One of the biggest construction projects in Klamath Falls over the past year is now complete...and that project could reflect a bright future for Kingsley Field.
Dedication of the six million dollar Joint Armed Forces Reserve Center was fittingly punctuated Tuesday morning by the sound of F-15's.
173rd Fighter Wing Commander Colonel Jeffrey Silver notes that plans for development began over a decade ago, to replace an aging security forces facility...
"If you saw the old building that they were in, it was really in a sorry state of disrepair."
Construction began about a year ago, and the building is now open for business.
"This investment means a lot." Stated Representative Greg Walden. "Not only to better help train our troops, but also in terms of the federal government's commitment to this facility."
The base commander cautions that doesn't make the base immune from 'B.R.A.C.', or 'Base Realignment And Closure' decisions...
"But for the time being, I feel very secure and very confident." Said Colonel Silver. "That if they poured money into our base, that they intend to keep us around."
Army and Air Guard troops now share storage, training, and office space.
Colonel Silver says plans call for a second phase of construction for a second building...
"The neat thing about that is it's to house an Army National Guard unit, that will be an armory - and so this will truly be a joint center."
The timing of that construction will hinge on congressional funding.
While no dates have been set for the start of the second phase of construction, previous estimates have targeted a timetable of around 2016.