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  • Oregon Combat Operations Group realigns under fighter wings

    Over the past 13 years, four separate Oregon Air National Guard units have comprised the Combat Operations Group (COG), distinct in their individual responsibilities, yet linked by their common combat communications mission.As the new fiscal year began Oct. 1, three Oregon COG units -- the 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS), 125th Special Tactics
  • Portland Guardsmen bring smiles, lasting memories to European orphans

    Airmen deployed from the 142nd Fighter Wing (142 FW), Portland Air National Guard (ANG) Base, Ore., to the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (123 EFS) at Campia Turzii, Romania, raised more than $3,500 dollars to provide backpacks filled with clothing and toiletries for orphans who live near their deployed airbase.The smiles on the faces of the
  • 142nd Fighter Wing Command Chief’s Change of Authority

    In a time-honored tradition, senior enlisted members of a particular military unit conduct leadership changes, marking a continuation of professionalism from one leader to the next. In following with that tradition, the 142nd Fighter Wing recently conducted an Change of Authority ceremony, Sept. 13, 2015, at the Portland Air National Guard Base,
  • Oregon Airman Vanguards Logistics System

    If you imagine earnestness, excitement and a quick-to-speak personality, Tech. Sgt. Andrew Saunders would be a model prototype. An avid gamer, PC-based games, to be exact, Saunders flies on the edge of social norms and strives to arrange life to fit his definitions.What happens when an old computer system is slowing you down? If you're someone with
  • Portland Air Base members reflect and honor 9/11 victims

    In the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 11, more than 50 base personnel gathered here to participate in the 2nd annual 'Ruck, Run, Walk' event to observe the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and to remember those who lost their lives in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.After air base members arrived at the memorial park, Maj.
  • ‘Back 2 School Bash’ captivates youth and grownups alike

    Heading back to school can be a mix of emotions; bordering somewhere between anticipation and anxiety for students and parents alike. With classes beginning as early as next week, the Back2School Bash for Oregon National Guard families held here Aug. 22 soothed some of the upcoming uncertainties.With families from both the Army and Air National
  • Fighter Wing Assessed by Inspection Team

    The 142nd Fighter Wing hosted the Air Combat Command (ACC) Inspector General team here, August 13-18, 2015, for a Unit Effectiveness Inspection (UEI) designed to improve mission readiness and educate Airmen amidst a new inspection process.Badged inspectors roamed the base, interviewed Airmen of the 142nd and provided guidance during the planned
  • National Guard leadership visits Oregon

    The Director of the National Guard Bureau (NGB) along with his Senior Enlisted Advisor, visited the 142nd Fighter Wing during a town hall event, speaking and interacting directly with Guardsmen here on base, Aug. 15, 2015.Army Gen. Frank J. Grass, the 27th NBG Chief, and Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell O. Brush, addressed key issues effecting
  • Military and civilian first responders partner in Pathfinder-Minutemen exercise

    More than 250 participants from U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), U.S. Air Force Reserve, Army and Air National Guard units, civilian organizations, and state and county agencies took part in a joint disaster exercise here, Aug. 5, 2015.Pathfinder-Minutemen is a joint multi-agency, multi-state exercise based on response to a possible Cascadia
  • Portland Air National Guard Base activates new alert facility

    Marking 25 years after the construction of the main alert facilities housed here, an additional alert barn was officially opened during a ribbon cutting ceremony July 10, 2015.While highlighting the projects development, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald said the new $ 1.8 million facility was worth the wait."We've done plenty of