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  • Oregon Air Guard Top Gun Shooter at 'William Tell' retires

    Maybe is was the smell of jet fuel, or the noise of the flight line, or perhaps it was just something about seeing other airmen in their military uniforms hurrying about their duty. Whatever it was, it hooked Gary W. Thompson into rejoining the Air Force after a prolonged break in service and a later date with destiny."When the economy collapsed in
  • Yellow Ribbon program fosters support for deployed members

    Sometimes the biggest joys in life are the simple things: house work, a Sunday afternoon football game on TV, and time spent a home with family members. After multiple deployments in the past several years during his a 38-year career in the Air Force, Chief Master Sgt. Steven P. Nichols, said he savors these kinds of days at his home in Vancouver,
  • Runner endures deployment challenge

         Running along a dusty, unpaved road, U.S. Air Force Maj. Carrie J. Brant leans forward and meets the rise of the hill she is pushing to overcome on her late-day workout. Brant recalls the beauty of the snowcapped mountains illuminated in the distance, standing in direct contrast to the stark buildings and fence-lined road she tracks along.    
  • Employer support highlights ESGR day

    Almost any vantage point of Crater Lake National Park in Oregon can be spectacular, but from a boom operator's window aboard a KC-135 Stratotaker at 30,000 feet, the view can be especially magnificent.Snapping images with his cell phone camera, Todd Hess was a recent guest aboard one of the aircraft, and he said he was captivated with the refueling
  • OUR OWN HOMETOWN HERO

    Senior Master Sergeant Timothy Lear, 142nd Security Forces Squadron, Oregon Air National Guard was awarded a Bronze Star Medal on Aug. 3, 2012. Lear received the medal for "extraordinary leadership" while being assigned to the 966th Air Expeditionary Squadron, Baghram Air Base, Afghanistan, from October 14, 2011 to April 17, 2012. Serving as the
  • A Calling to Serve

    A lengthy line of Oregon Air National Guard Airmen wait to receive communion or a blessing from Chaplain Richard Sirianni on May 15, 2011 at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore. The intimate World War II era chapel is nearly full to hear Sunday Mass during the unit training assembly weekend and share in Chaplain Sirianni's final
  • Head West!! Oregon National Guard's Initial Response to Pearl Harbor Attack

    On Dec. 7, 1941, the Oregon National Guard launched one of the first missions flown from a U.S. base in defense of the West Coast. When news of the devastating attack on Hawaii reached the west coast of the United States, the Oregon National Guard's 123rd Observation Squadron, founding unit of today's Oregon Air National Guard, was on duty at Gray
  • They Waived Everything but Goodbye: Oregon Air National Guard in the Korean War

    This year commemorates the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War. The conflict caught many by surprise, and the post-World War II U.S. military establishment, much reduced in size following that global conflict, rushed into action. It was soon apparent that additional forces were needed in Korea, even with creation of the United
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