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  • 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 was a busy year.  The busiest on Kingsley record with respect to the flying business. 

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Heads up: major, new inspection here in September

    Welcome to the new Air Force Inspection System! Most of you have heard this acronym, but maybe were not quite certain what it meant. Some have said, "It's the same thing we've been doing for years", "Inspections are inspections no matter what new spin you put on it", or "We're having an inspection

  • 173rd expands education opportunities

    Good news everybody, viable educational opportunities have returned to the Klamath Basin that can be used towards the completion of a Community College of the Air Force degree! The Air Force has included an additional standard for promotion for the grades of E-8 & 9 to include the CCAF Associate's