Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Vietnam Vet recognized for gallantry 42 years after action

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Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Al Herrera, (second from right), former member of Charlie Co., 1-16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Div., is awarded the Silver Star during a ceremony in the Governor’s ceremonial office in Salem, Ore., Nov. 28. Herrera, an active member of the “Bandido Charlie” Association, was recognized for “Gallantry in Action” on Aug. 12, 1969 during a firefight in Vietnam, where in spite of his own wounds, he helped evacuate other wounded Soldiers. From left to right: Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber; Oregon Air Guard Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk, Assistant Adjutant General (Air); CSM (Ret.) Herrera; Jim Willis, Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs Director.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Oregon National Guard Engineering unit assists with Detroit Lake construction project

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Soldier Engineers with the Oregon Army National Guard’s 224 Engineer Company operate heavy equipment during a construction project at the Detroit Lake Recreation Area, near Detroit Lake, Ore., Nov. 16. Engineers with the unit plan to dredge approximately 40,000 cubic yards of earth in order to open a boat access channel across Detroit Flats to the Detroit Marina, said Lt. Duffy Cavanaugh, unit Executive Officer. The unit had just completed another construction project to mitigate beach erosion, adjacent to the Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Ore., the week before. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office).

Friday, November 11, 2011

Oregon National Guard participates in Albany Veterans Day Parade

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Oregon Army National Guard State Command Sgt. Maj. Brunk Conley waves to participants passing the reviewing stand at the Veterans Day Parade in Albany, Ore., Nov. 11. Members of the Oregon National Guard took part in Veterans Day ceremonies around the state, including the Albany Veterans Day Parade, which is touted by organizers as the largest event of its kind west of the Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Oregon Soldiers get their 'game' face on for community event

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Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Joseph Jardine interacts with fans of the video game “Modern Warfare 3”, while holding an M4 rifle with a grenade launcher during an interactive event conducted by the Oregon National Guard’s 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, at the GameStop store in Bend’s Old Mill District, Nov. 7. Soldiers from Bend simulated the delivery of the game and interacted with more than 400 people who purchased the game that night. Some customers waited for nearly ten hours for their copy of the game. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Cory Grogan, J9 Public Affairs)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Brig. Gen. Charles Yriarte retires from the Oregon National Guard, ends 40 year career in the military

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Oregon Air National Guard Commander, Brig. Gen. Steven Gregg (left), bestows the Air Force Commendation Medal on Oregon Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Charles L. Yriarte, during his retirement ceremony held at the Oregon Military Department in Salem, Ore., Nov. 4. Yriarte, who has been in the military for more than 40 years, served as the Assistant Adjutant General (Army), and Commander of Joint Task Force Oregon. Yriarte was born in Burns Ore., and graduated from Burns-Union High School. He plans to return to Burns, Ore. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office).