Friday, December 16, 2011

Oregon National Guard Soldiers assist with Governor's Toy Drive

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Spc. Cuong Quach, (foreground), of the Oregon Army National Guard’s 162 Engineer Company, hands one of the many toys donated to the Governor’s Toy Drive, to Sgt. Roderick Compton at the Oregon State Capitol, in Salem, Ore., Dec. 16. Oregon Soldiers joined volunteers and Salvation Army members to load the donated toys into vehicles for transport to the Salvation Army collection center. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Oregon National Guard's Youth Challenge Program graduates 2011-12 class in Redmond

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Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon, shakes hands with one of the graduating cadets from class 2011-12 of the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program during the class’ graduation ceremony in Redmond, Ore., Dec. 14. The primary mission of the OYCP is to intervene in, and reclaim the lives of 16-18 year old at-risk youth. Program graduates receive instruction in values, self-discipline, education, and life skills necessary to succeed as productive citizens, in addition to earning a G.E.D. (Photo by Sgt. Zach Holden, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment).

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Oregon's CERFP unit showcases capabilites for Governor

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Oregon Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Michael Gremaud, (lower left), and Tech. Sgt. Mike Brown, (top left), Airmen with the Oregon National Guard’s CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), discuss their unit’s overall mission to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon, during a 375th Anniversary of the National Guard celebration held at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., Dec. 13. The unit will respond at the call of the governor to augment local jurisdictions and other emergency responders during state, regional and national emergencies. The unit is comprised of approximately 170 Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers who provide support to first responders upon request. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office).

Monday, December 12, 2011

Salem welcomes home the 1249th Engineer Battalion

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Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Peter Fritsch, of the 1249 Engineer Battalion, is welcomed home by his wife Dori, shortly after his unit’s return to the Salem Municipal Airport, in Salem, Ore., Dec. 12. Fritsch, of Camas, Wash., and approximately 125 of his fellow Soldiers were part of the second group to arrive on a direct flight to the Salem airport. The first group of 51 Soldiers arrived in Salem on Dec. 8. The unit's primary role during their 400-day deployment to Afghanistan was command and control, while providing support for Task Force Gridley. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Zach Holden, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment).

Sunset in the morning at Withycombe

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A gentle morning fog covers the infinity pool in front of the 41 Infantry Division Memorial, in front of the 41 Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. Dec. 9. The pool and memorial honors service members who served their country during World War II. The 250,000 square foot facility was officially dedicated in November, 2011. (Photo by Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Oregon's Adjutant General speaks to City Club of Portland

Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon, speaks to a gathering at the City Club of Portland, Dec. 9, at the Governor Hotel in Portland, Ore. Seated to his right is Melody Rose, President of the City Club of Portland and Vice Provost for Academic Programs & Instruction at Portland State University, and Cameron Smith, Senior Policy Advisor to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. Rees and Smith spoke about the value of the National Guard to Oregon, and issues facing returning Oregon National Guard veterans. The event included a question and answer session. To hear the forum in its entirety, visit the City Club link at: pdxcityclub.org/content/coming-home-veterans-oregon

Oregon's 1249 Engineers receive warm welcome home

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Sgt. Edward D. Chitwood, of the Oregon Army National Guard’s 1249 Engineer Battalion, hugs his son Adryn, as his wife Selisha looks on, following his unit’s return to the Salem Municipal Airport in Salem, Ore., Dec. 8. Chitwood returned to Oregon with approximately 51 Soldiers, following a 400-day mobilization to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit's primary role was command and control, while providing support for Task Force Gridley. Another group of the unit’s Soldiers is scheduled to return to Oregon on or around Dec. 12. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Paul D. Rushing, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Personnel from Oregon's Counterdrug Support Program recognized by Portland Police Bureau

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Eric A. Hendricks, Assistant Chief of Police, Investigations Branch, of the Portland Police Bureau presents commendation letters to three individuals with the Oregon National Guard’s Counterdrug Support Program, during a ceremony held in Salem, Ore., Dec. 6. Three analysts from the Counterdrug Support Program provided case support throughout a multi-agency investigation dubbed “Operation Trick or Treat,” which resulted in multiple arrests, seizure of several vehicles, weapons and approximately 1,000 Oxycontin pills across several states including New York, Las Vegas, Miami, Dallas, Portland and Vancouver, Wash. Authorities also identified about $200,000 in proceeds in various banks accounts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).