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  • 125th STS Airmen conduct extrication training

    Non-salvageable vehicles usually end up sitting in a scrap yard or are crushed and recycled. But one squadron here routinely uses junked cars as a training tool in order to potentially save lives.Oregon Air National Guardsmen from the 125th Special Tactics Squadron participated in extrication training at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oct. 8,
  • 142nd MXG conducts change of command ceremony

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Kosderka assumed command of the 142nd Maintenance Group during a change of command ceremony held at Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Oct. 1, 2020.Kosderka assumed command from Col. William Kopp, who took over as the 142nd Wing Vice Commander.“To the men and women of the 142nd MXG, I want to tell you I can’t be
  • EOC provides behind-the-scenes support during OPLAN Smokey

    For nearly two weeks, Guardsmen from the Portland Air National Guard Base have been activated in support of Operation Plan Smokey, an interagency wildfire relief effort. But the Airmen on the front lines are not the only ones who responded to Oregon’s state of emergency.Guardsmen worked behind the scenes in the Emergency Operations Center here,
  • Remembered, Not Forgotten on National POW/MIA Recognition Day 2020

    National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979 and is commemorated on the third Friday in September. The purpose of this day is to honor those members of the military who were held captive as prisoners of war (POW) and returned, as well as those who remain missing in action (MIA). For the 142nd Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard, on this day we remember 11 men carried on the unit’s MIA roster who remain missing from World War II.
  • Portland Air National Guard Base’s 142nd Wing deploys Guardsmen to help combat raging wildfires

    The Oregon Air National Guard is sending 125 members to aid in fire emergency response efforts – 75 from the 142nd Wing at Portland ANG Base and 50 from Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base in Klamath Falls. These Oregon Air Guard members are deploying in support of OPLAN (Operation Plan) Smokey, assisting the Oregon Military Department and the Oregon Department of Forestry.
  • Redhawks at the Victory and the Journey Home

    As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II on 2 September 1945, let us recall the role Oregon’s first aviation unit, the 123rd Observation Squadron, played in the war. The 123rd Obs was activated on 18 April 1941 in Portland, Oregon. After a brief period of training and equipping at Swan Island Municipal Airport it was ordered into active service on 15 September 1941 and transferred up to Gray Field at Fort Lewis, Washington.
  • Oregon Air National Guard to Receive F-15EX Fighter Jets

    The Oregon Air National Guard received news Friday from the Secretary of the Air Force regarding the Air Force’s plans to replace the Oregon Air National Guard’s aging F-15C/D Eagles at both Oregon wings with the newly updated F-15EX model. Kingsley Field, Oregon in Klamath Falls, is scheduled to transition to the Air Force’s first F-15EX formal training mission beginning in 2022, and the Portland Air National Guard Base is scheduled to become the first operational F-15EX squadron in 2023.
  • 123rd Fighter Squadron Change of Command

    Lt. Col. Niels Barner salutes 142nd Operations Group Commander, Lt. Col. Nicholas Rutgers, symbolizing his assumption of command of the 123rd Fighter Squadron at Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., July 31, 2020. The 123rd Fighter Squadron falls under the 142nd Operations Group and is responsible for guarding the skies of the Pacific Northwest,
  • 125th STS dives into new underwater capability

    Note: Names have been left out of the following article due to mission requirements.It would be pointless to swim subsurface into enemy territory in regular scuba gear, as the adversaries may notice bubbles coming out of the water. That’s why members from the 125th Special Tactics Squadron recently adopted a different type of diving.U.S. Air Force
  • 142nd SFS conducts change of command ceremony

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ryan Barton assumed command of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron during a change of command ceremony held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Aug. 2, 2020.Barton assumed command from Lt. Col. Caleb Westfall, who retired directly after relinquishing command.“Westfall has been the epitome of a defender and always