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June 10, 2007
142FW honors northwest cities during Cities of Honor unveiling ceremony
 
Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore.-- Representatives from the cities of Gresham, Hood River, Beaverton and Corvallis visited the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing at the Portland Air Base, June 9, for the Cities of Honor Program.

Beaverton Mayor Rob Drake, Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis, Hood River City Manager Bob Francis and Hood River City Councilor Laurent Picard, and Corvallis City Councilor David Hamby, took part in the unveiling ceremony held inside the old 939th Air Refueling Squadron hangar.

The communities were honored with special nose art depicting iconic imagery of various communities throughout Oregon. The program is an effort to thank local communities for their support of the Oregon Air National Guard over the years.

"The best part for me is having the chance to meet and recognize these community leaders and see how pleased they are when they see their city recognized on one of our jets," said Col. Steven D. Gregg, The 142nd Fighter Wing Commander.

The unveiling ceremony also coincides with celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Air Force.

"We really appreciate the sacrifice that everyone makes in the armed forces, and I particularly like the artwork because the bridge pictured is very near the office where I work," said Counselor Hamby.

Beaverton Mayor Rob Drake, said he is honored and that his community is thrilled to have Beaverton's nose art featured prominently on one of the 142nd Fighter Wing's jets. He added that many people don't why the beaver, featured so prominently in the art for his community, is so appropriate.

"It captures Beaverton's original name," Drake said. "Most people don't know that the Native American tribe that lived in the area named the area Chakeipi, which means land of the beaver. It's a nice way to link our community with our strong support for the guard," he added.

Each jet's nose art was designed by Tech. Sgt. Erik Simmons of the 142nd Multimedia, who spent time researching qualities and icons of each of the 20 communities named in the program. Simmons recalls coming out to the Portland Airbase during the annual public open house and seeing the F-15s on display, but never envisioned he'd end up designing their nose art.

"When I was a kid the F-15 was brand new," Simmons said. "I could've never envisioned that thirty years from now I'd be getting paid to do this artwork," he added.


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070609-F-8260-H-007a.JPG: Beaverton Mayor Rob Drake, right, stands with Oregon Air National Guard 142nd Fighter Wing Commander, Col. Steven Gregg during the unveiling ceremony of new F-15 nose art at the Portland Air Base June 9. The program honors local communities for their support of the Oregon Air National Guard. Drake was also presented with framed artwork representing the city of Beaverton. Oregon Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman John Hughel.

070609-F-8260-H-010a.JPG: Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis, right, stands with Oregon Air National Guard 142nd Fighter Wing Commander, Col. Steven Gregg during the unveiling ceremony of new F-15 nose art at the Portland Air Base June 9. The program honors local communities for their support of the Oregon Air National Guard. Bemis was also presented with framed artwork representing the city of Gresham. Oregon Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman John Hughel.

070609-F-8260-H-013a.JPG: Corvallis City Councilor David Hamby, right, stands with Oregon Air National Guard 142nd Fighter Wing Commander, Col. Steven Gregg during the unveiling ceremony of new F-15 nose art at the Portland Air Base June 9. The program honors local communities for their support of the Oregon Air National Guard. Hamby was also presented with framed artwork representing the city of Corvallis. Oregon Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman John Hughel.

070609-F-8260-H-016a.JPG: Hood River City Councilor Laurent Picard, right, stands with Oregon Air National Guard 142nd Fighter Wing Commander, Col. Steven Gregg during the unveiling ceremony of new F-15 nose art at the Portland Air Base June 9. The program honors local communities for their support of the Oregon Air National Guard. Picard was also presented with framed artwork representing the city of Hood River. Oregon Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman John Hughel.
 
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