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  • Fired up for Success: A Young Firefighter's Journey

    PORTLAND, OR -- Shining a light on the diverse paths to happiness and success, it becomes evident that college is not the exclusive route to professional success.Airman 1st Class Stephen Warren, a firefighter in the 142nd Wing Civil Engineering squadron, recognized this fact while he was still in

  • Keeping the Eagle in the Air: The story of Metal Fabrication

    PORTLAND, OR  -- Tucked away on base is the unassuming metals technology shop. The exterior gives no clue to the mission critical work that goes on behind those walls.Metals technology Airmen produce parts and tools for different units around their respective bases. Whether for aircraft or Aerospace

  • Washington and Oregon Guard Train with Royal Thai Air Force

    KORAT ROYAL THAI AIR BASE, Thailand – Airmen from the Washington Air National Guard’s 141st Air Refueling Wing and the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Wing participated in the first Enduring Partners engagement with the Royal Thai Air Force Sept. 11-21.Enduring Partners 2023 was a National

  • Oregon Airman finds inspiration on the Pickleball Court

    PORTLAND, OR. -- Serving in the military requires discipline, perseverance, and the ability to adapt to new challenges. For one pickleball player and Oregon Air National Guard member, these traits have been the cornerstone of their success both on and off the court.As the unit deployment manager for

  • New CLEP testing facility broadens horizons for 142nd Wing Airmen

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- Big opportunities are coming to the Airmen of the 142nd Wing at Portland Air National Guard (PANG) Base.Wing leadership and the base education center have worked hard over the past two years to make a CLEP (College Level Examination Program) testing center available to Airmen

  • Guardian Angel: Religious Affairs Airman saves Life during Morning Commute

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- Staff Sgt. Kyle Mergeler, a religious affairs Airman with the 142nd Wing, has had a varied Air Force career in his ten years of service. He began his enlistment working in intelligence, and later spent years turning wrenches in maintenance. Recently, Mergeler transitioned to a role

  • The 142nd Wing Chapel: A Generational Beacon of Hope

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- Throughout 2022, members of the 142nd Wing have helped to clean up and restore the firmly standing World War II chapel building on Portland Air National Guard Base (PANGB).The Chapel was built in 1941 as a temporary structure and has persevered through natural disasters and housed

  • Checking In: How an Oregon Guardsmen went from Hotel Manager to Mentor

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- Master Sgt. Paul Freimark, the 142nd Wing’s Base Education Training Manager (BETM), has had many titles and roles throughout his over 20-year career. He’s been called a Sailor, Hotel Manager, Husband, and Father. Yet perhaps his most defining title, is that of “mentor”.As the BETM,