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Oregon National Guard participates in Veterans Day events (Photo) - 11/11/18

181110-Z-FS713-004: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, perform a Howitzer salute during the annual Veterans Memorial Service, November 10, 2018, at Timber Linn Memorial Park in Albany, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

181110-Z-OT568-001: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 234th Army Band pose for a photo with U.S. Senator Ron Wyden at the annual Veterans Memorial Service, November 10, 2018, at Timber Linn Memorial Park in Albany, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

181110-Z-FS713-001: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 82nd Brigade Troop Command march along the parade route during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, November 10, 2018, in Albany, Oregon. The event is the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi River. (Photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

181110-Z-OT568-019: Oregon Air National Guard Airmen march along the parade route during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, November 10, 2018, in Albany, Oregon. The event is the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi River. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

181110-Z-FS713-006: Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel (right), Adjutant General, Oregon, and Oregon Army National Guard Brig. Gen. William Edwards, the Deputy Commanding General – Operations, First U.S. Army Training Support Division (West), observe the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade from the reviewing stand, November 10, 2018, in Albany, Oregon. The Oregon National Guard participated with a joint color guard, marching units, vehicles and equipment, the 234th Army Band, and an F-15 flyover. The event is the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi River. (Photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

181110-Z-CH590-021: U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Willard Burleson III (left), commander 7th Infantry Division, assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and Brig. Gen. Donna Prigmore (center), Oregon National Guard Assistant Adjutant General-Air, render a hand salute as the American Flag passes by during the Fort Vancouver Veterans Day Parade, Vancouver, Wash., Nov. 10, 2018. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department) 

181110-Z-PL933-0016: Mr. Steele Clayton, a Vietnam War helicopter pilot, guides in an Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter during its landing at the Linfield College baseball field as part of a Veterans Day celebration, Nov. 10, 2018, in McMinnville, Oregon. Clayton served with the active duty U.S. Army for more than 30 years and flew helicopters in Vietnam from 1970 through 1971. (Photo by Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

181111-Z-LM216-004: Brig. Gen. William J. Prendergast, Land Component Commander, Oregon National Guard, addresses the audience as the keynote speaker at the annual Washington County Veterans Day ceremony, Nov. 11, 2018, in Hillsboro, Oregon. This year's event included a commemoration for the service, valor, and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans, and was sponsored by Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services, in partnership with Memorial Fund for Veterans of Washington County, VFW Post 2666, and American Legion Post 6. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Zach Holden, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs) 

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Oregon Air National Guard flyovers scheduled for the Veterans Day holiday (Photo) - 11/09/18

The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to conduct Veterans 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:

The 142nd Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct the following flyovers on Saturday, Nov. 10:

11:45 a.m., Albany Veterans Day Parade, Albany, Oregon.

12:00 p.m., Willamette Lutheran Homes, Keizer, Oregon.

12:50 p.m., Linfield College Honors Veterans, McMinnville, Oregon.

 

The 173rd Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct the following flyovers on Monday, Nov. 12:

11:00 a.m., Veterans Day Parade, Klamath Falls, Oregon.

11:45 a.m., Veterans Day Parade, The Dalles, 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.

PHOTO CAPTION: Oregon Air National Guard 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 Veterans Day flyovers for ceremonies at locations throughout Oregon. (Courtesy photo by Scott Wolff of FighterSweep.com)

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers return from Middle East deployment (Photo) - 11/05/18

SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon Army National Guard honored Citizen-Soldiers in a demobilization ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Salem, Oregon. 

A platoon of more than 20 Citizen-Soldiers with Detachment 3, G Company (Golf), 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, returned from a nine-month deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. These Soldiers are largely from the Willamette Valley area; Salem and Portland.

The platoon assisted with aerial medical evacuation (medevac) using HH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to save lives in support of U.S. and Coalition efforts. The detachment augmented the South Dakota Army National Guard’s Company C, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, serving under the 1st Battalion, 126th General Aviation Support Battalion and the 449th Combat Aviation Brigade.

