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May 07, 2007
Photos: Secretary of the Air Force visits Oregon
 
The Secretary of the Air Force will visit the seat of air defense in the Pacific Northwest 7-8 May at the Portland Air National Guard Base. This is Secretary Michael W. Wynne's first official trip to Oregon, and the visit will familiarize him with the operations of the 142nd Fighter Wing and the Oregon Air National Guard.

In addition, Secretary Michael W. Wynne will help the 142nd FW kick off its celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Air Force in a ceremony that honors communities that support it. The ceremony takes place May 8 at 12:30 p.m., and media are welcome to attend.

During the kick off celebration the 142nd FW will recognize the cities of Portland and Vancouver through the Cities of Honor program, and each city will have specialized nose art emblazoned on the 142nd FW's F-15s. Mayor Tom Potter of Portland and Mayor Royce Pollard of Vancouver will attend the ceremony to present proclamations of support and see the artwork unveiled.

Media that wish to attend should arrive at the Overend Gate, 6801 NE Cornfoot Road, no later than 12 p.m.

Photos:

SECAF-Visit-1: Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne (right) toured the 142nd Fighter Wing at the Portland Air National Guard Base today, seeing the fighter jet alert facility that houses the F-15s and aircrews who stand ready 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Lt. Col. Jeff Silverman, commander of the 142nd Operations Group, detailed how the Airmen at the base ensure the security of the skies of the Pacific Northwest. Mayor Tom Potter of Portland and Mayor Royce Pollard of Vancouver will join Secretary Wynne at the base May 8 as the 142nd FW begins its celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Air Force. The Fighter Wing will unveil special nose art representing the two cities as part of its Cities of Honor program that recognizes those Pacific Northwest communities that support the Oregon Air National Guard.

SECAF-Visit-2: Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne (right) toured the 142nd Fighter Wing at the Portland Air National Guard Base today, visiting several units including the 125th Special Tactics Squadron. Staff Sgt. Andilee Paull of the 125th STS demonstrated some of the weapons available to the Special Operations unit. Mayor Tom Potter of Portland and Mayor Royce Pollard of Vancouver will join Secretary Wynne at the base May 8 as the 142nd FW begins its celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Air Force. The Fighter Wing will unveil special nose art representing the two cities as part of its Cities of Honor program that recognizes those Pacific Northwest communities that support the Oregon Air National Guard.

NOSE ART: The nose art will be featured on several planes of the 142nd Fighter Wing. The nose art was designed by Tech. Sgt. Erik Simmons of the 142nd Communications Flight.

portland_na-final.jpg is the nose art dedicated to the city of Portland

vancouver_na_final.jpg is the nose art dedicated to the city of Vancouver