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41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team to conduct combat training in California (Photo) - 07/20/18

SALEM, Oregon – The 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard, is scheduled to conduct a large-scale training exercise, July 21-August 12, 2018, at Camp Roberts and Fort Hunter Liggett, California. The 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team is scheduled to conduct convoy operations to California to participate in this training.  

The exercise is an instrumented brigade field training exercise known as eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) designed to certify platoon proficiency across the brigade in coordination with First Army. The XCTC program brings full training resource packages to National Guard and active duty bases around the country, allowing units to train on their schedule, closer to home, minimizing cost and time away from civilian jobs.

The training exercise prepares the brigade for supporting federal mobilizations. Units will be exercising tactical, operational, communications, and decision-making skills while focusing on problem analysis.

“This exercise keeps our units trained and ready for federal missions and builds upon the brigade’s training from last year’s Warfighter Exercise,” said Col. Eric Riley, commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “Improving our Soldiers’ skills, relationships and communications within our units is the ultimate goal of this event.”

There are approximately 3,000 personnel with more than 10 units from multiple states and other supporting elements scheduled to participate:
• Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 41st IBCT, Oregon
• 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, Oregon
• 1st Battalion, 200th Infantry Regiment, New Mexico
• 1st Squadron, 303rd Cavalry Regiment, Washington
• 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, Oregon
• 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, Oregon
• 741st Brigade Engineer Battalion, Oregon
• 141st Brigade Support Battalion, Oregon
• 189th Combined Arms Training Brigade (CATB), Washington
• 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, California

“It will improve our ability to work in a realistic joint training environment while building key relationships not only here in Oregon, but across multiple units throughout the region,” said Riley. “The 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team has a long history of success and this exercise will assist in advancing and strengthening that record.”

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team prepare for travel to California to conduct a large-scale training exercise known as eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC), July 21-August 12, 2018, at Camp Roberts and Fort Hunter Liggett. (Photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, 41st IBCT Public Affairs)

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173rd FW to conduct night flying operations next week (Photo) - 07/20/18

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations next week beginning, Monday, July 23 and continue through Wednesday, July 25.  Operations will take place approximately 4:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. 

Night flying is one part of the course curriculum for F-15C student pilots at Kingsley Field, the premiere F-15C schoolhouse for the United States Air Force.

“Night flying is an essential skill our F-15 student pilots need to learn,” said Col. Jeff Smith, commander of the173rd FW.  “We are grateful for the exceptional support the 173rd Fighter Wing receives from the local community and try our best to minimize the noise impact.” 

The majority of the training will occur in the military operating airspace to the east of Lakeview where the pilots can fly without lights.  However, the local community will most likely hear the jets during take-offs and approaches to and from Kingsley Field.  Take-offs will occur after sundown and the jets will return approximately an hour-and-a-half later.

“Whether defending the homeland or deployed in contingency operations, F-15 pilots must be proficient at night flying,” said Col. Jeff Edwards, 173rd FW Vice Commander.   “Night flying training includes the full spectrum of skills needed to be a combat-ready F-15 pilot.”

Community members may contact the wing’s public affairs office at 541-885-6677 to express any concerns they have during this time. 

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171026-Z-NJ935-0047 - A U..S. Air Force F-15 Eagle aircraft from the 173rd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, taxi to the runway during night flying operations at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore.  The 173rd FW is home to the sole F-15C training schoolhouse for the U.S. Air Force.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson)

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Oregon National Guard activated to assist wildfire suppression efforts (Photo) - 07/19/18

SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon National Guard (ONG) has been activated to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) with wildfire suppression efforts following Governor Kate Brown’s statewide wildfire emergency declaration on July 18, 2018.

At the request of ODF, aviation assets will be made available to wildfire crews in Oregon. The Oregon Army National Guard will provide two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters equipped with Bambi water buckets. Other air assets include an additional HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter to be on standby for medical evacuations and a UH-72 Lakota helicopter to assist with aerial spotting.

Other ONG assets and personnel could be activated if needed, including teams of service members to provide traffic assistance points and firefighting ground crews. Oregon National Guard ground troops have not yet been requested but are available if wildfire conditions worsen. 

Two teams (each with approximately 125 Soldiers and Airmen) have already been trained and are “Red Card” certified in preparation for wildfire season with an additional 125-person team scheduled to be certified by August 10. The teams are comprised of Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers from Oregon Air and Army National Guard units across the state.

The ONG has an ongoing agreement with ODF known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the details of how ONG members and assets may be utilized to assist in annual firefighting efforts. This agreement is reviewed annually by leadership of both agencies.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, land a CH-47 Chinook helicopter equipped with a 2,000-gallon capacity Bambi Bucket at Davis helibase near Gates, Oregon, in support of firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area, August 7, 2017. The Oregon National Guard has been activated to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry with wildfire suppression efforts again this year following Governor Kate Brown’s emergency declaration. (Oregon Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Anita VanderMolen, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Multi-agency emergency response exercise to be held in Eugene (Photo) - 07/11/18

SALEM, Oregon – Members of the Oregon National Guard’s 102nd Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) - Civil Support Team (CST) are scheduled to participate in a full-scale emergency management exercise in coordination with the University of Oregon and first responders, July 12, 2018, at Autzen Stadium, in Eugene, Oregon.

The exercise is designed to facilitate planning and operational communications between the University of Oregon’s Safety and Risk Services staff and local first responders. This full-scale exercise is scenario-driven and focused to challenge the university and the Eugene community's incident response and management capability, integrating the Oregon National Guard's 102nd WMD Civil Support Team's capabilities into a unified Joint Hazard Assessment Team (JHAT).

