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142nd Fighter Wing to conduct night flying - 02/20/15
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night flying training missions February 23-26.

The 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 10:00 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.
SALEM, Oregon -- An Oregon Military Department Color Guard member Sgt. Jamie Kisch, Salutes the U.S. Flag at the inauguration of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, February 18.  Brown follows Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon??1/2s 38th governor.  (Photo by Chri
SALEM, Oregon -- An Oregon Military Department Color Guard member Sgt. Jamie Kisch, Salutes the U.S. Flag at the inauguration of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, February 18. Brown follows Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon??1/2s 38th governor. (Photo by Chri
Oregon Military Department participates in inauguration (Photo) - 02/18/15
Oregon Military Department participates in inauguration

SALEM, Oregon -- The Adjutant General Oregon, Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, attended the inauguration of Governor Kate Brown, while an Oregon Military Department Color Guard presented the colors at the beginning of the ceremony on February 18.


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SALEM, Oregon -- An Oregon Military Department Color Guard, presents the colors at the inauguration of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, February 18. Brown follows Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon's 38th governor. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.) RELEASED.

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SALEM, Oregon -- An Oregon Military Department Color Guard member Sgt. Jamie Kisch, Salutes the U.S. Flag at the inauguration of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, February 18. Brown follows Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon's 38th governor. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.) RELEASED.
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Oregon Army National Guard major general retires (Photo) - 02/08/15
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. David Enyeart retired from more than 37 years of military service in a ceremony today, Feb. 8, at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon.

In his most recent position, Enyeart served as the Chief of Staff of U.S. Forces Korea, where he was responsible for directing, planning, coordinating and integrating actions of the Joint Staff while directly supporting national objectives to maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula in order to deflect potential attackers.

Enyeart began his career in the U.S. Army in 1978. He received his commission as a second lieutenant through Officer Candidate School in June 1985 and joined the Oregon Army National Guard as a mortar platoon leader. Over the course of more than three decades, Enyeart served on three overseas deployments; two in Afghanistan and one in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

His military career includes commands ranging from unit level to brigade level before becoming the Assistant Adjutant General - Army for the Oregon National Guard, and then the Commander/Senior Military Representative, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Headquarters /Sarajevo.

In Sarajevo, Enyeart served with military and governmental agencies assisting in their entry into NATO.

For Enyeart's official biography, visit: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/ngbgomo/bioshow.aspx?id=2082

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SALEM, Ore. - Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon, presents the certificate of retirement to Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. David Enyeart today, Feb. 8, at the Anderson Readiness Center. Maj. Gen. Enyeart has more than 37 years of military service. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs) RELEASED

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SALEM, Ore. - Mrs. Kate Enyeart is presented with a Certificate of Appreciation on the occasion of her husband, Maj. Gen. David Enyeart's retirement from the Oregon Army National Guard on Feb. 8, at the Anderson Readiness Center, for her own unselfish, faithful, and devoted service throughout her husband's career. Enyeart retired today with more than 37 years of service. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs) RELEASED

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SALEM, Ore. -- Command Sgt. Maj. Brunk Conley, Command Sg.t Maj. Of the Army National Guard, along with Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Lake, Oregon Army National Guard, Sgt. Maj, case the Maj. Gen. Flag, during the retirement ceremony for Maj. Gen. David Enyeart, Feb. 8, at the Anderson Readiness Center. Maj. Gen. David Enyeart retired today with more than 37 years of service. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs) RELEASED
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Oregon Airman recognized with Bronze Star Medal (Photo) - 02/07/15
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Oregon Air National Guard recognized one of their Citizen-Airmen with a Bronze Star medal during a ceremony on Saturday, February 7, at the Portland Air National Guard Base.

Staff Sgt. Owen Unbehaun, of the 125th Special Tactics Squadron (STS), received the Bronze Star medal during a packed morning ceremony held at the unit's auditorium. In attendance were Unbehaun's parents, brother, and girlfriend. The 234th Army Band provided music for the ceremony.

Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, presided over the ceremony, and presented Unbehaun with the medal. Oregon Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, Air Component Commander for Oregon, along with other Oregon National Guard leadership were in attendance.

Unbehaun, a Combat Control Craftsman with the 125th STS, served in Afghanistan with the 21st Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron, Combined Joint Operations Air Component, Special Operations Command Central.

As the sole Airman serving as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller assigned to an Army Special Forces Team and later a Navy SEAL Team that was partnered with an Afghan Commando Special Operations Unit, Unbehaun was instrumental in providing combat airpower during 43 complex operations, according to the citation.

During one major clearing operation consisting of 300 personnel and supported by 80 aircraft sorties, Unbehaun's ability to battle track the widely dispersed ground forces was critical for the team's force protection. As he and his team moved through the objective area, hostile insurgents positioned on the high ground and ambushed their elements, the citation says.

