WARRENTON, Ore. — Fifty-seven airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard’s 173rd Fighter Wing based at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, spent two weeks here learning to assist wildland firefighters. This was the first time National Guardsmen were trained before being tasked to support firefighting efforts in Oregon. “In the past, we did not train beforehand, and this caused about a two-week delay in having Oregon National Guard resources ready to deploy,” says Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James Dean, chief of the 173rd Mission Support Group . “Now we are trained and ready to deploy!” Air Force Col. Jeff Smith, commander of the 173rd Fighter Wing adds, “We should cut the response time [by] more than 50 percent, enabling our manpower surge to augment the [Oregon Department of Forestry] and other partners sooner, hopefully minimizing impacts of fire damage.” Last year, nearly 100 airmen from Kingsley Field were part of the more than 600 Oregon National Guard soldiers and airmen called to support firefighting efforts across the state. It is anticipated that there may be a similar call this year due to extremely dry conditions across Oregon. “As one of the Oregon National Guard’s state missions — to… Read full this story
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