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Oregon Air National Guard to Continue Air Force Salute Flyovers in Oregon UPDATE - 05/22/20

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Air National Guard was scheduled to conduct multiple F-15 Eagle flyovers over hospitals and other locations in Northeastern Ore. today, as well as in Southwestern Ore. on Monday, May 25th. The flyovers are intended to salute Oregonians on the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, lift community morale during a time of severe health and economic impacts, and remember those brave service members who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Due to weather and fuel constraints this morning, the Oregon Air National Guard pilots were unable to fly over the Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise, Ore. today. Weather en route to the Enterprise region necessitated the F-15s be rerouted, thus increasing their flying time and requiring more fuel than available to reach Enterprise as originally planned.

“Though we must always choose safety first in situations like these, we know the healthcare workers and citizens of Enterprise were waiting for us,” stated General Donna Prigmore, Commander of the Oregon Air National Guard. “We want them to know that the Oregon Air National Guard is committed to making their flyover happen this Monday, Memorial Day.”

The Wallowa Memorial Hospital flyover in Enterprise, Ore. has been rescheduled for Monday, May 25th at 12:05 p.m.

As previously released, the flyovers listed below are scheduled for Monday, May 25th and include previously approved Memorial Day flyover locations. Please note all times are approximate:

10:50 a.m.  Sky Lakes Medical Center, Klamath Falls, Ore.

10:58 a.m.  VA White City, Ore.

11:10 a.m.  VA Roseburg Health Care System, Roseburg, OR

11:10 a.m.  Mercy Medical Center, Roseburg, Ore.

11:18 a.m.  Peace Harbor Cottage Grove Community Med. Center, Cottage Grove, Ore.

11:22 a.m.  McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, Springfield, Ore.

11:22 a.m.  Peace Harbor Medical Center at Riverbend, Springfield, Ore.

11:24 a.m.  Peace Harbor Sacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene, Ore.

11:40 a.m.  Peace Harbor Medical Center, Florence, Ore.

11:44 a.m.  Lower Umpqua Hospital, Reedsport, Ore.

12:00 p.m.  Asante Three Rivers Medical Center, Grants Pass, Ore.

12:00 p.m.  Grants Pass Riverside Park, Grants Pass, Ore.

12:05 p.m.  Wallowa Memorial Hospital, Enterprise, Ore.

12:10 p.m.  Brookings Harbor, Brookings, Ore.

Anyone living in and around these hospitals and other locations should see and hear the jets. People are encouraged to view the flights from the safety of their own homes and practice physical distancing.

The flyovers are a joint effort between Oregon’s 173d Fighter Wing, based in Klamath Falls, and the 142d Wing, based in Portland, aimed at supporting and thanking healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers who are working to keep Oregonians safe and healthy each day. The tribute also hopes to unify and boost the spirits of Oregonians and to recognize military members who have lost their lives in service to our country.

The flyovers have been coordinated as a part of OPERATION AMERICAN RESOLVE to salute those at the forefront of the COVID-19 response and will be done in conjunction with regularly scheduled training. Pilots must perform a minimum number of flight hours each month to maintain proficiency so these flyovers will contribute to training requiremenets. These flyovers will occur at no additional cost to taxpayers and are done in lieu of regularly scheduled training.

The Oregon Air National Guard F15s will fly at 2,000 feet above ground level, and at approximately 400 mph airspeed. Flights may be canceled, or times changed, due to inclement weather or operational contingencies.

Anyone who captures videos or photos of the F-15s flying overhead are encouraged to post on social media using the hashtags: #AirForceSalutes, #AFFlyover, #FlyoverFriday

The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation's air defense since 1941. Pilots from the 173d Fighter Wing and the 142d Wing train for a variety of mission skill sets in order to maintain combat readiness for the defense of our State and Nation. Additionally, the 142d Wing provides Aerospace Control Alert for the defense of our homeland 24/7, while the 173d FW is home to the sole F-15C pilot training facility for the United States Air Force. Both units also respond to state and national emergencies as directed by the Governor of Oregon.

Oregon Air National Guard Public Affairs Officer:  Captain Heather Bashor, 503-779-9889, .j.bashor.mil@mail.mil">heather.j.bashor.mil@mail.mil

173 FW Contact: Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar, 541-885-6677, son.j.thompson2.mil@mail.mil">jennifer.d.shirar.mil@mail.mil

142 WG Contact: Mr. Steve Conklin, 503-440-4434, steve.l.conklin2.mil@mail.mil

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Oregon Air National Guard to continue Air Force Salute flyovers in Oregon (Photo) - 05/21/20

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to continue flying multiple F-15 Eagle flyovers over hospitals and other locations throughout Oregon Friday, May 22 and Monday, May 25 in order to salute Oregonians on the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, lift morale during a time of severe health and economic impacts, and remember those brave service members who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

The flyovers are a joint effort between Oregon’s 173rd Fighter Wing, based in Klamath Falls, and the 142nd Wing, based in Portland, aimed at supporting and thanking healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers who are working to keep Oregonians safe and healthy each day. The tribute also hopes to unify and boost the spirits of Oregonians and to recognize military members who have lost their lives in service to our country.

