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80 Years of Oregon Air National Guard Veterans and Veterans Days
A number of 142nd Fighter Group personnel deployed to Ramstein Air Base, West Germany, in Operation Creek Klaxon. There they maintained and operated the McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom II in a rainbow deployment with several other ANG units, forming ANG US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Detachment 11 (ANG USAFE (Det 11)). Det 11 operated the F-4D for Zulu Alert operations as Ramstein’s active duty 526th Tactical Fighter Squadron (the Black Knights) of USAFE’s 86th Tactical Fighter Wing converted from the F-4E to the General Dynamics F-16C Viper. Oregonians helped maintain and operate two to four F-4D on continuous air defense alert operations at Ramstein, ready to scramble 24/7 for about a year in the twilight of the Cold War during Ramstein’s conversion to the F-16. Here, Oregon ANG members at Ramstein gather together for Thanksgiving dinner, 1986. (Courtesy of Ms. Gea Clausier)

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