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  • 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
  • 142nd FSRT and Oregon State Police bond over combined efforts during 2020 fire season

    Over the November 2020 drill weekend, Oregon State Police officers Crystal Bell and Adam Turnbo met and exchanged tokens of appreciation with members of the 142nd Force Support Squadron’s Fatality Search and Recovery Team (FSRT). FSRT worked closely with the Oregon State Police and other civilian agencies during the 2020 fire season.
  • USO brings Thanksgiving to 142nd Wing members

    Members of the 142nd Wing volunteered their time alongside members of the United Service Organizations (USO), to distribute Thanksgiving meals to wing Airmen on November 21, 2020 at Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore. The USO worked in partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation, Albertsons, Safeway, Sysco Foods, and American Heroes
  • The Airman and Family Readiness Center Has Officially Opened

    The 142nd Wing Airman and Family Readiness Center officially opened its doors on November 8, 2020, at building 355 at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. A small ceremony was held over the October drill weekend to mark the occasion. This move comes as the final step in the wing’s effort to build a robust, ready, and able Resiliency Team to serve the Airmen of the 142nd Wing.
  • Motorcycle safety requirements contribute to military riding culture

    The riding season in Oregon is coming to a close for some motorcycle enthusiasts, while others may choose to ride through the rainy winter. But no matter the season, motorcycle safety requirements are different for military members.Riders in military status, whether active duty or in the guard or reserves, are required to complete approved training
  • The Wartime Life of a Gunplumber: An Interview with Victor B. Kramer

    It takes teamwork to generate and employ the airpower needed to fly, fight and win.  It’s always been that way in aerial warfare.  Though pilots often receive their due credit for their work at the pointy end, members of the ground echelon don’t perhaps receive as much attention, nor do they ask for it.  But the fighter pilots and P-47 Thunderbolts