Friday, August 10, 2012

Oregon Soldiers assist coastal communities with emergency preparation

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Above: Spc. Corey Buoy and Spc. Franklin Dominguez, with the 3670th Maintenance Company ground support platoon, conduct preventive care and maintenance work on a military generator used by the City of Seaside as a back up power source in their Water Works section, Aug. 10. The 3670th Maintenance Company provides basic care and preventative maintenance to generators in several coastal cities. Along with maintaining the generators, Citizen-Soldiers also train the local employees on the proper care of older military generators. (Photo by Sgt. Jason van Mourik, 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Oregon Army National Guard)

SEASIDE, Ore. - Citizen-Soldiers with the 3670th Maintenance Company ground support platoon, 82 Brigade, Oregon Army National Guard, assisted Oregon coastal communities with equipment repair and maintenance in preparation for natural disasters and emergencies, Aug. 10, in Seaside, Ore.

Soldiers trained City Water Works employees in Seaside the proper preventative care and maintenance for older military generators used as back up systems in case of emergencies and disasters.

"We've had nothing but positive feedback from the groups we support," said Chief Warrant Officer 3, Tim Coronado, a ground support maintenance equipment engineer with the 3670th. "My soldiers love going out and working in the local communities, it helps build relationships across the board."

There are approximately six different communities that request maintenance and training support throughout the year.

"We send out our contact teams during our annual training," said Maj.
Richard Ybarra, 3670th company commander. "The communities understand that it provides training to our Soldiers and the local employees. It's a win-win situation."

Cities like Seaside may not always be able to purchase brand new back up generators, and that's where the local relationships with the Oregon Army National Guard and 3670th Maintenance Company help out.

"This is a key partnership that we have with the communities," said Brig. Gen. Eric Bush, 82 Brigade Commander. "It dovetails nicely with the concept of military support to civilian authorities and building relationships at the local level."

Repairing generators and building community relationships, Soldiers of the 3670th hope to continue on with the program as long as they are needed.

"It's not about getting recognition for what we do," said Coronado. "It's about training our Soldiers and lending a hand to our neighbors."

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Story by Sgt. Jason Van Mourik,
Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office

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