Monday, July 27, 2009

Oregon's 41 IBCT arrives in Iraq

Soldiers from the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard, disembark from a U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane in Iraq minutes after arriving in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Cory Grogan, 41 IBCT Public Affairs).

IRAQ, July 20--The first soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team have arrived in Iraq.
They are currently conducting force-protection and convoy security missions to support logistical movement throughout the country.
The Oregon National Guard Brigade has over 3,000 soldiers deployed to, or moving into Iraq. The majority of the soldiers are from Oregon with augmentees from Nebraska, Delaware, South Carolina, New Mexico and the Individual Ready Reserve.

Spc. Angela O'Brien looks focused as she arrives in Iraq, preparing for her mission which will last until Spring of 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Cory Grogan, 41 IBCT Public Affairs).

The brigade is scheduled to remain in Iraq until spring 2010--during the draw-down of troops and the historic elections in Janurary.
The brigade has citizen-soldiers from throughout the state of Oregon who are putting their lives on hold to help continue the mission in Iraq.

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Story and photos by Spc. Cory Grogan, 41 IBCT Public Affairs

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