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  • The Mysterious Fate of William T. “Shorty” Bales, Jr.

    Friday, April 13, 1945. A day after the passing of American President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Third Reich was collapsing as Allied forces pressed into Germany from the east and west. It seemed like the war in Europe would be over soon, though the fighting continued.

  • The Ukrainian Children’s Airlift of 1992

    Thirty years ago, the 142nd Fighter-Interceptor Group (142nd FIG, now the 142nd Wing) played an important humanitarian role in post-Cold War relations with the former Soviet Union, right after the end of the Cold War. In 1992, the 142nd FIG aided in the safe transport of 111 Ukrainian children and

  • CNGB visits Portland ANG Base

    The Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Gen. Daniel Hokanson, visited the 142nd Wing at the Portland Air National Guard Base on March 19, 2022. During his visit, Gen. Hokanson took time to speak with and recognize members of the wing. Later, he received a familiarization flight in the backseat of an

  • 116th ACS participates in Red Flag 22-2

    This month, members of Oregon Air National Guard’s 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS) are taking part in Exercise Red Flag, a two-week advanced aerial combat training exercise held several times a year. It aims to offer realistic air-combat training for military pilots and other flight crew members

  • 142nd Wing Mobilizes to Support Portland Hospitals

    The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Wing has been tasked to mobilize approximately 210 Airmen in support of Joint Task Force (JTF) Recovery, an effort by the Oregon National Guard (ONG) to provide aid to state hospitals during a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations across Oregon.

  • 142nd Maintenance Squadron holds Assumption of Command

    On January 11, 2022, the 142nd Maintenance Squadron held an official assumption of command ceremony wherein Lt. Col. Mellissa Handzel, an incoming maintenance officer, stepped into the position of commander for the squadron. Handzel most recently served as the commander of the 136th Maintenance

  • 116th ACS acquires new Radome Assembly

    The 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS), located at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon, received an early Christmas gift-- a radar radome assembly! The radome is a domed structure made to house the ACS’s mission-critical equipment. Installation was completed on December 13, 2021. A week later, the ACS

  • New 142nd SFS 100 Meter Firing Range Revealed

    The 142nd Security Forces Squadron (SFS) officially announced the opening of their new 100 meter indoor firing range during a ribbon cutting ceremony at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, Dec. 3, 2021.

  • The Dusty Start: The 142nd Wing’s Early SW Asia Experience

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of Operation DESERT STORM, the coalition campaign to forcibly remove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s military forces from the Kuwait in an impressive air, land and sea effort. The 142nd Wing’s connection to the desert reaches back to this era, and has continued