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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Airport Reminds Drone Owners of Operating Rules

Airport Reminds Drone Owners of Operating Rules

In light of a report that a small drone was operating at the north end of the airport in the approach path of landing aircraft, the Airport would like to remind the public of the rules that have been established by the FAA to ensure the safe operations of drones around the airport.

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Construction Continues on New Kingsley Field Fire Department

Construction Continues on New Kingsley Field Fire Department

Construction ramps up on new state of the art Kingsley Fire Department July 14, 2018, on Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. The construction crew broke ground for the new structure July, 2017 and is projected to complete the facility this fall.

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173rd Fighter Wing Hosts First Ever Cascadia Airlift Exercise

173rd Fighter Wing Hosts First Ever Cascadia Airlift Exercise

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. - Airmen from the 173rd Fighter Wing collaborated with C-130J crews from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. for a multidepartment disaster relief exercise on Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. 

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173rd FW to Conduct Night Flying Operations for One Week

173rd FW to Conduct Night Flying Operations for One Week

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations for one week beginning today, Monday, July 9 and continue through Thursday, July 12.  Operations will take place approximately 4:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. 

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