KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- This is the first time in Kingsley Field History that a Secretary of the US Air Force has visited the base. Secretary Heather Wilson also had the opportunity to visit with local veterans and discuss any concerns they might have at breakfast. Sunday’s breakfast was a part two to last night's round table (which can be found here) but this time with local Klamath Falls veterans.
Retired Kingsley Field base commander Steve Harper was one of the veterans at the breakfast. He said this was a great opportunity to tell Secretary Wilson how great an asset Kingsley Field is not only to the community but to the air force as a whole.
“We know how good Kingsley is and what a jewel it is for the entire defense department. So to get a chance to show her and to have her here to listen to us it was very, very satisfying," Harper said.
Veterans also had the opportunity to ask Congressman Greg Walden and Secretary Wilson any questions as well as bring up any concerns they have as veterans.
“What we know is that there are issues that we need to keep working on. That the community is right there on time getting it done and moving forward with more affordable housing and better access to healthcare and certainly education," Congressman Walden added.
Both the Congressman and the Secretary said there is work to be done but the community has their support.
"This community is really important to the support of the base and it’s great to have veteran leaders in the community that are here for us," Secretary Wilson said.