Anyone living in and around these hospitals and other locations should see and hear the jets. People are encouraged to view the flights from the safety of their own homes and practice physical distancing.

The flyovers listed below are scheduled for the following locations at the approximate times Friday, May 22.  
8:48 a.m.   Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Vancouver, Wash.
9:10 a.m.   Pioneer Memorial Hospital, Heppner, Ore.
9:15 a.m.   Good Shepherd Health Care System, Hermiston, Ore.
9:19 a.m.   St. Anthony Hospital, Pendleton, Ore.
9:25 a.m.   Grande Ronde Hospital, La Grande, Ore.
9:31 a.m.   Wallowa Memorial Hospital, Enterprise, Ore.
9:39 a.m.   St. Alphonsus Medical Center, Baker City, Ore.
9:48 a.m.   Blue Mountain Hospital, John Day, Ore.
10:05 a.m. St. Charles Madras Hospital, Madras, Ore.
10:07 a.m. Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center, Warm Springs, Ore.

The flyovers listed below are scheduled for the following locations at the approximate times Monday, May 25 and include previously approved Memorial Day flyover locations.
10:50 a.m.  Sky Lakes Medical Center, Klamath Falls, Ore.
10:58 a.m.  VA White City, Ore.
11:10 a.m.  VA Roseburg Health Care System, Roseburg, OR
11:10 a.m.  Mercy Medical Center, Roseburg, Ore.
11:18 a.m.  Peace Harbor Cottage Grove Community Med. Center, Cottage Grove, Ore.
11:22 a.m.  McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, Springfield, Ore.
11:22 a.m.  Peace Harbor Medical Center at Riverbend, Springfield, Ore.
11:24 a.m.  Peace Harbor Sacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene, Ore.
11:40 a.m.  Peace Harbor Medical Center, Florence, Ore.
11:44 a.m.  Lower Umpqua Hospital, Reedsport, Ore.
12:00 p.m.  Asante Three Rivers Medical Center, Grants Pass, Ore.
12:00 p.m.  Grants Pass Riverside Park, Grants Pass, Ore.
12:10 p.m.  Brookings Harbor, Brookings, Ore.

The flyovers have been coordinated as a part of OPERATION: AMERICAN RESOLVE to salute those at the forefront of the COVID-19 response and will be done in conjunction with regularly scheduled training. Pilots must perform a minimum number of flight hours to maintain proficiency. These flyovers will incur no additional cost to taxpayers and are done in lieu of regularly scheduled training.

These flyovers will complete the Oregon Air National Guard’s Air Force Salute flyovers in Oregon. To date, the Oregon Air National Guard has flown approximately 1,920 miles covering 53 hospitals and other locations.

All passes are approximately 2,000 feet above ground level at approximately 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be canceled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies.

Anyone who gets video or photos of the F-15s flying overhead are encouraged to post on social media using the hashtags: #AirForceSalutes, #AFFlyover, #FlyoverFriday

The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation's air defense since 1941. Pilots from the 173rd Fighter Wing and the 142nd Wing train for a variety of mission skill sets in order to maintain combat readiness for the defense of our state and nation. Additionally, the 142nd Wing provides around-the-clock Aerospace Control Alert for the defense of our homeland, while the 173rd FW is home to the sole F-15C pilot training facility for the United States Air Force. Both units also respond to state and national emergencies as directed by the Governor of Oregon.

Oregon Air National Guard Public Affairs Officers:  Captain Heather Bashor, 503-779-9889, heather.j.bashor.mil@mail.mil

173 FW Contact: Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar, 541-885-6677, jennifer.d.shirar.mil@mail.mil
142 WG Contact: Mr. Steve Conklin, 503-440-4434, steve.l.conklin2.mil@mail.mil

 

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173rd FW cancels Sentry Eagle exercise and Open House - 05/19/20

KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. – The 173rd Fighter Wing has canceled the 17th Sentry Eagle air-to-air combat exercise that was scheduled for July 15 to 19, 2020.  Additionally, the Open House on Saturday, 18 July is also canceled. 

“I regret to inform you of this, as we all look forward to this outstanding event for Kingsley Field and the community,” said Col. Jeff Edwards, 173rd Fighter Wing commander.  

