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142nd Fighter Wing to host, conduct dissimilar air combat training - 09/09/17

PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD (PANG) BASE, Ore. -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will host F-16's from the 301st Fighter Wing, based out of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth Carswell Field, Texas, September 9--23, 2017, to conduct dissimilar air combat training (DACT).

DACT provides realistic combat scenarios for 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 wing's national and state missions.

Flights will depart from and land at the Portland International Airport, and training will occur in approved airspace several miles off the Oregon coast. In an effort to foster coordination with the community and the Port of Portland, flights will launch daily after 8 a.m. and will conclude before 4 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 Guardsmen assist with Irma relief (Video) (Photo) - 09/08/17

PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Oregon -- Members of the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron have left Portland, Oregon, to provide humanitarian support for Hurricane Irma relief in Florida.

Approximately 15 Oregon Air National Guardsmen departed from Portland Air National Guard Base at around 1:30 a.m. on a C-17 aircraft from the 167th Airlift Wing, based in West Virginia, headed to Hurlburt Field, Florida. In Florida, the Airmen will conduct rescue operations as well as reestablish air fields that may become inoperable due to the hurricane.

Along with the 15 Airmen, some of whom recently returned from supporting Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas, the Special Tactics Squadron brought three inflatable Zodiac boats with them to aid in their operations.

The Oregon Air National Guard has more than 2,100 members serving in Portland, with the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls and in Warrenton with the 116th Air Control Squadron.

Media desiring to schedule interviews regarding the unit's deployment, must contact the base Public Affairs Office at 503-335-4347.

B-Roll can be downloaded at https://www.dvidshub.net/video/549134/oregon-air-national-guard-special-tactics-airmen-deploy-florida-hurricane-irma-relief

Interviews are available for download at https://www.dvidshub.net/video/549408/colonel-duke-pirak-interview-hurricane-irma-deployment

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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With airlift from the Kentucky Air National Guard, members of the 125th Special Tactics Squadron load up and head for Camp Rilea, Warrenton, Ore., to participate in Cascadia Rising 2016, a full-scale exercise involving federal, state, county and city agencies designed to test the state's earthquake response plan in the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone event. Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Jun 7, 2016 (U.S. Air National Guard photos by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Personnel from the 125 Special Tactics Squadron assist with recovery and rescue efforts following Hurricane Ike in September 2008.

Portland Air National Guard Base to conduct temporary night flying operations - 09/05/17

PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD (PANG) BASE, Ore. -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions September 5-8, 2017.

Night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based in Portland and Vancouver to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. These missions are conducted monthly as they provide essential training in the use of night vision goggles and aircraft maneuvering in nighttime flying scenarios.

Flights will depart from and land at the Portland International Airport. In an effort to foster communication with the community and the Port of Portland, training flights will conclude each evening before 11:00 p.m.

For more information, contact 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, at 503-335-4347.

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 unequaled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.

142nd Fighter Wing send support teams for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts - 08/28/17

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Members of the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron have been called to provide humanitarian support for Hurricane Harvey relief in Texas.

Approximately 15 Oregon Air National Guardsmen will depart from Portland Air National Guard Base(PANG) at around 4:20 p.m. on a C-130 Hercules aircraft headed to Robert Gray Army Airfield in Texas. The C-130 will arrive in Portland at around 2:20 p.m.

The contingent consists of two teams and a command element, which is comprised of Combat Controllers and Pararescuemen. The Airfield Operations mission will be to restore airfields that are inaccessible or unusable so that supplies and rescue efforts can be flown to them.

The second mission includes use of Zodiac boats and Humvees from PANG to assist rescue operations. Special Tactics Airman will also assist aviation units already at the scene with helicopter hoisting rescues as needed.

The Oregon Air National Guard has more than 2,300 members serving across the state serving in Portland, also with the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, with the 116th Air Control Squadron in Warrenton and with Joint Force Headquarters in Salem.

Media is encouraged to view the unit's mobilization to Texas, but must contact the base Public Affairs Office at 503-335-4347 for coordination and escort on the flight line.


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.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: OREGON NATIONAL GUARD WILDFIRE TRAINING at DPSST / 3 PM ON MONDAY, AUGUST, 28. - 08/28/17

125 additional Oregon National Guard members, activated by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to assist with ongoing firefighting efforts in southern Oregon, are being provided with wildland firefighting training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in Salem, Oregon.

The group, known as NG-2, is the second one activated by Governor Kate Brown at the request of the Oregon Department of Forestry this year to help support fire fighting efforts around the state. The initial group of about 100 citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen (NG-1) activated, and provided refresher training at DPSST last week, is currently on the fire lines of the High Cascades Complex Fire near Crater Lake.

NG-2, comprised of Citizen-Soldiers from Oregon Army National Guard units across the state, is scheduled to deploy to the Chetco Bar Fire near Brookings on Wednesday morning, August 30.

The media is invited to view their field training on Monday, August 28 at 3:00 p.m., at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, Oregon Public Safety Academy, located at 4190 Aumsville Highway, Salem, Oregon 97317.

The training provided to the Oregon National Guard is the same training required of all public and private wildland firefighters. Unlike NG-1 which was provided their initial training in 2015, NG-2 has no prior wildland firefighter training and as such is required to complete a week-long class before being deployed. The training is being delivered over four long-days, instead of five, so that the Oregon's citizen-soldiers can join the fire lines at the Chetco Bar Fire sooner.

The Oregon National Guard has an ongoing agreement with the Oregon Department of Forestry known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the details of how Oregon National Guard members will be utilized to assist in annual firefighting efforts. This agreement is reviewed annually by leadership of both agencies.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy, which spans more than 235 acres in Salem, Oregon. The academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. DPSST implements minimum standards established by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training for recruitment and training of city, county and state police, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, emergency telecommunicators and private security providers. DPSST conducts public safety training throughout Oregon and at the central academy in Salem; certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and inspects and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the board.

Updated information about the Chetco Bar fire is available at Caution-https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/ < Caution-https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/ >

For more information on Oregon Department of Forestry Fire prevention go to: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/pages/FirePrevention.aspx Cautiohttp://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/pages/FirePrevention.aspx, or contact Mr. Ken Armstrong, at 503-945-7420.

For more information on the Oregon National Guard's participation in this year's wildfire fighting efforts, contact the Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office, at AGPA@mil.state.or.us or 503-584-3917

For more information on their training, or to visit the DPSST, contact Mr. Eriks Gabliks, Director of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, at 503-378-2332.