Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

The Oregon National Guard would like to wish everyone a very safe and happy 2011!

Stay tuned early next week for the best blog stories of 2010. Feel free to share your own with our readers!


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

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas to all!

Wishing every Oregon Soldier, Airman, family members, friends & supporters a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Stay tuned in the next week or so for the "Best of Oregon National Guard's social media stories for 2010," right here on the official blog of the Oregon Military Department.


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

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski's 2010 Holiday greeting

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski delivers his 2010 holiday message to Oregon National Guard members and their families, from the State Capitol in Salem, Ore. Video production by MSG Thomas Hovie. Produced by the Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

We're Number One! (in 2009 at least)

Just found out this morning that the blog you're currently reading (unless of course you're reading it from our Facebook page) took the First Place award from the National Guard Bureau's Media competition for 2009.

Why so late to inform us, you ask?

With the thousands (maybe tens of thousands) of blogs submitted by our sister states' National Guard units throughout the country, and all the other social media pages which the judges had to sift through, it takes a while for winners to be named, let alone notified.

Thank you to the National Guard Bureau for the recognition. Oregon has worked very hard to build a first-class social media program, and these kudos go a long way toward justifying what we do in this program. We now have a beautiful plaque which we can hang in our office here in Salem, Ore., to show for our accomplishments.

We only hope that in your eyes (our readers and followers), that we also rate as a First Place winner!

Hope you are having a very safe and happy holiday season.


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

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Eagle Driver


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A blast from the past. Oregon Air National Guard Col. Steven Gregg, in a 1990 newspaper article. Thanks to Paul Schweizerhof for finding this!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Night Eagles


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OVER THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. -- An F-15C Eagle from the 142nd Fighter Wing approaches a Fairchild KC-135 Stratotanker during a night refueling mission Nov. 18, 2010. The Eagles, part of the Oregon Air National Guard, were on a training mission. (Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. J.G. Buzanowski).

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Oregon Guard assists with search for missing plane


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An Oregon Army National Guard OH-58 helicopter takes off from the Maj. Charles L. Deibert Operations Facility in Salem, Ore., to assist with a search and rescue near Umatilla, Ore., Nov. 15. The Oregon Army National Guard joined the Washington County Civil Air Patrol and local first responders in the search for a Cessna aircraft reported to have gone down near Johnson’s Ridge in the Umatilla National Forest. (Photo by Kim Lippert, Oregon Military Department, Public Affairs Office).

Monday, November 15, 2010

Kulongoski visits Bangladesh as part of ongoing Oregon State Partnership Program development


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Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski meets with Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina Wazed,during a visit to Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 10. The Governor led a team of State Partnership Program members who met with senior military and civilian officials as part of the ongoing development of the program, which partners individual states’ national guard units with emerging democratic governments throughout the world. (Photo courtesy of Oregon State Partnership Program).

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Oregon’s Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen participate in theVeterans Day Parade in Albany, Ore.


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The Oregon National Guard Joint Forces Color Guard, leads Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen in the Albany Veterans Day Parade in Albany, Ore., Nov. 11. Various units and individuals from throughout the Oregon National Guard participated in the parade, along with groups from local schools, military groups, civilian and rotary clubs and civic groups. The event has the distinction of being the largest veterans day parade west of the Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office).
To see more photos from this event, go here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Redhawks come home to roost

Photo courtesy of Paul Carter. To see more of his photos on Flickr, go here.

Six F-15C aircraft and 131 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard began returning to the Portland Air National Guard Base in Portland, Ore., Nov. 8, following a month-long overseas training tour in support of Exercise Iron Falcon in the United Arab Emirates.

The Airmen took part in a joint-force, international exercise which brought togetehr Gulf Cooperation Council nations and other countries to strengthen military-to-military relationships, promote regional security, improve combined tactical air operations, and enhance working relationships between the partner nations.

The U.S. Air Force has actively participated in this exercise since November 2004.


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

Monday, November 8, 2010

162 Engineer Soldiers go Rogue for a day


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Rogue Brewing showed up at the 162 Engineer Company demob ceremony on Friday, and handed out a free beer to every Soldier who participated in the ceremony.

Rogue made a special label to commemorate the unit, who spent a year-long deployment in Afghanistan. The Oregon Soldiers cleared over 15,000 miles of roads, during more than 6,000 hours of active missions, and nearly 200 IED events during their deployment.

Soldiers in the unit earned more than 13 Bronze Star Medals, 78 Combat Action Badges, 60 Army Commendation Medals and five Purple Heart Medals.