The decision to cancel the exercise and Open House came after weeks of discussions primarily focused on COVID-19.  Kingsley Field commanders and the Sentry Eagle project officer, Lt. Col. Adam Gaudinski, determined there were significant risks in hosting the public and other military units while adhering to Governor Brown’s Executive Orders and Department of Defense policy regarding COVID-19.

“Cancelling Sentry Eagle 2020 is not something that we wanted to do, but ultimately, the decision was made with the best interest of the 173rd Fighter Wing and our local community in mind,” said Gaudinski.  “The unified resolve of Kingsley Field and Klamath Falls is unbreakable. I speak on behalf of all the men and women of the 173rd Fighter Wing when I say this, Kingsley Field resides in the greatest, most supportive community by far. Thank you.”

One of the Air National Guard’s largest air-to-air exercises, Sentry Eagle provides military pilots of the National Guard, Active Duty and Reserve components a forum in which to test their flying skills including basic fighter maneuvers and air combat tactics against different types of aircraft, close-air support and large-force employment training.

Sentry Eagle is typically held every two years and was originally scheduled to take place in the summer of 2019.  However, construction projects on the ramp, flight line, and across the base prevented it from happening, and will likely delay the event again until 2022.

“I am extremely grateful to all those who helped in planning for Sentry Eagle, including our community partners,” said Edwards.  “Your efforts provide an outstanding foundation as we look forward to planning for Sentry Eagle in 2022.”

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Oregon Air National Guard to continue Air Force Salute flyovers in Oregon (Photo) - 05/14/20

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to continue flying multiple F-15 Eagle flyovers over hospitals throughout Oregon during the month of May in order to salute Oregonians on the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic and lift morale during a time of severe health and economic impacts.

The tribute is scheduled to be conducted by Oregon’s 173rd Fighter Wing, based in Klamath Falls and the 142nd Wing, based in Portland.

The goal of the flyovers is to show support and give thanks to healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 response who are working to keep Oregonians safe and healthy each day, and to unite Oregonians as we are all in this together.

Anyone living in and around these hospitals should see and hear the jets. People are encouraged to view the flights from the safety of their own homes and practice physical distancing.

The flyovers are scheduled for the following locations at the approximate designated times Friday, May 15. 

10:05 a.m. Asante Ashland Community Hospital, Ashland, Ore.

10:07 a.m. Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, Medford, Ore.

10:09 a.m. Providence Medford Medical Center, Medford, Ore.

10:25 a.m. Bay Area Hospital, Coos Bay, Ore.

10:28 a.m. Coquille Valley Hospital, Coquille, Ore.

10:31 a.m. Southern Coos Hospital and Health Center, Bandon, Ore.

10:39 a.m. Curry General Hospital, Gold Beach, Ore.

All flyover plans have been coordinated as a part of OPERATION: AMERICAN RESOLVE to salute those at the forefront of the COVID-19 response and will be done in conjunction with regularly scheduled training. Pilots must perform a minimum number of flight hours to maintain proficiency. These flyovers will incur no additional cost to taxpayers and are done in lieu of regularly scheduled training.

Additional Oregon Air National Guard flyovers are scheduled to continue next Friday, May 22 and on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 with a follow-on press release indicating the flyover locations and times. The Oregon Air National Guard plans to fly over all hospitals in Oregon. To date, the Oregon Air National Guard has flown approximately 1,350 miles covering 46 hospitals and other locations.

The Air Force Salutes flyover plan also includes flyovers from the United States Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team, which are scheduled to fly over the Pacific Northwest in late May.

All passes are approximately 1,500 feet above ground level at approximately 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be canceled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies.

Anyone who gets video or photos of the F-15s flying overhead are encouraged to post on social media using the hashtags: #AirForceSalutes, #AFFlyover, #FlyoverFriday

The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation's air defense since 1941. Pilots from the 173rd Fighter Wing and the 142nd Wing train for a variety of mission skill sets in order to maintain combat readiness for the defense of our state and nation. Additionally, the 142nd Wing provides around-the-clock Aerospace Control Alert for the defense of our homeland, while the 173rd FW is home to the sole F-15C pilot training facility for the United States Air Force. Both units also respond to state and national emergencies as directed by the Governor of Oregon.

Oregon Air National Guard Public Affairs Officers:  Captain Heather Bashor, 503-779-9889, .j.bashor.mil@mail.mil">heather.j.bashor.mil@mail.mil

173 FW Contact: Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar, 541-885-6677, son.j.thompson2.mil@mail.mil">jennifer.d.shirar.mil@mail.mil

142 WG Contact: Mr. Steve Conklin, 503-440-4434, steve.l.conklin2.mil@mail.mil

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Oregon Air National Guard to conduct Air Force Salute flyovers in Oregon (Photo) - 05/07/20

Oregon Air National Guard to conduct Air Force Salute flyovers in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to fly multiple F-15 Eagle flyovers over hospitals and other locations throughout Oregon during the month of May in order to salute Oregonians on the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic and lift morale during a time of severe health and economic impacts.

