Tuesday, May 2, 2017

142nd Fighter Wing to conduct Weapons Load Competition (Photo)


News Release from Oregon Military Department
Posted on FlashAlert: May 2nd, 2017 2:32 PM
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PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct their annual Weapons Load Competition, consisting of three aircraft and three teams, May 7, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Portland Air National Guard Base.

"The weapons load competition will demonstrate the capabilities and dedication to strive for perfection of the weapons load crews," said Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Conner, 142nd Maintenance Group Superintendent.

Although speed is a factor, the crews will be evaluated on task assignment accuracy and regulation compliance. The crew that completes the load the fastest with the least amount of discrepancies will be crowned the winner.

"Our F-15 is the perfect platform for our homeland defense mission. It is truly one of the world's most lethal weapons delivery systems," said Conner. "The weapons load crews maintain and load the system. I compare their job to sharpening the sword."

Media is invited to attend this friendly competition. Please R.S.V.P to Senior Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, at 503-335-4347.

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.
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