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  • There at the Finish – The 371st Fighter Group on Victory in Europe Day

    Seventy-five years ago today, May 8, 1945, the war in Europe ended with the surrender of Nazi Germany to Allied forces. Victory in Europe (V-E Day) had arrived. After more than five years of death and devastation between major powers which ravaged the continent, the guns were silent. It was the 41st month that the US was at war, with more months yet until victory over Japan in the Pacific. It was also the 22nd month of life for the 371st Fighter Group (the 142d Wing today), born for battle.
  • OREGON AIR NATIONAL GUARD TO CONDUCT AIR FORCE SALUTE FLYOVERS IN OREGON

    The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to fly multiple F-15 Eagle flyovers over hospitals and other locations throughout Oregon during the month of May in order to salute Oregonians on the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic and lift morale during a time of severe health and economic impacts.
  • ORANG Chief turns to the ‘dark side’ for a good cause

    Long before the idea of a Space Force hit the national discussion, Chief Master Sgt. Brian Presson was already serving in a “Galaxy Far, Far Away.” Presson is an active member of the Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Legion in Oregon. The charitable-focused group is known as “Vader’s Fist”, has for years been making an impact on The Dark Side, albeit in a very positive way.
  • Op/Ed: How do we explain COVID-19 to our children?

    I thought long and hard about how I should explain COVID-19 to my children. I settled on the truth because it’s the best thing for them. But what “truth” and how much?
  • Month of the Military Child Spotlight: Finding balance with Families and Children during COVID-19

    April is Month of the Military Child — a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of the dependent children of military members serving at home and overseas. As the month comes to a close, we focus on children and the possible impact of recent “stay at home” sequestration efforts in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic.
  • Funny lady SrA Katy Bitz finds her home in the 142nd Wing

    “Katy is one of the kindest souls I know, with such a bubbly personality,” said Senior Master Sgt. Shelly Davison of the 142nd Force Support Squadron. “She makes you smile every time you see her, she can light up a room.” Everyone has gifts to share with the world, it just takes time to find the right fit. This rings true for Senior Airman Katy Bitz.
  • Weathering COVID-19: mental resilience

    In times of national crisis, it’s easy to become emotionally overwhelmed and forget to take your own mental health into consideration. The rapid onset of COVID-19 across the world has brought a multitude of financial and personal stresses for Airmen and their families. On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, placed limitations on large scale gatherings and encouraged military members to telecommute whenever possible. While social distancing is imperative to limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it’s equally important to maintain social connections and ensure mental resilience during these trying times.
  • Airman and Family Readiness equipped to help members impacted by COVID-19

    If you’re a 142nd Wing Citizen Airman facing financial, employment, or other hardships due to COVID-19, the 142nd Force Support Squadron’s Airman and Family Readiness Program (A&FR) personnel want you to know that you don’t have to weather through these uncertain times on your own.
  • Twice Escaped: The POW Story of P-47 Pilot Edward R. Kirkland

    Today is April 9, National Former Prisoner of War (POW) Recognition Day in the United States. It is the time we commemorate the service and sacrifice of members of our armed forces who were taken captive by enemy forces in conflict. April 9 commemorates the surrender of our soldiers on Bataan to Imperial Japanese Army forces in 1942, the largest single surrender of American military forces in history.
  • 142nd Fighter Wing Redesignates to the 142nd Wing

    The 142nd Fighter Wing has been redesignated the 142nd Wing as of March 6, 2020.The move from a fighter wing to a wing is meant to better articulate the broad capabilities of the 142nd and the Airmen who accomplish the mission.
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