Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Wing hosts Navy fighter squadron for ‘different air combat training’
Offshore and in Eastern Oregon for the next two weeks
PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) – The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Wing hosts the Navy’s 192nd Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 “Golden Dragons” based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. , to conduct different air combat training from Monday to Friday. for the next two weeks.
F-18 Super Hornets from VFA-192 will participate in exercises in conjunction with F-15 Eagles from 142 Wing during the two-week DACT.
This specific training provides realistic combat scenarios for pilots to hone advanced aerial tactics that can be used against potential adversaries, officials said. Exercise is an essential and necessary part of ensuring military readiness in support of national and state base missions.
According to Lt. Col. Joshua Hovanas, commanding officer of the Oregon 123rd Fighter Squadron, this DACT enhances integral interoperability with other military branches.
“This training with the Golden Dragons is a unique opportunity for the Redhawks to refine and strengthen joint air superiority tactics,” Hovanas said. “The combination of capabilities represented between our two weapons systems enables operations against a peer adversary – a critical training requirement for the Oregon Air National Guard.”
Flights will depart and land at Portland International Airport, and training will take place in approved designated airspace off the Oregon Coast and in eastern Oregon. In an effort to foster coordination with the community and Portland Port, flights will begin daily after 8 a.m. and end before 4 p.m.
About 142 Wing:
Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who bring nearly $500 million in economic impact to the region. The 142nd Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the skies of the Pacific Northwest from northern California to the Canadian border through their aerospace control alert mission as part of the Air Combat Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unparalleled, mission-ready units to maintain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasks anytime, anywhere in the service of our nation, state, and community.