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142nd Fighter Wing to conduct temporary night flying operations (Photo) - 11/14/16

PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions, Nov. 14-17, 2016.

Night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted almost monthly as it provides essential training for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:30 p.m.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.

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Oregon National Guard participates in Veterans Day events (Photo) - 11/11/16

161110-Z-OT568-163: Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Silver, Oregon Air National Guard Commander, shares a laugh with the 2016 Veteran of the Year, David Parker (ret., USMC), of Keizer, Oregon, at the annual Veterans Commemoration Association award banquet, November 10, 2016, at the American Legion Santiam Post 51 in Lebanon, Oregon. The annual banquet recognizes distinguished Oregon veterans for their military service and their continuous volunteer efforts to improve the lives of veterans. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

161111-Z-OT568-089: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, perform a Howitzer salute during the annual Veterans Memorial Service, November 11, 2016, at Timber Linn Memorial Park in Albany, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

161111-Z-OT568-180: An Oregon National Guard joint color guard carries the colors along the parade route during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, November 11, 2016, in Albany, Oregon. The event was recognized as the largest Veterans Day parade in the nation this year. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

161111-Z-OT568-261: An Oregon National Guard service member with the 102nd Civil Support Team greets spectators along the parade route during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, November 11, 2016, in Albany, Oregon. The event was recognized as the largest Veterans Day parade in the nation this year. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

161111-Z-OT568-286: Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel (right), Adjutant General, Oregon, and Brig. Gen. William Edwards (left), Oregon Army National Guard Commander, observe the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade from the reviewing stand, November 11, 2016, in Albany, Oregon. The Oregon National Guard participated with a joint color guard, marching units, vehicles and equipment, the 234th Army Band, and an F-15 flyover. The event was recognized as the largest Veterans Day parade in the nation this year. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

161109-Z-IW846-033: Sgt. 1st Class (ret.) Michael Dahl (right) receives the Bronze Eagle Award presented by Brig. Gen. Steven Beach (left), Assistant Adjutant General - Army, Oregon National Guard, during the rededication ceremony of the Larry Dahl Memorial in Oregon City, November 9, 2016. Michael's father, Larry Dahl, of Oregon City, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his sacrifice in Vietnam. Larry was killed in action on Feb. 23, 1971, sacrificing his life by throwing his body on a grenade that had been lobbed into the gun truck he was riding in. His action saved the lives of other members of his company. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven Conklin, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

161110-Z-IW846-012: Oregon Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Mark A. Crosby (center), Joint Domestic Operations Commander, joins a crowd of veterans and their families, Nov. 10, 2016, during the Veterans Recognition Breakfast at the Juanita Pohl Center in Tualatin, Oregon. Crosby spoke about current and past issues for veterans and thanked those in attendance for their service and sacrifice. Veterans were invited for a free breakfast in honor of their service and in recognition of Veterans Day. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven Conklin, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

161111-Z-NJ272-002: Soldiers in 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, participate in the 17th annual Bend Veterans Day Parade in Bend, Oregon, November 11, 2016. The squadron recently started the process of transitioning to Stryker vehicles, a new capability for the Oregon National Guard, which will benefit the state in the event of a disaster situation. More than 120 organizations participated in the parade, including students from the Oregon National Guard's Youth ChalleNGe program. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

161111-Z-NJ272-009: An Oregon Army National Guard Soldier demonstrates military weapons during an event at the Bend Readiness Center on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, in Bend, Oregon. Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, also participated in parades earlier in the day in both Bend and Redmond with Stryker vehicles, demonstrating the new capability they will bring to the state. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Oregon Air National Guard Flyovers for Veterans Day - 11/10/16

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to conduct Veterans Day flyovers for ceremonies at locations throughout Oregon.

F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations on or around the designated times on Friday, November 11.

Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11th was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress -- at the urging of the veterans service organizations -- amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

The 142nd Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct the following flyovers:

11:12 a.m., Veterans Day Observance -- Salem, Oregon
11:13 a.m., Veterans Day Program -- Keizer, Oregon
11:15 a.m., Veterans Day Ceremony - Mt. Angel, Oregon
11:32 a.m., Veterans Day Parade -- Roseburg, Oregon
11:45 a.m., Albany Veterans Day Parade -- Albany, Oregon

All passes will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and about 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be canceled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies.