This training exercise will support the University of Oregon’s and City of Eugene’s Emergency Operations Plans for jurisdictional response, and serves as a Training and Evaluation for the Oregon National Guard's 102 Civil Support Team. It also supports essential objectives to facilitate interagency coordination and critical communication while partnering with local responders and the CST.

U.S. Army North (US ARNORTH) will be working closely with University of Oregon’s Safety and Risk Services and jurisdictional responders, and will jointly plan and coordinate the exercise to support all participants. Local and specialized controllers will evaluate the efforts of university and Eugene jurisdictional responders using seasoned subject matter experts, while ARNORTH will evaluate the efforts of the 102nd WMD Civil Support Team.

The scenario and setting are designed to support mobilization and response of local and specialized state resources and capabilities, while the scope will enhance interagency relationships and capabilities with incident management beginning and sustaining at the local level, communicating with external resources as the situation dictates.

Other agencies participating in the exercise are the Eugene Police Metro Explosive Disposal Unit, the Eugene Fire HazMat 2, the University of Oregon Police Department, and the Federal Protective Services (Explosive Detection K-9).

The 102nd CST, based in Salem, can be rapidly mobilized to an incident anywhere in Oregon to assist civil authorities with early-detection and analysis capabilities of a chemical, biological or nuclear incident. The goal is to minimize the impact on civilian populations and facilitate requests for follow-on emergency and military support by civil authorities.

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173rd FW to host Cascadia Airlift Exercise (Photo) - 07/11/18

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing will host a Cascadia Airlift Exercise beginning Thursday, July 12 through Sunday, July 15.

U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft and Airmen from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. will arrive here on Thursday to participate in the exercise.  Airmen from the 173rd FW will practice loading and unloading cargo on to the C-130Js, giving the wing the opportunity to evaluate their aerial logistics hub capabilities in the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. 

“The exercise will test many elements in an aerial logistics plan:  aircraft arrival plans, parking plans, cargo loading, as well as fuel and maintenance support,” said Colonel Jeff Edwards, 173rd FW Vice Commander.  “After the exercise, lessons learned will be developed to identify opportunities to improve.”

Additionally, the C-130Js will fly with Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagles in Dissimilar Air Combat Training scenarios.  DACT provides pilots the opportunity to train with and against an aircraft different their own.

“This will be a great way to foster key partnerships, develop lessons learned, and improve response capability,” said Edwards.

According to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, the Cascadia Subduction Zone is a 600-mile fault that runs from northern California up to British Columbia, and is about 70-100 miles off the Pacific coast shoreline.  There are concerns that an earthquake on this fault could potentially cause massive destruction for much of Oregon.  As such, many of the local, state, and federal agencies are evaluating ways to improve their preparedness for such an event.

For questions or concerns, please contact the wing’s public affairs office at 541-885-6677. 

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173rd FW to conduct night flying operations for one week - 07/09/18

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations for one week beginning today, Monday, July 9 and continue through Thursday, July 12.  Operations will take place approximately 4:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. 

Night flying is one part of the course curriculum for F-15C student pilots at Kingsley Field, the premiere F-15C schoolhouse for the United States Air Force.

“Night flying is an essential skill our F-15 student pilots need to learn,” said Col. Jeff Smith, commander of the173rd FW.  “We are grateful for the exceptional support the 173rd Fighter Wing receives from the local community and try our best to minimize the noise impact.” 

The majority of the training will occur in the military operating airspace to the east of Lakeview where the pilots can fly without lights.  However, the local community will most likely hear the jets during take-offs and approaches to and from Kingsley Field.  Take-offs will occur after sundown and the jets will return approximately an hour-and-a-half later.

“Whether defending the homeland or deployed in contingency operations, F-15 pilots must be proficient at night flying,” said Col. Jeff Edwards, 173rd FW Vice Commander.   “Night flying training includes the full spectrum of skills needed to be a combat-ready F-15 pilot.”

Community members may contact the wing’s public affairs office at 541-885-6677 to express any concerns they have during this time. 

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Oregon Air National Guard flyovers scheduled for Fourth of July holiday (Photo) - 07/03/18

The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to conduct Independence Day flyovers at various locations throughout Oregon. 

F-15 Eagle fighter jets from both the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Oregon, are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations at or near the designated times on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. 

The 142nd Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct the following flyovers: 
1:15 p.m., Manzanita 4th of July Parade, Manzanita, Oregon. 
1:30 p.m., Independence Day Grand Parade, Independence, Oregon.
1:45 p.m., 4th of July Parade, Rockaway Beach, Oregon.
3:00 p.m., 4th of July Parade, Warrenton, Oregon.

The 173rd Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct the following flyovers: 
10:30 a.m., 4th of July Parade, Klamath Falls, Oregon.
10:50 a.m., Ashland’s 4th of July Parade, Ashland, Oregon.
10:52 a.m., Central Point Freedom Festival, Central Point, Oregon
11:00 a.m., 4th of July Parade, Eagle Point, Oregon.
11:30 a.m., Neskowin Patriotic Celebration, Neskowin, Oregon.
11:55 a.m., Creswell 4th of July Parade & Celebration, Creswell, Oregon.
12:30 p.m., Lake of the Woods 4th of July Celebration, Lake of the Woods, Oregon.

All passes will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and about 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be canceled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies. 

The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation's air defense since 1941. The 142nd Fighter Wing guards the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour alert as part of the North American Air Defense system. The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the premier F-15 pilot training facility for the U.S. Air Force.

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