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  • The Birth Pangs of Portland Air Base – Part IV: First Air Defense Exercise in 1941

    Some 80 years ago it was the roar of 1,200 horsepower Pratt & Whitney R-1830-49 14-cylinder air cooled radial piston engines that propelled Republic P-43 Lancer fighter planes into the skies above the newly-established Portland Army Air Base. Many fighter plane units and types of aircraft have come and gone since, but in this article, we remember the start, with the preparation for and conduct of the first air defense exercise at Portland AAB* and in the Pacific Northwest, held in late 1941.
  • 80 Years of Oregon Air National Guard Veterans and Veterans Days

    This Veteran’s Day, 2021 marks the 80th anniversary of the Oregon Air National Guard being in the ranks of veterans whom we celebrate on November 11 each year. We honor our veterans and their service in defense of our nation, state and community, in peace and in war.
  • Remembering Operation Sky Shield II, October 14-15, 1961

    A series of sleep-interrupting phone calls roused drowsy Guardsmen for a Saturday morning alert at the still-dark hour of 3:38 a.m. The alert was held in connection with the nation-wide air defense exercise, Operation Sky Shield. All commercial flights throughout the country were grounded for most of the day. Thousands of military aircraft participated in the exercise.
  • He was “…close to my wing when flak burst between us…” - The last mission of P-47 pilot William Gorman

    On this National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Recognition Day, 2021, we salute F/O Gorman and our other missing World War II Airmen of the unit. They answered the call to duty for our country – may they yet return home.
  • Fighters conduct joint training with Navy anti-sub aircraft

    Members of the U.S. Navy Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 10 joined up with the 123rd Fighter Squadron of the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Wing to conduct ongoing familiarization training. More than seven coordinated training flights have been conducted between the two groups at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon throughout 2021.
  • Camp Rosenbaum: A Half Century of Helping

    Camp Rosenbaum, held annually on the Oregon coast, has long held a special place in the hearts of many Oregonians. The camp was founded by Oregon Air National Guard Brigadier General (ret.) Fred Rosenbaum, a holocaust refugee, World War II veteran, former Chairman of the Housing Authority of Portland, and at one point, commander of the Oregon Air National Guard. Rosenbaum wanted to give kids an opportunity to spend a week every summer having fun and just being kids, while at the same time, teaching them the value of being good citizens of the world.
  • Military Child Designs New Artwork for Fighter Jet

    New artwork has been revealed on the nose of a 142nd Wing F-15 Eagle, and one military family was particularly excited to see the new design. Leah Ketchum, along with her siblings, cousin, and mother, grinned as they saw the 13-year-old’s art for the first time on the fighter jet.
  • Lt. Col. Scott M. Wilcox takes command of 142nd CES

    Lt. Col. Scott M. Wilcox addresses the 142nd Civil Engineer Squadron for the first time as their commander during a July 31, 2021 Change of Command ceremony at Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore. Lt. Col. Wilcox formerly served as the commander for the 944th Civil Engineer Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air National
  • Air Education and Training in the 1960s

    The 1960’s saw significant growth in the education and training of Oregon’s Airmen. In a way it was fitting, as from its earliest years, Portland Air National Guard Base provided education and training for growing air forces capabilities.
  • Back on Track: 142nd Wing Airmen Resume Fitness Testing Amid Assessment Changes

    With many COVID-19 related restrictions lifted, the 142nd Wing resumed fitness testing on July 1st, 2021. The move marked a return to normalcy after the pandemic caused a pause in fitness testing last year. As Airmen resume testing, however, they may notice some changes to the Air Force fitness test.
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