Monday, May 28, 2012

F-15 jets, 2-218 FA Howitzers cap a wonderful Memorial Day event in Portland

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Attendees of the Rose Festival Veterans’ Memorial Day Parade at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Ore., watch as two F-15 Eagle jets from the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing conduct a flyover at the festivities.

The annual event, which kicks off the Rose Festival in Portland, featured Oregon’s Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen representing the units of the Oregon Army and Air National Guard, and honored veterans of all military services.

The event included members of the Royal Rosarians, Patriot Guard Riders, Portland Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard, Rose Festival volunteers, and military equipment from the Oregon Military Museum.

Photo and post by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden holds town hall meeting at Camp Withycombe

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, (D-OR), speaks to a gathering during a town hall meeting at the 41 Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., May 26.

Wyden answered questions from attendees about immigration, health care, federal business regulations and other topics of interest.

Wyden is the senior United States Senator from Oregon who has served in the post since 1996.

Photo by Kimberly L. Lippert, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Seventh Annual Golfing for the Guard starts out with a bang, ends with funds raised for two worthy causes

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Cara Phillips, promotions director with Alpha Broadcasting, fires a Howitzer under close supervision of Soldiers from Alpha Battery, 2-218 Field Artillery Battalion, Oregon Army National Guard.

Phillips' firing the shot officially began the 7th Annual Golfing for the Guard Tournament at Heron Lakes Golf Course, May 25.

Alpha Broadcasting sponsored the tournament to raise donations for the Oregon National Guard Emergency Relief Fund and the Oregon Military Museum Capital Campaign Fund.

The tournament raised donations for the Oregon National Guard Emergency Relief Fund and the Oregon Military Museum Capital Campaign Fund. Alpha Broadcasting, FM News 101, KXL, and 750 The Game, sponsored the event.

The Emergency Relief Fund provides financial assistance to Oregon National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and their immediate families who are in need of emergency housing, food, medical or dental treatment, transportation, or temporary income assistance.

The Oregon Military Museum Capital Campaign will fund the renovation of the Oregon Military Museum at Camp Withycombe. The Oregon Military Museum's mission is to tell the story of Oregon's military heritage with a focus on the Oregon National Guard and the state's militia, collect and ensure access to historical artifacts and archives, preserve items entrusted to its care and educate and inspire visitors through exhibits, living history and interpretive programs.

(Photo by Staff Sgt. April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Oregon Soldiers, Airmen participate in 7th Annual Golfing for the Guard

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KXL Radio hosted the 7th Annual Golfing for the Guard, at Heron Lakes "Great Blue" Golf Course, May 25.

The event began with a bang, courtesy of the Oregon Army National Guard's 2-218th Field Artillery.

Proceeds will go to the Oregon Military Museum and the Oregon National Guard's Emergency Relief Fund.

From left to right: Bob DeFrancisco, Chad McCracken, Tim McAlbin, Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Mike Gillette.

Photo by Kimberly Lippert.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

All Star Salute to Oregon Military a rockin' good time


KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer rocks the house at the All-Star Salute to the Oregon Military, held at the Oregon Golf Club, May 18. Tommy was joined by his brothers, former Oregon Governors Vic Atiyeh and Ted Kulongoski, and retired former Oregon Army National Guard Brig. Gen. James B. Thayer, who was the guest of honor.


The event raised nearly $250,000 for the Oregon Military Museum’s Capital Campaign. The newly-renovated museum will be named in honor of the elder Thayer, who served in Europe during WWII and following his enlistment from the active duty Army, as the commander of the Oregon State Defense Force.


For more information on the Capital Campaign and fundraiser, visit the All Star Salute page.


Visit our official Flickr page in the next few days to view more photos from this event.


 
Posted by Master Sgt. Nick Choy,
Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office

Thursday, May 17, 2012

3670th Maintenance Company Soldiers honored at Armed Forces Day event in Salem

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Mr. John Kroger, State Attorney General (second from left), representing Governor John Kitzhaber, and Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon (left), present Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Nierengarten (center), Sgt. Shawn Flynn (second from right), and Spc. Michael Resner (right), with the 3670 Maintenance Company guidon flag that was displayed in the Governor’s office while the three Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers were deployed in Iraq.

The Soldiers returned in February2012 from a year-long deployment in support of Operation New Dawn and were recognized for their service during Armed Forces Day celebrations, May 17, at the State Capitol Mall in Salem, Ore.

Photo by Staff Sgt. April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office.


Posted by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Social Media Manager

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Brig. Gen. Julie Bentz gives commencement speech for ROTC officers at University of Portland

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Brig. General Julie Bentz, formerly of the Oregon Army National Guard, speaks to a group of ROTC students at the University of Portland during their commissioning ceremony in Portland, Ore., May 5.

More than 20 students were sworn in as officers in the U.S. Army and Air Force during the ceremony.

Bentz is currently the Director, Strategic Capabilities Policy on the National Security Staff within the Executive Office of the President.

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jason van Mourik, 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Oregon Army National Guard).

