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: