The 142nd Fighter Wing to host, conduct dissimilar air combat training

Oregon Military Department - 09/09/18 

PORTLAND, Oregon – The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing will host EA-18G Growler aircraft from the VAQ-132 out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, September 10-19, 2018, to conduct dissimilar air combat training (DACT).  The EA-18s will arrive at the Portland Air National Guard Base this week.

DACT provides realistic combat scenarios for pilots to hone advanced aerial tactics that may be used against potential adversaries. The training is an essential and required component to ensure military readiness in support of the base’s national and state missions.

Flights will depart from and land at the Portland International Airport. In an effort to foster coordination with the community and the Port of Portland, flights will launch daily after 8 a.m. and will conclude before 4 p.m.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing

The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.

For more information, contact Steven Conklin, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, at


Photo Caption
United States Navy EA-18G Growlers from VAQ-132 "Scorpion" Squadron conducts Air to Air refuelling operations with an RAAF KC-30 Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft from No 33 Squadron. RAAF Base Amberley is the main operating base for RAAF and United States aircraft activities during Talisman Saber 2017. (Royal Australian Air Force photo by Sgt. Peter Borys)