Over the course of the deployment, Detachment 3, Golf Company, flew more than 200 combined hours and conducted more than 80 medevac missions. The unit also conducted numerous training events with U.S. forces and members of the Finnish, Australian, Canadian, Italian, German, Danish, Spanish militaries, among other Coalition partners.

Golf Company, 1-189th Aviation, has a long tradition of answering the call to duty. On the home front, the unit conducts medevac, search and rescues, as well as wild land fire suppression throughout Oregon. The unit has previously deployed overseas to Bosnia for Operation Joint Forge 7, three times to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn, to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian. Another group of approximately 70 Soldiers with G Company, 1-189th Aviation, were recently welcomed home from a Middle East deployment in March 2018.

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181104-Z-XV454-001: Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read; Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon; U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader (left to right) stand for a demobilization ceremony to welcome home Soldiers of Detachment 3, Golf Company, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Salem, Oregon, Nov. 4, 2018. Over the course of their deployment, Detachment 3, Golf Company, 1-189th Aviation, flew more than 200 combined hours and conducted more than 80 medevac missions. The unit also conducted numerous training events with U.S. forces and members of the Finnish, Australian, Canadian, Italian, German, Danish, and Spanish militaries, among other coalition partners. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Jennifer Lena)

181104-Z-XV454-002: Soldiers with Detachment 3, G Company (Golf), 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, salute the United States flag during a demobilization ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Salem, Oregon, Nov. 4, 2018. Over the course of their deployment, Detachment 3, Golf Company, 1-189th Aviation, flew more than 200 combined hours and conducted more than 80 medevac missions. The unit also conducted numerous training events with U.S. forces and members of the Finnish, Australian, Canadian, Italian, German, Danish, and Spanish militaries, among other coalition partners. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Jennifer Lena)

181104-Z-XV454-003: Soldiers with Detachment 3, G Company (Golf), 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment and distinguished guests listen to the invocation during a demobilization ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Salem, Oregon, Nov. 4, 2018. Over the course of their deployment, Detachment 3, Golf Company, 1-189th Aviation, flew more than 200 combined hours and conducted more than 80 medevac missions. The unit also conducted numerous training events with U.S. forces and members of the Finnish, Australian, Canadian, Italian, German, Danish, and Spanish militaries, among other coalition partners. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Jennifer Lena)

181104-Z-XV454-004: Maj. Brady Philips, commander of Company G, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, presents a ceremonial flag to Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read during a demobilization ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Salem, Oregon, Nov. 4, 2018. Over the course of their deployment, Detachment 3, Golf Company, 1-189th Aviation, flew more than 200 combined hours and conducted more than 80 medevac missions. The unit also conducted numerous training events with U.S. forces and members of the Finnish, Australian, Canadian, Italian, German, Danish, and Spanish militaries, among other coalition partners. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Jennifer Lena)

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers return from Middle East deployment (Photo) - 11/03/18

SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon Army National Guard is scheduled to honor Citizen-Soldiers in a demobilization ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 3:00 p.m., at the Army Aviation Support Facility, Hangar 1, located at 1921 Turner Rd. SE, in Salem, Oregon. 

A platoon of more than 20 Citizen-Soldiers with Detachment 3, G Company (Golf), 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, returned from a nine-month deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. These Soldiers are largely from the Willamette Valley area; Salem and Portland.

The platoon assisted with aerial medical evacuation (medevac) using HH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to save lives in support of U.S. and Coalition efforts. The detachment augmented the South Dakota Army National Guard’s Company C, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, serving under the 1st Battalion, 126th General Aviation Support Battalion and the 449th Combat Aviation Brigade.

Over the course of the deployment, Detachment 3, Golf Company, flew more than 200 combined hours and conducted more than 80 medevac missions. The unit also conducted numerous training events with U.S. forces and members of the Finnish, Australian, Canadian, Italian, German, Danish, Spanish militaries, among other Coalition partners.

Golf Company, 1-189th Aviation, has a long tradition of answering the call to duty. On the home front, the unit conducts medevac, search and rescues, as well as wild land fire suppression throughout Oregon. The unit has previously deployed overseas to Bosnia for Operation Joint Forge 7, three times to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn, to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian. Another group of approximately 70 Soldiers with G Company, 1-189th Aviation, were recently welcomed home from a Middle East deployment in March 2018.

