The 550th Fighter Squadron reactivated at Kingsley Field, Oregon July 21, 2017. In 2014, a detachment was stood up as a part of the Total Force Integration (TFI), which brought active-duty Airman to Kingsley Field for the first time. They were originally designated as Detachment 2, 56th Operations Group. As a combined operations, maintenance, and support squadron, the 550th “Silver Eagles” is one of the largest squadrons in Air Education and Training Command. The 550th Fighter Squadron falls under the command of the 56th Operations Group at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, but will operate out of Kingsley Field alongside the Oregon Air National Guardsmen.
The TFI is designed to bolster Kingsley’s mission with additional Air Force active-duty Airmen stationed at the Air National Guard base to increase the number of pilots trained in a given period of time. The TFI was initiated after the Chief of Staff of the Air Force directed increased production of F-15C pilots. To achieve this goal the Air Force recognized the need for additional aircraft and manpower at the 173rd Fighter Wing, the sole F-15C training base for the USAF. Currently, nearly 100 active-duty Airmen belonging to the 550th Fighter Squadron reside in the Klamath Basin.