Tuesday, June 18, 2013

1-82 Cavalry Squadron takes training to a new level

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Charlie Troop, 1-82 Cavalry Squadron, practices a low-profile beach landing via marine assault craft on the banks of the Owyhee Reservoir as part of an insertion and extraction training mission at the Orchard Combat Training Center near Boise, Idaho, June 16. The unit is executing missions as part of the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s annual training in preparation for a possible deployment to Afghanistan in mid-2014. The 1-82 Cavalry is headquartered in Bend, Ore., and has subordinate units in Lebanon, Redmond, Klamath Falls, and Burns, Ore. (Photo by Sgt. Armondo Borboa, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Friday, June 14, 2013

DeLaurentiis joins Oregon Guard for Governor's Executive Brief

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Hollywood Producer Suzanne DeLaurentiis (center) and Kelly Clement (far right) pause for a photo with the 125 Special Tactics Squadron, Oregon Air National Guard during the Governor Executive Briefing June 14, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore. The event, held in conjunction with Flag Day, and the U.S. Army’s birthday, is meant to inform attendees about the mission and vision of the Oregon National Guard, and to recognize several organizations and employers for their support of Oregon’s military members and their families. DeLaurentiis has hired Oregon National Guard veterans to work on film sets as part of a program she started called Operation Hollywood. DeLaurentiis hopes to start a production company in Portland that will hire veterans. Office of Emergency Management Photo by Cory E. Grogan.

Adjutant General visits troops in the field

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Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon, speaks with Soldiers of 41 Special Troops Battalion, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team, at the Orchard Combat Training Center, near Boise, Idaho, July 12. Rees made a final field visit to the 41 IBCT during their annual training prior to his scheduled retirement in July 2013. (Photo by Sgt. Armondo Borboa, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Friday, June 7, 2013

First female promoted to major general in Oregon National Guard

Maj. Gen. Julie A. Bentz is pinned by her husband, Dr. Brendan Plapp, during her promotion ceremony at Heritage Park at the Oregon Military Department in Salem, Ore., June 7. Bentz is the first female in the Oregon National Guard to be promoted to the rank of major general. (Photo by Spc. Matthew Burnett, 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Brig. Gen. Julie A. Bentz was promoted today to the rank of major general at Heritage Park at the Oregon Military Department in Salem, Ore. Bentz is the first female in the Oregon National Guard to be promoted to the rank of major general.

Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon, presided over the ceremony, attended by many members of the Bentz family, to include Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario, District 60).

“You have had a fantastic career, you have earned this promotion and we are delighted to share this moment with you,” Rees said to Bentz during the ceremony. “This is history we’ve made here today.”

As the former Director of the Strategic Capabilities Policy with the National Security Council in Washington, D.C., Bentz has been responsible for writing presidential policy, coordinating interagency dialogue, informing presidential budgetary decisions and building consensus on interagency initiatives in programs that develop United States Strategic capabilities to meet 21st century requirements.

Her new rank was pinned on by her husband, Dr. Brendan Plapp, and her uncle, Ken Bentz. The promotion came on the 27th anniversary of when Bentz first became a commissioned officer through the Oregon State University ROTC program.

Upon being promoted, Maj. Gen. Bentz will begin her new assignment as the Director of Nuclear Defense policy for the National Security Council in Washington, D.C.

“Thank you for this honor,” Bentz said. “Major General Rees, you have always been my mentor, you’ve always had a love and a responsibility towards all of your Oregon Guardsmen.”

“The National Guard is a place where you have family, it is a close-knit organization,” Bentz continued. “Since I joined the National Guard 14 years ago, I always knew you had my back and were looking out for me.”

Bentz has served more than 27 years in variety of active, reserve, and National Guard assignments involving nuclear defense, homeland security, health physics, environmental sciences and traditional nuclear, biological and chemical officer assignments. She has a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in Radiological Health, as well as a master’s degree and a doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Bentz is also a graduate of the National War College with a masters in national security strategy.

According to the National Guard Bureau, there are currently 27 female general officers in the National Guard nationwide; 18 are from the Army National Guard and nine are from the Air National Guard. Of those 27 female general officers in the National Guard, five are the rank of major general.

For the general’s official biography, please visit this link: http://www.nationalguard.mil/ngbgomo/bio/bio-show.aspx?id=2397&name=Julie%20A.%20Bentz%20

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen compete in marksmanship competition

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Spc. Douglas Seablom, Pfc. Matthew Allen, Spc. George Wierichs and Spc. Brandon Donovan from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, compete in The Adjutant General marksmanship competition at Camp Rilea June 2, in Warrenton, Ore. The four Soldiers made up the overall winning team out of 19 teams that participated in the event. (Photo by Spc. Erin J. Quirke, 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen gathered at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore., for The Adjutant General marksmanship competition, known as “TAG Match”, June 1-2.

The annual competition consisted of 19 teams, four service members per team, for a total of 76 competitors.

Sergeant 1st Class Marcus L. Merrick, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1249 Engineer Battalion, has been the Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the TAG Match for the past two years after competing in the competition himself since 1998.

“It’s a great opportunity to shoot shoulder to shoulder with some of the best shooters in the state,” said Merrick. “They are very dedicated to what they do and this competition gives them the opportunity to come out here and have some fun.”

This year’s winning team was from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, based in Springfield, Ore. The team members included Pfc. Matthew Allen, Spc. Douglas Seablom, Spc. Brandon Donovan and Spc. George Wierichs.

Staff Sergeant Barry Prescott with Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, based in Gresham, Ore., was the overall individual winner of the competition and walked away with three different achievement plaques.