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Press Release
June 27, 2007
Portland, OR

The pilot in the F-15 aviation mishap has been identified.

Dead are: Maj. Gregory D. Young, 34, St Helens, Ore.

The family wishes to have their privacy respected and will not grant any media interviews.

"On behalf of the 142nd Fighter Wing. the Portland Air Base, and the Oregon Air National Guard, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of our fallen Airman. He was a very talented young man with many years of dedicated service to the protection of the freedoms we enjoy today. He will be deeply missed by our entire Air National Guard family" said Col. Steven D. Gregg, Commanding Officer, 142nd Fighter Wing.

A memorial service will be planned, but no date has been set.

The single-seat F-15A jet fighter was lost while on a training mission over the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, approximately 35 miles west of Cannon Beach, Ore.

The 142nd Fighter Wing mission is to provide air defense of the Pacific Northwest from the Canadian border to Northern California. A USAF investigation to determine the cause of the mishap is underway.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

A representative from the Portland Air Base will make a statement at around 9:00 a.m.
Contact Info:
Oregon Air National Guard point of contact is Maj. Misti Mazzia at (503)335-4104