To see more photos from the demob ceremony, visit Rogue's Flickr page here.

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

Friday, November 5, 2010

Oregon Soldier injured in Afghanistan attends his unit's demobilization ceremony via Skype


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Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon (left), and State Command Sgt. Maj. Brunk Conley (center), speak to Pvt. 1st Class Derek Cork via Skype, following the demobilization ceremony for the Oregon Army National Guard’s 162 Engineer Co., Nov. 5, in Dallas, Ore. Cork, who was injured during the unit’s year-long deployment to Afghanistan, is recovering at Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He was able to “virtually” participate in his unit’s demobilization via the Internet software and mobile phone. The 162 Engineers were credited with clearing more than 15,000 miles of roads during more than 6,000 hours of active missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Oregon's 162 Engineers return home!


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Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Bob Baca, Commander of the 162 Engineer Company, greets his daughter Kennedy (left), and son Baylor, after his unit arrived in Dallas, Ore., Nov. 4. Baca returned to the Pacific Northwest Oct. 30, along with more than 80 of his fellow Oregon Soldiers following a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. From left to right are; wife Danielle, daughter Kennedy, 9, and son Baylor, 5. The 162 Engineers were credited with clearing more than 15,000 miles of roads during more than 6,000 hours of active missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Oregon Soldiers of 162 Engineer Co. return home Oct. 29


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More than 80 Soldiers with the Oregon Army National Guard's 162 Engineer Co., return to Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash., Oct. 29, following a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. The Oregon Soldiers provided convoy security, route clearance, and infrastructural assistance during their deployment. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Hartman, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Oregon National Guard Counterdrug Team visits Oregon elementary schools as part of Red Ribbon Week observances


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Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Nathan Long talks to students at Mulino Elementary School in Mulino, Ore., Oct. 29. The team visited the school as part of Red Ribbon Week observances, promoting drug awareness and a drug-free lifestyle. Seated in the front row from left to right are; Brandon, Ashton, and Lauren. The Oregon National Guard’s Counterdrug Support Program offers drug awareness education and training to Oregon’s elementary and middle schools at no cost to the community or the school. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

A Visit East of Altimur


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1-168 Chinook sets down on a hill overlooking a small village east of FOB Altimur during a COIN operation in October, 2010. Photo by John Bruning.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oregon National Guard Association offers scholarships

The Oregon National Guard Association is offering six $1,500 scholarships for the 2011-2012 school year, to be awarded at the ORNGA Conference on April 16, 2011 in Salem, Ore.

The scholarships are available to active members of the Oregon National Guard, ORNGA, or their spouses or children. The scholarships will be awarded to college undergraduates, or students enrolled in a business or trade school for demonstrated qualities of leadership, civic action, and academic achievement.

The application deadline is March 1, 2011. Previous year recipients are not eligible. Scholarship applications are available online, here.

For more information, contact the scholarship coordinator, CW4 Diane Beach, at 503-584-3456, or via e-mail at: diane.beach@us.army.mil.

Completed applications and support documents should be mailed to:
Oregon National Guard Association
Attn: Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 14350
Salem, OR 97309

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

Friday, October 22, 2010

Three former Oregon National Guard commanders see their old Armory in a new light


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Three former commanders of the St. Helens unit pose below a picture and plaque of MSG Gunnar P. Larson, of whom the St. Helens Armory was named in honor, following the official open house, Oct. 22. From left to right are: Capt. (ret.) Jack Tice; Lt. Col. (ret.) Clyde Boddington, who commanded the unit from 1953-1962; and Lt. Col. (ret.) Clyde Reynolds, who commanded the unit from 1964 to 1968. Larson joined the Oregon National Guard’s 162nd Infantry in 1925, and later served in the Pacific Theater during WWII, where he earned two Bronze Stars. Following WWII, he returned to the St. Helens unit, working as the armory’s full time administrative technician for 17 years. The facility was renovated and upgraded using “green” technology and materials through the Armory Service Life Extension Program, which addressed older, undersized armories. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

President Obama visits Portland Air National Guard Base

Above: Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon, greets President Barack H. Obama, at the Oregon Air National Guard Base in Portland, Ore., Oct. 20. The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing hosted the President during his short visit to Oregon. Also pictured, from right to left are; U.S. Congressman David Wu (far right), Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, and Former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office).