Unbehaun neutralized the enemy insurgents with the AC-130W gunship, multiple unmanned predator drones, and four F-18s, which killed eight insurgents and destroyed four defensive fighting positions. Throughout the deployment, Unbehaun managed 160 air sorties and controlled 21 aerial resupply missions enabling the delivery of one ton of equipment, fuel, and perishable goods for his teams.

The 125th STS is responsible for training, equipping, and employing combat control (CCT), Special Operations Weather Team (SOWT), and support personnel to successfully execute special tactics operations domestically and worldwide in support of both state and federal missions.

Since establishment of the unit on May 27, 2005, the 125th STS has deployed forces in support of numerous combat operations during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn in Iraq.

The unit has also responded to numerous domestic response operations to include: Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Ike, and severe flooding in Vernonia, Ore. Currently, the unit is undergoing its first mobilization in which operators are filling a critical need as Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) in Village Security Operations in the remote areas of Afghanistan.

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Staff Sgt. Owen Unbehaun, of the 125th Special Tactics Squadron (STS), receives the Bronze Star medal during a ceremony held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, presided over the ceremony and presented Unbehaun with the medal. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Heather Bashor/Released)
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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, shakes hands with Staff Sgt. Owen Unbehaun, of the 125th Special Tactics Squadron (STS), during a Bronze Star ceremony held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Maj. Gen. Hokanson presided over the ceremony and presented Unbehaun with the medal. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Heather Bashor/Released)
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PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon Air National Guard explosive ordnance unit donates bomb robot to Oregon Military Museum (Photo) - 02/06/15
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Airmen from the 142nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit, Oregon Air National Guard, presented a decommissioned Remote Ordnance Neutralization System (RONS) robot to the Oregon Military Museum at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon, Feb. 6.

The RONS robot was used by the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit between June 2002 and June 2013. After months of efforts by the Oregon Military Museum, the robot has been declared historical property and is now part of our loans from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

The robot will likely be incorporated into an exhibit of inert ordnance collected by the museum over the years, said Tracy Thoennes, Oregon Military Museum Curator.

From left to right: Master Sgt Jeffrey Sadler, Tracy Thoennes, Tech. Sgt Jason Ganner, and Senior Master Sgt. 'Trey' Mendell Holley, of the 142nd Civil Engineering Squadron/Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit.

Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs.
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Portland Air National Guard Welcomes New Base Commander - 02/05/15
PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD (PANG) BASE, Ore. - 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 here, Feb. 7, at 2:00 p.m.

Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald will replace Col. Richard W. Wedan as the Fighter Wing Commander, overseeing nearly 1,100 personnel in executing their F-15 Eagle Aerospace Control Alert mission in defense of the Pacific Northwest, worldwide deployments supporting national objectives, and local state missions as directed by the governor.

Scheduled to attend the ceremony are: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon; Brig. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, Commander, Oregon Air National Guard; and Chief Master Sgt. Julie A. Eddings, 142nd Fighter Wing Command Chief.

In 1990, Fitzgerald received his commission and bachelor's degree in general engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Upon completion of undergraduate pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, where Fitzgerald was a distinguished graduate, he was assigned as a civil engineer at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

In 1994, Fitzgerald returned to flying duties and attended Fighter Lead training at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, where he was also a distinguished graduate. He then completed initial F-15 Eagle training as a distinguished graduate in 1995 from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. His first operational F-15 Eagle tour was at Kadena Air Base, Japan, where he served for two years.
Fitzgerald separated from active duty in 2000 and joined the Oregon Air National Guard, where he has served as a Maintenance Squadron Commander, an instructor pilot, Chief of Wing Safety, Mission Support Group Commander and now is assigned as the Vice Wing Commander at the 142nd Fighter Wing.

Col. Wedan served as the 142nd Fighter Wing Commander from December 2012 to February 2015. During his tenure, he increased unit strength to more than 100 percent for the first time in years while driving retention rates above 92 percent, well above all other Air National Guard F-15 Eagle units. With his focused guidance and aggressive leadership, the wing responded to 34 real-world Aerospace Control Alert taskings and multiple active air scrambles, which contributed to the 142nd Fighter Wing being awarded the Aerospace Control Alert unit of the year. Wedan has 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.
Maj. Gen. David Enyeart, Oregon Army National Guard and Chief of Police in Toledo, Oregon, is promoted to the rank of Major General during a promotion ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon, Feb. 6, 2012. Enyeart took on the position a
Maj. Gen. David Enyeart, Oregon Army National Guard and Chief of Police in Toledo, Oregon, is promoted to the rank of Major General during a promotion ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon, Feb. 6, 2012. Enyeart took on the position a
Oregon Army National Guard major general to retire (Photo) - 02/05/15
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. David Enyeart is scheduled to retire from more than 30 years of military service in a ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2:00 p.m., at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon.

