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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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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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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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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