Monday, October 18, 2010

Oregon National Guard breaks ground for new Readiness Center in Polk County


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Leaders from the Oregon National Guard, state, federal, and local leadership prepare to cut the ceremonial cake following the ground breaking ceremony for the Polk County Readiness Center in Dallas, Ore., Oct. 18. The new 40,000 square foot facility will be home to the Oregon National Guard's 162 Engineer Company. Soldiers from the unit currently deployed to Afghanistan will return to Oregon in November 2010. From left to right are, Dallas City Mayor Jim Fairchild; State Representative Jim Thompson (R-Dallas, OR); U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR); Retired Oregon Army National Guard Col. William R. Cook; Pvt. 1st Class Alexander M. Polley, 1249 EN BN’s newest Soldier; U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader (5th Dist., OR); and Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon. The new building is scheduled to be completed in November 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Alpha 641 Aviation mobilizes for Iraq deployment


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Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski speaks to friends and family members of Soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard's Alpha Co., 641 Aviation, during the unit's mobilization ceremony at the State Capitol in Salem, Ore., Oct. 13. Eight Soldiers with the unit will join with the 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation for a 400-day deployment to Balad Air Base, Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. The group will spend six days at Fort Benning, Ga., training and preparing for their mission to transport personnel and equipment throughout the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

NGAUS Applauds Bill to Elevate NGB Chief to the Joint Chiefs of Staff

NGAUS Applauds Bill to Elevate NGB Chief to the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Afterburner!


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An Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagle from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Ore., takes flight with full after-burner, on its way to an overseas training tour in the United Arab Emerates, Oct. 2. The group returns to Oregon in November. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs).

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sunrise over Logar Province

Oregon Army National Guard's Bravo Company, 1-168 Aviation's CH-47 Chinooks greet a new morning in Eastern Afghanistan. Photo by John Bruning, Sept. 2010.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

You could be eligible for post-deployment reimbursement... translation: FREE MONEY!

Before we explain what PDMRA means, below is the list of names of Oregon Soldiers who are eligible for a post-deployment reimbursement, and the number of days of reimbursement they have earned.

To give you an idea of what kind of money we're talking about, the reimbursements range from a low of $200 to a high of just over $13,000!

But keep this in mind... you all have until this Friday, Oct. 1 to claim your money. Contact Chief Warrant Officer Scott O'Donnell at 503-584-3693, or via e-mail at: scott.odonnell@us.army.mil.

- SGT William Anthony: 39 Days
- SPC Travis Aplet: 5 Days
- CPT Sylvia Arvizu: 5 Days
- PV1 Moses Belle: 4 Days
- SGT Ransom Bodeen: 6 Days
- SPC Craig Bulkowski: 4 Days
- SGT Jason Bullock: 51 Days
- SGT Brian Cairns: 68 Days
- SPC Phillip Carlisle: 4 Days
- SPC Jonathan Cartney: 42 Days
- 1LT Rashan Clark: 8 Days
- MAJ DAnl Connelly: 5 Days
- SPC Adam Contrearas: 4 Days
- SPC Kevin Cooley: 4 Days
- SGT Ronald Davis: 4 Days
- SPC William Douglas: 4 Days
- SPC Sean Ellis: 4 Days
- SPC Forrest Festner: 5 Days
- MAJ Brian Flynn: 5 Days
- SSG Larry Fulcher: 18 Days
- PFC Nathaniel Garza: 5 Days
- SFC Patricia Herman: 8 Days
- SGT Michael Hoff: 52 Days
- SPC Daneil Horndasch: 4 Days
- SFC Christopher Houston: 4 Days
- SGT Calvin Jansma: 58 Days
- SPC Tony Jennings: 60 Days
- SGT Orville Judd: 4 Days
- SPC Marcous Kim: 3 Days
- PV2 Allen Lazarus: 5 Days
- SPC Aaron Lehman: 22 Days
- SGT Robert Lemke: 6 Days
- SGT Susan Lewis: 4 Days
- CPT Dennis Lindsay: 5 Days
- SFC Edwin Loomis: 4 Days
- PFC Leeland Manghelli: 4 Days
- SPC Gregory Mannen: 46 Days
- PV1 Ramondo Martinez: 5 Days
- SGT Edward Merrimon: 50 Days
- SPC Christopher Miller: 2 Days
- SSG Corey Minnick: 56 Days
- SPC Jason Mitchell: 2 Days
- SGT James Montgomery: 5 Days
- SPC Christopher Moore: 4 Days
- SGT Long Nguyen: 1 Day
- SPC Richard Noggle: 5 Days
- PFC Nicholas O'Neill: 4 Days
- SPC Jessica Parks: 4 Days
- PV2 Justin Peek: 4 Days
- SPC Jason Petty: 18 Days
- SPC Bryan Puckett: 5 Days
- SSG James Rader: 51 Days
- SGT Edward Rees: 4 Days
- SPC Don Reynolds: 4 Days
- SSG Antonio Rocha: 6 Days
- PV1 Neils Roley: 4 Days
- SPC Carl Schotthoefer: 4 Days
- MSG Brian Sheldon: 5 Days
- SPC Billy Shepard: 4 Days
- SSG Robert Surette: 56 Days
- SGT Rosita Sutton: 6 Days
- SGT Mikel Thurman: 5 Days
- SGT Christopher Turner: 5 Days
- PFC Jacob Usrey: 4 Days
- SGT Jordan Varmette: 4 Days
- SPC Jeffrey Wagner: 4 Days
- SGT Thor Webb: 5 Days
- SPC Jonathan Weems: 6 Days
- SGT David Weissman: 4 Days
- SPC David Wilson: 4 Days
- SPC Benjamin Wolfenbarger: 4 Days
- SSG Alan Zenz: 4 Days

