Oregon Air National Guard

Change of command coming to 173rd Fighter Wing

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing will soon be undergoing a change of management. The Fighter Wing Commander serves as ‘principal’ of the F-15 schoolhouse. Colonel Jeff Smith became Wing Commander just over 3 years ago. He’ll be passing the …

Shutdown averted at Kingsley Field

Klamath Falls, Ore. – Concerns over the status of the government shutdown led to uncertainty for workers at one of the biggest employers in Klamath Falls over the weekend. 173rd Fighter Wing Commander Colonel Jeffrey Smith says the lack of a budget …

Tracking Santa with the 173rd Fighter Wing

Klamath Falls, Oregon – Santa Claus is getting a little help from the 173rd Fighter Wing from Kingsley Field. Lyle AhrensKOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s.  He instantly fell in love with the …

Sentry Eagle open house at Kingsley Field

Klamath Falls, Ore. – One of the nation’s largest air-to-air combat training is now operating out of Klamath Falls, as ‘Sentry Eagle’ is ready for take-off. “It’s a large force exercise,” explained Master Sergeant Jennifer Shirar of the Oregon Air National Guard.  …

Schedule for Memorial Day F-15 flyovers

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to conduct flights over Memorial Day ceremonies across the state, including southern Oregon. An F-15 fighter jet from the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls will fly over six communities in …

Tracking Santa Claus with the 173rd Fighter Wing

Klamath Falls, Ore. – Crews with the 173rd Fighter Wing are on special assignment Christmas Eve, tracking a special flight. Members of ‘Special Ops’ are spending their Christmas Even deep in an underground bunker, tracking Santa Claus. Staff Sergeant Megan Alaniz has …