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Base Marquee 173rd Fighter Wing updates mission statement to reflect changing times
The 173rd Fighter Recently updated the mission statement and strategic plan. These updates and focus on the future align with the current Chief of the National Guard Bureau's priorities and mission of the Air National Guard.
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U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville, who was medically retired after suffering an IED blast in Afghanistan, addresses 173rd Fighter Wing Airmen at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon Oct. 14, 2016, and explains how he overcame an amputation, PTSD, and depression in order to be the first combat injured veteran to summit Mt. Everest in May. Linville devotes a significant amount of his time to helping veterans and talks to audiences around the Nation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson) U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville shares his story of injury, loss, and recovery with Kingsley Airmen
U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville's life changed with one fateful step in Afghanistan in 2011. As an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician he performed an incredibly dangerous mission, clearing land riddled with hidden explosives and mines so that others could safely operate there.He describes the day beginning with hearing two detonations
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Members of the 114th Tactical Training Fighter Squadron pose for a group photo in front of an F-4 Phantom and an F-16 Falcon, both bearing the distinct Kingsley tail flash.  In 1989, the F-4 Schoolhouse converted to an F-16 training mission as the Air Force transitioned the alert mission to the F-16 Falcon.  (U.S, Air National Guard file photo) ORANG 75th - Evolution of Kingsley aircraft
Kingsley Field became an Oregon Air National Guard asset in 1981 when the active duty turned over its alert mission to the reserve component.  The USAF used the F-106s in those days but because the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Ore. would man the mission, they converted the alert mission to their aircraft, the F-4 Phantom II.At this time the
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1st Lt. Colton Buechel of class 16-ABK listens to last minute advice from his instructor pilot as he prepares to start up the F-15 Eagle at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson) B-Course profile: 1st Lt. Colton Buechel
Over the course of the B-Course series we will introduce you to each of the six students who are making their way through the course. This time it's 1st Lt. Colton Buechel's opportunity to explain how he landed an opportunity at the sole F-15C training house.Catching up with Buechel has been an exercise in persistence, and when we sit down for an
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Members of the173rd Maintenance Structural shop apply a vinyl wrap of the Oregon Air National Guard patch to the commemorative ORANG 75th Anniversary F-15 Eagle.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar) Bringing to life the ORANG 75th Anniversary F-15 Eagle
The idea started with Col. Jeff Smith in November, when he was the maintenance group commander; he asked if anyone had ideas for a paint scheme to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Oregon Air National Guard. Master Sgt. Paul Allen submitted a nice, albeit small, design for the vertical tail surfaces.Smith says he looked at the design and
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Senior Master Sgt. Collin Grandy, 173rd Fighter Wing Maintenance Group, was the top winner in the Kingsley Field Mustache March competition, taking the prize of Best of Show April 1, 2016.  Across the base member signed up to compete in a facial hair grown contest to raise money for the upcoming Combat Dining In function.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar/released) The sprouting of the 'stache - Mustache March recap
Mustache March came and went with a blink, but not before Airmen around Kingsley Field sprouted their upper lips and tried to bring a real "man-stache" to life.Senior Master Sgt. Collin Grandy said he watched a lot of Tom Sellek re-runs, but he said what put him over the top was a naturally occurring transplant from the top of his head to his upper
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U.S. Air Force F-4 Phantom instructor pilots and weapons systems officers from the 114th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron pose for a photo in front of an F-4 at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1985.  An F-4 training schoolhouse for Air National Guard pilots and WSOS was opened at Kingsley Field in 1985. (U.S. Air National Guard file photo/released) A look back at Kingsley Field's ORANG history
World War II thrust a number of seminal changes upon the United States. Its economy leapt from the stagnation of the Great Depression to a wartime footing, fighting to produce adequate military hardware to win the war. Its citizenry signed up for the draft in droves, and women flocked to roles in factories, in military training capacities, and in
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Alexander Frank, F-15 student pilot, reviews the forms prior to a check ride in the F-15 Eagle Jan. 27, 2016 at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore.  During this flight, Frank had to demonstrate his ability to fly in inclement weather using the aircraft instruments.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson/released) B-Course series: Capt. Alexander Frank's journey to the Eagle
Capt. Alexander Frank, of class 16-ABK, finds his way to Kingsley Field in a much more indirect route than most. Like a river which flows through the lowest points in the terrain, Frank says he traveled the course of least resistance through school which found him with a mediocre grade-point-average going into his junior year of high school. He
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From Right: Maj. Lucas Ritter the casualty assistance officer, Maj. Ryan Bartholomew, the base historian and Staff Sgt. Brandon Stroh of security forces investigate newly exposed wreckage from WWII aircraft on the dry lakebed of Goose Lake, Oct. 3, 2014. Current drought conditions have drawn the water level well below parts of the lakebed for the first time. The aircraft flights originated at Kingsley Field for training and unfortunately never returned to the base.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson) Drought reveals Kingsley history for the first time
Kingsley Field's location in the high desert of southern Oregon, with its mixture of sunny days and proximity to the west coast, made it home to a frantic effort to train fighter pilots during WWII. In those days, the small base sent as many as 2,000 flights from the base in a single week. Compare that to the modern era of flying, and though
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