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Oregon National Guard participates in University of Oregon Spring Game (Photo) - 04/30/16
160430-Z-OT568-066: Canton Kaumatule, University of Oregon defensive lineman, talks with an Oregon National Guard Airman prior to the start of the Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Veterans Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-072: University of Oregon football players run out of the tunnel towards the field alongside military Veterans to begin the Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Veterans Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-137: Oregon National Guard Soldiers line up behind University of Oregon football players at the start of the Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Veterans Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-194: Oregon National Guard Soldiers perform a flag folding ceremony in honor of missing and fallen service members during half time at the University of Oregon Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Veterans Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-229: U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, commanding general of the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), receives a flag folded by Oregon National Guard Soldiers in a ceremony during half time at the University of Oregon Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Smith graduated from the University of Oregon in 1986. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-249: University of Oregon football players give their jerseys to members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, after the Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The players spent time getting to know the Veterans and gave them a tour of their training facilities. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
142nd Fighter Wing to conduct temporary night flying operations - 04/17/16
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions, April 18-21, 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 Air National Guard to celebrate 75th anniversary at Portland ANG Base (Photo) - 04/15/16
PORTLAND, Oregon -- The 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Air National Guard (ANG) Base, Oregon, will host a 75th Anniversary Celebration event in which founding members of the Oregon Air National Guard will be honored during a ceremony at the base, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 18.

"On April 18, 1941 -- 75 years ago -- the Oregon Army Air Corps was born," said Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander. "This event is to honor the diamond anniversary of the Oregon Air National Guard and celebrate 75 years of Oregon Airmen serving in the name of honor, community and excellence."

The presiding officer for the ceremony will be Brig. Gen. Jeffrey M. Silver, Oregon Air National Guard Air Component Commander. The official party will also consist of Brig. Gen. Mark Crosby, Joint Domestic Operations Commander; Col. Paul Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander; and Col. Jeffrey Smith, 173rd Fighter Wing Commander.

Distinguished visitors for the ceremony will include Fred Hill and Fred Parish -- two Oregon Veterans in their 90s, who answered their nation's call and enlisted in 1941. Newly-painted aircraft to commemorate the anniversary celebration will also be unveiled at the ceremony.

Since Oregon's first military deployment in 1848, the state has had a proud heritage of active military service. In 1941, Oregon's military service expanded to include what was then known as the Army Air Corps. For the first time in history, war strategy took a technological leap and incorporated the systematic use of airpower. Airmen, aviation and all the ingenuity required of this new dimension were born.

"The National Guard is always ready, always there," said Col. Fitzgerald. "Our military history in Oregon is a testament to this commitment," he said.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
With more than 1,000 Airmen, the 142nd Fighter Wing guards 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 (NORAD) Command. Our 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. The fighting "Redhawks" are proud to serve as a vital part of the Total Force team, defending our nation with the F-15 Eagle. The wing also stands ready to participate in state and federal contingency missions as required.

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Oregon Air National Guard units painted two F-15 Eagle jets to commemorate
the 75th Anniversary celebration this year. The 173rd Fighter Wing, Kingsley
Field, Oregon, used a modern-day theme, while the 142nd Fighter Wing,
Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, honored their past with retro
decals. (Courtesy photo by Scott Wolff of FighterSweep.com)
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Oregon Air National Guardsmen welcomed home from Middle East deployment (Photo) - 04/14/16
PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing, local dignitaries and family members welcomed home 39 Portland-based members of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron (142 SFS), who deployed to the Middle East for six months, during a ceremony, April 14, at Portland Air National Guard Base.

"Oregon Guardsmen put themselves in harm's way to work for our security abroad," said Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander. "A demobilization ceremony is public recognition of the sacrifice and efforts our Airmen made on behalf of our country."

Tapping into the robust and flexible nature of the National Guard, the 142 SFS members supported ongoing and emerging global security requirements in the U.S. Air Force's Central Command region. Members of the 39-person team provided base security operations, operational logistics, anti-terrorism and training support.

"The enduring support and sacrifices made by the families and employers of all of these Airmen is critical to the National Guard's success," said Fitzgerald.

The Honorable Ellen Rosenblum, Attorney General for Oregon, was in attendance at the ceremony on behalf of the governor. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey M. Silver, Oregon Air National Guard Commander, also presided over the ceremony.

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Members of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron render a salute during the singing of the National Anthem, as part of a demobilization ceremony held in their honor at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, April 14, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Brig. Gen. Jeffery Silver (center), Commander of the Oregon Air National Guard, passes the State of Oregon flag to Senior Master Sgt. Jason Schroeder to be returned to the governor's office, accepted by the Honorable Ellen Rosenblum, Attorney General for Oregon, as part of a demobilization ceremony held for the 142nd Security Forces Squadron at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, April 14, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Col. Paul Fitzgerald (right), 142nd Fighter Wing Commander, welcomes home members of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron during a demobilization ceremony held at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, April 14, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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The Honorable Ellen Rosenblum, Attorney General for Oregon, welcomes home members of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron during a demobilization ceremony held at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, April 14, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Brig. Gen. Jeffery Silver (center), Commander of the Oregon Air National Guard, and The Honorable Ellen Rosenblum, Attorney General for Oregon, welcome home members of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron during a demobilization ceremony held at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, April 14, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)
Civic leaders, families to welcome home deployed Airmen - 04/13/16
PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD (PANG) BASE, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing, local dignitaries and family members will welcome home 39 Portland-based members of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron (142 SFS), who deployed to the Middle East for six months during a ceremony to be held at 11:00 a.m. on April 14 at the base.

"Oregon Guardsmen put themselves in harm's way to work for our security abroad," said Colonel Paul T. Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander. "A demobilization ceremony is public recognition of the sacrifice and efforts our Airmen made on behalf of our country," he said.

Tapping into the robust and flexible nature of the National Guard, the 142 SFS members supported ongoing and emerging global security requirements in the U.S. Air Force's Central Command region. Members of the 39-person team provided base security operations, operational logistics, anti-terrorism and training support.

Brigadier General Jeffrey M. Silver, Oregon Air National Guard Commander, will preside over the ceremony. Several state and federal dignitaries are scheduled to be in attendance at the event as well.

Traditional guardsmen -- those who customarily serve one weekend per month and two weeks per year -- stepped up to fill the shortfalls in manning at the Portland Air National Guard Base during the deployment. These Airmen back-filled for the full-time service members who deployed.

"The enduring support and sacrifices made by the families and employers of all of these Airmen is critical to the National Guard's success," said Col. Fitzgerald.