If any of you decides you really don't want your money, please let me know, so I can schedule a trip to Maui this winter.

Anyway, to read more on the Post-Deployment Mobilization Respite Absence, visit the National Guard Bureau website here. We also published this article in last month's Oregon Sentinel.


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

Monday, September 27, 2010

Oregon National Guard dedicates new armory in Lane County


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Members of the official party participate in the ribbon cutting portion the Oregon National Guard's Lane County Armory dedication ceremony, in Springfield, Ore., Sept. 27. The 156,000 square foot facility includes classrooms and facilities which can be utilized by community partners and organizations, such as local Scout Troops, Drivers Education and Canine Obedience Training groups. From left to right are: Joseph F. Calcara, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Housing; U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio, Fourth District, Oregon; Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon; Oregon Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski; and Springfield Mayor Sid Leiken. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jason VanMourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

Face Time With The Duck

Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Adrian Gonzalez poses with the University of Oregon mascot during a visit by the UofO cheerleaders to the Oregon Army National Guard's Maj. Charles L. Deibert Operations Facility in Salem, Ore., Sept. 22. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. John T. Dowd, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

Thursday, September 23, 2010

University of Oregon Ducks cheerleaders visit Oregon Army National Guard


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The University of Oregon cheerleaders pose in front of an Oregon Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk at the Maj. Charles L. Deibert Operations Facility in Salem, Ore., Sept. 22. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. John T. Dowd, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Oregon Army National Guard's 3-116 CAV mobilize for Iraq


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Soldiers with the Oregon Army National Guard's 3-116 Cavalry color guard take part in a mobilization ceremony at Eastern Oregon University in LaGrande, Ore., Sept. 21. More than 600 Oregon Guard Members will join Soldiers from Idaho and Montana for a one-year deployment to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office).

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Oregon Partnership launches new Military Helpline to help combat military suicide

Soldiers, Airmen, veterans and their family members can receive immediate help from mental health professionals by contacting the Oregon Partnership’s new Military Helpline.

The toll-free number is 888-HLP-4-VET (888-457-4838). More information is available at www.MilitaryHelpline.org.

Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Military Helpline provides compassionate and confidential advice, and crisis intervention free of charge for persons throughout the military community, including family members.

Oregon Partnership worked closely with the Oregon Military Department in establishing the Military Helpline, and forged a strong relationship with the Oregon Military Department’s Family Support Program. The Helpline utilizes Oregon Partnership’s longstanding intervention and referral services, which the nonprofit has provided for nearly three decades.

“This resource is important to our Soldiers and their families, given the number and scope of deployments for Oregon Guard units,” said State Command Sgt. Maj. Brunk Conley. “It’s a way for us to close the loop on the deployment process.”

The Helpline is staffed by trained volunteers—many of whom have a military background. All possess a strong understanding of serious issues that impact service members and their families, including job loss, family issues, financial challenges, and post-traumatic stress disorder and other deployment related mental health issues.

“Even though Oregon’s citizen-Airmen don’t deploy as often, or in the same numbers as Oregon’s Soldiers, they often still face the same challenges and issues,” said State Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Russell.

