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UCI Inspection Caps Busy Fiscal Year 2010 for Kingsley

During the unit compliance inspection the AETC Inspector General team evaluates the 173rd Fighter Wing?s disaster response, Sept. 17. The exercise simulated an aircraft crash and it?s aftermath, including a fire.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson, Release).

During the unit compliance inspection the AETC Inspector General team evaluates the 173rd Fighter Wing's disaster response, Sept. 17. The exercise simulated an aircraft crash and it's aftermath, including a fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson, Released).

The end of Fiscal Year 2010 celebration included smoked tri-tip and baked potates at the dining facilty, and after lunch a group of health conscious Airmen headed to the sand volleyball court to burn off their lunch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Jefferson Thompson, Released)

The end of Fiscal Year 2010 celebration included smoked tri-tip and baked potates at the dining facilty, and after lunch a group of health conscious Airmen headed to the sand volleyball court to burn off their lunch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Jefferson Thompson, Released)

Members and 173rd Fighter Wing play a game of volleyball during the Wing End of Year celebration at Kingsley Field, Ore. Oct. 1, 2010.  (RELEASED, U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson)

Members and 173rd Fighter Wing play a game of volleyball during the Wing End of Year celebration at Kingsley Field, Ore. Oct. 1, 2010. (RELEASED, U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson)

Senior Master Sgt. Jeff Elliott, 173rd Fighter Wing, grabs a plate of salad during the Wing End of Year Celebration at Kingsley Field, Ore. Oct. 1, 2010.  (RELEASED, U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson)

Senior Master Sgt. Jeff Elliott, 173rd Fighter Wing, grabs a plate of salad during the Wing End of Year Celebration at Kingsley Field, Ore. Oct. 1, 2010. (RELEASED, U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson)

Members of the 173rd Fighter Wing play a game of horse shoes during the Wing End of Year celebration at Kingsley Field, Ore. Oct. 1, 2010.  (RELEASED, U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson)

Members of the 173rd Fighter Wing play a game of horse shoes during the Wing End of Year celebration at Kingsley Field, Ore. Oct. 1, 2010. (RELEASED, U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson)

A member of the 173rd Fighter Wing cuts into a piece of tender tri-tip during the Wing End of Year celebration at Kingsley Field, Ore. Oct. 1, 2010.  (RELEASED, U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson)

A member of the 173rd Fighter Wing cuts into a piece of tender tri-tip during the Wing End of Year celebration at Kingsley Field, Ore. Oct. 1, 2010. (RELEASED, U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson)

Members and 173rd Fighter Wing play a game of volleyball during the Wing End of Year celebration at Kingsley Field, Ore. Oct. 1, 2010.  (RELEASED, U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson)

Members and 173rd Fighter Wing play a game of volleyball during the Wing End of Year celebration at Kingsley Field, Ore. Oct. 1, 2010. (RELEASED, U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson)

Senior Master Sergeant Jerod Taylor and Tech Sergeant Cody Yeager, airmen in the 173d Medical Group, review inspection results with a member of the Unit Compliance Inspection team at Kingsley Field, Ore., September 18, 2010.  Kingsley Field has been under the microscope by the UCI team this week to ensure the base is performing up to Air Force standards.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Nealy.) Released

Senior Master Sergeant Jerod Taylor and Tech Sergeant Cody Yeager, airmen in the 173d Medical Group, review inspection results with a member of the Unit Compliance Inspection team at Kingsley Field, Ore., September 18, 2010. Kingsley Field has been under the microscope by the UCI team this week to ensure the base is performing up to Air Force standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Nealy.) Released

Tech. Sergeant Sean McDougle, 173rd Fighter Wing Fuels, reviews maintenance procedures with a member of the Unit Compliance Inspection team at Kingsley Field, Ore., September 18, 2010.  Kingsley Field has been under the microscope by the UCI team this week to ensure the base is performing up to Air Force standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Nealy.) Released

Tech. Sergeant Sean McDougle, 173rd Fighter Wing Fuels, reviews maintenance procedures with a member of the Unit Compliance Inspection team at Kingsley Field, Ore., September 18, 2010. Kingsley Field has been under the microscope by the UCI team this week to ensure the base is performing up to Air Force standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Nealy.) Released

Staff Sergeants Chris Riley and Bryan Rogers, airmen from the 173rd Electro/Environmental shop, perform aircraft maintenance for a member of the Unit Compliance Inspection team at Kingsley Field, Ore., September 18, 2010.  Kingsley Field has been under the microscope by the UCI team this week to ensure the base is performing up to Air Force standards.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Nealy.) Released
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Staff Sergeants Chris Riley and Bryan Rogers, airmen from the 173rd Electro/Environmental shop, perform aircraft maintenance for a member of the Unit Compliance Inspection team at Kingsley Field, Ore., September 18, 2010. Kingsley Field has been under the microscope by the UCI team this week to ensure the base is performing up to Air Force standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Nealy.) Released

Tech. Sergeant Jeffrey Jones, Barbara Cloninger and Staff Sergeant Jennifer Hall, all airmen in the 173rd Fighter Wing egress shop, review a manual with a member of the Unit Compliance Inspection team at Kingsley Field, Ore., September 18, 2010.  Kingsley Field has been under the microscope by the UCI team this week to ensure the base is performing up to Air Force standards.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Nealy.) Released
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Tech. Sergeant Jeffrey Jones, Barbara Cloninger and Staff Sergeant Jennifer Hall, all airmen in the 173rd Fighter Wing egress shop, review a manual with a member of the Unit Compliance Inspection team at Kingsley Field, Ore., September 18, 2010. Kingsley Field has been under the microscope by the UCI team this week to ensure the base is performing up to Air Force standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Nealy.) Released

