In Portland, our primary mission is the Fighter mission, which involves air-to-air and air-to-ground operations designed to support ground forces and to gain control of enemy airspace. Additional missions include Weather, Command and Control, Combat Control, Combat Weather, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal.
The 142nd Fighter Wing, also known as the Redhawks, serves as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Air Defense System. The unit provides around-the-clock aerospace control alert for the Pacific Northwest airspace and coastal waters from northern California to the Canadian border using F-15 aircraft. The Redhawks support Oregon year around during times of natural disaster. The 142nd has a proud history of responding to the nation's call, from 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina.
The 125th Special Tactics Squadron operates out of Portland Air National Guard Base. Located in Portland, Oregon, the mission of the 125th Special Tactics Squadron includes the Combat Weather mission, Combat Control mission and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal mission.