|Sirens to Sound during Military Exercise
Klamath Falls, Ore. - Members of the 173 Fighter Wing will be participating in a base-wide military exercise May 16-19, 2002 at Kingsley Field in preparation for an Air Education and Training Command inspection in June. The exercise will involve operations related to aircraft generation and the simulated deployment of assets to overseas locations. Approx. 700 members from the 173 FW will be participating.
A significant part of the four-day exercise will include variations in threat conditions-some involving simulated chemical attacks-during which military members will be evaluated on their ability to survive and operate while donning and wearing specialized chemical warfare suits for extended periods of time. All threats will be simulated.
Residents in the local area can expect to hear base sirens sound off several times during this military exercise. There is no need to be concerned or alarmed when the sirens are operated.
The 173 FW serves as one of only two professional schoolhouses in the United States for Air Force and Air National Guard F-15 fighter pilots. Staffed with approx. 19 full-time instructor pilots, the training center produced approximately 40 qualified F-15 pilots this year alone.
For more information contact:
Maj. Donna Prigmore
2nd Lt.. Leigh Andrews