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Multi-agency emergency response exercise to be held in Eugene (Photo) - 07/11/18

SALEM, Oregon – Members of the Oregon National Guard’s 102nd Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) - Civil Support Team (CST) are scheduled to participate in a full-scale emergency management exercise in coordination with the University of Oregon and first responders, July 12, 2018, at Autzen Stadium, in Eugene, Oregon.

The exercise is designed to facilitate planning and operational communications between the University of Oregon’s Safety and Risk Services staff and local first responders. This full-scale exercise is scenario-driven and focused to challenge the university and the Eugene community's incident response and management capability, integrating the Oregon National Guard's 102nd WMD Civil Support Team's capabilities into a unified Joint Hazard Assessment Team (JHAT).

This training exercise will support the University of Oregon’s and City of Eugene’s Emergency Operations Plans for jurisdictional response, and serves as a Training and Evaluation for the Oregon National Guard's 102 Civil Support Team. It also supports essential objectives to facilitate interagency coordination and critical communication while partnering with local responders and the CST.

U.S. Army North (US ARNORTH) will be working closely with University of Oregon’s Safety and Risk Services and jurisdictional responders, and will jointly plan and coordinate the exercise to support all participants. Local and specialized controllers will evaluate the efforts of university and Eugene jurisdictional responders using seasoned subject matter experts, while ARNORTH will evaluate the efforts of the 102nd WMD Civil Support Team.

The scenario and setting are designed to support mobilization and response of local and specialized state resources and capabilities, while the scope will enhance interagency relationships and capabilities with incident management beginning and sustaining at the local level, communicating with external resources as the situation dictates.

Other agencies participating in the exercise are the Eugene Police Metro Explosive Disposal Unit, the Eugene Fire HazMat 2, the University of Oregon Police Department, and the Federal Protective Services (Explosive Detection K-9).

The 102nd CST, based in Salem, can be rapidly mobilized to an incident anywhere in Oregon to assist civil authorities with early-detection and analysis capabilities of a chemical, biological or nuclear incident. The goal is to minimize the impact on civilian populations and facilitate requests for follow-on emergency and military support by civil authorities.

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173rd FW to host Cascadia Airlift Exercise (Photo) - 07/11/18

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing will host a Cascadia Airlift Exercise beginning Thursday, July 12 through Sunday, July 15.

U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft and Airmen from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. will arrive here on Thursday to participate in the exercise.  Airmen from the 173rd FW will practice loading and unloading cargo on to the C-130Js, giving the wing the opportunity to evaluate their aerial logistics hub capabilities in the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. 

“The exercise will test many elements in an aerial logistics plan:  aircraft arrival plans, parking plans, cargo loading, as well as fuel and maintenance support,” said Colonel Jeff Edwards, 173rd FW Vice Commander.  “After the exercise, lessons learned will be developed to identify opportunities to improve.”

Additionally, the C-130Js will fly with Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagles in Dissimilar Air Combat Training scenarios.  DACT provides pilots the opportunity to train with and against an aircraft different their own.

“This will be a great way to foster key partnerships, develop lessons learned, and improve response capability,” said Edwards.

According to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, the Cascadia Subduction Zone is a 600-mile fault that runs from northern California up to British Columbia, and is about 70-100 miles off the Pacific coast shoreline.  There are concerns that an earthquake on this fault could potentially cause massive destruction for much of Oregon.  As such, many of the local, state, and federal agencies are evaluating ways to improve their preparedness for such an event.

For questions or concerns, please contact the wing’s public affairs office at 541-885-6677. 


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173rd FW to conduct night flying operations for one week - 07/09/18

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations for one week beginning today, Monday, July 9 and continue through Thursday, July 12.  Operations will take place approximately 4:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. 

Night flying is one part of the course curriculum for F-15C student pilots at Kingsley Field, the premiere F-15C schoolhouse for the United States Air Force.

