KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. – The Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, will visit the 173rd Fighter Wing this weekend.  Secretary Wilson will the tour base, meet with Airmen, and see the mission first-hand when she flies in the backseat of an F-15 Eagle.

“We are fortunate to host the Secretary of the Air Force this weekend,” says Col. Jeff Smith, 173rd FW commander.  “As I say to all of our visitors, ‘seeing is believing!’ Once leaders see the base, meet the people, and experience the community support, they leave with a better understanding of what makes Kingsley Field so unique and valuable.”

As Secretary of the Air Force, Wilson is s responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its more than 670,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and their families.

This is the first time in 173rd Fighter Wing history, that a Secretary of the Air Force has visited Kingsley Field.

“This is an important visit for the base and future mission consideration,” adds Smith.

Secretary Wilson will fly with the unit in an F-15 Eagle on Sunday around 10 a.m.  Members of the media will have the opportunity to capture imagery of her flight, and there will be an interview opportunity following her landing.

All members of the media must coordinate with the public affairs office by 3 pm. Friday Nov. 2 to gain access to the base.  For more information or to RSVP for this event, members of the media may contact the wing’s public affairs office at 541-885-6677.

Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, biography:  https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/1183103/dr-heather-wilson/