The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation's air defense since 1941. The 142nd Fighter Wing guards the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour alert as part of the North American Air Defense system. The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the premier F-15 pilot training.

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142nd Fighter Wing welcomes new commander (Photo) - 11/06/16

PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony, Nov. 6, at the Portland Air National Guard Base in Portland, Oregon.

Col. Duke A. Pirak assumed command of the fighter wing as Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald retired. Pirak will oversee more than 1,500 personnel who provide operational combat power and emergency response to the United States and the State of Oregon. The 142nd Fighter Wing additionally provides constant Aerospace Control Alert posture with their F-15 aircraft in defense of the Pacific Northwest.

In attendance at the ceremony were Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon; Brig. Gen. Jeffrey M. Silver, Commander of the Oregon Air National Guard; and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher P. Roper, 142nd Fighter Wing Command Chief.

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161106-Z-CH590-013: Members of the Oregon Air National Guard enjoy a lighter moment during a change of command ceremony as Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald (center) relinquishes command of the 142nd Fighter Wing to Col. Duke A. Pirak, (fourth from left) at the Portland Air National Guard Base in Portland, Oregon, Nov. 6, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

161106-Z-CH590-134: Oregon Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Silver (left), Oregon Air National Guard commander, hands the 142nd Fighter Wing guidon to the new incoming commander, Col. Duke A. Pirak (right) during a change of command ceremony at the Portland Air National Guard Base in Portland, Oregon, Nov. 6, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

161106-Z-CH590-169: Brig. Gen. Michael E. Stencel (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, presents the Legion of Merit certificate to Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald (right), outgoing 142nd Fighter Wing commander, during the change of command ceremony at the Portland Air National Guard Base in Portland, Oregon, Nov. 6, 2016. Fitzgerald relinquished command of the fighter wing prior to his scheduled retirement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

161106-Z-CH590-132: Airmen of the 142nd Fighter Wing assemble for the formal change of command ceremony in which Col. Duke A. Pirak assumes command of the wing at the Portland Air National Guard Base in Portland, Oregon, Nov. 6, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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142nd Fighter Wing welcomes new commander (Photo) - 11/04/16

PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing, located at the Portland Air National Guard Base, will welcome a new commander during a change of command ceremony on Nov. 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Col. Duke A. Pirak will replace Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald as the fighter wing commander, overseeing more than 1,500 personnel who provide operational combat power and emergency response to the United States and the State of Oregon. The 142nd Fighter Wing additionally provides constant Aerospace Control Alert posture with their F-15 aircraft in defense of the Pacific Northwest.

Scheduled to attend the ceremony are Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon; Brig. Gen. Jeffrey M. Silver, Commander of the Oregon Air National Guard; and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher P. Roper, 142nd Fighter Wing Command Chief.

Pirak, the incoming commander, graduated from the University of Washington in 1996 and earned a commission in the Oregon Air National Guard through the Academy of Military Science. He subsequently served in multiple worldwide deployments and contingency operations with the 142nd Fighter Wing in various roles including mission commander, instructor pilot, weapons officer and maintenance squadron commander.

Pirak graduated from the National War College with distinction in 2013, and went on to serve as an advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He then commanded the 154th Operations Group in the Hawaii Air National Guard at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Most recently, he served as the special assistant to the Air National Guard Readiness Center commander, where he advised the commander on plans, policies, programs and execution of a $9 billion annual appropriation.

Fitzgerald, who is scheduled to retire, served as the 142nd Fighter Wing commander from February 2015 to November 2016. During his tenure, he spearheaded initiatives that garnered the support of elected officials to modernize the F-15 Weapon System and culminated with the appropriation of more than $170 million dollars for radar upgrades. Col Fitzgerald led the 142nd Fighter Wing to respond to more than 200 Aerospace Control Alert missions. He served in several command positions throughout the Oregon Air National Guard and at Joint Force Headquarters in Salem, Oregon. Prior to his current position, he served as the vice wing commander at the 142nd Fighter Wing.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.

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