Monday, April 16, 2012

Oregon National Guard commemorates ANZAC Day at Camp Withycombe

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s Honor Guard prepare to post the colors of three countries during the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day ceremony, held at the 41 Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) Memorial Quad at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., April 15. Traditionally held at dawn, the event marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during World War I, and commemorates the battle-forged friendships formed when the 41st Division fought alongside the Australian Army in New Guinea and the Philippines in World War II. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jalayna Lagomarsino, 41 IBCT Public Affairs).

Friday, April 13, 2012

Ribbon cutting ceremony marks official opening of The Exchange at Camp Withycombe

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Brig. Gen. Mike Caldwell, Deputy Director of the Oregon Military Department, Mr. Larry Deibert, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, and Oregon National Guard Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon, join other members of the official party in cutting the ribbon during a ceremony at The Exchange at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore., April 13. National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty have unlimited shopping privileges at any Exchange. The store is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and offers food and toiletries, and Class-6 items such as alcohol and tobacco products. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

Friday, April 6, 2012

Oregon National Guard inducts new officers into organization during Clackamas ceremony

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ZH1_0457.jpg: Oregon Army National Guard Captains Brewer and Snyder pose with recent graduates of the Officer Candidate School Winter Accelerated Commencement and Commissioning Ceremony, held at the Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., Apr. 6. Graduates include Second Lieutenants Geoff Bogie, Paul Brown, Jared Hoffer, Saul Ramirez, Timothy Frey, Mike Metzger and Cadet Stephen Carlile. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. John-Paul Hanson, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Camp Rilea Water Operator recognized for excellence

A former member of the Oregon Army National Guard, who now works in the Environmental Branch at Camp Rilea was recently recognized for his work with the Oregon Association of Water Utilities.

OAWU membership nominated retired Master Sgt. Joe Haag as its 2011 Water Operator of the Year due to his proficiency and excellence in operating the Camp Rilea Water Supply System.

According to the OAWU, Haag demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in water treatment processes, technical and mechanical aptitude, regulatory interactions, and management of the daily utility operations in a manner to consistently meet all regulatory and mission requirements.

The award represents the “best of the best” through and is representative of Joe’s exemplary history of service to the Oregon Army National Guard, according to OAWU Executive Director, Jason Green.

The coveted annual Water Operator of the Year award's purpose is to acknowledge and honor an individual who regularly goes above the call of duty. They are one who represents the Oregon Association of Water Utilities' (OAWU) work ethics, integrity and servant attitude at their place of work, Green said.

“It is a privilege and honor to recognize the recipient of this award,” Green said.

He said Haag’s performance and attitude were exemplary, in addition to being a “pleasure to work with.”

“He takes pride in his work, extremely conscientious, does not take shortcuts, is willing to learn and to share with others,” Green added. “This award is truly a pleasure to provide to such a quality person.”

The OAWU is a nonprofit independent association of water and wastewater utilities, was formed in 1977 to represent water utility interests in the state legislature and provide onsite technical assistance throughout Oregon.

OAWU includes public and private water and wastewater systems, municipalities, associations, districts, schools and industry, and is represented by over 26,000 members.

Posted by Master Sgt. Nick Choy,

Social Media Manager, Oregon Military Department

Oregon National Guard releases artist's rendering of the proposed armory in The Dalles

Here's a sneak preview of the proposed Oregon Army National Guard Armory in The Dalles.

The official ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled for May 30. Stay tuned for more information, and pictures from the event!