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  • A Portland Connection to the Doolittle Raid of 18 April 1942

    Some 76 years have passed since the famous Doolittle Raid on Japan, 18 April 1942, when US Army Air Corps Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle led the crews of 16 B-25B Mitchell bombers off the pitching, wet and windswept deck of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8).  It was the first American attack on the Japanese home islands, a shock to the
  • Sixty Years of Redhawk Alert

    In the wake of the Korean War, air defenses in North America were built up and the ANG was an integral part of that effort.  On this 1 October date in 1958, the 142d Fighter Group (Air Defense) of the Oregon Air National Guard (Ore ANG) established an alert capability at Portland as part of the Air Defense Augmentation Program.  Twenty ANG
  • 142nd Fighter Wing Welcomes New Commander

    PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ore.-- Colonel Adam Sitler assumed command of the 142nd Fighter Wing during a change of command ceremony held here Aug. 5, 2018.Sitler assumed command from Col. Duke A. Pirak who will be taking a new position as the Director, Chief National Guard Bureau Action Group in Washington, D.C.Major General Michael E.
  • Remembering Operation Tidal Wave at 75 Years – Oregonians in the Low-Level Mission against Ploiești, 1 August 1943

    Seventy-five years ago, on 1 August 1943, Operation Tidal Wave took place. It was perhaps the most spectacular American bombing mission of World War II, the bold low-level air assault by over 150 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers on the Romanian oil refineries at Ploiești, which supplied Nazi Germany with about 1/3 of its petroleum supply. As such, Great Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill considered Ploiești to be, "...the taproot of German might."
  • The Final Flight of David R. Kingsley

    What is valor?  Where does it come from in times of crisis that enables some people to serve “above and beyond the call of duty?”  There are many worthy examples of valor and sacrifice to ponder as we commemorate the fallen of our nation on this Memorial Day.  And a flier from Portland, Oregon, David R Kingsley, is one of those whom we remember on
  • Oregon Guardsmen deploy to Puerto Rico in response to Hurricane Maria

    Oregon Airmen deploy to support Hurricane Maria
  • Special Tactics saves lives in Hurricane Harvey aftermath

    To assist in rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, 38 Special Tactics Airmen were deployed to Southeast Texas to provide critical disaster relief.Special Tactics Airmen with the 123rd and 125th Air National Guard Special Tactics Squadrons are exercising their personnel rescue and global access capabilities to provide critical relief
  • Training prepares Oregon Guardsmen for fighting fires

    A combined force of 105 Oregon Army and Air National Guardsmen prepared to deploy to the High Cascade Complex Fire in southern Oregon, while completing one-day refresher training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, on Aug. 15, 2017. The Oregon National Guard was activated by Governor Kate Brown to
  • Yellowknife Deployment For Training sharpens Oregon Civil Engineers skills

    Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, combined with Canadian Armed Forces Construction Engineers from 4 Wing, Cold Lake, Alberta, work together on a variety of construction and repair projects during their joint Deployment for Training (DFT) in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, July 16 to 30, 2017.
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