Thousands line Main Street for Independence Day Parade [VIDEO]

Thousands line Main Street for Independence Day Parade [VIDEO]

Small town America is alive and well in Klamath Falls and it shown at the annual Independence Day Parade when thousands of spectators lined the streets of downtown. They waved flags of all sizes, cheered for their favorite floats, and honored their country.

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ODVA Announces interest rate decreases on home loans

ODVA Announces interest rate decreases on home loans

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs announced across-the-board interest rate decreases on all new loan applications for its home loan products, yet another sign that 2019 could be a great time to buy a home, especially for Oregon veterans.

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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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Walden applauds presidential signing of legislation to help Vet's in rural Oregon

Walden applauds presidential signing of legislation to help Vet's in rural Oregon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today released a statement applauding President Trump after he signed the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 into law. The bill includes a provision coauthored by Walden, which would ensure that veterans in rural Oregon no longer face backlogs and needless delays when seeking to buy a home using the benefits they earned through their service.

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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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