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News Release
142nd Fighter Wing redesignated to 142nd Wing (Photo) - 04/06/20

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing has redesignated to the 142nd Wing effective March 6, 2020.

Colonel Adam Sitler, 142nd Wing Commander, said the redesignation highlights the prestige of becoming a Wing. “The Wing redesignation is an important step to recognize the diverse mission sets within the 142nd Wing.  The governing Air Force Instruction specifies that the nomenclature of a Wing reflect what it is designed to do.  In our case, we are fortunate to have a Special Warfare Mission, and a Fighter Aircraft Mission.  When a Wing has multiple mission areas, the proper designation is “Wing” which reflects both the Special Operations, and the Fighter mission.”

Sitler went on to clarify that the name change does not change the unit’s mission.

“We are still fully committed to flying fighters, and we’ll continue to excel in that mission area.  We are fortunate to have one of the two Air National Guard Special Tactics Squadrons. The 125th Special Tactics Squadron will continue to thrive, now, and into the future.”

A ceremony planned for April 5, 2020 was canceled due to considerations with Oregonians practicing health and safety standards regarding the ongoing COVID-19 response.

In commemoration with the 142nd Wing redesignation, the unit has produced a retrospective video to celebrate our history and current mission.


The 142nd Wing has redesignated numerous times since the unit was founded. Our past designations are posted below.

- July 1943 - 371st Fighter Group

- May 1946 - 142nd Fighter Group

- April 1951 - 142nd Fighter-Interceptor Group

- August 1961 - 142nd Fighter Group

- October 1972 - 142nd Fighter-Interceptor Group

- March 1992 - 142nd Fighter Group

- October 1995 - 142nd Fighter Wing

- March 2020 - 142nd Wing




About the 142nd 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 Wing defends our homeland with Special Warfare Airmen and F-15 Eagle fighter jets. They guard 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 superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.

Photo Caption:

Oregon Air National Guard members of the 142nd Fighter Wing are assembled prior to the start of the unit's Change of Command ceremony held Nov. 6, 2016, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photograph by Senior Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

Contact Info:

Steven Conklin

Email: Steven.l.conklin2.mil@mail.mil

Phone: 503-440-4434

Attached Media Files: 161106-Z-QV347-008.JPG
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