Monday, June 22, 2009

Active Duty Air Force to move F-15C pilot, crew chief training to southern Oregon

According to an article published today on the Air Force Times website, the Oregon Air National Guard's 173rd Fighter Wing will benefit from a consolidation of F-15C training sites currently going on throughout the Air National Guard.

The Air Education and Training Command (AETC) schoolhouse for active duty Air Force pilots and crew chiefs currently at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, will relocate to Kingsley Field in southern Oregon.

The consolidation follows Defense Secretary Robert Gates' move to phase out 112 of the U.S. Air Force's 405 F-15C's by the end of 2010, said USAF Col. Jeff Kendall, deputy director of flying training at AETC headquarters at Randolph AFB, Texas.

Kendall said the 173rd FW will continue to train Guard and active duty pilots, and will acquire four two-seat F-15D training jets, bringing the unit's total to 25 planes.


Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,
Oregon Military Department Social Media Manager

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