Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Oregon Army National Guard Engineer unit to deploy to Afghanistan

As 3,000 Oregon soldiers settle in to their duty in Iraq, the Oregon National Guard is preparing to send another group to the Middle East.

Ninety-five soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard's 162 Engineer Company, 1249 Engineer Battalion, based in Dallas, Ore., are scheduled to begin a 400-day deployment to Aghanistan, after completing pre-mobilization training at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin in November 2009.

The deployment will be the first for the unit. The soldiers will be tasked with route clearance missions. They will deploy alongside the 204 Engineer Company from Washington State.

The unit's commander, Capt. Bob Baca, said his soldiers are excited for the opportunity to represent the state of Oregon, and the Oregon National Guard.

"I truly believe that these soldiers represent some of the best that Oregon has to offer, and we look forward to the challenge presented to us."

Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,
Oregon National Guard Social Media Manager

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