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142nd Fighter Wing to conduct temporary night flying - 12/08/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night flying training missions December 9-11.

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.
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(PHOTO RELEASE) Oregon Governor welcomes home deployed Airmen (Photo) - 12/07/14
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Miss Oregon Rebecca Anderson sings the National Anthem to kick off the Demobilization Ceremony for the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron and Security Forces Squadron at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Dec. 7, 2014. Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.

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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon, address those in attendance at the Demobilization Ceremony for the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron and Security Forces Squadron at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Dec. 7, 2014. Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.

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Airmen of the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron and Security Forces Squadron render a salute during their formal Demobilization Ceremony at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Dec. 7, 2014. The Airmen recently returned from overseas deployment assignments to support Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.

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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber receives the Oregon flag that was flown during deployment from Lt. Col. Jason Lay, 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron Commander, during the formal Demobilization Ceremony at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Dec. 7, 2014. The Airmen recently returned from overseas deployment assignments to support Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.
Families, friends, State and local officials to welcome home deployed Airmen - 12/05/14
PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD (PANG) BASE, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing, local dignitaries and family members will welcome home more than 30 Portland-based unit members who deployed to support Operation Enduring Freedom, during a ceremony scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Dec. 7 at the Portland Air National Guard base in Portland, Ore.

"I just couldn't be more proud of these brave women and men, who put themselves in harm's way - leaving their jobs, their families and their security here at home, to work for our security abroad," said Colonel Richard W. Wedan, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander. "Recognizing the sacrifices that these Airmen have endured, a demobilization ceremony is a formal and public recognition of their efforts," he said.

Oregon's highest-ranking military official - Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon - will preside over the ceremony. Miss Oregon, Rebecca Anderson, is scheduled to sing the National Anthem at the ceremony. Also planned to be in attendance or speak at the ceremony are; Governor John Kitzhaber; Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown; representatives from the offices of Senator Ron Wyden, and Senator Jeff Merkley; Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs Director Cameron Smith; and Chief Master Sgt. Patrick Gauntz, Oregon Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sergeant.

More than twenty civil engineer technicians deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, and provided support and maintenance services to facilities, airfields, and base infrastructure. Three firefighters from the squadron also deployed to Bahrain to perform fire and emergency services for both personnel and flight line support. Additionally, 6 members of the Security Forces Squadron deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

"Our Airmen stood as a shining example that Citizen-Airmen of the Air National Guard can make a positive contribution to any military war effort," said 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Commander Jason Lay, who deployed with his unit members. "These efforts laid a solid foundation for the ongoing Air Force mission and the transition to the next phase of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan," he said.

While in Afghanistan, the Civil Engineer Squadron completed several high-visibility missions. They managed more than $33 million of construction projects and contracts. They completed more than 970 individual work orders, including 13 major projects, and maintained the facilities, infrastructure, ramps, taxiways and the runway at the busiest combat air logistics hub in the Department of Defense.

The Security Forces Squadron had equally impressive accomplishments in their area or responsibility. They defended their deployed unit for 7 base-wide lockdowns and 5 indirect fire attacks, providing post-attack reconnaissance sweeps and assuring 100 percent accountability.

"We need to remember the sacrifices made by the families and employers of these Airmen as well. Their enduring support is critical to the National Guard's success," said Col. Wedan.