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

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)