Nicole and Nathan Stencel pin their newly promoted father during a ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore. Col. Michael Stencel received his promotion to brigadier general and moved into his new position as the Assistant Adjutant General (Air) for the Oregon National Guard. Prior to this position he was the commander of the 142nd Fighter Wing, based in Portland, Ore. Stencel has been with the Oregon Air National Guard since his enlistment in 1984 and has served in various strategic positions throughout his career. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Afffairs)
Herschel Walker, Heisman trophy winner and former National Football League player, signs an autograph for Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Terrence Hoover at the 41 Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., Feb. 6.
Walker spoke to service members, veterans, and their families about his personal experiences with mental illness and the importance of seeking treatment.
Walker is known for his talent on the football field. He was also an Olympian and recently won two professional mixed martial arts matches with technical knockouts. He now visits military installations throughout the nation to share his personal experiences with mental illness.
The event at Camp Withycombe was sponsored by the Patriot Support Program to reduce stigma among service members for seeking help with mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.