KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. – Of the 155 Airmen that have been activated at the 173rd Fighter Wing to support hospitals in Oregon, 23 of them are being rerouted to assist at Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, Friday, Sept. 10.
“It is a privilege to assist Oregon hospitals in a time of need,” said Col. Micah Lambert, 173rd Fighter Wing vice commander. “This hits close to home and is such an honor to support our community partner, Sky Lakes Medical Center, which provides medical care to much of Team Kingsley.”
Initially, 50 Team Kingsley Airmen were activated last week to support Springfield-Eugene hospital, with 105 more activated to assist in the Salem area earlier this week.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced the activation of up to 1,500 Oregon National Guard members to help Oregon hospitals with support functions due to a reported increase in COVID-19 cases and staff shortages, Aug. 13.
The Airmen will work in non-clinical roles such as material handling, equipment support, COVID testing support, laundry and custodial services and other necessary activities to assist hospital operations.