The Birth Pangs of Portland ANG Base – Part II: Major Units Arrive
The Commanding General of the US Army’s 2nd Air Force, Major General John F. Curry (left) is seen with the first commander of Portland Army Air Base, Colonel Joseph L. Stromme (right), during one of Gen. Curry’s inspections of the base in 1941. PAAB came under the operational control of the 2nd Air Force, then-headquartered at Fort Gorge Wright, Spokane, Washington. Curry later served as the first commander of the Civil Air Patrol. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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