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).