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Military Bases in Oregon

Oregon is not home to many Active Duty military bases, but the state does have plenty of other military facilities within its boundaries.

Oregon is home to three Air National Guard bases, one Army Reserve/National Guard base, one Navy installation, and six Coast Guard bases. Its home on the Pacific Ocean and its many rivers are to thank for its many Coast Guard facilities.

The bases in Oregon range greatly in history, with some starting in the early 1900s and others starting in the 1990s. 

The missions at each base vary greatly as well, with units working in support roles, combat roles, and everything in between.

Below, you’ll find a list of all military bases in Oregon, as well as links to their official sites in case you’d like to learn more:

Air Force Bases in Oregon

All three of the Air Force bases located in the state of Oregon belong to the Air National Guard:

Camp Rilea

Location: Warrenton, Oregon

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In Use: 1927- Present

Overall Mission: This base focuses mainly on providing training facilities to the Armed Forces in general, and the Air National Guard specifically.

The 116th is the only unit currently operating the Joint STARS program, a battle management command and control system. 

Alongside their support, the base commands its own air missions which include search and rescue, air-to-air combat, refueling, electronic warfare, and more.

Units Stationed:

  • 116th Air Control Squadron

Official Site: https://www.116acw.ang.af.mil/

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Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base

Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon

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In Use: 1928- Present

Overall Mission: This base is home to two different units that serve separate missions.

The 270th Air Traffic Control Squadron supports both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions via ground-level control.

The 173rd Fighter Wing performs those missions in flight to control enemy airspace.

It was recently announced that Kingsley Field would be host to an F-35 Lightning II training unit starting in 2025.

Units Stationed:

  • 270th Air Traffic Control Squadron
  • 173rd Fighter Wing

Official Site: https://www.173fw.ang.af.mil/

Portland Air National Guard Base

Location: Portland, Oregon

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In Use: 1940- Present

Overall Mission: This Air National Guard base serves several units of the Armed Forces. 

The host unit is the 142nd Fighter Wing, which plays an air combat role in protecting the Pacific Northwest air and sea space. It also participates in contingency operations for the Regular Air Force.

They fly the F-15 aircraft and also work to respond to local and national disasters when necessary.

The 125th Special Tactics Squadron performs missions in combat weather, combat control, and explosive ordnance disposal.

Units Stationed:

  • 125th Special Tactics Sq.
  • 123rd Weather Flight
  • 304th Rescue Squadron, USAF Reserves

Official Site: https://www.142wg.ang.af.mil/

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Army Bases in Oregon

There is one army base in Oregon, specifically a Reserve and National Guard base.

McNary ARNG Field Heliport

Location: Salem, Oregon

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In Use: 1971- Present

Overall Mission: This military base is located within the Salem Municipal Airport.

It is the main takeoff and landing zone for the Oregon Reserve and National Guard aviation units.

Units Stationed:

  • Reserve and National Guard Aviation teams

Official Site: N/A

Navy Bases in Oregon

Oregon is home to just one Navy base:

Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility: Boardman

Location: Boardman, Oregon

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In Use: 1941- Present

Overall Mission: This training facility is located in Oregon, but it is mainly used by a Washington State Navy base, NAS Whidbey Island.

The space is used for training and testing related to aircraft and drones.

Units Stationed:

  • NAS Whidbey Island training units

Official Site: N/A

Coast Guard Bases in Oregon

Even though there aren’t many bases for other military branches in Oregon, the Coast Guard happens to have several.

Air Station Astoria

Location: Astoria, Oregon

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In Use: 1964- Present

Overall Mission: This base focuses mainly on the supply needs of nearby Coast Guard units.

It serves teams in Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon, providing administration, supplies, communications, and engineering support.

Units Stationed:

  • Group Astoria

Official Site: https://www.pacificarea.uscg.mil/Portals/8/District_13/lib/doc/factsheet/sector_columbia_river.pdf

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ANT Kennewick

Location: Kennewick, OR

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In Use: 1992- Present

Overall Mission: Aids to Navigation Team Kennewick does exactly what the name describes.

The base is responsible for the Columbia River from Dallas, Oregon, to Richmond, Washington, the Snake River to Lewis, Idaho, and Lake Roosevelt near Spokane.

Units Stationed:

  • Aids to Navigation Team Kennewick

Official Site: https://www.pacificarea.uscg.mil/Portals/8/District_13/lib/doc/factsheet/ant_kennewick.pdf?ver=2017-06-15-151547-343

ANT Astoria

Location: Tongue Point, Oregon

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In Use: 1992- Present

Overall Mission: This base is in charge of the Tongue Point area, the Columbia River from Cape Flattery to Cape Mears, and the east entrance to Hood River.

They also play a support role related to river buoys.

Units Stationed:

  • Aids to Navigation Team Astoria

Official Site: https://www.pacificarea.uscg.mil/Portals/8/District_13/lib/doc/factsheet/ant_astoria.pdf?ver=2017-06-15-151546-953

Marine Safety Unit Portland

Location: Swan Island, Oregon

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In Use: 1973- Present

Overall Mission: This base is responsible for port security, overall marine safety, marine environmental needs and responses, search and rescue, and marine law enforcement.

Its coverage extends to all of Oregon, parts of Washington, and parts of Idaho.

Units Stationed:

  • Marine Safety Office Portland

Official Site: https://www.pacificarea.uscg.mil/Portals/8/District_13/lib/doc/factsheet/msu_portland.pdf?ver=2017-06-15-151548-360

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Station Portland

Location: Portland, Oregon

In Use: 1997- Present

Overall Mission: This base runs search and rescue, marine law enforcement, recreational boating safety, and environmental protection for the Columbia River (Puget Island to Snake River) and the first 183 miles of the Willamette River.

Units Stationed:

  • US Coast Guard Group Portland

Official Site: https://www.pacificarea.uscg.mil/Portals/8/District_13/lib/doc/factsheet/station_portland.pdf?ver=2017-06-15-151552-407

Station Tillamook Bay

Location: Garibaldi, Oregon

In Use: 1982- Present

Overall Mission: This Coast Guard base is in charge of marine environmental protection, rough water rescues, recreational boating safety, commercial fishing regulations, and marine law enforcement.

It works in the area of Tillamook Head to Cape Kiwanda.

Units Stationed:

  • US Coast Guard Group Tillamook

Official Site: https://www.pacificarea.uscg.mil/Portals/8/District_13/lib/doc/factsheet/station_tillamook_bay.pdf?ver=2017-06-15-151553-657

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Oregon is home to 11 military bases. They include bases for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, learn more about each.

Originally posted on 10/10/20

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