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  • Oregon Air Guardsmen take on funeral honors responsibilities

    Oregon Air National Guard Honor Guard perform military funerals at Willamette National Cemetery.
  • F-15 Eagle gets a new wing for the New Year

    For members of the 142nd Maintenance Group's Non Destructive Laboratory (NDI) shop, performing Individual Aircraft Tracking (IAT) inspections keeps the F-15C fleet at the top of their game.Depending on the determined life expectancy of specific parts, inspections are scheduled on an hourly and/or calendar basis. When an IAT inspection is performed,
  • Pirak assumes command of the 142nd Fighter Wing

    Colonel Duke A. Pirak assumed command of the 142nd Fighter Wing during a change of command ceremony held here Nov. 6.Pirak assumed command from Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald who retired from the Oregon Air National Guard following the change of command ceremony today.Major General Michael E. Stencel, The Adjutant General for the State of Oregon, was

    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,"