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 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

Originally uploaded by oregonmildep
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.

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