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  • Portland partakes in Sentry Savannah 2021

    Recently Sentry Savannah, the Air National Guard’s primary large scale 4th and 5th generation fighter exercise, concluded after several days of hard-hitting training off the coast of Georgia. Sentry Savannah offers a unique training experience to pilots and other members of the Air National Guard from all over the United States, including Oregon, Texas, Colorado and Massachusetts.
  • Oregon’s Military and Naval Aviation Pioneers, Frank W. Wright and Louis T. Barin, Jr.

    Over a century ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the fighting in Europe on land, sea and air between Allied forces and Imperial Germany ceased. World War One was over. Looking back in time, we note that Oregon’s military aviation roots emanate from this period. Although the 123rd Observation Squadron is properly feted as Oregon’s first military aviation unit, and celebrates its 80th anniversary this month, Oregon’s first military and naval aviators started flying more than 100 years ago.
  • Three Stalags and Out! Remembering Lt. Harry W. Tait, Jr. on National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

    April 9 is the day in 1942 that Major General Edward P. King, Jr. surrendered the exhausted, malnourished and battered American military forces on the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. Some 78,000 troops (66,000 Filipinos and 12,000 Americans of the Fil-Am forces), the largest number of U.S. soldiers ever to surrender and become prisoners of war (POW).
  • Korean War Call-up of the 142nd Fighter Group

    As the Korean War continued 70 years ago, more of the Oregon Air National Guard (ANG) was called to duty. On 1 March 1951, the 142nd Fighter Group (142FG) was activated for federal service at its home station, Portland Air Base, Portland, Oregon.
  • OR National Guard volunteers aid state COVID-19 vaccine efforts

    Volunteers from the Oregon Air and Army National Guard are working alongside civilian volunteers to aid the state in its COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts. Guardsmen have been serving in various capacities, such as traffic control, administration, and vaccination. Tech. Sgt. Holley Bergfeld, a medic with the 142nd Medical Group, based out of Portland Air National Guard Base, is serving as a vaccinator at the Portland Convention Center. “We’re here for our community first,” said Bergfeld. “To be able to play a large part in our community during a global pandemic, as a medical personnel, is really exciting.”
  • Model Citizen: One Airman’s Journey to U.S. Citizenship

    After a long road, SrA Raul Reyes, a member of the Fatality Search and Recovery Team for the 142nd Force Support Squadron obtained his U.S. citizenship this past November. “I've considered myself an American from the first day I stepped foot on American soil almost 20 years ago,” said Reyes. “I've pledged allegiance to our flag since elementary school and will continue to do so. It's a great feeling to finally and officially be an American.”
  • The 142nd Wing is Gearing Up for the New F-15EX

    The 142nd Wing has experienced numerous changes over the years. From starting out as an observation squadron with a fighter group, then a fighter wing, and is now a wing. It has also harnessed several different aircraft from the P-51 to the F-15C Eagle and different kinds of aircraft in between. The 142nd Wing is slated to receive the new F-15EX model aircraft sometime around fiscal year 2025.
  • Night flying a necessary component of readiness for ORANG

    While many Portlanders have grown accustomed to the sights and sounds of military aircraft from the 142nd Wing out of Portland Air National Guard Base (PANG), hearing them at night can be a jarring experience. But rest assured night flying is perfectly normal, and part of a vital training requirement for pilots across the Air Force.
  • Portland ANG Base second in DOD to acquire police bumper grappler

    In November 2020, the 142nd Security Forces Squadron (SFS) acquired a much needed tool set and capability to address a potential and serious threat to the installation. The tool is a device called the police bumper grappler which is designed to deploy, attach to, and disable a vehicle that poses a threat to installation safety or security.
  • A Cyclone-Roaring December 7: The 123rd Observation Squadron Goes to War

    You may hear the thunder of the 123rd Fighter Squadron’s jet engines on takeoff from Portland Air National Guard Base, a sign of readiness.  But on this December day in 1941 that sound was a roar, the roar of a nine-cylinder Wright R-1820-57 Cyclone 9 radial engine of 1,060 horsepower for a propeller-driven aircraft taking off on the squadron’s