Master Sergeant Mike Loomis, 173rd Fighter Wing Traffic Management Flight, is inspected by a member of the Unit Compliance Inspection team at Kingsley Field, Ore., September 18, 2010.  Kingsley Field has been under the microscope by the UCI team this week to ensure the base is performing up to Air Force standards.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Nealy.) Released
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Master Sergeant Mike Loomis, 173rd Fighter Wing Traffic Management Flight, is inspected by a member of the Unit Compliance Inspection team at Kingsley Field, Ore., September 18, 2010. Kingsley Field has been under the microscope by the UCI team this week to ensure the base is performing up to Air Force standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Nealy.) Released

Master Sergeant Mike Loomis, Master Sergeant Jason Witts and Senior Master Sergeant Joe Oyler, 173rd Fighter Wing Traffic Management Flight, are inspected by a member of the Unit Compliance Inspection team at Kingsley Field, Ore., September 18, 2010.  Kingsley Field has been under the microscope by the UCI team this week to ensure the base is performing up to Air Force standards.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Nealy.) Released
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Master Sergeant Mike Loomis, Master Sergeant Jason Witts and Senior Master Sergeant Joe Oyler, 173rd Fighter Wing Traffic Management Flight, are inspected by a member of the Unit Compliance Inspection team at Kingsley Field, Ore., September 18, 2010. Kingsley Field has been under the microscope by the UCI team this week to ensure the base is performing up to Air Force standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Nealy.) Released

Senior Master Sergeant Jerod Taylor and Tech Sergeant Cody Yeager, airmen in the 173rd Medical Group, review inspection results with a member of the Unit Compliance Inspection team at Kingsley Field, Ore., September 18, 2010.  Kingsley Field has been under the microscope by the UCI team this week to ensure the base is performing up to Air Force standards.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Nealy.) Released
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Senior Master Sergeant Jerod Taylor and Tech Sergeant Cody Yeager, airmen in the 173rd Medical Group, review inspection results with a member of the Unit Compliance Inspection team at Kingsley Field, Ore., September 18, 2010. Kingsley Field has been under the microscope by the UCI team this week to ensure the base is performing up to Air Force standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Nealy.) Released

Master Sergeant Eric Medl and Staff Sergeant Lisa Gunn, airmen from the 173d Services, discuss the results of their inspection with two members of the Unit Compliance Inspection team at Kingsley Field, Ore., September 18, 2010.  Kingsley Field has been under the microscope by the UCI team this week to ensure the base is performing up to Air Force standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Nealy.) Released
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Master Sergeant Eric Medl and Staff Sergeant Lisa Gunn, airmen from the 173d Services, discuss the results of their inspection with two members of the Unit Compliance Inspection team at Kingsley Field, Ore., September 18, 2010. Kingsley Field has been under the microscope by the UCI team this week to ensure the base is performing up to Air Force standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bryan Nealy.) Released

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- Members of the 173rd Fighter Wing ushered out Fiscal Year 2010 with a base-wide celebration at Trappers Dining Facility, Oct. 1. The year presented a number of challenges to the wing, most recently the Unit Compliance Inspection conducted Sept. 13-19. After preparing for the inspection the wing received a rating of excellent.

"We are only the second unit to achieve this rating under the new criteria," said Col. James Miller, the 173rd Fighter Wing Commander. "All of our Airman should be very proud of their accomplishments."

The inspection capped a series of extraordinary events spanning the last two years beginning with the deployment of the wing to Boise, Idaho, the completion of a project to upgrade the engines of our entire fleet of F-15s and, of course, assuming the role of sole provider of formal F-15 training for the U.S. Air Force.

"This has been an historic time for the 173rd Fighter Wing," said Miller before referencing one significant part of that history, a program commonly referred to as "iron flow". The recently completed program undertaken by 173rd Maintenance Group personnel upgraded 14 aircraft to newer, more responsive engines and accepted 19 aircraft from active duty.

For some the hardest part of this project was rooted in nostalgia.

"Letting the jet go," nodded dedicated crew chief, Master Sgt. Sean Campbell with lips pursed. "Most of us have been assigned to those jets for a decade, at least 5-10 years, there's a lot of pride and hard work tied up in those jets."

It's all part of a larger picture as Kingsley gracefully steps into the role of sole provider of formal F-15C training for the entire U.S. Air Force.

This year alone the wing flew more than 4,000 hours in keeping with the 173rd Fighter Wing's mission statement of training the best air-to-air combat pilots.

Looking forward from here Miller states, "our vision is to continue as a center of excellence for the F-15C training mission while continuing to posture ourselves for future missions. Continuing to do well in inspections and fostering great relationships with our Headquarters and the Guard Bureau as well recruiting outstanding Airman are positive steps for our future."

He goes on to sound one note of caution, however, saying, "this may have been the last fiscal year for some time to come that we can expect any relief from guard bureau. If what we see in cuts to our civilian pay and base operating cost, then forecasts for leaner years are definitely coming true. We cannot count on resources, outside of what we are given, to accomplish our mission. This means less temporary employees and less training opportunities to help develop our Airmen."

But for the first of October such thoughts were put aside and members gathered together for a barbecue and volleyball.