Thursday, April 25, 2013

Home sweet home

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Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Hartman, of the 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, embraces his wife, Andrea, as their daughter, June, looks on at the Portland International Airport, following the unit’s return to Oregon, April 23.

The 115 MPAD completed a deployment to Afghanistan, where they produced more than 700 broadcast products, 75 print stories and more than 600 photos that were downloaded more than 2,500 times and used by news media agencies around the world.

They also embedded more than 80 journalists from various news agencies throughout the world to tell the story of what was happening in Regional Command East, and provided training to the 201st Corps and 203rd Corps Afghan National Army on public affairs operations.

A demobilization ceremony for the unit is scheduled on May 5 in Salem, Ore.

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

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

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Capital Campaign for new Oregon Military Museum continues with gala fundraiser event at Governor Hotel

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Ninety-one year old WWII veteran, Brig. Gen. (Oregon State Defense Force) James B. Thayer, received a standing ovation at the 2013 All-Star Salute to the Oregon Military, held at the Governor Hotel in Portland, Ore., April 20.

The event is part of a two-year, $6.5 million capital campaign fundraiser for the Oregon Military Museum at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore.

Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist for the rock band KISS, along with local celebrities Patrick Lamb, Linda Hornbuckle, KGW news anchor Brenda Braxton, and former Portland Trailblazer Jerome Kersey, attended the sold-out event to raise funds for the Brig. Gen. (Oregon State Defense Force) James B. Thayer, Oregon Military Museum.

“I’m honored to be a part of this outstanding event to recognize not only my father but all veterans who have sacrificed for our country,” said Tommy Thayer in an interview prior to the event. “The Oregon Military Museum will ensure the legacy of the men and women who have served will not be forgotten.”

The museum will be named in honor of James Thayer, a World War II veteran who helped liberate a concentration camp in the waning days of WWII.

A two-year capital campaign to renovate the Oregon Military Museum at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas is currently underway. Of the $6.5 million goal, $2.5 million has secured thus far. The museum will commemorate the military service and sacrifice of all Oregonians who have served in the nation's armed forces.


Photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, Oregon National Guard 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

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

Friday, April 19, 2013

Former Vietnam War adversaries build bridges of friendship through State Partnership Program

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Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees (right), Adjutant General, Oregon, and Lt. Gen. Tran Quang Khue (second from right), Deputy Chief of General Staff for the Vietnam People's Army, discuss a map of Vietnam, during the State Partnership Program Workshop, in Portland, Ore., April 19.

Dr. D. Blair Craig (far left), Program Manager for Joint Directorate of Military Support, presented the map to Khue and Rees, while Senior Captain Mai Tat Thang, American Desk Officer, Vietnam People's Army helped translate.

The map represents the region in Vietnam where both Khue and Rees fought on opposite sides of the Vietnam War in 1969.

The State Partnership Program workshop, held April 17-19 included regional, national, and international experts in several fields including academics, economics, port and maritime security, humanitarian aid, search and rescue, and renewable energy.

--> “There are three of us here who in 1969 were on opposite sides of very serious circumstances,” said Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon, at the workshop, referring to himself, Dr. Blair Craig, Program Manager for Joint Directorate of Military Support, and Lt. Gen. Khue.

Earlier in the day, Craig showed Rees and Khue a map of the region in Vietnam where the two generals had been on opposing sides during the Vietnam War in 1969 — Rees as a 24-year old troop commander, and Khue also as a young combat engineer. They both recalled battles in the same areas on the map.

“We see a better way ahead, where people can share understanding and common goals in a peaceful and cooperative way, and perhaps all the sacrifice will have been for good in the long term for both countries,” said Rees, “We have come a long way in 44 years.” 


The partnership between the Oregon National Guard and Vietnam was made official in November 2012 as part of the State Partnership Program, which pairs emerging democracies with National Guard states.  Oregon currently has both Vietnam and Bangladesh as its state partners.

--> The State Partnership program complements broader U.S. engagement with Vietnam in pursuit of shared priorities such as disaster relief, education, health, trade and the environment. The program directly supports the broad national interests and security cooperation goals of the United States by engaging partner nations via military, socio-political, and economic conduits at the local, state, and national levels. 

Posted by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.  Photo by Spc. Matthew Burnett, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Vietnam, Oregon Generals visit Vietnam War Memorial in Portland

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A delegation from Vietnam joins Oregon National Guard leadership for a visit to the Vietnam War Memorial at Washington Park in Portland, Ore., April 17.

From left to right: Senior Captain Mai Tat Thang, American Desk Officer, Vietnam People's Army; Oregon Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, Assistant Adjutant General (Air); Lt. Gen. Tran Quang Khue, Deputy Chief of General Staff for the Vietnam People's Army; and Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon.

The visit includes a week-long visit to Oregon as part of the State Partnership Program and a workshop April 17-19, which includes experts in several fields including academics, economics, port and maritime security, search and rescue, and humanitarian aid.

Both Khue and Rees are veterans of the Vietnam War.

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

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Vietnam delegation meets with Oregon governor as part of Oregon National Guard's State Partnership Program initiative

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Lt. Gen. Tran Quang Khue (left head of table), Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army, and Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees (right head of table), Adjutant General, Oregon, meet with Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber (center) at the State Capitol in Salem, Ore., April 15.

Khue is leading a delegation which is scheduled to visit several Oregon National Guard facilities before concluding the week with a State Partnership Program workshop in Portland, Ore., April 17-19.

The partnership between the Oregon National Guard and Vietnam was made official in November 2012 as part of the National Guard Bureau-sanctioned program, which pairs emerging democracies with National Guard states.

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

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thayer family tours construction site of new Oregon Military Museum named in honor of Brig. Gen. James B. Thayer

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John, Jim and Mike Thayer join their father, Oregon State Defense Force Brig. Gen. James B. Thayer (second from right), at the construction site of the new Oregon Military Museum.

The new facility, named in honor of Brig. Gen. Thayer, is being funded by a two-year capital campaign.

A sold-out gala fundraising event is scheduled for April 20.

The Thayers were joined by Miss Oregon Nichole Meade, former Oregon Governors Ted Kulongoski and Vic Atiyeh, Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs Director Cameron Smith, and President of Emmert International Terry Emmert.

The group was able to also watch the removal of the old Camp Withycombe guard shack from the premises.

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

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Oregon Army National Guard commemorates ANZAC Day at Camp Withycombe

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The 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard, Color Guard posts the national colors of the United States of America, Australia and New Zealand during the ANZAC Day ceremony held at Camp Withycombe, Clackamas, Ore. April 7.

Traditionally held at dawn, this ceremony marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I and commemorates the battle-forged friendships formed when the 41 Division fought alongside the Australian and New Zealand armed forces in Papua New Guinea and the Philippines in World War II.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Intel Corporation, ESGR, formalize support of military employees

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Intel Corporation CEO, Paul S. Otellini, speaks to a gathering at a Employer Support of the Guard Statement of Support event at the company's Hillsboro campus, April 3.

The agreement publicly states Intel Corporation's support and appreciation for its employees who are members of the uniformed services.

Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, the Adjutant General, Oregon, also spoke at the event.

The company employs about 1,200 veterans and military members throughout its worldwide operations.

Photo by Spc. Marilyn Lowry, 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.