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  • Challenge the status quo, if only to ensure it’s the best way of doing business!

    173rd Fighter Wing Commander, Colonel Jeff. Smith, challenges the Airmen of the wing to break out of the status quo. He encourages the more experienced Airmen to look to the younger generation for a fresh set of eyes on the issues we face every day.
  • Delivery de Comida y Agua

    Airmen from the 270th and 241st Air Traffic Control Squadron provided community support to those affected by Hurricane Maria during a deployment to Ponce, Puerto Rico in October.
  • Commander's Commentary - Integrity First

    Thank you for an amazing Fiscal Year 2016!  With 5,110 hours flown, 4,181 sorties flown, over 60 student pilots graduated, a successful trip to Finland and aircraft delivery to Israel, RCP5 deployment prep...it was a busy year.  The busiest on Kingsley record with respect to the flying business.  Thanks for executing the mission safely and with the
  • Icy roads force renewed focus on winter safety

    Fog blanketed the Klamath Basin, Oct. 30. The spouse of a 173rd Medical Group Airman was traveling to work, only one mile away from Kingsley Field.Suddenly, she saw a stop sign emerge from the fog and she realized too late that road was covered in black ice. She was traveling too fast to stop, and to make matters worse an oncoming car was
  • Operation Desert Storm - 25 years have passed

    Operation Desert Storm began 25 years ago--I remember it like it was yesterday.  I was ten years old sitting in front of the TV with my parents as the skies above Baghdad lit up like the 4th of July. Until that moment, war was an intangible concept--something that happened in text books and old John Wayne movies.When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait,
  • Local airport policies adapt to growing drone popularity

    The regulations associated with unmanned aircraft systems, better known as drones, are constantly changing in a struggle to keep up with their increasing popularity, availability and proliferation. Drone operations now include responsibilities related to that of manned flight and stiff penalties for operators who deviate from those
  • Anatomy of ingenuity and resourcefullness: Kingsley Airman leverages fabrication background to keep F-15s airborne

    KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. -- What keeps the oldest fighter aircraft in the U.S. Air Force inventory airborne? The trend is increasing ingenuity and resourcefulness.Picture a muscle car, vintage 1978, and what it would mean to take that car to the quarter-mile track and ask for every last ounce of power and torque possible from its engine, running the
  • Good, bad, ANG members influence community opinion with #selfies

    Air National Guard members should use discretion when taking and sharing self-portraits.With the rise of technology and social media, sharing photos with family and friends is easier than ever. But when using social media like Instagram, Facebook, or Snapchat the self-portrait, or "selfie" reigns supreme.If you have a smart phone, you are taking
  • Incoming Commander introduces himself to Wing

    As I attend my first drill weekend as an Oregon guardsman, I look forward to meeting and getting to know you over the next few months. All of you, Airman and civilian, have a well-deserved reputation for providing selfless service to our Nation and the state of Oregon.  I am extremely proud and honored to join you as a member of this great wing.As
  • F-15 maintenance; the relationship between jet and maintainer

    The life of a 173rd Fighter Wing maintainer at Kingsley Field, Oregon has fundamental qualities; first off you will be busy...really busy. The base routinely prepares 12 jets on a given day so 10 can fly in the morning and eight of those can fly in the afternoon. Every morning this creates a beehive of activity as numerous shops tend to the care of
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