list of chores that started with hand washing my car - when all of a sudden my next door neighbor ran out of their home and said, “Turn your TV on now and watch the news!”

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