Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh kicks off visit to Oregon with tour of Portland Air Guard Base

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Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon, briefs U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan Mozena on the overall mission of the Oregon National Guard, at the Portland Air National Guard Base in Portland, Ore., June 27.

Mozena toured the base as part of his Oregon visit, June 27-30. He is in Oregon to meet with officials from the Oregon National Guard as part of the ongoing State Partnership Program between Oregon and Bangladesh.

He is also scheduled to meet with Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, key personnel from the Portland Police Bureau and Oregon business leaders.

This is Ambassador Mozena's first visit to Oregon in his new post.

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

Monday, June 25, 2012

Eagle Scout meets First Sergeant at 115 MPAD mobilization ceremony

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Ben Trout, (right), a freshman at West Salem High School, and Eagle Scout, hands a folded flag to First Sergeant William Boyd, of the 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, following the unit’s mobilization ceremony at West Salem High School in Salem, Ore., June 25. Boyd’s unit will spend about one year deployed to Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Trout, an Eagle Scout with Troop 127, was completing a two-part project for the Boy Scouts of America; the first to provide a pocket constitution and voter registration card to every graduating senior in the Salem-Keizer School District. The second was to hand out folded flags to all deploying Soldiers, “So they can always carry a little piece of home with them and know that we appreciate them here at home,” Trout said. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Oregon Air Guard honors Pendleton, Battle Ground, Wash., with new F-15 nose art

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Oregon Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Doug Dixon, Aircraft Structural Mechanic for the 142nd Fighter Wing, places the nose art for the City of Pendleton, Ore., on an F-15 Eagle aircraft, at the Portland Air National Guard Base in Portland, Ore., June 13.

The nose art for Pendleton and the City of Battle Ground, Wash., is scheduled to be unveiled during a Cities of Honor ceremony at the Air Base during the Oregon National Guard’s Executive Briefing on June 14.

The artwork has been specially created for each jet and includes the names of these cities. The images honor the relationship between local communities and the Citizen-Airmen who reside in them.

Dixon said he hopes the program can honor more Northwest cities in the future. “I think the Cities of Honor program is great because of the wonderful support we get from the communities,” he said.

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

Monday, June 4, 2012

Oregon Guard team takes first place in military division at Wild Canyon Games in Antelope, Ore.

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Oregon Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Michael Gallagher (left) hands a wrist band to Master Sgt. Seven Richmond (center) for their exchange at the bicycle to running portion of the 130 team "Wild Canyon Games" triathlon, June 2, in Antelope, Ore.

They were a part of the Oregon National Guard elite team which placed third overall in the triathlon and took first place in the military division.

The event includes a team triathlon, the world's largest geo-cache course, an endurance relay, zip lining, ropes course, military style obstacle course, and much more.

Corporations donated to sponsor five Oregon National Guard teams, and teams from the Marines, Navy and active duty Army.

Photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Oregon Army National Guard takes receipt of new Bradley Fighting Vehicles during ceremony in The Dalles

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Lt. Col. Jason Lambert, 3rd Battalion 116th Cavalry commander, passes the logbook commemorating the receipt of 36 new Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Alpha Co. Commander, Capt. Jeff Sagen at a roll-out ceremony held at Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles, Ore., June 2.

Local Citizen-Soldiers will spend the next year training with the vehicles.

The 116th is the first National Guard unit in the nation to receive the new vehicles.

Photo by Sgt. Anita VanderMolen, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Oregon Army National Guard.