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

41 Inf Div Group Shot
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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.