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  • Air Guard Base Survives the Vanport Flood of 1948

    It was 65 years ago this week that Oregon's second largest city was decimated by one of the largest floods in American history. The Columbia River broke through the level on May 30, 1948 at about 4:15 p.m., and a 10-foot wall of water engulfed the city of Vanport and the Portland Air National Guard Base within hours. Vanport City was a hastily
  • Proposed Establishment and Modification of Oregon Military Training Airspace

    Proposed Establishment and Modification of Oregon Military Training AirspaceThe purpose of the proposed Oregon Airspace Initiative is to provide properly-configured and located military airspace which will provide efficient, realistic mission-oriented training with adequate size, and within reasonably close proximity, to support advanced 21st
  • National Guard Vice Chief Visits Oregon

    With a brief two-day visit to the Pacific Northwest, Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau, toured the Portland Air National Guard Base and attended a workshop for the Oregon State Partnership Program here in Portland, Ore.Gen. Lengyel took time to meet with the Airmen who call Oregon home, while receiving briefings on
  • Embracing Grief

    "In World War II, the beauty was, it took a long time to get home -- it took time, several weeks. The same crew is together, it's not 'got your orders, pack your bags, you're out of here in two hours.' This has been going on since Vietnam. This instant travel we have now, in less than a day you can be out of there, in strip mall madness, back into
  • The 142nd Fighter Wing complete Combined Unit Exercise

    Citizen Airmen the 142nd Fighter Wing completed their second in a series of Combined Unit Exercise' s at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore., from Jan. 11-13.The CUE training prepares the members and the air base for the unit's upcoming Combined Unit Inspection scheduled later in the summer.Combined Unit Inspections are mandated by
  • Oregon Air National Guard signs historic 50-year lease with Port of Portland Commission

    After more than 15 years of negotiations between the Port of Portland and the Oregon National Guard, a ceremonial signing of a 50-year lease will allow the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing to continue to operate from the Portland International Airport in Portland, Ore.The official signing ceremony, held Wednesday at the Portland Air
  • Security Forces mobilization

    The Oregon Air National Guard' s 142nd Security Forces Squadron held a mobilization ceremony today at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., as approximately 30 Airmen will deploy to support Operation Enduring Freedom.The 142nd SFS will participate in pre-mobilization training at Elgin Air Force Base, Fla., in Jan. of 2013, before they are scheduled
  • Operation Santa Claus

    More than a dozen members of the 142nd Fighter Wing volunteered their own time on Nov. 30 to help raise money to support local military families in need of extra assistance this holiday season in the Portland area. KPAM radio station, in Portland, Ore., has raised more than $1,000,000 during their Operation Santa Claus event over the last eight
  • 116th Air Control Squadron host joint training exercise

    The Oregon Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Squadron based at Camp Rilea, Ore., conducted a two-week training exercise, Sept., 12-28., hosting the 109th ACS from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The exercise involved the Nimitz Carrier group and other joint tactical components. The fleet synthetic training exercise, a program that is port of the
  • Veterans Day, 1944-style

    As we celebrate Veterans Day, let us remember the original members of the Oregon National Guard's first aviation unit, the 123rd Observation Squadron, who remained in the unit all through its World War II existence, including the wartime overseas deployment to China. Redesignated as the 35th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron (35PRS) before going