Monday, July 13, 2009

Oregon National Guard welcomes home aviation unit with official ceremony in Salem today

Above: Members of the Oregon Army National Guard 2-641 Aviation unit pose for a group photo in Iraq in January 2009. Over the course of one year, during two separate rotations, the unit assisted with aviation requirements within the Iraq area of responsibility.

The Oregon Army National Guard will honor members of the 2-641 Aviation unit during a demobilization ceremony this afternoon.

About 20 soldiers from the unit's second rotation returned from a six-month deployment to Iraq. They join 35 other soldiers who returned from a similar deployment in August 2008.

All the unit's members will be honored during the ceremony scheduled for 3:30 p.m. today. Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, and senior leadership will attend the ceremony to help officially welcome home the unit.

The unit, commanded by Lt. Col. Christian Rees, conducted flight missions, transported equipment and personnel, and supported other units' missions during their combined one-year deployment.

The ceremony will be held at the Army Aviation Support Facility #1 in Salem, Ore.

Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,
Oregon Military Department Social Media Manager

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