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  • First Campaign: The 371st Fighter Group in the Air Offensive, Europe

    Eighty years ago today, April 12, 1944 the 371st Fighter Group (371st FG) began combat operation in the European Theater of Operations (ETO).  Getting into combat in the Air Offensive, Europe campaign required some changes in the unit’s mission and tactics, and overcoming obstacles unique to the

  • Reflections of Southeast Asia: Oregon ANG Veterans of the Vietnam War

    March 29, 2024 is National Vietnam War Veterans Day, when the nation honors those US military members who served during the Vietnam War.  Some nine million Americans served in the armed forces during the Vietnam War years.  Over 58,000 of them died.  On this day we remember their service and

  • The Women of Portland Army Air Base in World War II: Part I, 1941 to 1943

    The role of women in service at Portland Air National Guard Base dates back to the activation of the base in 1941.  In military aviation service, in uniform and as civilian employees and citizens, the women at Portland were part of a large-scale mobilization of woman-power to meet the nation’s

  • Portland, Ore. Pilot conducts First Flight in EX for 142nd Wing

    Five F-15C instructor pilots from the Oregon Air National Guard’s 123rd Fighter Squadron are conducting training in the F-15EX with instructors from the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida for two weeks in March.Training commenced last week with the first training

  • Redhawk Athena drives Positive Change for 142nd Wing Airmen

    In recent years, the Air Force has seen positive change trickle down through its echelons, and many of these changes seek to address barriers to readiness which have predominantly affected women service members. Redhawk Athena was established to serve 142nd Wing Airmen. Since its inception in the

  • AMXS Airmen Recognized for acts of Bravery

    In May 2023, during a casual drive over a mountain toward Three Rivers Marina on Lake Billy Chinook, Oregon, Staff Sgt. Mara Fenwick and Senior Airman Bailey Buck, both weapons loaders with the Portland Air National Guard’s 142nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, found themselves faced with a

  • The skies have no preference – Black American fighter pilots in the USAF

    We can look proudly at the example these Black American fighter pilots set as air warriors who have upheld the Air Force’s core values of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do.  Black, White, Yellow, Red, Brown or any shade in-between, the skies have no preference nor