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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Wing Commander introduces new program to communicate with Airmen, SLED Talks

Wing Commander introduces new program to communicate with Airmen, SLED Talks

The 173rd Fighter Wing Commander, Col. Jeff “Sled” Smith, has started a new program to communicate with Airmen across the base. Labeled “SLED Talks”, a play on the name of the highly popular TED talks, these are small group discussions held with 12 or less individuals on a routine basis. 

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173rd FW Hosts Awards Banquet to Honor Superior Performers

173rd FW Hosts Awards Banquet to Honor Superior Performers

Klamath Falls, Ore. - The 173rd Fighter Wing congratulated its top performers during an awards banquet, March 2, 2019, held at the Oregon Institute of Technology campus in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

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Brown Orders Flags Lowered To Half-Staff In Honor of Secretary Richardson

Brown Orders Flags Lowered To Half-Staff In Honor of Secretary Richardson

Salem, OR — Governor Kate Brown today ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, March 6, when members of the public and state government will honor the life of Oregon's 26th Secretary of State Dennis Richardson at the State Capitol in Salem. Flags should be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset that day.

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Local Civil Air Patrol Change Command

Local Civil Air Patrol Change Command

For the last three years, Captain Brian Smith has led the Klamath Falls Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) successfully. On February 7 CAP held a Change of Command Ceremony as Captain Smith was honored for his commitment to the Squadron. The ceremony was performed by Oregon Wing CAP Commander, Colonel Billy Ray, and Vice Wing Commander, Lt. Colonel Rogers Walker.

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Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

Klamath Falls, Ore. - As announcer Bob Chambrose called out the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces – Coast Guard! Air Force! Navy! Marines! Army! -- veterans and active duty military members made their way towards the front of the Henley High School’s basketball court.

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Military to be Honored Tuesday at Henley-KU Game

Military to be Honored Tuesday at Henley-KU Game

Henley High School, in partnership with Klamath Union High School, will honor veterans and active duty military Tuesday, Feb. 5, during the varsity Hornets versus Pelicans basketball games at Henley High School.

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ODVA Home Loan Program Breaks $100M in New Home Loans

ODVA Home Loan Program Breaks $100M in New Home Loans

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs Home Loan Program had a banner year in 2018, with an outstanding $102,044,184 in new loan origination — a 21 percent increase over the previous year and the program’s highest total in over two decades.

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Oregon Tech Earns 2019-2020 Military Friendly School Designation

Oregon Tech Earns 2019-2020 Military Friendly School Designation

Oregon Institute of Technology, “Oregon Tech,” has earned the 2019-2020 Military Friendly® School designation.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. In its 10th year, the Military Friendly school list is a standard for which higher education institutions provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses. This year only 766 schools earned the designation.

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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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