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  • What’s in a Number Anyway? The Origins of the 142nd Fighter Wing

    A numerical designation is a primary means of identifying a given military unit.  The 142nd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard is no different and the two organizations have come to be associated with each other ever since 24 May 1946, seventy years ago.But on that Friday 70 years ago, the 142nd, which was in 1946 designated as the 142nd
  • And Elk Too? The Oregon ANG in Operation Haylift, 1949

    In the winter of 1948-1949, severe cold weather conditions gripped the western United States, threatening man and beast alike with epic amounts of snowfall and chilling temperatures.In order to help herds of stranded livestock survive, a number of Air National Guard units answered requests in a number of States to help deliver by air forage to the
  • “We’ve got people, we’ve got a place, and we’re ready!” The Origins of the Oregon Air National Guard

    G. Robert Dodson's short, official request; "We've got people, we've got a place, and we're ready!"- launched the 123rd Observation Squadron in the spring of 1941.  But how the squadron got to the point of creation isn't as well-known.Oregon had its first military aviation pioneers in the World War I-era, with Captain Frank W. Wright of the Oregon
  • Kriegie on the Move: The POW Experience of Luther P. Canup

    April 9th is the annual observance of National Former Prisoner of War (POW) Recognition Day, when we remember the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women who were prisoners of war.The 142nd Fighter Wing historical record indicates that it has both Second World War and Korean War former POWs to remember and to honor, with the
  • The Birth Pangs of Portland ANG Base - Part I: Origins

    Portland Air National Guard Base celebrates its 75th anniversary this year as a military aviation installation.   This article is the first in a series commemorating the earliest history of the base.The clacking keys on a borrowed manual typewriter in the Army Corps of Engineers field office at the base construction site heralded the birth of the
  • Top military cyclist trains for two callings

    With endurance cycling, nearly every part of the sport is tough; from the demands of distance and the quality of the competitors, to changing natural elements on any given day.For Tech. Sgt. Dwayne Farr, those difficulties pale in comparison with splitting his time between the compulsory grind of bicycle training to his no-fail mission with the
  • Chief Jean Allen: Wingman, Air Force spouse and mom

    Its early and still dark on Oct. 4, as a handful of Airmen arrive to a dimly-lit warehouse here on base for their monthly Honor Guard training.  As they wander in the door and shake off the early fall chill, they are greeted with hot coffee and a warm smile from Chief Master Sgt. Jean Allen, the 142nd Fighter Wing Force Support Squadron
  • First Time at William Tell

    The year was 1307.  A legendary Swiss crossbowman by the name of William Tell offended a local lord named Gessler, who took offense when Tell failed to bow before his hat.  Tell was punished by the petty lord with a choice, either he and his son would be executed, or if he wished, he could try and shoot an apple off the head of his son with the
  • Remembering the OreANG's Vietnam Veterans

    On this Veterans Day, 2015, we remember all the men and women who served and who serve our nation in the armed forces.  This year we pay special attention to our Vietnam War veterans, marking the 50th anniversary of major US involvement in Southeast Asia from 1965 and the 40th anniversary of the end of the war in 1975. A number of Oregon Air
  • Air Pirates of the Caribbean raid the Pacific Northwest: The 6th Bomb Group visits Portland

    The Rose City was recently visited by some air pirates from the Caribbean, in the form of veterans, families and friends of the World War II-era 6th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) Association.  They held a reunion at the Red Lion Hotel at Jantzen Beach, from Sept. 9-13, 2015.The 6th Bomb Group served for many years before World War II in the
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