“Night flying is an essential skill our F-15 student pilots need to learn,” said Col. Jeff Smith, commander of the173rd FW.  “We are grateful for the exceptional support the 173rd Fighter Wing receives from the local community and try our best to minimize the noise impact.” 

The majority of the training will occur in the military operating airspace to the east of Lakeview where the pilots can fly without lights.  However, the local community will most likely hear the jets during take-offs and approaches to and from Kingsley Field.  Take-offs will occur after sundown and the jets will return approximately an hour-and-a-half later.

“Whether defending the homeland or deployed in contingency operations, F-15 pilots must be proficient at night flying,” said Col. Jeff Edwards, 173rd FW Vice Commander.   “Night flying training includes the full spectrum of skills needed to be a combat-ready F-15 pilot.”

Community members may contact the wing’s public affairs office at 541-885-6677 to express any concerns they have during this time. 

Oregon Air National Guard flyovers scheduled for Fourth of July holiday (Photo) - 07/03/18

The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to conduct Independence Day flyovers at various locations throughout Oregon. 

F-15 Eagle fighter jets from both the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Oregon, are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations at or near the designated times on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. 

The 142nd Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct the following flyovers: 
1:15 p.m., Manzanita 4th of July Parade, Manzanita, Oregon. 
1:30 p.m., Independence Day Grand Parade, Independence, Oregon.
1:45 p.m., 4th of July Parade, Rockaway Beach, Oregon.
3:00 p.m., 4th of July Parade, Warrenton, Oregon.

The 173rd Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct the following flyovers: 
10:30 a.m., 4th of July Parade, Klamath Falls, Oregon.
10:50 a.m., Ashland’s 4th of July Parade, Ashland, Oregon.
10:52 a.m., Central Point Freedom Festival, Central Point, Oregon
11:00 a.m., 4th of July Parade, Eagle Point, Oregon.
11:30 a.m., Neskowin Patriotic Celebration, Neskowin, Oregon.
11:55 a.m., Creswell 4th of July Parade & Celebration, Creswell, Oregon.
12:30 p.m., Lake of the Woods 4th of July Celebration, Lake of the Woods, Oregon.

All passes will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and about 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be canceled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies. 

The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation's air defense since 1941. The 142nd Fighter Wing guards the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour alert as part of the North American Air Defense system. The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the premier F-15 pilot training facility for the U.S. Air Force.

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Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Brandi Woodward, of the 141st Brigade Support Battalion, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, releases water from a fire hydrant in Keizer, Oregon, May 31, 2018, to sanitize and fill Load Handling System trucks (M1120A4) comp
Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Brandi Woodward, of the 141st Brigade Support Battalion, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, releases water from a fire hydrant in Keizer, Oregon, May 31, 2018, to sanitize and fill Load Handling System trucks (M1120A4) comp
June 20 Drinking Water Advisory Oregon National Guard Fill Station Update (Photo) - 06/19/18

SALEM, Oregon - Water samples taken on Saturday, June 16, by the City of Salem, show that Salem's water continues to be safe to drink.  The City of Salem is scheduled to replace the Oregon National Guard water distribution sites with city equipment at the following locations beginning 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 20 unless otherwise requested.

*        Chemeketa Community College, Brown Parking Lot , 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem (access from 45th Avenue NE & Satter Drive NE)

*        Former Chevrolet Dealership, 5325 Denver St., Turner

*        Woodmansee Park, 4629 Sunnyside Rd. SE, Salem

*        Wallace Marine Park, 200 Glen Creek Rd. NW, Salem

The Oregon National Guard provided more than 60,000 gallons of water in support of Marion County and the City of Salem since being activated June 7, and are scheduled to depart at 8:00 p.m. June 19.

"We are proud to have worked together in order to support our local community during this time of need," said Stephen Bomar, Director of Public Affairs, Oregon Military Department.

For the most up to date water advisory information please visit  https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/water-advisory.aspx