Saturday, July 4, 2009

Oregon Governor leads Iraq send-off for Oregon soldiers

Above, from left to right: Col. Dan Hokanson, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team commander, Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon National Guard and Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, conduct a pass and review of the 41 IBCT as they prepare to depart for deployment to Iraq during the brigade's mobilization ceremony July 3 at Fort Stewart, Ga.

Governor Ted Kulongoski and Major General Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon National Guard, honored the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team during their mobilization ceremony at Ft. Stewart, Ga., July 3.

The ceremony, held the day before Independence Day, underscored the troops' service and sacrifice as nearly 3,500 soldiers ready to deploy to Iraq for one year.

"We are citizen soldiers and everyone here represents the best of their community, their state, and this great nation," said Col. Dan Hokanson, 41 IBCT commander. "Each one has answered our nations call."

The 41 IBCT is mobilizing in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and will conduct a 400 day mobilization, including their training, which they just completed at Ft. Stewart.

Video of 41 IBCT training may be downloaded at:

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