Following initial contact and triage, Helpline volunteers ensure the safety of all callers with discreet follow up, with their permission, and offer additional support and resources if needed


Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy

Oregon Military Department Social Media Manager

Monday, September 13, 2010

Oregon National Guard names new commander for Rilea Training Site


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Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon; Brig. Gen. Charles Yriarte, Commander, 82 Brigade; Lt. Col. Peter Emerson, outgoing commander, Camp Rilea Training Site Command; Lt. Col. Christian Rees, incoming commander, Camp Rilea Training Site Command; and Command Sgt. Maj. Paul Warnock, of Camp Rilea Training Site Command, await the start of a change of command ceremony at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore., Sept. 11, 2010. Lt. Col. Christian Rees takes over as commander of the Rilea TSC. He is the son of Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon. (U.S. Air Force Photograph by Staff Sgt. Aaron Perkins, 142nd Public Affairs Office)

Oregon Air Guard assists with community construction project in Corbett

The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing assisted in the construction of the Corbett High School's football stadium honoring fallen Navy Seal Jeff Lucas. Thanks to KATU News for the report.

Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,

Oregon Military Department Social Media Manager

" Oregon Air National Guard Fighter Pilot "

An Oregon Air National Guard Fighter Pilot from the 123rd Fighter Squadron Redhawks, 142 Fighter Wing, taxis by in his mount the McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle 85-0094 at Portland International Airport, Sept. 12.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

41st Infantry Division meets at 61st annual reunion


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Members of the 41st Infantry Division at the 61st annual reunion and convention, Aug. 14, in Denver, Colo. (Photo by David Funk, Oregon Chapter President).

Oregon Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Dan Hokanson, the Director of Military Support to Civilian Authorities for Northern Command, was on hand to take part in the program, introducing National Chapter President, Leland "Bud" Lewis.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Vietnam veteran and hero Larry Deibert honored with building dedication in Salem

Over the weekend, the Oregon National Guard honored decorated Vietnam veteran and prominent Oregon businessman, Larry Deibert, with a building in Salem dedicated in his honor.

Local, city, and state representatives, business leaders, and Oregon National Guard leadership turned out to honor Deibert and his accomplishments.

This video of his life was produced and edited by MSG Thomas Hovie, of the Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office.

And here is the video coverage of the dedication ceremony on Aug. 28 by KGW News:

To read the story by the Oregonian Newspaper, go here.

Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,

Oregon Military Department Social Media Manager

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Meet the people behind Seattle's sonic booms

Some people thought they were explosions. Some thought it was the mountain erupting. But last week's sonic booms actually came from a pair of F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard in Portland, Ore.

They hit supersonic speeds in pursuit of a seaplane that breached restricted air space and got too close to President Obama's plane. How did those jets get here so quickly?

Story by Saint Bryan, Evening Magazine.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Helpline important resource for Oregon Guard members facing mental health questions

Soldiers, Airmen, veterans and their family members can receive immediate help from mental health professionals by contacting the Oregon Partnership’s new Military Helpline.

The toll-free number is 888-HLP-4-VET (888-457-4838). More information is available at www.MilitaryHelpline.org.

Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Military Helpline provides compassionate and confidential advice, and crisis intervention free of charge for persons throughout the military community, including family members.

Oregon Partnership worked closely with the Oregon Military Department in establishing the Military Helpline, and forged a strong relationship with the Oregon Military Department’s Family Support Program. The Helpline utilizes Oregon Partnership’s longstanding intervention and referral services, which the nonprofit has provided for nearly three decades.

“This resource is important to our Soldiers and their families, given the number and scope of deployments for Oregon Guard units,” said State Command Sgt. Maj. Brunk Conley. “It’s a way for us to close the loop on the deployment process.”

The Helpline is staffed by trained volunteers—many of whom have a military background. All possess a strong understanding of serious issues that impact service members and their families, including job loss, family issues, financial challenges, and post-traumatic stress disorder and other deployment related mental health issues.

“Even though Oregon’s citizen-Airmen don’t deploy as often, or in the same numbers as Oregon’s Soldiers, they often still face the same challenges and issues,” said State Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Russell.

Following initial contact and triage, Helpline volunteers ensure the safety of all callers with discreet follow up, with their permission, and offer additional support and resources if needed.


