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  • Oregon’s Viper Years

    The 50th anniversary of the very first flight of the General Dynamics F-16 on January 20, 1974 was recently commemorated. That first time in the air was an unplanned event - the first formal flight followed shortly afterward on February 2, 1974. Either way, it’s been 50 years now since the first

  • Oregon and Germany Partake in Officer Exchange Program

    The Military Reserve Exchange Program (MREP), has been strengthening international relationships as a program for NATO servicemembers to build cultural understanding and regional expertise. For German reserve officers, it’s a rare opportunity to engage with the United States armed forces as only 14

  • Fired up for Success: A Young Firefighter's Journey

    Airman 1st Class Stephen Warren, a firefighter in the 142nd Wing Civil Engineering squadron, shares the story of why he joined the Oregon Air National Guard and how his experience serving his state and nation has enriched both his personal and professional life.

  • Remembering that 1957 “New Plane Smell”

    This was the scene on November 22, 1957, some 66 years ago, at Portland Air Force Base on the Oregon Air National Guard ramp. It was a year of transition for the primary aircraft assigned to the Oregon Air National Guard’s (OreANG) 142nd Fighter Group (Air Defense). Here group personnel receive a

  • Keeping the Eagle in the Air: The story of Metal Fabrication

    Metals technology Airmen produce parts and tools for different units around their respective bases. Whether for aircraft or Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE), ammo or other maintenance back shops, metals tech supports their missions by creating what’s needed to keep the 142nd Wing flying effectively

  • Lt. Col. Kelly Barton assumes command of 142nd MSG

    Lt. Col. Kelly Barton addresses attendees at an assumption of command ceremony in which she assumed command of the 142nd Mission Support Group at Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. on November 5, 2023. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Steph Sawyer)

  • 142nd Wing inducts Honorary Commanders

    Honorary commanders stand alongside commanders as they swear an oath during an induction ceremony for the wing's newly appointed honorary commanders at Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. on November 9, 2023. The honorary commander program is a tradition in the Air National Guard that pairs local

  • We as Allies Remember Jack T. McWilliams

    Armistice Day – In 1918, on the 11th day of the 11th month, at 11 minutes past the 11th hour, the guns of the First World War became silent.  In the aftermath of that conflict, with the permission of our Allied partner France, American soldiers who died on the battlefields in France were buried

  • Lt. Col. Jonathan Friedman takes command of the 123rd Fighter Squadron

    Lt. Col. Jonathan Friedman accepts the 123rd Fighter Squadron guidon from 142nd Operations Group Commander, Col. Jeffrey Yeates, as he takes command of the squadron during an official Change of Command ceremony held on November 3, 2023 at Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National