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Klamath Falls grants 173rd Fighter Wing 50-year lease extension (Photo) - 02/20/18

KINGSLEY FIELD, Oregon -- The City of Klamath Falls demonstrated an unprecedented level of community support for the 173rd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, by extending the lease on the airfield property until 2095 -- the longest lease in the U.S. Air Force.

In a ceremony at Kingsley Field, Jan. 19, 2018, city officials expressed their appreciation for the unique mission of the wing and expressed the desire for its continued success into the next century.

"The partnership is one that works well and we believe it will make our community one of the best places to live and work and be part of," said Klamath Falls Mayor Carol Westfall.

U.S. Representative Greg Walden added that the lease benefits both the community and the Oregon Air National Guard.

"The signing of this lease extension exemplifies how our community in the basin has embraced the Guard's mission, supports our men and women in uniform, and benefits from the base's investment back into the community," Walden said.

This lease extension adds a capstone to recent improvements including a new airspace expansion which brings the total area to 11,300 square miles, making it among the largest test and training ranges in the U.S. Air Force.

This airspace expansion allows the opportunity for a fairly new concept in training -- use of a contracted adversary air (ADAIR) squadron which will serve to increase the number of sorties directly related to student training. This new ADAIR squadron of about six aircraft would simulate enemy aircraft during training sorties rather than requiring some of the F-15C's to fill the adversary role. This will free up more of the F-15C's for student training and allow the unit to graduate a larger number of new F-15C pilots for the Combat Air Forces.

The extended lease also helps solidify over $80M in planned construction projects in response to growth requirements such as the addition of nearly 100 active duty troops in an Active Association and the proposed addition of contract aircraft on the ramp. A new fire station is currently under construction and planned projects include a new fuel off-loading and on-loading station, a new corrosion control facility, ramp improvement construction, and many others.

During the ceremony speakers noted the litany of recent accomplishments have paved the way for both this unprecedented lease extension, and positioned Kingsley Field for the future.

"With its over 50,000 square-yards of ramp space, unrivaled support from the community, and four decades of fighter training culture, Kingsley Field is clearly a perfect home for the F-35, or any future training missions for that matter," added Walden.

The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the sole F-15C formal training schoolhouse for the United States Air Force.

Oregon Air National Guard Col. Jeffrey Smith, 173rd Fighter Wing commander, presents framed F-15 photos to Klamath Falls Mayor Carol Westfall and Klamath Falls City Councilmen, Feb. 19, 2018, at Kingsley Field, in Klamath Falls, Ore. The wing hosted community members and leaders to celebrate the 173rd FW's unprecedented 50-year lease extension that takes the community partnership out to 2095. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy, 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

Carol Westfall, Mayor of Klamath Falls, addresses community members and leaders during a celebratory gathering, Feb. 19, 2018, at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. Westfall and leaders in the City of Klamath Falls secured an unprecedented 50-year lease extension with the 173rd Fighter Wing that takes the community partnership out to 2095. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy, 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

Oregon Air National Guard Col. Jeff Smith, the 173rd Fighter Wing commander, visits with members of the community including Klamath County Sheriff Chris Kaber and Commissioner Derrick DeGroot, during a ceremony, Feb. 19, 2018, commemorating the extension of Kingsley Field's lease to the year 2095 at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. The extension makes this lease the longest in the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny
Snoozy, 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

Klamath Falls grants 173rd Fighter Wing 50-year lease extension (Photo) - 02/15/18

KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon -- The City of Klamath Falls is demonstrating an unprecedented level of community support for the 173rd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, by extending the lease on the airfield property until 2095 -- another 77 years, the longest lease of any base in the country.

A ceremony scheduled for at 1:45 p.m on Feb. 19, 2018, will host a number of community leaders at the base including U.S. Representative Greg Walden.

The event will commemorate a number of initiatives that help the wing maintain the only F-15C formal schoolhouse in the U.S. Air Force, including the finalization of an airspace expansion initiative and plans to continue numerous construction projects on the base past the year 2020.

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Oregon Air National Guardsman to become senior National Guard JAG (Photo) - 01/26/18

SALEM, Oregon -- Oregon Air National Guard Brig. Gen. W. Dan Bunch has been selected as the Air National Guard (ANG) Assistant to The Judge Advocate General (JAG), U.S. Air Force. He is scheduled to move to this major general position effective July 2018 as the senior Judge Advocate in the National Guard.

Serving part time in the Pentagon, Bunch will be the ANG advisor to The Judge Advocate General of the Air Force. In addition to giving counsel on projects of national significance, he will provide leadership, strategic planning and management of the ANG Judge Advocate program, encompassing more than 440 judge advocates and paralegals at Air National Guard legal offices throughout the nation.

"It's an honor to congratulate one of our own and celebrate Dan's selection for this prestigious position," said Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon. "His character, professional skills, and proven leadership are a credit to him, and to us all."

Bunch has most recently been serving as the ANG Assistant to the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Air Force and a senior member of the Judge Advocate General's ANG Council.

He began his military career in 1990 with the U.S. Navy, serving on the island of Guam and then onboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), an operational aircraft carrier supporting operations in the first Gulf War and in Bosnia. In 1994, he transferred to the U.S. Air Force where he served as a fighter wing chief of military justice and later as a regional circuit prosecutor handling complex and high profile cases. In 1997, he was named the top junior judge advocate of 11th Air Force.

In 1998, he transferred to the Air Force Reserve and then transferred to the Oregon Air National Guard in 2000 as the Staff Judge Advocate of the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field. In 2007, he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, in support of the Law and Order Task Force in which he commanded a joint force of military and civilian legal specialists in an effort to establish an Iraqi judicial system. Returning home, Bunch was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and named as the nation's outstanding Judge Advocate in the Air Reserve component. His career continued with his competitive selection to perform national level duties as the ANG Assistant to the Staff Judge Advocate for Air Force Space Command and Air Combat Command.

Bunch received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampden-Sydney College in 1987 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Virginia in 1990.

In his civilian career, Bunch has worked as a prosecuting attorney, a partner in a law firm, and as county counsel of Klamath County, Oregon. During 2010, Oregon's governor appointed Bunch to the state court's 13th Judicial District in Klamath County, where he is judge having general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases.

Bunch is married to Mary Liz Hamilton. He and his wife reside in Klamath Falls and have three adult children: Ali, Faison, and Pierce.

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