Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Oregon National Guard brings back tradition of Stetsons and Spurs through Spur Ride Contest

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Above: Sgt. Carl Colberg of Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, lunges over a wall on the obstacle course during the Spur Ride Contest, March 18, in Warrenton, Ore.

The Spur Ride goes back to the days when Troops rode horses into battle. Cavalrymen have distinguished themselves by their Stetsons and spurs, which set them apart from other Soldiers, but it's the spurs that set them apart from the rest of the Cavalry.

During the recent Spur Ride Contest, Oregon Army National Guard members from the 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team took part in the traditional event, which pitted Soldiers against each other in grueling conditions which included map reading, an obstacle course, weapons maintenance, call for fire, rappel operations, land navigation, listening post & observation post duties, urban terrain operations, and a final seven-mile ruck sack night march.

Less than half of those who compete in similar events are ever awarded their spurs, according to data from the Tactical Operations Center at the Spur Ride.

Cavalry Scout Sgt. Vincent Martin, who already had his spurs competed in the event for the third time anyway.

"I signed up to be a scout and this is the type of training I need to stay refreshed and on top of things," he said. "By competing we are constantly forcing each other to get better."

Story and photos by Cory Grogan, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs

Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Social Media Manager

Monday, March 21, 2011

Twin Eagles

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A pair of F-15 Eagles from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Ore.; one lands, while the other over-flies Portland International Airport.

These Oregon Air National Guard pilots are highly skilled and train every day during their Air Sovereignty Alert mission. While these pilots are out there keeping us safe, they in turn keep each other safe by being each other's wingman.

Special thanks to photographer Paul Schweizerhof for this spectacular photo.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Oregon National Guard leads nation in Soldier resiliency training

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Members of the Oregon Army National Guard in front of the Oregon Military Academy in Monmouth, Ore., March 16, after graduating from the Resilience Training Assistant Course. The two-day course was taught by Master Resiliency Trainers from the Soldier and Family Support Division of the Army National Guard, March 14-16. The course—the first of its kind anywhere in the nation—is sanctioned by the National Guard Bureau, and strives to increase awareness about Army resiliency. Oregon was the first to request, and receive, the training. A film documentary crew from Portland State University, and members of the French Public Media were on hand to cover the training event; the latter hopes to showcase how Army resiliency works in the United States in order to assist soldiers in the European Union. (U.S. Army photo by Cory Grogan, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

Monday, March 14, 2011

Oregon National Guard names 2011 Best Warriors

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Sgt. Benjamin Standley (left) sprints to the finish line next to Sgt. Joshua Meng during the three-mile “ruck run,” at Camp Rilea, Warrenton, Ore., March 12. Soldiers were required to complete the run with a minimum of 35 pounds in their rucksacks. Standley, an infantryman with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry went on to win the title of Oregon’s Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, and Meng, a medic with Charlie Company 141st Brigade Support Battalion placed third. The three-day event pitted Oregon Citizen-Soldiers against one another as they competed for the title of Oregon’s Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric A. Rutherford, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Oregon Army National Guard).

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Oregon Soldiers with Task Force Gridley visit Afghanistan village

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Afghan children in a small village in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, enjoy small wooden toys delivered by Task Force Gridley Soldiers, March 9. (Photo courtesy of Task Force Gridley Public Affairs)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Oregon Airmen head for the Middle East

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Oregon Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Blaine L. Meyers, of the 116th Air Control Squadron, speaks to his son Nolan, following his unit’s mobilization ceremony at the Portland Air Base Mar. 4. Meyers, who is from Vancouver, Wash., and more than 80 of his fellow Airmen will soon deploy to the Middle East in support of Air Forces Central (CENTAF), where they will perform Air Battle Management missions for four months. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber; Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon; Brig. Gen. Steven Gregg, Oregon Air National Guard Commander,; Congressman David Wu (OR-District 1), and other dignitaries, along with hundreds of family, friends, fellow Airmen and Soldiers attended the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs).