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  • 142nd FIGHTER WING PARTICIPATES IN EXERCISE VIGILANT SHIELD 2017

    Touching down in a C-5 Galaxy loaded with people and cargo, members of the 142nd Fighter Wing arrived in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, to snow, bitter temperatures and a warm welcome, to participate in Exercise Vigilant Shield 2017, October 17-21.The Vigilant Shield 2017 Field Training Exercise is an annual exercise sponsored by the North
  • WADS dedicates F-15A Eagle

    The Western Air Defense Sector hosted a formal dedication ceremony Sept. 13 at the WADS Air Park for a McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle, S/N 76-116.
  • Transgender policy changes continue to shape U.S. Military

    At the conclusion of WWII, President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Orders 9980 and 9981, ending discrimination in the federal work force and the armed forces. Earlier this summer, and nearly 70 years later, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced the military will lift the band on transgender troops openly serving, eliminating one of
  • Oregon International Air Show provides fitting backdrop for "All Call" celebration

    Past and present members of the Oregon Air National Guard (ORANG) gathered for a celebration as part of a series of events highlighting 75 years of continuous service during the Oregon International Air Show.The afterhours all-call celebration gave retired service members and current Airmen of the ORANG a chance to remanence over dinner and music
  • New base track opens with a winning start

    Oregon is known internationally for Track and Field excellence, from trailblazing legend Steve Prefontaine, to Olympians Alberto Salazar, Mary Decker Slaney and Galen Rupp. On July 26, Oregon Air National Guardsman Staff Sgt. Alan Plank can be added to the list of 'Oregon Groundbreaking Runners' as he crossed the finish line to win the inaugural
  • Cascadia Rising exercise pushes Guardsmen to the brink

    In the early morning hours of June 7, a massive magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the Pacific Northwest, generating a tsunami as the two natural disasters combined to create a devastated blow to the region. Before nightfall, crews of highly trained first responders from the Oregon National Guard are setting up mobile treatment facilities as
  • Born To Fly

    Growing up in Hawaii, Lt. Col. Nick Rutgers discovered, like most children, the deeper meaning of "The Aloha Spirit" -- the gift of interacting in the natural world with boundless possibilities. This aptitude only nurtured his biggest childhood dream to a grander significance."I can't remember wanting to do anything else besides being a pilot,"
  • Multi-state Air National Guardsmen attend Contemporary Base Issue course in Oregon

    The 142nd Fighter Wing hosted over 200 Air National Guardsmen from around the country in a two-day Contemporary Base Issues course held at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon, February 19-20, 2016.The Contemporary Base Issues (CBI) course is taught by Air National Guard Judge Advocate Generals (JAG).  The primary goal of the CBI course is to allow
  • Portland fighter pilot reaches 3,000 flying hours in F-15

    Colonel Adam "Khan" Sitler joined an elite group of fighter pilots to reach 3,000 flight hours in an F-15 Eagle, Feb. 18 at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon. Sitler, an F-15 instructor pilot and the 142nd Operations Group Commander, crossed that threshold during a routine training mission here. He is the 99th pilot on record with Boeing as
  • Oregon Guardsmen fly, shoot live missiles at WSEP exercise

    "Fly, fight, win" is exactly what a group of 142nd Fighter Wing F-15 Eagle pilots, maintainers, weapons loaders and support personnel did during a two-week weapons systems evaluation program (WSEP) known as Combat Archer at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, from Jan. 25 through Feb 5.As part of the exercise, Airmen flew the jets, loaded and shot
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