ORE. (January 9, 2013) – Oregon Air National Guard Continues Mission at PDX
Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing based out of Portland International
Airport will continue its 70-year mission of protecting the Pacific
Northwestern skies, following today’s approval of a 50-year lease by the Port
of Portland Commission.
Portland Air National Guard Base at PDX is home of the 142nd Fighter Wing,
which safeguards the airspace and coastal waters from northern California to
the Canadian border with F-15 Eagles on a 24-hour alert. In addition to the
aerospace control alert at PDX, operational and training missions take 142d
Fighter Wing units around the globe in support of Air Expeditionary Force
missions and contingency operations including drug interdiction.
home, the Governor can activate the Oregon ANG to provide protection of life
and property, and preserve peace, order and public safety. State missions
include disaster relief in times of earthquakes, floods and forest fires;
search and rescue, protection of vital public services, and support to civil
Portland Air National Guard Base supports the region’s economy by paying more
than $44 million in annual salaries to Guard members who live in Oregon and
Washington, and providing approximately 1,500 jobs.
more than 60 years, Portland’s Air National Guard facility has provided
protection in the skies from California to the Canadian border and been an
economic driver in this area,” Sen. Ron Wyden said. “This deal will not only
preserve the 1,500 jobs in Oregon right now, it will set the stage for further
investment in the base that could result in even more economic development in
Wyden and other partners plan to attend a lease signing celebration at noon
Jan. 16 at the Portland Air National Guard Base.
leadership of the Port of Portland, the ORANG and Sen. Wyden have made this
happen,” said Major General Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon. “This
lease is absolutely vital to the future of the 142nd Fighter Wing and the
ORANG. The citizens of Oregon and the entire Northwest are now assured that
this premier air defense unit will continue to protect their skies.”
pleased to continue helping meet the security and civil defense needs of our
nation, state and community, and commend Sen. Wyden for his efforts on the
agreement,” said Bill Wyatt, Port executive director. “Oregon Air National
Guard has proven a great airport partner, and this new agreement allows them to
continue their vital mission at PDX, while at the same time allowing us to
expand the airport if needed in the future to accommodate the air travel and
cargo needs of our community.”
the primary terms of the agreement, the existing Oregon ANG lease of 240 acres
will reduce to 195 acres over the next 20 years to allow use of some facilities
for commercial aviation activities, such as aircraft parking. In the event that
planning for a third parallel runway becomes necessary, the leasehold will
reduce to 128 acres, but will not occur for at least 30 years.
a joint use agreement, the military will pay $368,000 annually for use of
taxiways and runways. Under other agreements, the military will pay $60,000
annually toward the operation and maintenance of the PDX deicing stormwater
runoff collection system. The military will also fund its proportionate share
of capital improvements that benefit and support their operations at PDX.
ANG’s original lease at PDX dates back to 1949; was amended in 1981, and was
set to expire in 2029. The recently adopted PDX Master Plan, which developed
with extensive community involvement, indicated that the leasehold is an
appropriate location for military use.
of Portland owns and operates PDX, which is the largest airport in Oregon. In
addition to serving as the base for the Portland ANG, PDX serves nearly 14
million passengers, helps move nearly 220,000 tons of air cargo, and provides
general aviation services. The Port also owns general aviation airports in
Hillsboro and Troutdale, four marine terminals and six industrial properties.