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  • Remembering Operation Sky Shield II, October 14-15, 1961

    A series of sleep-interrupting phone calls roused drowsy Guardsmen for a Saturday morning alert at the still-dark hour of 3:38 a.m. The alert was held in connection with the nation-wide air defense exercise, Operation Sky Shield. All commercial flights throughout the country were grounded for most of the day. Thousands of military aircraft participated in the exercise.
  • He was “…close to my wing when flak burst between us…” - The last mission of P-47 pilot William Gorman

    On this National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Recognition Day, 2021, we salute F/O Gorman and our other missing World War II Airmen of the unit. They answered the call to duty for our country – may they yet return home.
  • Camp Rosenbaum: A Half Century of Helping

    Camp Rosenbaum, held annually on the Oregon coast, has long held a special place in the hearts of many Oregonians. The camp was founded by Oregon Air National Guard Brigadier General (ret.) Fred Rosenbaum, a holocaust refugee, World War II veteran, former Chairman of the Housing Authority of Portland, and at one point, commander of the Oregon Air National Guard. Rosenbaum wanted to give kids an opportunity to spend a week every summer having fun and just being kids, while at the same time, teaching them the value of being good citizens of the world.
  • Air Education and Training in the 1960s

    The 1960’s saw significant growth in the education and training of Oregon’s Airmen. In a way it was fitting, as from its earliest years, Portland Air National Guard Base provided education and training for growing air forces capabilities.
  • About that Shark mouth on the 151 Jet…

    A shark mouth is now painted on the nose of a 123rd Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle fighter, serial number 86-0151, at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon. The nose art honors a former 151 crew chief, Master Sergeant Marty Nance, who passed away in 2018. Shark mouths have been painted on military aircraft since the First World War, to intimidate a foe and also to show some fighting spirit.
  • Even Better with Age: The 142nd Wing turns 78

    Every person has a birthday, and so do organizations. This year marks the 78th anniversary of the 142nd Wing, which was initially created during the Second World War with the activation of the 371st Fighter Group on July 15, 1943.
  • Moving into the Jet Age in the 1950s

    The 1950s was a time of tremendous development in aviation, with many new aircraft capabilities as the transition from propeller to jet combat aircraft was completed. For the Oregon Air National Guard, this decade was marked by multiple changes in airframe.
  • Memorial Day 2021 - Remembering a Rough Transition

    Memorial Day is the day dedicated to remembering and those who gave their lives in service to our country. As such, the men and women of the 142nd Wing pause to honor those of the unit who died in service to the nation.
  • 116th ACS marks 50 years in ORANG

    Congratulations to the men and women of the 116th Air Control Squadron on the 50th anniversary of their squadron’s assignment to the Oregon Air National Guard!
  • When Three Became One: The Foundation of the Modern 142nd Wing, May 24, 1946

    On May 24, 1946, three different entities with three different histories came together for the first time to create what we know as the 142nd Wing based at Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Oregon.
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