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  • It Takes More than a Maintainer to Keep the Machines Running

    Many Airmen of the U.S. Air Force are familiar with the common question: “Are you a pilot?” It’s a simple query served by many members of the public who simply aren’t familiar with the inner workings of America’s Air Defense.
  • First time: two brothers learn to fly the F-15C in the same 173rd FW class

    Instructor pilots at the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Oregon, meet any number of students who have interesting stories of how they found their way to F-15C training at the sole schoolhouse for the aircraft in the U.S. Air Force. For the first time in any of their memories, stretching back more than 15 years, there is a new “first”. Two brothers arrived to learn how to fly the F-15C at the same time, and in the same class.
  • Local Kingsley Field Airman rises from junior enlisted to Maintenance Group Commander

    The 173rd Fighter Wing just watched a homegrown Airman pin on the rank of colonel for the first time in its history.
  • 173FW vehicle maintenance Airmen key part of firefighting effort

    The 173rd Fighter Wing supplied more than 100 Airmen comprising four teams to help battle the worst wildfire season on record, in mid-September.
  • 173rd FW expands emergency response capability

    The 173rd Fighter Wing has upgraded its emergency operations center, expanding the square footage amid the COVID-19 pandemic in late July 2020. Previously, emergency operations staff met in a room that could barely contain all the work stations, phones, computers, binders, a printer, numerous display screens and boards, not to mention people.
  • Aircrew Flight Equipment shop provides pilots with life-saving equipment

    U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Kenny Shearer, the 173rd Aircrew Flight Equipment superintendent, says he would prefer his career stay out of the spotlight. “It’s a thankless job, and I would prefer it stay thankless,” he says. “I would prefer it to be something that never gets used.”
  • Kingsley Firefighters practice skills they hope they will never need

    Kingsley Field Firefighters practiced a skill that they say they hope they will never need to use; dousing roaring flames engulfing the fuselage of an aircraft, June 9, 2020.
  • 173rd FW forced to cancel Sentry Eagle exercise and Open House

    The decision to cancel the exercise and Open House came after weeks of discussions primarily focused on COVID-19. Kingsley Field commanders and the Sentry Eagle project officer, Lt. Col. Adam Gaudinski, determined there were significant risks in hosting the public and other military units while adhering to Governor Brown’s Executive Orders and Department of Defense policy regarding COVID-19.
  • OREGON AIR NATIONAL GUARD TO CONDUCT AIR FORCE SALUTE FLYOVERS IN OREGON

    The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to fly multiple F-15 Eagle flyovers over hospitals and other locations throughout Oregon during the month of May in order to salute Oregonians on the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic and lift morale during a time of severe health and economic impacts.
  • Team Kingsley families use online resources to cope with new homeschooling demands

    Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic is different for every family and for certain military families the road has a few extra twists and turns. Military families where both parents wear the uniform grow accustomed to overcoming challenges when it comes to maintaining work-life balance. They juggle their responsibilities at work such as alternating shifts to accommodate kids sporting events, after-school activities and even transportation to-and-from school. Right now, all of the tools they use such as good communication and time management are facing a new twist as they cope with a remain-in-place order from the governor while still going to work because military service remains essential. They are also home-schooling their children.
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