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Governor Brown signs expansion of Tuition Assistance for Oregon National Guardsmen - 08/20/19


SALEM, Ore. – With the signing of House Bill 2817 by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, members of the
Oregon National Guard will be able to receive Tuition Assistance at Oregon Health and Science
University (OHSU) and private institutions in addition to community colleges and public higher education
institutions.


This law will expand higher education grants to qualified members of the Oregon National Guard by
permitting grant(s) to be used for undergraduate degree program at OHSU or qualifying private post-
secondary institutions or for program or curriculum designed to lead to certificate of completion at
community college, public university, OHSU or qualifying private post-secondary institution.


The law states that “Grants provided under this section shall be awarded to a qualified student for up to
90 credit hours at a community college; or 180 credit hours at a public university and now 180 credit
hours at a qualifying private institution; or 180 credit hours at Oregon Health and Science University.”


This benefit will be available for the 2020-21 academic year. The provision of HB 2817 helps expand on
HB 4035 signed by Gov. Brown on April 3, 2018 that established Tuition Assistance to members of the
Oregon National Guard to attend public universities and community colleges, and began during the
2018-19 academic year.


Both laws require student to be in “Good standing” with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or
higher at OHSU or qualifying private and public intuitions at which they are enrolled.

 

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U.S. Sailors prepare an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41, for flight operations on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Pacific Ocean, Feb 15, 2019. The John C. Stennis is deployed t
U.S. Sailors prepare an F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41, for flight operations on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Pacific Ocean, Feb 15, 2019. The John C. Stennis is deployed t
The 142nd Fighter Wing to host, conduct dissimilar air combat training (Photo) - 08/10/19

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing will host FA-18F Super Hornets from the VFA-41 Squadron out of Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, August 11-23, 2019, 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 Portland Air National Guard Base’s national and state missions.

Flights will depart from and land at the Portland International Airport. 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.

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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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Town-Hall Meeting Scheduled For Local Guard Units (Photo) - 08/02/19

ASHLAND, Oregon - The 1st Battalion, 186 Infantry (1-186 IN BN) Commander Lt. Col. Paul Dyer is scheduled to conduct a town-hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 5, at the Grants Pass Armory, 666 Brookside Blvd. Grants Pass, Ore., to discuss the Battalion’s upcoming deployment. Soldiers, loved ones, media and community members are invited to attend. The 1-186 IN BN is scheduled to deploy more than 450 Soldiers from Southern Oregon to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.

CLACKAMAS, Oregon - The 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) commander Col. Eric Riley along with 1st Battalion, 186 Infantry Commander Lt. Col. Paul Dyer are scheduled to conduct a town-hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 6 in the Roseburg Armory, 111 General Ave., Roseburg, Ore., to discuss the Brigade’s upcoming multi-country deployment. Soldiers, loved ones, media and community members are invited to attend. The 41st IBCT is scheduled to deploy over 1400 Oregonians to five different countries: Djibouti, Jordan, Kosovo, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

"This is an opportunity for us to ensure our Citizen-Soldiers, their loved ones, and our communities understand the impact of these mobilizations," said Col. Eric Riley, commander 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

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Speaker Erik Engel addresses the crowd at the 741st Brigade Engineer Battalion(BEB) Yellow Ribbon Event June 1st, in Wilsonville, OR. The event had over 270 attendees with the purpose to prepare the 741st BEB Soldiers and Families for their upcoming United Arab Emirates deployment.

 

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Oregon Air National Guard Fighter Pilots participate in water survival training on Columbia River (Photo) - 07/26/19

WASHOUGAL, Wash. – Oregon Air National Guard Fighter pilots assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing spent the day training in the Columbia River as part of their biannual water survival training requirement, July 26, 2019 in Washougal, Washington. 

The training included pilots being dragged by jet skis to simulate the impact of being pulled around in the water while attached to an open parachute. Additionally, they learned how to escape from underneath their parachute while in open water. Swimming lessons concluded when pilots jumped from a training boat on the river and swam nearly 100 feet to shore.  

Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Nicholas Rutgers, 123rd Fighter Squadron Commander said the training aimed to simulate an authentic environment for flight crew members. “We try to make it as realistic as possible, so being out on the Columbia (River) is about as close as we can get to executing off the coast of Oregon. It's a lot smoother than we could expect in the Pacific, but we are getting a great training opportunity today.” 

The 125th Special Tactics Squadron conducted the training today with the assistance of the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 304th Rescue Squadron, both stationed at the Portland Air National Guard Base in Portland, Ore. 

B-roll and sound bites from today's water survival training can be found at this link:  https://www.dvidshub.net/video/699331/fighter-pilots-participate-water-survival-training-columbia-river

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, 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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