80 Years of Oregon Air National Guard Veterans and Veterans Days

Then Colonel Garry C. Dean became the first American of African descent to command the 142nd Fighter Wing in January, 2001. He later became the Oregon ANG Commander, was promoted to major general in 2008, and served as the First Air Force Commander before being assigned to duty in Europe with a NATO HQ and then as Special Assistant to the Chief, National Guard Bureau before he retired in 2015 after a distinguished 37-year career on active duty and in the ANG. People from all backgrounds proudly serve our community, state and nation in the 142nd Wing and Oregon Air National Guard, going on 80 years now and counting! (142nd Wing History Archive)

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