Sentry Eagle is the one of the largest air-to-air combat exercises conducted by the Air National Guard (ANG). The exercise is hosted by the 173rd Fighter Wing (FW) of the Oregon ANG at Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base (ANGB) near Klamath Falls in southern Oregon. Sentry Eagle provides active and reserve Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps pilots with a full range of simulated combat scenarios. Training in air combat maneuvering (ACM) and large force employment are heavily emphasized during the exercise. The 2017 version of Sentry Eagle was attended by several commands including the 149th Fighter Wing Gunfighters from the Texas ANG, the 162nd Fighter Wing from the Arizona ANG, and the 194th Fighter Squadron (FS) Griffins from the California ANG. Thanks to ManteganiPhotos for uploading these two excellent HD videos of these jets in action.
Kingsley Field ANGB made the news recently as the 56th Operations Group was just activated as the 550th FS Silver Eagles, a supplemental F-15C Eagle training squadron. The 550th FS will be tasked with providing enhanced training for regular Air Force and Air Force Reserve F-15C Eagle pilots.
This second video was shot during a flight onboard a 116th Air Refueling Squadron (ARS) Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker with the 141st Air Refueling Wing (ARW). During the mission the KC-135R tanks F-16 Vipers from the 149th and 162nd FWs. Spoiler alert: There is also some gorgeous footage of idyllic Oregon’s Crater Lake in this video. It’ll make your eyes water!