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For Tech. Sgt. Todd Houghton perfection is the standard for his barbecue. Here, he slices his competition beef brisket to be exactly the width of a pencil. Anything thinner or thicker would be put aside. “I treat my barbecue like I treat the work I do for the Air Force. This has my name attached to it. It represents me and who I am,” Houghton said. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. David Salanitri)
116th Airman marinates in success after winning AF barbecue challenge
The results are in, and for Tech. Sgt. Todd Houghton the taste of victory is sweet. After winning two rounds of competition, the aircraft structural mechanic with the 116th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron recently won the Air Force's first-ever High Flyin' BBQ Challenge that was held in San Antonio Sept. 25--27.Houghton went on to take first place in
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Colonel Joseph L. Stromme, Portland Army Air Base Commander at the time of the Japanese attack in the Pacific.  He was a native of Volga, South Dakota, and graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota before joining the Army at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota, in 1917.  He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt., Infantry, and transferred to the Air Service at Kelly Field, Texas, in December, 1917.  He served three tours in the Office of the Chief of the Air Corps, four years on staff in the War Department, graduated from the Army Industrial College and Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.  He served three years as industrial planning officer on the west coast for the Air Corps at March Field, California, before coming to take command at Portland. (142FW History Archives, Robert Hall Collection) Portland Army Air Base on 'Day of Infamy'
As the day dawned Dec. 7, 1941, at Portland Army Air Base all was in order. By the end of the day, however, that would completely change.Portland Army Air Base was established March 13, 1941, at a time when numerous air installations of the Army Air Forces were under construction, as the United States prepared for looming conflict with the Axis
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Oregon Air National Guard Maj. Bradley Young, a pilot assigned to the 123rd Fighter Squadron, 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., cuts a Thanksgiving Turkey at the Alert Facility, as Staff Sgt. Matthew Shelburne, left, and Staff Sgt. Kyle Adair, center, prepare potatoes for dinner, Nov. 27, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released) Prepared, vigilant, thankful
Like most kitchens around the nation on Thanksgiving Day; the turkey is carefully crafted, while potatoes are peeled, and other side dishes are being prepared. Yet the distinction can be found here at the Alert Facility this holiday, as Airmen of the 142nd Fighter Wing stand on station, safeguarding the Pacific Northwest as part of the Aerospace
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kelvin Oxendine, an airborne operations technician with the 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, plays a Native American hand drum he created, Ocmulgee National Monument, Macon, Ga., Nov. 5, 2014. Oxendine is a member of the Lumbee Indian tribe out of Robeson County, North Carolina. The tribe has more than 55,000 members with two of the members serving together in the Georgia Air National Guard at Robins Air Force Base. Oxendine and a fellow Airman are descendants of Henry Berry Lowry, a young Native American Revolutionist who rose up in 1865 to fight injustice being directed against his people who are the modern day Lumbee Indians. Lowry came to be known as the Indian Robin Hood for his exploits. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons/Released) In footsteps of warriors: Legendary 'Indian Robin Hood' descendants thrive in Georgia Guard
In 1865 a young Native American Revolutionist named Henry Berry Lowry, rose up from the swamps in North Carolina to fight racial injustice being directed against his people who are the modern day Lumbee Indians.After witnessing his father and brother being forced to dig their own graves and then executed by the Confederate Home Guard, Lowry and a
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A group photo of Air National Guard pilots deployed to Phu Cat, South Vietnam, and assigned to the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron. (Courtesy photo) ANG 'Fighting Falcons' recall Vietnam service
Sometimes history can be elusive, and even events that happened recently can be forgotten. Such was the case of the 177th Tactical Fighter Wing's actions in Vietnam. A hodgepodge group of aviators and maintenance Air National Guardsmen from both the 177th as well as the 113th Tactical Fighter Wing volunteered for Vietnam service.Initially, the
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Oregon Air National Guard Capt. Ryan Shuck, assigned to the 123rd Fighter Squadron, 142nd Fighter Wing, takes off in Aircraft 84-007, Oct. 23, 2014, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs) Fly Another Day: 007 back in action
The legendary fictional British spy character James Bond, "codename 007," has spent his career pursing enemies and foiling plots against his country. After 25 feature films, "007" persistently overcomes adversity. The same can be said about a tried and true fighter jet, as the 142nd Fighter Wing's own "007" returned to action after nearly two years
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Neil Buley was one of the OreANG's early aircraft maintenance Caretakers, and a World War II Army Air Force veteran who served in the European Theater of Operations.  He is pictured here during the war along with other members of the 14th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron's Engineering Section and a P-51D Mustang fighter, added to the unit late in the war as an escort for its unarmed photo recon planes.  Left to right, kneeling are: S/Sgt. Sylvan Saul; T/Sgt. Shade B Kincer; T/Sgt. Edward W Nelson. Standing: Sgt. Arnold A Koskela; Sgt. William G Peterson; Sgt. Samuel C McKinney; Sgt. Cyril L Petty; S/Sgt. John F Campbell; T/Sgt. Neil O Buley.  (Courtesy of  Martin Kyburz, via Peter Randall, US 8th Air Force Little Friends website) Remembering the Oregon ANG's 'Caretakers'
When the Air National Guard resumed its normal peacetime role after World War II, lessons learned from both prewar and wartime experience resulted in a buildup of capacity with ANG unit structure across the United States. One of these improvements was the addition of the "Caretakers," a cadre of full-time personnel whose role was to take care of
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From Right: Maj. Lucas Ritter the casualty assistance officer, Maj. Ryan Bartholomew, the base historian and Staff Sgt. Brandon Stroh of security forces investigate newly exposed wreckage from WWII aircraft on the dry lakebed of Goose Lake, Oct. 3, 2014. Current drought conditions have drawn the water level well below parts of the lakebed for the first time. The aircraft flights originated at Kingsley Field for training and unfortunately never returned to the base.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson) Drought reveals Kingsley history for first time
Kingsley Field's location in the high desert of southern Oregon, with its mixture of sunny days and proximity to the west coast, made it home to a frantic effort to train fighter pilots during World War II. In those days, the small base sent as many as 2,000 flights from the base in a single week. Compare that to the modern era of flying, and
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Brandon Rieker, an air battle manager with the 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, sits at an operator work station aboard an E-8 Joint STARS aircraft, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., Oct. 18, 2014. Rieker was selected to attend the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Weapons Instructor Course at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nev. Air battle managers are primarily responsible for command and control of battle management and with ensuring the day to day air mission is executed with success. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kari Giles/released) Guardsman to attend elite Weapons Instructor Course
A Georgia Air National Guardsman is moving to the head of the class.Capt. Brandon Rieker, a 31-year-old air battle manager with the 116th Air Control Wing, is one of six in the career field across the Air Force to be selected for the elite U.S. Air Force Weapons School Weapons Instructor Course that starts in February 2015 at Nellis Air Force Base
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A Jordanian Armed Forces member of the Chemical Support Unit indicates that everything’s a-okay, during a visit from Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, the Adjutant General of Colorado, and other Colorado National Guard senior leaders who came to observe a training exercise facilitated by the CONG Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) team at Maffaq Armor Base, Jordan, May 12, 2014. (Air National Guard photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet) Colorado Guard, Royal Jordanian Armed Forces celebrate 10 years of partnership
In 2004 the Colorado National Guard and Royal Jordanian Armed Forces established a relationship that has been immeasurably valuable to both nations ever since. Today we celebrate the tenth year of collaboration, but more importantly, friendship.Through the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program, the militaries of Colorado and Jordan have
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