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  • First Time: 173rd FW Airmen join Soldiers in Best Warrior competition

    For the first time two Oregon Air National Guardsmen competed in the Oregon Army National Guard’s Best Warrior Competition in late August 2018. This is the first year the competition was opened to the Army’s sister service, and Tech. Sgt. Jared Boyer and Senior Airman David Garcia, both with the 173rd Fighter Wing, were able to join the Soldiers at Camp Rilea, near Warrenton Ore., for the grueling competition and experience what skills the U.S. Army prizes in its Soldiers.
  • 173rd FW Airman creates "Farmer's Market", donates excess produce

    The 173rd Finance Office saw an opportunity to practice generosity and foster healthy eating by creating a “Farmer’s Market” at Kingsley Field, in the late summer of 2018. Lt. Col. Shana Stroh, the 173rd Fighter Wing comptroller, says her garden is producing beyond her family’s needs so she decided to give it away to members of the wing.
  • Taking care of Airmen and the profession of arms – a command chief’s legacy

    173rd Fighter Wing Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Mark McDaniel, reflects on his career as he prpares to step into a new role as the Oregon Air National Guard State Command Chief.
  • 173rd FW Airmen provide medical care, participate in training

    A group of medical professionals from the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Ore., traveled to the Hawaiian Islands for real-world medical training that also served a needy community.
  • 173rd Fighter Wing Airmen volunteer for search & rescue

    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. A group of 173rd FW Airmen volunteer their off-duty time with a search and rescue group that works to help those who find themselves in trouble and far from help.
  • Face of Defense: Airlift Manager Delivers on Contingency Travel Plan

    Air Force Master Sgt. Michelle Kelly, an airlift manager with the Oregon Air National Guard’s 173rd Fighter Wing, provided a successful contingency travel plan for Tropic Care Maui County 2018, a joint training mission providing no-cost medical, dental, and vision services to people living on the Hawaiian Islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai.
  • Tire donation helps Kingsley Defenders stay ready

    173rd Security Forces Airmen present a certificate of appreciation to J.J. Nichols, an employee at the local Les Schwab Tire Center in Klamath Falls, Ore., after he was able to organize the donation of some old, used tires to the security forces squadron. The tires weigh anywhere from 75-500 pounds and can require a team of people to flip, which
  • Kingsley Airmen embrace Guard-Active integration

    Two of the United Stated Air Force’s components, active duty and Air National Guard, traditionally have similar national objectives while having different missions as they both work to defend the nation. However, at the 173rd Fighter Wing the addition of an active duty squadron means that these two components work side-by-side on the same mission—training fighter pilots.
  • Klamath Falls Airmen host school supply drive

    The 173rd Fighter Wing Airmen and Family Readiness Center came together on Saturday, August 4, 2018, to provide school supplies to the families of veterans and other Airmen. They worked with Operation Homefront, a civilian nonprofit organization, and the Dollar Tree to fill a room with everything a child would need to be ready for school.
  • Kingsley Field Fire Department fights local and regional fires

    During hot summer months, fires caused primarily by lighting, spread across the state’s forests and grasslands. Hot and dry conditions, combined with significant levels of forest underbrush, create large wildland fires, the largest of which are called conflagrations. Already these fires have dropped the Klamath Basin’s air quality to a hazardous level, the worst in the nation on Friday, Aug. 3. The 173rd Fighter Wing is working to stop these fires from spreading during one of the worst fire season Klamath County and the state of Oregon has experienced in many years.