Saturday, August 4, 2012

Derouin assumes command of Oregon Army National Guard Aviation unit inSalem

The Oregon Army National Guard conducted a change of command ceremony for its aviation unit, 2 Battalion, 641 Aviation Regiment, Aug. 4, in Salem, Ore.

Outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Mark Ulvin, welcomed incoming commander, Lt. Col. Pete Derouin, after a two-year stint that included more than 30 search and rescue missions.


After taking command in August of 2010, Ulvin oversaw the deployment of all seven of his subordinate flying units across the globe and nation. He has flown more than 4,000 hours in the UH-60 and C-12 aircrafts and currently performs duties as an instructor pilot and maintenance examiner for Blackhawk helicopters.


Derouin served as the Balkans operation officer for U.S. Army Europe after 9-11 before commanding the Ft. Hood Regional Flight Center. In 2004-05, he deployed to Iraq as executive officer executive officer for Operational Support Airlift Command's Theatre Aviation Battalion, and was responsible for all Army fixed-wing aircraft with passenger and cargo transport in Iraq.


The 2-641 Aviation Regt. provides theater aviation operations when deployed including cargo and troop transport. The battalion also has command and control of Army National Guard aviation assets providing aviation support across the state for various missions including search and rescue and wild land fire fighting support.


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120804-A-FS713-323, a photo by oregonmildep on Flickr.
Above: Oregon Army National Guard Brig. Gen Eric Bush (center), Assistant Adjutant General-Army, transfers the 2 Battalion, 641 Aviation Regiment colors from Lt. Col. Mark Ulvin (left), outgoing unit commander, to Lt. Col. Pete Derouin (right), incoming unit commander, during a change of command ceremony, Aug. 4, in Salem, Ore. The aviation battalion provides theater aviation operations including cargo and troop transport, and has command and control of Army National Guard aviation assets which provide aviation support across the state for various missions including search and rescue and wild land fire fighting support. (Photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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