The rich history of the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing began just prior to World War II when the United States, monitoring the war raging in Europe and China, began to focus less on neutrality and more on preparedness. The 123d Observation Squadron was activated on April 18, 1941, as the Oregon National Guard's first aviation unit.
As a vital asset to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and Air Combat Command, the 142nd Fighter Wing maintains 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert in the Pacific Northwest and provides Air Superiority mission capabilities as well.
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Wing History Fact Sheet