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

Monday, August 23, 2010

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Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Lance Englet, of the 102 Civil Support Team (left), speaks with Mr. Chris Kozlow, who is a domestic terrorism expert, at the Dynamics of International Terrorism Conference, at the Salem Convention Center, in Salem, Ore., Aug. 23. The week-long conference brought together a number of military and first responders including the Transportation Security Administration, Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard, and others, to discuss international terrorism threats and security strategies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

162 EN CO in Afghanistan

Soldiers of Oregon Army National Guard's 162 Engineer Company, attached with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion of U.S. Marine Corps pray next to their Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored vehicles before going for a rout clearance mission from the Forward Operating Base (FOB) Cafferata in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, March 8, 2010. Picture taken March 8, 2010. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (AFGHANISTAN)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Oregon National Guard visits Bangladesh as part of State Partnership Program


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Oregon Air National Guard Maj. Dan Schilling (right center), and Lt. Col. Mark Crosby, tour one of the computer engineering classrooms at the Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Aug. 10. Schilling, who is the director of the Oregon National Guard’s State Partnership Program, and Crosby, who is the Chief of Public Safety and Security for the Portland International Airport, met with senior academic and administrative leadership at MIST as a follow up to an Oregon visit by school administrators, and officials from Bangladesh’s transportation sector in April. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Want to know more about the DoD social media program?

Anyone and everyone who is involved (or wants to get involved) in social media, and is part of the Department of Defense, or works with DoD contractors, should definitely check out the DoD's new social media hub.

The hub is located here.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Job & Career Fair to Help Soldiers Returning From War

Story by KMTR

Springfield (KMTR) - In just a few weeks, Oregon National Guard soldiers who have just returned from overseas duty have a chance to attend a job fair in Springfield exclusively for them.

Three previous job fairs for National Guard veterans around the state this summer have drawn tremendous interest. More than 3,100 returnees attended one in Portland recently.

So far, more than 40 employers have signed up to appear at the job fair in Springfield on August 7th.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat, says the fair is a way to make up for what Oregon lacks in terms f a big military base.

"When soldiers come back from the east coast of the United States, they come back to a big fort, almost a kind of cocoon of support services, medical, jobs and essential help for their families. We don't have that in our state, so we're creating job fairs like this; our own, in effect, ‘soft landing,’” said Sen. Wyden

The job fair is scheduled for Saturday, August 7th at the Regional Sports Center in Springfield from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Oregon Air Guard "boys in blue" were "Johnny on the Spot" for traffic accident in Grants Pass

This next entry comes courtesy of the Mail Tribune.

A couple days ago, while driving down Sixth Street in Grants Pass, I came upon a fender-bender. The Grants Pass police had not arrived on scene yet but in the intersection was parked a large, blue four-wheel drive truck with "Security Police" written on the door. Also, two young men dressed in army-type fatigues were directing traffic. One other man was wearing a dark blue uniform that looked somewhat military. Who are the Security Police and what is their function?

— Donna B., Grants Pass

Donna, you're not the only one unfamiliar with the mysterious Security Police. We checked with Medford and Grants Pass police departments, who also were not certain who or what the force in the blue truck might be.

However, we put our investigative sleuths on the SYA Fender-Bender-Tender Team to work and they came up with an accident report, thanks to a helpful clerk at the Grants Pass Police Department. Turns out the truck and its fatigue-clad occupants were from the Oregon Air National Guard.

The nearest Security Forces Squadron operates out of Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls. The base serves as the home of the Air National Guard's 173rd Fighter Wing, which is responsible for training active duty and reserve pilots to fly F-15s.

"They (the Security Police) have two separate functions," said Lt. Col. Martin Balakas, public affairs officer at Kingsley Field. "Their primary function is to provide security at the installation here. They also are trained to deploy and protect Air Force and Department of Defense installations worldwide."

While Balakas was not aware of the Grants Pass situation, he said Security Police often are on the road in their "Air Force blue" (not to be confused with Navy blue) Ford patrol trucks, participating in civic events throughout the state, traveling to and from the Guard's headquarters in Salem or visiting their sister unit, the 142nd Fighter Wing, in Portland.

"There are a lot of reasons that put us out in the community on any given day," said Balakas.

And on this given day, the men in Air Force blue were just doing their duty, Johnny-on-the-spot in someone's hour of need.

Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by e-mail to youasked@mailtribune.com. We're sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Oregon Airmen participate in joint training exercise


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Airmen from the 142 Medical Group, Oregon Air National Guard, join members of the 181 Medical Group and medics from Canada during a Combat Lifesaver's Course at Volk Field, July 12, 2010. The Airmen are taking part in a joint force exercise, Patriot-10, at Volk Field, Wisconsin, July 10-24, 2010, which will help train and hone their aeromedical skills, and prepare them for wartime situations.

