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AETC Major General Zadalis visits the 173rd Fighter Wing

Maj. Gen. Timothy Zadalis, Director of Intelligence Operations and Nuclear Integration Headquarters at Air Education and Training Command, visits members of the 173rd Fighter Wing and 114th Fighter Squadron before beginning preparations for his incentive flight in an F-15 Eagle at Kingsley Field, Ore., July 24, 2012. Kingsley Field was just moved under the command of Zadalis earlier this year. (Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Penny Hamilton/Released)

Maj. Gen. Timothy Zadalis, Director of Intelligence Operations and Nuclear Integration Headquarters at Air Education and Training Command, visits members of the 173rd Fighter Wing and 114th Fighter Squadron before beginning preparations for his incentive flight in an F-15 Eagle at Kingsley Field, Ore., July 24, 2012. Kingsley Field was just moved under the command of Zadalis earlier this year. (Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Penny Hamilton/Released)

Maj. Gen. Timothy Zadalis, Director of Intelligence Operations and Nuclear Integration Headquarters at Air Education and Training Command, begins preparations for his familiarization flight in an F-15 Eagle with the help of Master Sgt. Kenneth Shearer, 114th Fighter Squadron, at Kingsley Field, Ore., July 24, 2012. Kingsley Field was just moved under the command of Zadalis earlier this year. (Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Penny Hamilton/Released)

Maj. Gen. Timothy Zadalis, Director of Intelligence Operations and Nuclear Integration Headquarters at Air Education and Training Command, begins preparations for his familiarization flight in an F-15 Eagle with the help of Master Sgt. Kenneth Shearer, 114th Fighter Squadron, at Kingsley Field, Ore., July 24, 2012. Kingsley Field was just moved under the command of Zadalis earlier this year. (Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Penny Hamilton/Released)

Master Sgt. Kenneth Shearer, 114th Fighter Squadron, instructs Maj. Gen. Timothy Zadalis, Director of Intelligence Operations and Nuclear Integration Headquarters at Air Education and Training Command, on F-15 egress in preparation for Zadalis' familiarization flight in an F-15 Eagle at Kingsley Field, Ore., July 24, 2012. Kingsley Field was just moved under the command of Zadalis earlier this year. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson/Released)

Master Sgt. Kenneth Shearer, 114th Fighter Squadron, instructs Maj. Gen. Timothy Zadalis, Director of Intelligence Operations and Nuclear Integration Headquarters at Air Education and Training Command, on F-15 egress in preparation for Zadalis' familiarization flight in an F-15 Eagle at Kingsley Field, Ore., July 24, 2012. Kingsley Field was just moved under the command of Zadalis earlier this year. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson/Released)

Maj. Gen. Timothy Zadalis, Director of Intelligence Operations and Nuclear Integration Headquarters at Air Education and Training Command, sits in the backseat of an F-15 Eagle during a familiarization flight at Kingsley Field, Ore., July 24, 2012. Kingsley Field was just moved under the command of Zadalis earlier this year. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson/Released)

Maj. Gen. Timothy Zadalis, Director of Intelligence Operations and Nuclear Integration Headquarters at Air Education and Training Command, sits in the backseat of an F-15 Eagle during a familiarization flight at Kingsley Field, Ore., July 24, 2012. Kingsley Field was just moved under the command of Zadalis earlier this year. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson/Released)

Maj. Gen. Timothy Zadalis, Director of Intelligence Operations and Nuclear Integration Headquarters at Air Education and Training Command, smiles following a familiarization flight in an F-15 Eagle at Kingsley Field, Ore., July 24, 2012. Kingsley Field was just moved under the command of Zadalis earlier this year. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson/Released)

Maj. Gen. Timothy Zadalis, Director of Intelligence Operations and Nuclear Integration Headquarters at Air Education and Training Command, smiles following a familiarization flight in an F-15 Eagle at Kingsley Field, Ore., July 24, 2012. Kingsley Field was just moved under the command of Zadalis earlier this year. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson/Released)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- Major General Timothy Zadalis, the Director of Intelligence, Operations, and Nuclear Integration at Headquarters Air Education and Trainng Command (AETC), visited the 173rd Fighter Wing after a recent AETC restructuring that brought the 173rd FW under his command. General Zadalis spent all day, Tuesday, July 24th touring the 173rd FW and learning about the many facets of the Wing's vital mission as the F-15 Premier Pilot Training School House.

At the start of the day, Zadalis expressed his enthusiasm for the Oregon Air National Guard pilot training mission. "This is a great place to fly and a great mission," he said.

Zadalis, a cargo aircraft pilot, spent the morning preparing for an F-15 familiarization flight, learning about the equipment and terrain, exploring the outside of the fighter jet, greeting many Kingsley men and women, and touring base facilities and new construction. After his morning tour, he stated, "We don't want to mess with this operation. You know what you are doing."

In the afternoon, Zadalis was ready for his first flight in the F-15. When asked if he had any apprehension about the ride, he responded, "I just hope I don't lose my lunch." Zadalis then stepped to the aircraft and buckled up for the ride.

Upon return and with his lunch intact, Zadalis could not say enough about his experience. "That was incredible; I've never seen an aircraft do anthing like that!"

With regard to the amount of physical stress that the fighter jet puts on the body, he stated, "I do not know how you guys do this for 25 years."

Zadalis thanked all the Airmen involved in making the visit possible. He expressed his enthusiasm and optimism about the future of a possible total force integration (TFI) at Kingsley as the Air Force decides to plus-up F-15C graduate production. A TFI would bring active duty men and women to Kingsley and increase the number of pilots graduating from the school house.

Col. Robert Erickson, Air National Guard Advisor to General Zadalis and former Kingsley member, stated, "After seeing the people, the facilities, the mission, and the excellence at Kingsley, we now are strong advocates for Kingsley." He added, "I have no concerns for a TFI at Kingsley. It would be fantastic for the Oregon Air National Guard and for Klamath Falls."