The media and the public are invited to attend the demobilizaiton ceremony.

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Oregon Army National Guard colonel to be promoted to brigadier general (Photo) - 11/02/18

SALEM, Oregon – Oregon Army National Guard Col. Gregory T. Day is scheduled to be promoted to the rank of brigadier general in a ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 1:00 p.m., at the Anderson Readiness Center, located at 3225 State Street, Salem, Oregon.

Day is assigned as the commander of Joint Domestic Operations Command. He will oversee Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA), which supports and partners with civilian agencies to provide a joint domestic response team to save lives and protect property during natural or man-made emergencies. 

“Colonel Day has a long and accomplished career with the Oregon Army National Guard,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon. “He is an accomplished officer and a leader with demonstrated outstanding service at every level of command and staff from company through brigade with overwhelming success.”

Most recently, Day was assigned as the Director of Operations (J3) for the Joint Domestic Operations Command, where he led the development of joint military response strategies, contingency plans, operations and exercises for the Oregon National Guard’s role in emergency response. 

Day holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Humboldt State University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Oregon. He graduated from the U.S. Army War College in 2012 with a Master’s in Strategic Studies. He completed Advanced Joint Professional Military Education II (Joint Forces Staff College) in 2014. His other military education includes the Army Officer Candidate School, the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Infantry Officer Advance Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and the Command and General Staff College. Colonel Day is a fully Joint Qualified Officer (JQS-III), and is Dual-Status Command (DSC) qualified.

Day began his military career in 1987 with the active duty U.S. Army at Fort Hood, Texas. He went on to serve as a tank and scout platoon leader at Fort Lewis, Washington. He joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1992 and served in a variety of command and staff positions in armor and infantry units. 

Throughout his career in the Oregon Army National Guard, he has served as company executive officer, company commander, intelligence officer, battalion operations officer and battalion executive officer. He also served as the operations officer, executive officer, and deputy brigade commander for the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT). 

He deployed with 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, to the Sinai, Egypt, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He later commanded the 1-186th Battalion during their deployment to Iraq in 2009-2010. He also deployed as the operations officer with the 41st IBCT to Afghanistan. He has served as the assistant chief of staff and chief of joint staff for Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon Army National Guard, and he was the brigade commander of the 82nd Brigade (Troop Command) from June 2014 to June 2017.

In his civilian career, he is an attorney and partner with Davis, Freudenberg, Day and Galli law firm in Grants Pass, Oregon.

142nd Fighter Wing to induct honorary commanders - 11/01/18

PORTLAND, Oregon – The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing will be hosting an honorary commander’s induction ceremony, November 2, from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m., at the Portland Air National Guard Base.

The honorary commander program is a tradition in the Air National Guard that pairs local community partners to units and Airmen from the Portland Air National Guard Base. The incoming honorary commander will serve a two-year term in which they have the opportunity to look inside the gates of the Portland Air National Guard Base, gain insight into the 142nd Fighter Wing mission, and share the Air Guard story with their peers and community. Each of the honorary commanders were selected for this program due to their leadership in both their professional and personal lives.

During the ceremony, each of the four new honorary commanders will swear an oath as part of their induction. The new honorary commanders are as follows:

-           Mrs. Sally Showman, President of Heartprint Productions

-           Ms. Sarah Garrison, President and CEO of Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition

-           Mr. Craig Sabina, Principle Consultant for McDermott and Bull Executive Search Firm

-           Mr. George Knobloch, Vice President Maintenance and Engineering for Horizon Air

Media is invited to attend. To make reservations, contact Steven Conklin, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, at steven.l.conklin2.mil@mail.mil or 503-335-4347.

Secretary of the Air Force to tour Kingsley Field, fly in F-15 Eagle - 10/31/18

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. – The Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, will visit the 173rd Fighter Wing this weekend.  Secretary Wilson will the tour base, meet with Airmen, and see the mission first-hand when she flies in the backseat of an F-15 Eagle. 