Eagle Drivers Wanted


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Gently used F-15C for the 142nd Fighter Wing/ 123 Fighter Sq. Photo by Paul Schweizerhof.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Tiger Balm "High Five"

The 82 Support Detachment, Rear Operations Center, Oregon National Guard recently participated in a joint training exercise titled Tiger Balm. The two week exercise, held at the Regional Training Institute near Waimanalo, Hawaii, consisted of more than 250 Soldiers and Airmen from Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Hawaii, Guam and the Singapore Army. Tiger Balm is designed to bring multiple cultures together in a computer simulated scenario to improve relations and learn new military tactics and techniques.



Seen here is a morale video, made purely for entertainment, highlighting the cultural exchange between the U.S. Soldiers and Airmen and their counterparts from Singapore.

A news story can also be found here.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Oregon Soldier takes top spot in regional NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition: Moves on to National event


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Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Robert Krause, a team leader with Charlie Co., 2 Battalion, 162 Infantry Regiment, finishes a ruck-sack march—one of several Soldier tasks during the regional Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year competition held at Fort Greely, Alaska, June 11-14. Krause, who is from Milwaukie, Ore., is scheduled to compete in the national competition at Ft. Benning, Ga., July 27-Aug. 2.

Oregon National Guard works with Singapore counterparts during Tiger Balm Exercise


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Lt. Col Mark Shull, Operations Officer for the 82nd Rear Operations Center, based in Lake Oswego, Ore., discusses details of the upcoming Joint Operation Tiger Balm with Lt. Col Andrew Lim, Operations Officer, 9th Division, 10th Singapore Infantry Brigade, Singapore, during the opening ceremony for the exercise on June 11. Tiger Balm 2010, a five-day coalition training exercise between the Singapore Army and U.S. National Guard and Reserve Soldiers and Airmen is held at the Regional Training Institute, in Oah’u, Hawaii. (U.S. photo by Spc. John T. Dowd)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Oregon National Guard dedicates new music video to military spouses

The Oregon National Guard has dedicated a new song by the band Almost Friday, to military members' spouses and their family members.

The new video can be viewed on the Oregon National Guard's official YouTube page here.

The music video was written and performed by the local Oregon rock band, Almost Friday, whose members are Soldiers in the Oregon Army National Guard.

The song was written for, and dedicated to all military spouses, the band says. The music video illustrates the story of the fight and daily struggle which many military spouses endure while their loved ones are away from home.

The song claims military spouses are "the true American Hero on the Home Lines."

For more information on Almost Friday, visit their website here.

For more information on the Oregon National Guard, visit the official website here.


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

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Oregon Aviation Unit Prepares for Afghanistan Deployment

Members of the Oregon Army National Guard’s Detachment 1, Bravo Co., 168 Aviation, conducted a mobilization ceremony June 5, at the Army Aviation Support Facility #2 in Pendleton, Ore. Seventy-three Soldiers from the unit will soon depart for training at Fort Hood, Texas, before continuing on to Afghanistan for 10 months. The Soldiers will transport personnel and equipment throughout the country in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).




Story by Spc. Kirby Rider, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

PENDLETON, Ore. –Soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard’s Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 168 Aviation, participated in a mobilization ceremony, at the Army Aviation Support Facility #2, June 5.

Seventy-three Soldiers from the unit will soon depart for pre-mobilization training at Fort Hood, Texas, before continuing on to Afghanistan for the 10-month deployment.


They will team up with 64 Soldiers from the Washington Army National Guard, and fall under the command of the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division. The unit will provide combat mission support in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.


More than 200 community and family members attended the ceremony, which was followed by a free barbeque hosted by the Community Christian Church.


“We will be providing combat support in Afghanistan,” said Capt. John Hoffman, Commander of Det. 1. “ Our mission will alleviate a lot of pressure on the ground units to transport personnel and equipment where there are few roads.”


The 90-minute ceremony was attended by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski; Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon; Mayor Phillip Houk, Pendleton City Mayor; Col. Stephen Beach, Deputy Commander, 82 Brigade, Oregon Army National Guard; and Mr. Larry Deibert, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.


Each speaker emphasized their support of the Soldiers and their families, highlighting the financial and emotion burden each family may face during the deployment. They also reminded the group to keep their motivation high and to help each other during their tour.


“We have a young group of guys, although they all have an encouraging and positive attitude,” Hoffman said. “I am sure this deployment is scarier for the new guys, not knowing what to expect when we get over there.”


This is the second deployment for many of the Soldiers, with many having had tours in January 2005, for Operation Enduring Freedom VI.


