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.