The Anderson Readiness Center is located at 3225 State St., Salem, Oregon 97301.

In his most recent position, Enyeart served as the Chief of Staff of U.S. Forces Korea, where he was responsible for directing, planning, coordinating and integrating actions of the Joint Staff while directly supporting national objectives to maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula in order to deflect potential attackers.

Enyeart began his career in the U.S. Army in 1978. He received his commission as a second lieutenant through Officer Candidate School in June 1985 and joined the Oregon Army National Guard as a mortar platoon leader. Over the course of more than three decades, Enyeart served on three overseas deployments; two in Afghanistan and one in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

His military career includes commands ranging from unit level to brigade level before becoming the Assistant Adjutant General - Army for the Oregon National Guard, and then the Commander/Senior Military Representative, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Headquarters /Sarajevo.

In Sarajevo, Enyeart served with military and governmental agencies assisting in their entry into NATO.

Family, friends, and members of the media are invited to attend the retirement ceremony which marks Enyeart's service to the state and nation.

For Enyeart's official biography, visit: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/ngbgomo/bioshow.aspx?id=2082

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120206-Z-PL-993-001: Maj. Gen. David Enyeart, Oregon Army National Guard and Chief of Police in Toledo, Oregon, is promoted to the rank of Major General during a promotion ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon, Feb. 6, 2012. Enyeart took on the position as the Chief of Staff, United States Forces Korea, shortly thereafter. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.
142nd Fighter Wing to conduct Dissimilar Air Combat Training - 02/04/15
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will host F-16 Fighting Falcons from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., February 6-9 to conduct Dissimilar Air Combat training (DACT). Flights will launch daily after 8:00 a.m. and will conclude before 4:00 p.m.

DACT provides realistic combat scenarios for U.S. pilots to hone advanced aerial tactics that may be used against potential adversaries. The training is an essential and required component to ensure military readiness in support of the base's national and state missions.

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.
A remotely-operated robot  from the 142nd Fighter Wing Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit, Oregon Air National Guard, is moved into position to retrieve a suspicious package during a Wing Inspection Team exercise, Aug. 1 2014, at the Portland Air National
A remotely-operated robot from the 142nd Fighter Wing Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit, Oregon Air National Guard, is moved into position to retrieve a suspicious package during a Wing Inspection Team exercise, Aug. 1 2014, at the Portland Air National
Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit donates remote robot to Oregon Military Museum (Photo) - 02/02/15
CLACKAMAS, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to deliver a Remote Ordnance Neutralization System (RONS) robot to the Oregon Military Museum on Friday, Feb. 6, at 10:30 a.m., following the Military Museum Support Council meeting at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon.

The RONS robot was used by the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit between June 2002 and June 2013. After months of efforts by the Oregon Military Museum, the robot has been declared historical property and is now part of our loans from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

The RONS remote controlled robot, with extended camera mast, switchbox controller, fiber optic control cable, radio control modules and spare parts kit are included in the donation. The robot itself is considered obsolete, according to the U.S. Air Force. While it is operational in terms of being able to move, it is not operational from an EOD (bomb squad) perspective.

The Oregon Military Museum is an authorized entity of the Oregon National Guard / Oregon Military Department. The museum's mission and obligations include preserving the Oregon National Guard's history.

The Oregon Military Museum has partnered in many ways with the 142nd EOD since the museum began in 1975. The museum acts as a repository for some of the military ordnance the unit has recovered in their work with multiple Oregon state and local agencies, in response to EOD calls all over the state. According to museum curator, Tracy Thoennes, the addition of the 142nd EOD robot to the museum's collection greatly enhances Oregon's ability to tell this facet of the Oregon Air National Guard's story.

"During my tenure here, we have also aided each other with the identification of ordnance and its markings," Thoennes said. "Additionally, over the course of three months, three members of the 142nd EOD team reviewed our entire collection, x-raying 250 objects, and certifying all but two as inert."

Of the approximately 14,000 artifacts in the museum's collection, there are about 1,000 different examples of explosive ordnance. The museum acts as an ordnance research repository and looks forward to utilizing much of its ordnance collection in future displays, Thoennes said.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN ACCESS TO BUILDING 6101 Please use the Museum Service Gate for all Museum business. (This is the old, original Camp Withycombe front gate off of Clackamas Road.) The gates between the post and the museum are now locked and closed during construction.

PHOTO CAPTION: A remotely-operated robot from the 142nd Fighter Wing Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit, Oregon Air National Guard, is moved into position to retrieve a suspicious package during a Wing Inspection Team exercise, Aug. 1 2014, at the Portland Air National Guard Base in Portland, Oregon. The robot has been used in real-world exercises and inicidents by local first-responders who have partnered with the Oregon Air National Guard unit and its EOD members who provide supplemental assistance. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs).