173rd Fighter Wing to host Sentry Eagle, July 2020

173rd Fighter Wing to host Sentry Eagle, July 2020

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing will host the 17th Sentry Eagle air-to-air combat exercise July 15 to 19, 2020.  Additionally, the public is invited to enjoy a wide variety of fighter aircraft, military operations, and static displays during the Open House on Saturday, 18 July and admission is free.

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Upgraded readiness: 173rd MXG stocks upgraded mass-casualty first aid kits

Upgraded readiness: 173rd MXG stocks upgraded mass-casualty first aid kits

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has challenged organizations across the state to be ready—ready for a possible but, growing likelihood of a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake, for other natural disasters like flooding or a Tsunami—essentially for whatever comes our way.

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173rd FW builds strong relationship with Civil Air Patrol

173rd FW builds strong relationship with Civil Air Patrol

Two Airman from the 173rd Fighter Wing are working to foster a closer relationship between the wing and the Air Force Auxiliary, better known as the Civil Air Patrol.

“Part of the Wing Strategic Plan is to build enduring relationships with the community,” said 2nd Lt. Brandon McGraw, a 173rd FW maintenance officer. “What motivated me to build this relationship was the opportunity to mentor our youth and future, potential Airmen. Also, I felt that building relationships within the community-especially the CAP is important to Kingsley’s future.”

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19th Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills visits Kingsley Field

19th Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills visits Kingsley Field

The new 19th Air Force Commander visited the 173rd Fighter Wing to see firsthand the operations at the schoolhouse providing all of the F-15C air superiority training to the U.S. Air Force, Sept. 10, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Craig Wills assumed his command June 13 and prioritized making a visit to the rural, southern Oregon base.

“It’s important to get out and see what is going on at our different flying training locations,” said Wills. “That’s why I made it a priority to come out here.”

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Kingsley Field establishes new health and fitness center for Airmen

Kingsley Field establishes new health and fitness center for Airmen

The term fitness is everywhere today, from advertisements to hashtags to bookstores; however, there is often confusion as to how it actually defined. Within the military, fitness represents a balance between readiness and well-being, where each of those two conditions support each other.

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Oregon Guardsmen participate in joint exercise Sentry Aloha [VIDEO]

Five F-15 Eagles and more than ninety Airmen from Kingsley Field flew to Hawaii for three weeks to support Sentry Aloha 19-2, a large-scale exercise with both American and Australian Forces, August 16 through September 6, 2019.

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New 173rd FW Vice Commander notches historic first for Kingsley Field

New 173rd FW Vice Commander notches historic first for Kingsley Field

The 173rd Fighter Wing welcomed its first active-duty vice commander, Aug. 13, 2019. As an Air National Guard unit, this is unique and first for Kingsley Field. Lt. Col. Brad Orgeron, the newly appointed vice wing commander for the 173rd FW, was officially confirmed into his dual-status role Aug. 13.

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Trump Administration to pull Kingsley Field construction project funding for border wall [UPDATED]

Trump Administration to pull Kingsley Field construction project funding for border wall [UPDATED]

Today, The Trump Administration announced a decision to divert billions of dollars of funding from military construction projects across the country to be used on the border wall. Two projects at Kingsley Field totaling $10 million are on the chopping block. $2.5 million in fuel facility upgrades and an $8 million rifle range.

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173rd Fighter Wing pilots learn survival techniques for over-water ejection

173rd Fighter Wing pilots learn survival techniques for over-water ejection

U.S. Air Force F-15C pilots from the 173rd Fighter Wing spent one day preparing for an emergency ejection over water during water survival skills training at Cultus Lake in Central Oregon, July 25, 2019.

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Team Kingsley adds “shoot house” to world-class training arsenal

Team Kingsley adds “shoot house” to world-class training arsenal

The 173rd Security Forces Squadron increased the training capability for the base, as well as the surrounding area, when they constructed a new “shoot house” on the base designed to simulate real situations law enforcement and first responders deal with as a part of their mission.

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Community Partners Host Benefit Walk-Run

Community Partners Host Benefit Walk-Run

Kingsley Field personnel and Sky Lakes staff have partnered to host the first-ever "DRK Community 5K" walk-run to benefit the David R. Kingsley Foundation.

The David R. Kingsley Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to both Kingsley Field members and Klamath County citizens who have fallen on hard times because of job loss, medical expenses, disasters, and the like.

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173rd Fighter Wing to conduct flyovers for Independence Day celebrations

173rd Fighter Wing to conduct flyovers for Independence Day celebrations

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. -- The 173rd Fighter Wing out of Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. will conduct Independence Day flyovers for ceremonies at locations throughout Oregon and California.

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Vacant building presents opportunity for innovation at 173rd Fighter Wing [VIDEO]

Vacant building presents opportunity for innovation at 173rd Fighter Wing [VIDEO]

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. - A recently vacated building is poised to become a valuable resource for the 173rd Fighter Wing and even the Air Force at large. Senior Master Sgt. Nate Morehouse explains that the extra space will allow three different shops to repair aircraft parts needed for the local fleet, as well as the entire F-15C fleet and even other U.S. Air Force airframes. 

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Crater Lake Klamath Regional Airport to receive $5.7 million in federal grant money for taxiway improvements

Crater Lake Klamath Regional Airport to receive $5.7 million in federal grant money for taxiway improvements

Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, and U.S. Congressmen Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio and Greg Walden, today announced more than $16.2 million in grant funding for taxiway improvements at airports in Oregon - including $5.7 million for the Crater Lake Klamath Regional Airport.

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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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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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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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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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