“I’ve had the opportunity to do this [ceremony] and the one in 2005 and I know Soldiers and family with both deployments,” said Mayor Houk. “It is very emotional for the Soldiers to be leaving their community and loved ones.”


During his speech, Houk reminded the Soldiers about the importance of family, and encouraged them to remain in close contact with loved ones. He also said the city of Pendleton is very proud of their citizen-Soldiers.


“I am very proud of the work Pendleton has done with the National Guard,” he said. “We are looking forward to having them home as soon as possible.”


For more photos from the ceremony, visit our Flickr page, here.


Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,

Oregon Military Department Social Media Manager

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Memorial Day--on the other end of town

While I was covering members of the Oregon National Guard at the Memorial Day observances at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland yesterday, Spc. Julie Trotter, of the 2-218 Field Artillery, was at Willamette National Cemetery, convering events there.

Laid out below their feet were the true heroes, and why the Soldiers and Airmen of the Oregon National Guard do what they do on a daily basis, and really, what Memorial Day is all about.

I hope you enjoy the pictures. ;)

Thanks to Julie for some great shots!

NCAnd here's my favorite:

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010 at Waterfront Park in Portland: A picture essay

Today, the clouds parted, and people came out to support the Oregon National Guard during the 2nd Annual Rose Festival Memorial Day March & Commemoration Ceremony at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland.

The event included an F-15 Eagle flyover, a Howitzer salute by the 2-218 Field Artillery, and a speech by Col. Dan Hokanson, commander of the Oregon Army National Guard's 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

To see the entire collection of photos, visit our Flickr page here.

Without further adieu, here's a few of the pictures from today:


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

Monday, May 24, 2010

Youth Challenge: An Up-Close Look at Teens' Turnarounds - News Story - KTVZ Bend

Oregon National Guard's Youth Challenge Program to become the focus of a KTVZ special in July:

Youth Challenge: An Up-Close Look at Teens' Turnarounds - News Story - KTVZ Bend

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

National Guard Soldiers battle in Combatives Competition

Check out this video from the Third Annual Army National Guard Combatives Competition, held March 26 - 28, 2010 at Fort Benning, Ga. Soldiers from across the nation faced off to be named the best of the best. Combatives training is critical to the Guard mission, as they engage in urban combat. Video by Adam Livingston.

Take a look at 1:32... for Oregon National Guard's own 2nd Lt. Brandon Hern, who took first place in the Light Heavyweight Division!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Timing is everything in this business

Just had to share this great photo with you all. It was taken last Thursday on the State Capitol Mall in Salem, Ore., during the Armed Forces Day event.

Oh sure, I was there too, but all I caught was the two F-15 jets flying over the Oregon State Capitol building. Spc. Julie Trotter, with the Oregon Army National Guard's 2-218 Field Artillery, had the foresight to go about a football field's distance away from all the other photographers, and captured this great shot.

Her timing and patience resulted in capturing both the firing of the Howitzers AND the F-15 jets in the same shot (rest assured, this is not a photoshopped image).

Hey Julie... want to come work in our office?


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

Oregon Governor honored by Oregon National Guard


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Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski is greeted by members of the Oregon Air and Army National Guard at the Order of the Minuteman Ceremony at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore., May 14. Kulongoski was inducted into the Order of the Minuteman for the many contributions to Oregon’s military members, and for his support of service members over his tenure as the Governor of Oregon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Public Affairs)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Oregon National Guard celebrates Armed Forces Day at State Capitol


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A pair of F-15 Eagles fly over the State Capitol building in Salem, Ore., during the Armed Forces Day celebration on May 13. Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, and Col. Dan Hokanson, commander of the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team, along with other dignitaries, attended the noon event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Oregon's military families honored during ceremony at State Capitol

SALEM, ORE. -- Members of Oregon's military services, representatives from city and state agencies, and the Oregon National Guard, honored military families during a ceremony marking May 8 as Military Family Appreciation Day, at the State Capitol in Salem, Ore., on May 7. The event highlighted the contributions and sacrifices miltary families make on behalf of their military members. Participants were given copies of the proclamation signed by Governor Ted Kulongoski. (Pictured from left to right are: Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon; Paula Brown, Deputy Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs; Mrs. Mary Balakas, wife of Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Martin Balakas of the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls; Mrs. Ashley Lacer, wife of Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Michael Lacer, member of the 162 Engineers, who is currently deployed to Afghanistan; and Mr. Fritz Graham, who represented Oregon Senator Ron Wyden). (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)