Season 4, Episode 8 - Colonel Edwards

Season 4, Episode 8 - Colonel Edwards

Colonel Jeff Edwards, Commander of the 173rd Fighter Wing, Kingsley Field is our guest on the Season 4, Episode 8 of Ask Klamath. In this episode we chat with Col. Edwards about the current status of Kingsley Field, the future of Kingsley Field and take your questions live.

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Cascadia Airlift training exercise hosted by the 173rd FW [VIDEO]

Cascadia Airlift training exercise hosted by the 173rd FW [VIDEO]

This week, Airmen from the 173rd Fighter Wing hosted crews from Yokota Airbase and Little Rock Air Force Base for the second annual Cascadia Airlift Exercise. Three C-130 aircraft staged on the ramp at Kingsley Field to practice supply airdrops over the Oregon Coast in a simulated disaster response after a major earthquake.

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173rd Fighter Wing welcomes new commander [VIDEO]

173rd Fighter Wing welcomes new commander [VIDEO]

A change of command ceremony marked a major transition for the 173rd Fighter Wing when Col. Jeff Smith relinquished command to Col. Jeffrey Edwards who stepped into the top post on June 1, 2019.

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Legacy - Signing the commander's desk

Legacy - Signing the commander's desk

Kingsley Field, Ore. - Tradition and customs are engrained in military service. Some our visible and easily recognized such as the military uniform, saluting the flag, and passing of the guidon at a change of command.  Others are more subtle, and not always witnessed by many.

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Col. Edwards to take command of the 173rd Fighter Wing

Col. Edwards to take command of the 173rd Fighter Wing

Kingsley Field, Ore. - A change of command will take place June 1, 1:00 p.m. at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. Colonel Jeffrey Edwards, who has over 20 years of military experience, will take command of the 173rd Fighter Wing during an official change of command ceremony.

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'All gave some, some gave all'

'All gave some, some gave all'

“Singer songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus wrote one of my favorite songs,” said Colonel Jeff Edwards, Vice-Commander of the 173rd Fighter Wing, and Guest speaker of the Memorial Celebration. “He said ‘All gave some, some gave all,’ but how do we know? How do we know what that was like to give all?”

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Photo Story: 2019 Memorial Day Parade

Photo Story: 2019 Memorial Day Parade

Thousands came out to watch the 2019 Memorial Day parade that began at 10:00 AM at the corner of Spring and Main in Downtown Klamath Falls. Spectators lined parade route from the Klamath County Museum all the way to Veteran’s Memorial Park.

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173rd FW to conduct night flying operations

173rd FW to conduct night flying operations

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations this week, Monday through Thursday. Operations will take place between approximately 4:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m.

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Iron Owl Challenge pushes teams to their physical and mental limits

Iron Owl Challenge pushes teams to their physical and mental limits

Five teams from the US Naval Academy, US Airforce Academy, University of Washington Navy ROTC, Oregon State University Navy ROTC, and Oregon Tech, came together this weekend for both physical and mental challenges inspired by military special ops training situations at the 9th annual Iron Owl Challenge.

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Colonels Smith & Edwards reflect on the journey

Colonels Smith & Edwards reflect on the journey

On June 1, 2019 Col. Jeff “Sled” Smith will step down as the Commander of the 173rd Fighter Wing, and Col. Jeff “Thug” Edwards will take command of the wing. It marks the final chapter in their careers which began when they stepped off the same bus at the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1991.

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Committing to their futures

Committing to their futures

One student plans to return to her hometown and teach kindergarten. Another wants be an orthopedic surgeon. Others plan careers as wildland firefighters, Air Force and commercial pilots, business leaders and high school teachers.

The 38 members of the Lost River Junior-Senior High School class of 2019 on Thursday celebrated their futures with the school’s third annual Signing Day, 37 pledged to 12 different colleges, and one plans to join the Coast Guard this fall.

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Gov. Brown orders flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Deputy DeRosier

Gov. Brown orders flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Deputy DeRosier

Salem, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown today ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff in honor of Washington state's Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier, who died on April 14 after being shot on duty while responding to a call on April 13. 

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Bill qualifies Licensing for Military Spouses

Bill qualifies Licensing for Military Spouses

Salem, Ore. – HB 3030 passed in a unanimous vote on the House Floor on Thursday. The bill was chief-sponsored by Rep. E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls) who worked with Rep. McLane, Klamath County Commissioners, and Col. Jeff Smith, Commander 173rd Fighter Wing.

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Unit Effectiveness Inspection: Team Kingsley strives for excellence

Unit Effectiveness Inspection: Team Kingsley strives for excellence

Kingsley Field, Ore. - The 173rd Fighter Wing completed a Unit Effectiveness Inspection Capstone, the face-to-face portion of the Air Force Inspection System’s evaluation of the wing’s effectiveness in mission execution, April 4-7, 2019.

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Kingsley Kids’ Day honors military children [VIDEO]

Kingsley Kids’ Day honors military children [VIDEO]

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. - The 173rd Fighter Wing STARBASE program and Airman and Family Readiness Center provided children of Kingsley Field Airmen an afternoon of hands-on learning designed to be interactive and fun. More than 30 children took part in the third annual Kingsley Kids’ day, April 6, 2019.

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173rd Fighter Wing performs test on emergency cable

173rd Fighter Wing performs test on emergency cable

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. - A 173rd Fighter Wing F-15 Eagle drops into the pattern over Kingsley Field making its final approach in what promises to be a very dramatic and unusual landing, March 7, 2019.

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Civil Air Patrol holds NCO school and Airman Basic class for Cadets

Civil Air Patrol holds NCO school and Airman Basic class for Cadets

The Oregon Wing of the Civil Air Patrol held their Non-Commission Officers School and Airman Basic Class for cadets (ages 12-18) in Klamath Falls last weekend.

The event was hosted by our own Klamath Falls Composite Squadron and held at the Kingsley National Air Guard Base. Participants came from various areas of Oregon including High Desert, Medford, Aurora, Washington County and Grants Pass to attend this rewarding event.

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Photo Story: KCFD1 Hosts burn to learn, for student firefighters final exam [VIDEO]

Photo Story: KCFD1 Hosts burn to learn, for student firefighters final exam [VIDEO]

Today five student firefighters with Klamath County Fire District 1 received hands on training in their final exam before graduation and joining the ranks of firefighter. For several it was not their first experience battling fire but it was the first experience with KCFD1.

“Today we have a training fire, we call it a burn to learn,” says Dave Sonneman, Firefighter and Instructor for KCFD1. “We get them in there with real live fire and we see how they react.”

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