Friday, August 7, 2009

Oregon Air National Guard’s Security Forces Squadron returns from duty in Iraq

142nd Security Forces Squadron pose for a photo at Forward Operating Base Warrior/Kirkuk Air Base, in Northern Iraq. The group spent six months there participating in base and checkpoint security.

Members of the Oregon Air National Guard are scheduled to return to Oregon later today, following a six-month deployment to Iraq.

Twenty nine airmen from the 142nd Security Forces Squadron will arrive on four separate commercial flights into the Portland International Airport starting at approximately 1:00 p.m. today.

The airmen were tasked with base and checkpoint security, as well as checking credentials for all personnel entering Kirkuk Air Base in Northern Iraq. They conducted almost 20,000 miles of mounted patrols in and around the base, and endured 15 rocket attacks and more than 100 incidents of small-arms fire.

During their deployment, 26 individual pieces of unexploded ordnance were located and disposed of safely.

The airmen hail from the cities of Portland, Tigard, Corvallis, Florence, Camas and Vancouver WA, Cornelius, Gresham, Warren, beaverton, Eugene, Dallas, Salem, Lowell, and Deary Idaho.

A demobilization ceremony for the unit's members is planned for early November.

Welcome home... job well done!


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

2 comments:

Aimee Harris said...

WELCOME HOME EVERYONE!

It is SO good to have everyone back on the good ole' USA soil!

Aimee Harris said...

WELCOME HOME EVERYONE!

It is SO good to have everyone back on the good ole' USA soil!