KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- The Secretary of the United States Air Force toured Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls Saturday. This is the first time in the 173rd Fighter Wing history that a Secretary of the United States Air Force has visited Kingsley Field. Secretary Heather Wilson also listened to some of the concerns airmen at the base have including housing and health care. About 15 community leaders and commanders from Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls had important issues on their minds and in an hour long round table discussion, they got to relay them to the Secretary of the United States Air Force Heather Wilson and Congressman Greg Walden. Some of the many topics discussed were housing and health care for active duty airmen at Kingsley Field, two issues Secretary Wilson said are fairly new since assigning active duty airmen to Kingsley Field only started about four years ago.
"They don't have the deep roots in the community. They don't have a health care provider and they need housing and so those kinds of issues are new over the last few years here. We very much appreciate the community's willingness to address those issues," Secretary Wilson said.
As Secretary of the United States Air Force Secretary Wilson is responsible for the welfare of all airmen in the United States as well as their families. Congressman Walden said it's important that she take a tour of the base.
"We have a great fly space to go train. We have a community that's ready to step forward and even better help health care, housing and better education opportunities for our airmen. I think part of having the Secretary here, she gets to see it firsthand and hear from the men and women who wear our nation's uniform and see the facilities," Congressman Walden noted.
As for the next generation of aircraft, the F-35's, Secretary Wilson said there are no plans underway or in the near future to bring them to Kingsley Field.
The Secretary will head back to Kingsley Field Sunday to visit with more airmen as well as take a tour around southern Oregon in a F-15.