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  • F-35s return to Kingsley Field

    KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. -- U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft from Luke Air Force Base, Arizona returned to the 173rd Fighter Wing to continue training and flying with the Oregon Air National Guard unit for two weeks in October. “There’s been a lot of air traffic here the past two weeks,” said

  • Team Kingsley moves operations on airfield when taxiway “fails”

    KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. -- In the morning, one of the first orders of business for the Supervisor of Flying is to inspect the ramp, taxiways, and runway ensuring the surface is safe for aircraft to operate on.  On June 7, 2023, Col. Jason Nalepa, 173rd Operations Group commander and Supervisor of

  • 142nd Wing hosts ANG's Production Assessment Team

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- The 142nd Wing hosted a Production Assessment Team (PAT) from July 26-29, to explore ways to increase the number of aircraft, in this case, F-15 Eagles, available at any given time for training and combat missions.The PAT's goal is to increase the number of aircraft a unit can

  • 173rd Fighter Wing structural innovation helps keep aircraft aloft

    KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. -- For years structural maintainers have emerged as artisans of sorts, creating parts by hand, meticulously shaping them from custom wood forms and delicate hand-tool work.Gently tapping away with a small hammer, slowly giving shape to a sheet of aircraft-grade aluminum so it

  • 173rd FW uses off-the-shelf technology to aid student pilots

    KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Aspiring F-15 Eagle drivers arrive at the 173rd Fighter Wing to work through what many call the most challenging course in the Air Force — the B course.The sole F-15C schoolhouse for the U.S. Air Force, at Kingsley Field, requires a tremendous investment on the part of students

  • Night flying a necessary component of readiness for ORANG

    Portland, Ore.-- While many Portlanders have grown accustomed to the sights and sounds of military aircraft from the 142nd Wing out of Portland Air National Guard Base (PANG), hearing them at night can be a jarring experience. But rest assured night flying is perfectly normal, and part of a vital

  • Massachusetts Airmen recognized for innovation

    WESTFIELD, Mass. – Two members of the 104th Fighter Wing Maintenance Group came up with a better way to repair F-15 Eagle panels, saving the Air National Guard lots of money and increasing combat readiness. For their efforts, Master Sgt. Leo Burbee, 104MXG structural maintenance supervisor, and