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  • Remembering our POW/MIAs: The Wartime Saga of Lee McDuff

    Wham!Without any warning the nose of 2nd Lt. Lee McDuff's P-47 Thunderbolt exploded, sending hot shrapnel and broken aircraft fragments flying all about--through the firewall, knocking off the canopy of the Razorback Thunderbolt, and knocking out Lt. McDuff. It was September 20, 1944. In the preceding summer months, fighter pilots like McDuff
  • Lt. Gen. Bednarek Visits the 142nd Fighter Wing

    U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Mick Bednarek, Commanding General First U.S. Army, stands with members of the 142nd Fighter Wing and one of the unit's F-15C Eagles, during his visit to the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore., Sept. 14, 2012. Image pictured (from left to right) Oregon Air National Guard Col. Rick Wedan, Vice Commander 142nd Fighter
  • Heroism and Humility: Oregon Air National Guardsman Actions Reverberate

    "Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are", John W. Gardner.Leadership; the word alone holds many overtones for every Airman who feels compelled to serve their country. Each of us in uniform has known someone who has set the standard of excellence, whether through personality or by persuasion; leadership styles
  • Oregon Air National Guard Awards Banquet

    Military and select civilian members of the Oregon Air National Guard gathered to be recognized for outstanding achievement during the past year, at the 18th Annual Oregon Air National Guard Awards Banquet at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Portland, Ore. February 25, 2012.Award winners came from all over the state representing the 142nd and 173rd
  • The Family Connection

    When airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard deploy, their family and friends at home can sometimes face a barrage of hardship, need and concern. For the 116th Air Control Squadron, family volunteer Susan Murren has become the critical connection linking those at home with the resources they require. "In the year and a half since I took this
  • Redhawks Season of Giving

    The holiday season allows all of us pause and reflect upon the important issues of life each year. For most that means time with family and loved ones but it also a time to count the blessings and give back to others in need who are less fortunate.Member of the 142nd Fighter Wing have spent time pitching in to do a variety volunteer events in the
  • Jinxed in the CBI - The Oregon Guard and the USO in WWII

    With Christmas approaching and the holiday season underway, thoughts of home come to mind. This phenomenon is the same through time, both now and when American Airmen deployed to the Far East back in December, 1944. There deployed in China was the 35th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, a unit created in 1943 from the Oregon National Guard' s pioneer
  • Oregon Airmen team with KPAM radio to raise money for military families in need

     - Phones ringing off the hook, on-line donations and pledges pouring in while Airmen from the 142 Fighter Wing "Redhawks" stood by to take pledges and donations from generous residents and business across Oregon and Southwest Washington. November 28, through December 2 marked KPAM radio and the Salvation Army's "Operation Santa Claus" donation and
  • In it for the Long Run: Chief Max White

    Max White first came to Eugene, Ore., in 1972 to chase an Olympic dream having qualified for the Olympic Track and Field trials in the Marathon. Though White did not make the USA team and compete in Munich, West Germany, he would eventually move to the west coast. White made his home in Oregon and created countless other successes including;
  • Honoring Redhawk Heritage on Veterans Day

    As we pause on this Veterans Day to honor the members of our armed services, we also celebrate our American military heritage. In doing so, we recall the achievements and sacrifices of our predecessors who served our nation. For the 142nd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard, this includes remembering the 371st Fighter Group of the Second
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