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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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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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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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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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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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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Merkley, Wyden Urge FAA to Implement and Improve Airport Contract Tower Program

Merkley, Wyden Urge FAA to Implement and Improve Airport Contract Tower Program

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden are urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to implement a provision in this year’s FAA spending bill that would allow airports that utilize the contract tower program to become eligible for Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants from the small airport fund. 

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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 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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Airtanker 06, Final Flight to Klamath Falls

Airtanker 06, Final Flight to Klamath Falls

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Airtanker 06 will fly for the last time this Sunday to the Klamath Falls Airtanker Base where it will be retired to become a display for the public to enjoy along with the Airtanker 61 Memorial.

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173rd Fighter Wing Airmen Volunteer for Search & Rescue

173rd Fighter Wing Airmen Volunteer for Search & Rescue

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The area surrounding Klamath Falls, Ore., is typified by forests, wilderness, lakes, streams, mountains, and rivers.  This draws people from all over the state to enjoy the beauty and adventure of the outdoors. Many 173rd Fighter Wing Airmen enjoy these activities, and a number of them are combining one of their core values, service before self, and their love of nature.

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173rd FW to Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Recruiting Office

173rd FW to Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Recruiting Office

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, September 4 at 1:30 p.m. for the new 173rd Fighter Wing recruiting center office, located at the Recruiting Career Center in Klamath Falls, Oregon. 

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