VAir Guard, 'Growlers' honing combat skills

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The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing is hosting another Northwest aviation unit this week for "dissimilar" air combat training.

EA-18 Growlers from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's Electronic Attack Squadron 136 will be part of training flights through Friday. Flights will launch daily after 7 a.m. and will conclude before 4 p.m.

Dissimilar air combat training provides realistic combat scenarios and opportunities to hone advanced aerial tactics that may be used against potential adversaries, according to a news release from the Oregon Military Department.

The 142nd Fighter Wing is tasked under the North American Aerospace Defense Command to defend the skies over the Pacific Northwest. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the wing has flown more than 43,000 hours in support of this mission.