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  • Redhawk Battle Honors: Distinguished Unit Citation

    Among the many awards and decorations that are given in the U.S. Armed Forces, many are familiar with the Outstanding Unit Award.  The Air Force OUA is "...awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to numbered units that have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above
  • Doing Things Planes Can't Do: The Oregon Air National Guard Drum & Bugle Corps

    The original Oregon Air National Guard Drum & Bugle Corps started with discussions beginning in May, 1958.  Their existence spanned approximately 14 years, ending sometime after 1972.  They formed to meet the need for marching music for the unit.  The team also wished to compete with other military and civilian ROTC Drum and Bugle Corps.A nickname
  • Yellow Ribbon Program provides valuable assistance to Guardsmen

    As many Guardsmen know these days, it is sometimes hard to get readjusted back to the routine of civilian life when they have been away on a military deployment for a period of time. The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) is designed to help Guardsmen with this transition.The organization is setup to help educate service members, and their
  • Commander's journey on the less traveled road

    Of all the poems written by American Poet Laureate Robert Frost, his most prevalent, "The Road Not Taken," describes, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." For Richard W. Wedan, this choice has made for the adventure of a lifetime."There have been a few 'fork-in-the-road' moments
  • Pacific Northwest Lightning: Portland's P-38 Lightning Flying Training Program of 1944 - 1945

    Many today may be familiar with the Portland Thunder professional arena football team, but how many are familiar with the Portland Lightning's?  Of the P-38 variety, that is.Twin-engine fighter planes have a long association with Portland Air National Guard Base, from the Northrop F-89 Scorpion in the 1950's and 1960's, to the McDonnell F-101
  • Portland Army Air Base on the Day of Infamy, December 7, 1941

    As the day dawned on Sunday, December 7, 1941, at Portland Army Air Base, Oregon, all was in order. By the end of the day, however, that would completely change.Portland Army Air Base was established on March 13, 1941, at a time when numerous air installations of the Army Air Forces were under construction, as the United States prepared for looming
  • Prepared, vigilant and thankful

    Like most kitchens around the nation on Thanksgiving Day; the turkey is carefully crafted, while potatoes are peeled, and other side dishes are being prepared. Yet the distinction can be found here at the Alert Facility this holiday, as Airmen of the 142nd Fighter Wing stand on station, safeguarding the Pacific Northwest as part of the Aerospace
  • Redhawks Hit the Mark at William Tell 1984

    William Tell was the name of a famous Swiss archer, and in the 1958 his name was adopted by the USAF for its worldwide air-to-air rocketry competition which had begun in 1954. The early competitions were held at Yuma AFB, Arizona, before moving to Tyndall AFB, Florida, in 1958.The OreANG's first William Tell experience was in 1970, when the
  • Fly Another Day: 007 back in action

    The legendary fictional British spy character James Bond, 'codename 007', has spent his career pursing enemies and foiling plots against his country. After 25 feature films, '007' persistently overcomes adversity. The same can be said about a tried and true fighter jet, as the 142nd Fighter Wing's own '007' returned to action after nearly two years
  • Remembering the OreANG's Caretakers

    When the Air National Guard (ANG) resumed its normal peacetime role after World War II, lessons learned from both prewar and wartime experience resulted in a buildup of capacity with ANG unit structure across the United States.  One of these improvements was the addition of the Caretakers, a cadre of full-time personnel whose role was to take care