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  • 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 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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