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  • Motorcycle safety requirements contribute to military riding culture

    The riding season in Oregon is coming to a close for some motorcycle enthusiasts, while others may choose to ride through the rainy winter. But no matter the season, motorcycle safety requirements are different for military members.Riders in military status, whether active duty or in the guard or

  • The Wartime Life of a Gunplumber: An Interview with Victor B. Kramer

    It takes teamwork to generate and employ the airpower needed to fly, fight and win.  It’s always been that way in aerial warfare.  Though pilots often receive their due credit for their work at the pointy end, members of the ground echelon don’t perhaps receive as much attention, nor do they ask for

  • 125th STS Airmen conduct extrication training

    Non-salvageable vehicles usually end up sitting in a scrap yard or are crushed and recycled. But one squadron here routinely uses junked cars as a training tool in order to potentially save lives.Oregon Air National Guardsmen from the 125th Special Tactics Squadron participated in extrication

  • 142nd MXG conducts change of command ceremony

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Kosderka assumed command of the 142nd Maintenance Group during a change of command ceremony held at Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Oct. 1, 2020.Kosderka assumed command from Col. William Kopp, who took over as the 142nd Wing Vice Commander.“To the men and

  • EOC provides behind-the-scenes support during OPLAN Smokey

    For nearly two weeks, Guardsmen from the Portland Air National Guard Base have been activated in support of Operation Plan Smokey, an interagency wildfire relief effort. But the Airmen on the front lines are not the only ones who responded to Oregon’s state of emergency.Guardsmen worked behind the

  • Remembered, Not Forgotten on National POW/MIA Recognition Day 2020

    National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979 and is commemorated on the third Friday in September. The purpose of this day is to honor those members of the military who were held captive as prisoners of war (POW) and returned, as well as those who remain missing in action (MIA). For the

  • Redhawks at the Victory and the Journey Home

    As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II on 2 September 1945, let us recall the role Oregon’s first aviation unit, the 123rd Observation Squadron, played in the war. The 123rd Obs was activated on 18 April 1941 in Portland, Oregon. After a brief period of training and

  • Oregon Air National Guard to Receive F-15EX Fighter Jets

    The Oregon Air National Guard received news Friday from the Secretary of the Air Force regarding the Air Force’s plans to replace the Oregon Air National Guard’s aging F-15C/D Eagles at both Oregon wings with the newly updated F-15EX model. Kingsley Field, Oregon in Klamath Falls, is scheduled to

  • 123rd Fighter Squadron Change of Command

    Lt. Col. Niels Barner salutes 142nd Operations Group Commander, Lt. Col. Nicholas Rutgers, symbolizing his assumption of command of the 123rd Fighter Squadron at Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., July 31, 2020. The 123rd Fighter Squadron falls under the 142nd Operations Group and is