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  • The Origin of Memorial Day

    Memorial Day has traditionally been a day to remember; honoring those who have fallen in battle and to recall the legacy of those throughout history who have made significant contributions and sacrifice. We know it as a solemn observance, but many Americans know little about Memorial Day’s origins.
  • Oregon Airmen leverage technology to complete training and mission during pandemic

    Nearly two months into the stay-at-home executive order issued by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, people throughout the region are well into their “new normal” with regard to childcare, remote offices, drive-thru grocery shopping and visiting with friends and family via video teleconference, and for the men and women of the 142nd Wing, the ability to protect the Pacific Northwest remains unchanged.
  • There at the Finish – The 371st Fighter Group on Victory in Europe Day

    Seventy-five years ago today, May 8, 1945, the war in Europe ended with the surrender of Nazi Germany to Allied forces. Victory in Europe (V-E Day) had arrived. After more than five years of death and devastation between major powers which ravaged the continent, the guns were silent. It was the 41st month that the US was at war, with more months yet until victory over Japan in the Pacific. It was also the 22nd month of life for the 371st Fighter Group (the 142d Wing today), born for battle.
  • ORANG Chief turns to the ‘dark side’ for a good cause

    Long before the idea of a Space Force hit the national discussion, Chief Master Sgt. Brian Presson was already serving in a “Galaxy Far, Far Away.” Presson is an active member of the Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Legion in Oregon. The charitable-focused group is known as “Vader’s Fist”, has for years been making an impact on The Dark Side, albeit in a very positive way.
  • Month of the Military Child Spotlight: Finding balance with Families and Children during COVID-19

    April is Month of the Military Child — a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of the dependent children of military members serving at home and overseas. As the month comes to a close, we focus on children and the possible impact of recent “stay at home” sequestration efforts in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic.
  • Funny lady SrA Katy Bitz finds her home in the 142nd Wing

    “Katy is one of the kindest souls I know, with such a bubbly personality,” said Senior Master Sgt. Shelly Davison of the 142nd Force Support Squadron. “She makes you smile every time you see her, she can light up a room.” Everyone has gifts to share with the world, it just takes time to find the right fit. This rings true for Senior Airman Katy Bitz.
  • 142nd Fighter Wing Redesignates to the 142nd Wing

    The 142nd Fighter Wing has been redesignated the 142nd Wing as of March 6, 2020.The move from a fighter wing to a wing is meant to better articulate the broad capabilities of the 142nd and the Airmen who accomplish the mission.
  • Weathering COVID-19: physical resilience

    As most of the world is practicing social distancing, and in some cases, self-quarantine, many Americans are spending much of their days at home, working and living outside of their typical routines. On Monday, March 23, 2020, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued a ‘stay at home’ order in an effort to further limit the transmission of COVID-19. Earlier this month, the U.S. Air Force announced that physical fitness testing would be suspended entirely until late June. Though our lives have been interrupted by COVID-19, it’s important to remember that as members of the Oregon Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force, we are required to maintain a certain level of physical fitness in order to carry out our duties safely and efficiently when we are called upon to do so.
  • 142nd FW tests reflexes in Combat Readiness Exercise

    Portland, Ore. — Citizen Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing participated in a Combat Readiness Exercise (CRE) from March 2-8 during the month’s drill weekend.The exercise simulated a mass mobilization of approximately 700 members to a deployed location. With an emphasis on overall readiness, the unit was evaluated on its efficiency in orchestrating
  • 142nd Fighter Wing holds Second Annual Awards Banquet

    The 142nd Fighter Wing (FW) honored the accomplishments of their Airmen during the second annual awards banquet at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, February 8, 2020.The wing recognized the individual accomplishments of Airmen from the Operations Group, Maintenance Squadron, Logistic Readiness Squadron, Mission Support Group, and the