The Air Force is injecting Active Duty personnel into the Oregon Air National Guard-run F-15C schoolhouse at Kingsley Field starting this fall to increase Eagle pilot production, announced officials. With the standup of the new active association, the ANG’s 173rd Fighter Wing is getting seven additional F-15Cs and a total of 84 Active Duty personnel, according to a unit release. “In order to meet the nation’s need for increased pilot production, additional resources and personnel are an absolute necessity,” said 173rd FW Commander Col. Jeremy Baenen. “This Total Force integration will create operational efficiencies, saving money and resources, and, above all, increasing Air Force combat capabilities,” he added. Kingsley Field, located in Klamath Falls in southern Oregon, is the Air Force’s sole F-15C conversation training site. It will soon be home to 32 F-15Cs. The Active Duty personnel, including eight pilots, 68 maintainers, and eight support airmen, will begin arriving in October. The wing will phase them in over a six-month period, states the release. (Kingsley Field report by MSgt. Jennifer Shirar)
In a nighttime ceremony contrived to continue concealment of many of its features, the new B-21 bomber rolled out of Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif. plant Dec. 2. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the aircraft's advanced technology represents "deterrence, the American way."