Oregon Air National Guard: New name, expanded mission
The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing has new responsibilities and, thanks to that, a new designation. It now is the 142nd Wing, effective Monday, March 6.
It's more than a name change, according to Col. Adam Sitler, 142nd Wing Commander. The 142nd had been designed as a Fighter Aircraft Mission, but recently added a Special Warfare Mission. "The Wing re-designation is an important step to recognize the diverse mission sets within the 142nd Wing." Sitler said. When a wing has multiple mission areas, the proper name both units, he said.
"We are still fully committed to flying fighters, and we'll continue to excel in that mission area," Sitler said. "We are fortunate to have one 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 Sunday but, thanks to the pandemic and the state quarantine, the event was canceled.
A video designed to celebrate the wing's history and current mission can be found online.
History of the 142nd: What's in a name?
July 1943: 371st Fighter Group
May 1946: 142nd Fighter Group
April 1951: 142nd Fighter-Interceptor Group
August 1961: 142nd Fighter Group
October 1972: 142d Fighter-Interceptor Group
March 1992: 142nd Fighter Group
October 1995: 142nd Fighter Wing
March 2020: 142nd Wing
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