Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Emergency response exercise held at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas

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Capt. Daniel Fay (center) and Maj. Patrick Birbeck (right), both with the Oregon National Guard’s 102 Civil Support Team, evaluate first responders reacting to a simulated bioterrorism attack at the Armed Forces Reserve Center during the Portland Area Capabilities Exercise (PACE) Setter at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., May 22. (Photo by Staff Sgt. April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

A number of regional agencies participated in a simulated bioterrorism attack exercise to evaluate interagency and regional response at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., May 22.

The Portland Area Capabilities Exercise (PACE) involved agencies from Clackamas, Clark, Washington, Multnomah and Columbia Counties. The purpose of the PACE Setter exercise is to test regional and interagency response to public health incidents affecting multiple agencies.

The exercise brought together several agencies, including Clackamas Fire District #1, the fire departments of Canby, Gladstone and Boring, American Medical Response, Metro West Ambulance, Lifeflight, Clackamas County Medical Examiner, The American Red Cross, Clackamas County's Office of Emergency Management, and Department of Communications.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen of the CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) complete a "footprint" of tents consisting of a decontamination line and medical response area during a collective exercise at the Portland Fire & Rescue Training Site in Portland, Ore., May 20.  The exercise, which runs May 20-24, is meant to test the unit's ability to assist local and regional first-responders following man-made or natural incidents. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Oregon Guardsmen win Region VI Best Warrior Competition


Spc. Benjamin S. Herrmann, with the Oregon Army National Guard’s 3670th Maintenance Company, emerges from the water after high-crawling approximately 20-yards through the surf while competing in the Region VI Best Warrior Competition, at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton Ore., May 16. Hermann and won the title of Region VI Soldier of the Year, earning the opportunity to compete in the national Best Warrior competition. (Photo by Sgt. Betty Boyce, Oregon Army National Guard)

SALEM, Ore. - The winners of the Region VI Best Warrior Competition were announced at a ceremony, May 16, at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Ore. Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Carver, with the Oregon Army National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion, won Non-commissioned Officer of the Year and Spc. Benjamin Herrman, with the Oregon Army National Guard’s 3670th Maintenance Company, won Soldier of the Year.

Thirteen Citizen-Soldiers from eight states participated in the regional competition. Competition events included, but were not limited to; rappelling, rifle marksmanship, physical fitness testing, obstacle course, and Soldier knowledge evaluation boards.

The Region VI Best Warrior Challenge pit Army National Guard Soldiers from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming and Oregon against each other during a grueling four-day event.

Winners of this competition advance to a national competition later this year.

"It's a great day to be in the Oregon National Guard," said Oregon’s State Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Lake. "Every competitor proved their grit during this competition. They truly embody the spirit of the Citizen-Soldier."

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Oregon's 2-162 Infantry Battalion Soldiers train at Biak

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Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Scott Young talks with Capt. Jeffery Flores, commander of Bravo Company, 2-162 Infantry Battalion at Corvallis Municipal Airport, Corvallis, Ore., May 17.

Young briefed the Soldiers before they boarded a CH-47 Chinook which airlifted them to Biak Training Center in Bend, Ore., where they conducted battle drills as part of their weekend training.

Photo by Sgt. Armondo Borboa, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Oregon National Guard celebrates Armed Forces Day at Capitol

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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber recognizes Oregon National Guard Airmen and Soldiers who recently returned from overseas deployments during the Armed Forces Day celebration, May 16, at the Capitol Mall, in Salem, Ore. From left: Tech. Sgt. Alan Baker, Senior Master Sgt. Cody Pemberton, Capt. Scot Berg, and Staff Sgt. Sarah Summers. (Photo by Staff Sgt. April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon National Guard celebrated Armed Forces Day to honor all military members in a ceremony at the State Capitol Mall in Salem, Ore., May 16.

The event featured military equipment displays from various units throughout the Oregon National Guard and a Howitzer salute by the Oregon Army National Guard’s 2-218 Field Artillery Battalion. The Oregon Army National Guard’s 234th Army Band and high school Junior ROTC teams from local communities were also featured.

In addition to honoring all military members, the event will also honor Korean War veterans to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement.

Armed Forces Day was originally created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in all of the branches of the military, and was designated as an official holiday in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Oregon Air National Guard's Mobile Emergency Operations Center deployed to Prineville first responder exercise

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Oregon Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. John McIlvain, (left), Mobile Emergency Operations Center (MEOC) Chief, speaks to Oregon National Guard 102 Civil Support Team (CST) Executive Officer, Maj. Richard Paetz, via video teleconference, during an inter-agency training exercise in Prineville, Ore., May 15.

The event is part of the United States Army North (USARNORTH) evaluation for the Oregon National Guard's 102 Civil Support Team (CST), who are supporting local first responders.

Other agencies who took part in the exercise were Crook County Fire & Rescue, Salem Fire Department’s HAZMAT 13, Prineville Police Department, Crook County Public Works, Crook County Sheriff, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Prineville Community Development.

In addition to evaluating the 102 CST's manning, equipment, training and competency, the event also tested first responders' ability to react to a local civil emergency.

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

Saturday, May 11, 2013

102 Civil Support Team assists Dalai Lama visit to Oregon

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The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, poses for a photo with members of the Oregon National Guard’s 102 Civil Support Team at the University of Oregon’s Matthew Knight Arena, in Eugene, Ore., May 10. (Photo by Staff Sgt. April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

The U.S. Department of State requested the Oregon National Guard’s 102 Civil Support Team to assist law enforcement with events in Portland and Eugene featuring the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, this week. The 102 CST provided chemical, biological, radiological, and other hazardous material detection capabilities, as well as rapid-response decontamination capabilities to help secure the events and ensure public safety.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Oregon's Adjutant General recognized with Distinguished Citizen Award by Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America


Former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, (left), Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon, with the Distinguished Citizen Award on behalf of the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America, during the 2013 Eagle Scout Celebration at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., May 9.

Kulongoski, a Life Scout and past Meritorious Leadership Award recipient, said the values of the Boy Scouts reflect those of the National Guard, and America.

Rees, a Star Scout, who was the keynote speaker at the event, said the Boy Scouts prepare members to be leaders, mentors and role models.

About 100 Scouts and their family members took part in the event, which also included 10 Scouts who each received a $1,000 scholarship.

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

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Rescued hiker thanks Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers for saving her life

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Mary Owen (center), 23 of Newberg, Ore., poses for a photo with her rescuers, Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with Charlie Company, 7-158 Aviation, at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Salem, Ore., May 9, in front of the Blackhawk helicopter that hoisted her off of Mount Hood.

Owen was injured and stranded for six days after suffering an injury while hiking near Mount Hood.  The Oregon Army National Guard helicopter crew located and rescued her on March 30.

Owen and her family visited the flight facility to thank the Soldiers for finding her, and ultimately saving her life.

From left: Chief Warrant Officer 3 Devin Wickenhagen, Capt. Nathan Edgecomb, Mary Owen, Sgt. Michael Buchan, and Sgt. Daniel Cleveland.

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

Posted on May 9, 2013.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Oregonians welcome home Oregon Soldiers from the 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

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Soldiers of the Oregon Army National Guard's 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment salute during the playing of the National Anthem at their demobilization ceremony at West Salem High School, in Salem, Ore., May 5.

The unit recently returned to Oregon following a deployment in Afghanistan.

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