Oregon military bases are an important part of our nations Northwestern defense. The Oregon veteran population is around 317 thousand living in the state. Oregon is surrounded by Washington, Idaho, Nevada and California.
Oregon is home to several military bases, including:
- Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center
- Umatilla Chemical Depot
- Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base
- Naval Base Newport
- Portland Air National Guard Base
- Coos Bay Radar Station
see below for a description of each Oregon military base.
Map of Oregon Military Bases
Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center
Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center is a National Guard training center located in Warrenton, Oregon. It is used for various types of training for the National Guard, active duty military, and other state and federal agencies. The training center offers facilities for infantry, armor, and engineer training, as well as training in other specialties such as air defense, military police, and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense. The training center also has a live-fire range, a mock urban combat town, and other specialized training areas. Camp Rilea is also the home of the Oregon Military Museum, which displays the history of the Oregon National Guard.
Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base
Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base is an Air National Guard base located in Klamath Falls, Oregon. It is home to the 173rd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard, which operates the F-15C/D Eagle aircraft. The mission of the 173rd Fighter Wing is to provide air defense for the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, as well as to support federal and state agencies during natural disasters and other emergencies. The base also provides support for the local community, including assistance during wildfire season. The base also plays an important role in training future pilots, as it is home to the Western Pilot Training Center, which trains pilots from the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, and other allied nations.
Naval Base Newport
Naval Base Newport is a major U.S. Navy training and research center located in Newport, Oregon. It is one of the Navy’s oldest bases, established in 1877, and it is the Navy’s primary location for training and education in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. The base is home to several important organizations, including the Naval War College, which is the Navy’s senior educational institution for its officers, and the Fleet Intelligence Training Center Pacific, which provides intelligence training for Navy and other Department of Defense personnel.
The base also hosts the Pacific Fleet’s Antisubmarine Warfare training center, where sailors and officers learn to locate and track submarines. Additionally, it provides support and services to several tenant commands, including the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, the Marine Mammal Program, and the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. The base also has a large marina, which is used by the Navy and Coast Guard, as well as by local boaters.
Portland Air National Guard Base
Portland Air National Guard Base, also known as Portland Airbase, is an Air National Guard base located in Portland, Oregon. It is home to the 142nd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard, which operates the F-15C/D Eagle aircraft. The mission of the 142nd Fighter Wing is to provide air defense for the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, as well as to support federal and state agencies during natural disasters and other emergencies.
The base also provides support for the local community, including assistance during wildfire season. The 142nd Fighter Wing is also responsible for providing air defense alert, and its pilots are trained to respond to potential air threats as well as providing support to civil authorities in case of natural disasters or other emergencies. The base also has a significant role in the training of the future pilots, as it is home to the 142nd Fighter Wing Pilot Training School, where pilots are trained to fly the F-15C/D Eagle aircraft.
Coos Bay Radar Station
Coos Bay Radar Station is a radar station located in Coos Bay, Oregon that is used for missile and aircraft tracking and early warning. It is operated by the United States Air Force and is part of the Air Force Space Surveillance System, which is responsible for monitoring and tracking objects in space. The Coos Bay Radar Station is one of several radar sites located around the United States that are used to detect and track aircraft, missiles, and other objects in the upper atmosphere and space. The site is also known as the “Coos Head AN/FPS-117 radar” . The radar is a powerful, long-range system that can detect and track objects up to 3,000 miles away. It plays an important role in the nation’s defense by providing early warning of missile launches and other potential threats to the United States.
Umatilla Chemical Depot
Umatilla Chemical Depot – This depot is located in Hermiston, Oregon and is used for the storage and destruction of chemical weapons. Built during the ramp up to World War II, Umatilla Chemical Depot once stored about 12% of the countries chemical weapons stockpile. HD blister agent, or sulfur mustard usually known as mustard gas, and VX and GB nerve agents were all stored here – more than 7 million pounds worth. VX and GB nerve agents are actually weapons of mass destruction, and all chemical weapons were decommissioned and destroyed here by mid-2000’s. The depot was actually closed in 2015 and was supposed to go back to local control, however as of right now most of the facility remains in the hands of the US military.
Oregon State History
Oregon was formally made part of the United States in 1846 and Oregon was admitted as the 33rd state in 1859. That same year, a 33rd star was added to the national flag. Oregon continued to see changes in the national flag until the present 50 star flag. The Oregon state flag was adopted in 1925 and has different designs on its two sides. The flag consists of a field of navy blue, while the emblems and words appear in gold. On the front is a portion of the state seal with a covered wagon in the center, representing the pioneers that traveled the Oregon Trail to reach the new territory.
A ship, mountains, and forest appear in the background. A bald eagle is perched on top. The words State of Oregon appear above the seal and the date of statehood, 1859, appears below. On the opposite side of the flag the state animal of the beaver appears in gold. Oregon’s flag is the last remaining state flag that has different designs on either side, while Paraguay is the only country that still has a two sided national flag.