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  • 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
  • Remembering Redhawk Fighter Pilots who sacrificed during the Forgotten Korean War

    The Korean War was the first conflict to see extensive employment of the Air National Guard (ANG) in combat service. Many ANG units were activated, in whole or in part, and served directly in Korea, or in many other locations in the United States and around the world during the Cold War.Oregon ANG members were among those who answered the call to
  • 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