Friday, May 4, 2012

Bangladeshi delegation visits with Confederated Tribes of Umatilla during visit to Pendleton area

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Leadership with the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, leads a military delegation from Bangladesh on a tour, in Umatilla, Ore., May 4. Led by Lt. Gen. Abdul Wadud, Principle Staff Officer for the Armed Forces Division, Bangladesh, (second from right), the group visited Oregon National Guard facilities throughout the state, including the Army Aviation Support Facility #2 in Pendleton, Ore, where they watched a water bucket and sling-load demonstration put on by the unit's CH-47 Chinook helicopter crews. Earlier in the week, they toured various locations utilized for the Vigilant Guard Exercise, which was being conducted in coordination with U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), May 1-6. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jason Marshall, Oregon Military Department).

Training a shocking experience for some Soldiers

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Oregon Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jarrod Johnson, of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron (upper center), demonstrates the proper use of non-lethal force with an X26 tazer gun, on a volunteer Soldier from the 2-162 Infantry, at the Oregon National Guard Readiness Center, in Eugene, Ore., May 3.

The Infantry Soldiers are practicing with various non-lethal systems as part of the Vigilant Guard Exercise.

The exercise is designed to test the interoperability of local and state first responders and the National Guard, and has been coordinated with U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Planners hope the event will enhance multi-agency cooperation and response in disaster situations.

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Armondo Borboa, 2-162 IN BN Public Affairs).

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Bangladeshi delegation meets with Portland Police to discuss community policing initiative in Bangladesh

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Portland Police Chief Mike Reese (right), speaks to Lt. Gen. Abdul Wadud, Principle Staff Officer for the Armed Forces Division, Bangladesh (center), and Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon, during a meeting at the Portland Police Bureau in Portland, Ore., May 3.

Wadud, who was joined by Lt. Col. Mohammad Tawhid-ul-Islam and Capt. Gazi Mosharrof Hossain, of the Bangladesh military met with officials from the Portland Police to discuss community policing initiatives, as part of their State Partnership Program visit in Oregon.

The group also visited Oregon National Guard facilities throughout the state, and toured various locations being utilized in the ongoing Vigilant Guard Exercise, which is being conducted in coordination with U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

Officials from the Portland Police Bureau have visited the country of Bangladesh recently to share community policing initiatives.

Posted by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Social Media Manager

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Oregon Senate President hosts Bangladeshi delegation at State Capitol

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Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney (center), speaks to Lt. Gen. Abdul Wadud, Principle Staff Officer for the Armed Forces Division, Bangladesh, in the Governor's Ceremonial Office during a visit to the Oregon State Capitol, in Salem, Ore., May 2.

Wadud was accompanied by Lt. Col. Mohammad Tawhid-ul-Islam and Capt. Gazi Mosharrof Hossain as part of a State Partnership Program visit to Oregon.

The group is visiting Oregon National Guard facilities throughout the state, and is also scheduled to visit with Oregon Guard members who are participating in the Vigilant Guard Exercise, May 1-6, which is being conducted in coordination with U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Also meeting with Courtney were Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon; Cameron Smith, Governor's Chief of Staff; Brig. Gen. Mike Caldwell, Deputy Director, Oregon Military Department; and Oregon Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk, Assistant Adjutant General-Air.

For more information on Oregon's State Partnership Program, visit the National Guard Bureau SPP page at: http://www.nationalguard.mil/features/spp/default.aspx

(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

Two Governors and a hero

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Former Oregon Governors Ted Kulongoski, (left) and Vic Atiyeh (right), flank Retired Brig. Gen. James B. Thayer Sr., at the 41 Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., April 25.

A two-year $6.5 Million Capital Campaign to raise funds to renovate the Oregon Military Museum will begin on May 8, at the Oregon Golf Club, with the All-Star Salute to the Oregon Military

The event, organized by Thayer's son Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist for the rock band KISS, and the Historical Outreach Foundation, hopes to raise enough funds to build and open the new museum by summer, 2014.

The museum will be named in honor of Brig. Gen. James B. Thayer.

Photo by Kimberly Lippert, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office.

Oregon's Public Affairs personnel play part in Vigilant Guard Exercise

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I felt compelled to post this picture of a fellow Public Affairs NCO participating in the Vigilant Guard Exercise, for two reasons.

First, since Public Affairs personnel are always busy taking pictures of other people and events, they rarely have their own pictures posted anywhere.

Second, and more importantly, even though public affairs professionals are taught that they are "not the story", they play an integral part of the overall story which is conveyed to the public.

Here, we see Oregon Army National Guard Master Sgt. Thomas Hovie, of the Oregon Military Department's Public Affairs Office, conducting a mock interview with personnel from U.S. Northern Command's (USNORTHCOM) Public Affairs Section, during the Vigilant Guard Exercise at the Fairview Training Site in Salem, Ore., yesterday.

Hovie is part of a team of Public Affairs personnel from the Oregon National Guard who are taking part in the multi-agency exercise designed to train and test interoperability between local first responders, National Guard personnel, and USNORTHCOM.

Special thanks to Sgt. Jason Van Mourik, of the Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office for this photo.

Posted by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Social Media Manager

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Bangladeshi military visits Oregon, starting with Kingsley Field

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Oregon Air National Guard Col. Jeff Silver, 173rd Fighter Wing Commander, greets members of the Bangladeshi military during their visit to Kingsley Field, in Klamath Falls, Ore., May 1. Led by Lt. Gen. Adbdul Wadud, Armed Forces Division of Bangladesh Principal Staff Officer, members of the Bangladesh military are touring Oregon through the State Partnership Program between Oregon and the People's Republic of Bangladesh. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Shirar, 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/ RELEASED)