 “We are fortunate to host the Secretary of the Air Force this weekend,” says Col. Jeff Smith, 173rd FW commander.  “As I say to all of our visitors, ‘seeing is believing!’ Once leaders see the base, meet the people, and experience the community support, they leave with a better understanding of what makes Kingsley Field so unique and valuable.”

As Secretary of the Air Force, Wilson is s responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its more than 670,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and their families. 

This is the first time in 173rd Fighter Wing history, that a Secretary of the Air Force has visited Kingsley Field. 

“This is an important visit for the base and future mission consideration,” adds Smith.

Secretary Wilson will fly with the unit in an F-15 Eagle on Sunday around 10 a.m.  Members of the media will have the opportunity to capture imagery of her flight, and there will be an interview opportunity following her landing. 

All members of the media must coordinate with the public affairs office by 3 pm. Friday Nov. 2 to gain access to the base.  For more information or to RSVP for this event, members of the media may contact the wing’s public affairs office at 541-885-6677.

Secertary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, biography:  https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/1183103/dr-heather-wilson/

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Portland Air National Guard Base to Induct Honorary Commanders - 10/25/18

PORTLAND, Oregon – The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing will be hosting an honorary commander’s induction ceremony, October 26, from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., at the Portland Air National Guard Base.

The honorary commander program is a tradition in the Air National Guard that pairs local community partners to units and Airmen from the Portland Air National Guard Base. The incoming honorary commander will serve a two-year term in which they have the opportunity to look inside the gates of the Portland Air National Guard Base, gain insight into the 142nd Fighter Wing mission, and share the Air Guard story with their peers and community. Each of the honorary commanders were selected for this program due to their leadership in both their professional and personal lives.

During the ceremony, each of the five new honorary commanders will swear an oath as part of their induction. The new honorary commanders are as follows:

 -          Mr. Curtis Robinhold, Executive Director for the Port Of Portland

-           Assistant Chief Ryan Lee from the Portland Police Bureau

-           Mr. Joe Marsico, Vice President, Chief Security Officer for Nike

-           Mr. Greg Moawad, Vice President Campus Safety for Oregon Health Sciences University

-           Mr. Ben Berry, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Bonneville Power Administration

Media is invited to attend. To make reservations, contact Steven Conklin, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, at steven.conklin06@gmail.com or 971-413-2184.

 

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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 24/7 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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142nd Fighter Wing to conduct temporary night flying operations (Photo) - 10/22/18

PORTLAND, Oregon– The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 Eagle night training missions starting Oct. 22 through Oct. 25, 2018.

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 as essential training for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:30 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 24/7 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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Photos: Oregon National Guard honors military police unit in demobilization ceremony (Photo) - 10/14/18

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181014-Z-FS713-007: Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel (right), Adjutant General, Oregon, and 1186th Military Police commander, Capt. Richard Smith, pause for a photo during a demobilization ceremony, Oct. 14, 2018, at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon. Approximately 30 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers in the unit returned from Afghanistan where they provided Personal Security Detail (PSD), to protect individuals or groups of individuals. (Photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

181014-Z-FS713-003: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 1186th Military Police Company stand in formation during a demobilization ceremony honoring their overseas deployment, Oct. 14, 2018, at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon. Approximately 30 Soldiers in the unit recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan where they provided Personal Security Detail (PSD), protecting individuals or groups of individuals. (Photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, Oregon Military Deparment Public Affairs)

181014-Z-FS713-002: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 1186th Military Police Company stand in formation during a demobilization ceremony honoring their overseas deployment, Oct. 14, 2018, at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon. Approximately 30 Soldiers in the unit recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan where they provided Personal Security Detail (PSD), protecting individuals or groups of individuals. (Photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

181014-Z-FS713-010: Brig. Gen. William J. Prendergast IV, Land Component Commander, shakes hands with Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of the 1186th Military Police Company to welcome them home from their overseas deployment during a demobilization ceremony, Oct. 14, 2018, at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon. Approximately 30 Soldiers in the unit deployed to Afghanistan providing Personal Security Detail (PSD), to protect individuals or groups of individuals. (Photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)