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  • Sons honor their former POW Fathers

    On this National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we recall last week's 6th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) Association reunion here in Portland, Oregon, at which members of two families reunited to commemorate the wartime service of their fathers, former prisoners of war during World War II.  Mr. David

  • The Oregon Air National Guard and Victory over Japan Day (VJ-Day)

    It was a few days after Imperial Japan surrendered on 15 August 1945.  Two white-painted, green-crossed, cigar-shaped Japanese G4M BETTY bombers approached the American-held airfield on Ie Shima, a small island just off Okinawa.  They bore the emissaries of a defeated Imperial Japan, en route to

  • Constructing an atmosphere for diversity and mission success

    Amid the hustle and bustle of a unit training assembly (UTA) weekend here, a group of 25 or so Airmen energetically file into an open classroom and begin to arrange chairs in a semi-circle as Maj. Lisa M. Scott warmly greets them.Cutting through the commotion of the boisterous gathering, Scott

  • Chief Master Sgt. Patrick Tracy Retires

    "Started as a child, looking through the fence. Will end as a 60 year old...looking through the fence."For some, deciding on what to do as a career comes after many twists and turns in life, but for others, they know what they want to do with their life as a child, and they pursue it from there. 

  • Airmen and families gather for Yellow Ribbon weekend

    In the height of World War II, over 90,000 U.S. Army combat engineers were preparing for the adversities of battle at Camp Abbot, a 5,500-acre training center here along the Deschutes River.The 17 weeks of training shaped the new recruits into a tough and skilled force, ready for the demands of

  • From East to West: Angels on a Wing

    Arriving blurry-eyed and nearly two days behind schedule, a team of over 30 U.S. Air Force Civil Engineers promptly disembark a KC-135 Stratotanker here, having traveled more than 13 hours nonstop from the Pacific Northwest.For three of the members, arriving in Romania is the second part of their

  • Romania: The Full Deployment Experience

    The tires screeched, pushing me back firmly into my seat as we accelerated past an 80-year-old woman trying to inch her way across the road. After a dicey two centimeter miss of a VW hatchback bumper on the left, the steely-eyed driver barreled toward oblivion with a solitary objective on his mind:

  • Remembering the Southern crew on Memorial Day 2015

    Each Memorial Day we remember those men and women of the armed forces who gave their lives in defense of our country.  A unit typically honors its heritage by remembering the fallen from its own history.  But units often move, and sometimes units inactivate, leaving a cold trail for remembrance.In

  • We Remember Victory in Europe Day (VE-Day), 1945

    In his famous speech given to soldiers just before D-Day, General George S. Patton Jr. asked them to reflect at some point in the future when their grandson might ask them "What did you do during the great World War Two?"  For the World War II veterans of the 142nd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air