The tribute is scheduled to be conducted by Oregon’s 173rd Fighter Wing, based in Klamath Falls and the 142nd Wing, based in Portland.

 “This is a joint effort to demonstrate support and give thanks to healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 response; the goal is to unite all Oregonians during this time,” said Stephen Bomar, Director of Public Affairs for the Oregon Military Department. “This effort also demonstrates the full capabilities of our Oregon National Guard Citizen Soldiers and Airmen. Whether on the ground delivering needed Personal Protective Equipment throughout Oregon or in the skies protecting the Pacific Northwest, the Guard is in this together with Oregonians.”

Anyone living in and around these hospitals should see and hear the jets. People are encouraged to view the flights from the safety of their own homes and practice physical distancing.

The flyovers are scheduled for the following locations at the approximate designated times Friday, May 8. 

Northern Oregon: 

8:50 a.m.  Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center, Vancouver, Wash.

8:58 a.m.  Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Hood River, Ore.

9:00 a.m.  Oregon Veterans Home, The Dalles, Ore.

9:00 a.m.  VA Healthcare System the Dalles CBOC, The Dalles, Ore.

9:01 a.m.  Mid-Columbia Medical Center, The Dalles, Ore.

9:11 a.m.  Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, Gresham, Ore.

9:12 a.m.  Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland, Portland, Ore.

9:12 a.m.  Adventist Medical Center, Portland, Ore.

9:13 a.m.  Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center, Clackamas, Ore.     

9:13 a.m.  Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center, Oregon City, Ore.

9:15 a.m.  Providence Milwaukie Hospital, Milwaukie, Ore.

9:15 a.m.  OHSU Towers (Over Willamette River), Portland, Ore.

9:16 a.m.  Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, Ore.

9:16 a.m.  Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Portland, Ore.

9:17 a.m.  Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Portland, Ore.

9:17 a.m.  OHSU Hospital, Portland, Ore.

9:17 a.m.  Shriners Hospitals for Children, Portland, Ore.

9:17 a.m.  VA Portland Healthcare System, Portland, Ore.

9:18 a.m.  Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Tualatin, Ore.

9:19 a.m.  Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, Ore.

9:20 a.m.  Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center, Hillsboro, Ore.

9:21 a.m.  Tuality Community Hospital, Hillsboro, Ore.

9:28 a.m.  Coastal Family Health Center, Astoria, Ore.

9:30 a.m.  Providence Seaside Hospital, Seaside, Ore.

9:36 a.m.  Adventist Medical Center, Tillamook, Ore.

9:46 a.m.  Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, Newport, Ore.

9:52 a.m.  Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Corvallis, Ore.

9:54 a.m.  Samaritan Albany General Hospital, Albany, Ore.

9:56 a.m.  Oregon Veteran’s Home, Lebanon, Ore.

9:56 a.m.  Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, Lebanon, Ore.

9:59 a.m.   Santiam Hospital, Stayton, Ore.

10:04 a.m. Salem West Valley Hospital, Dallas, Ore.

10:07 a.m. Salem Health Hospital, Salem, Ore.

10:08 a.m. Department of Public Safety, Standards, and Training, Salem, Ore.

10:10 a.m. Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Salem, Ore.

10:10 a.m. Oregon State Capitol, Salem, Ore.

10:13 a.m. Legacy Silverton Hospital, Silverton Ore.

10:17 a.m. Willamette Valley Medical Center, McMinnville, Ore.

10:20 a.m. Providence Hospital, Newberg, Ore.

Southern Oregon: 

10:10 a.m. Lake District Hospital, Lakeview, Ore.

10:25 a.m. Harney District Hospital, Burns, Ore.

10:40 a.m. Saint Alphonsus Medical Center, Ontario, Ore.

11:10 a.m. Saint Charles Prineville, Prineville, Ore.

11:15 a.m. Saint Charles Redmond, Redmond, Ore.

11:20 a.m. Saint Charles Bend, Bend, Ore.

“We are honored to pay tribute to everyone who has served on the frontlines during this pandemic,” said Brig. General Donna Prigmore, Commander of the Oregon Air National Guard.

“This is a small way of showing our gratitude for the big sacrifices that our healthcare workers, emergency responders, and so many others have made. We thank all of you.”

All flyover plans have been coordinated as a part of OPERATION: AMERICAN RESOLVE to salute those at the forefront of the COVID-19 response and will be done in conjunction with regularly scheduled training. Pilots must perform a minimum number of flight hours to maintain proficiency. These flyovers will incur no additional cost to taxpayers and are done in leu of regularly scheduled training.

Additional Oregon Air National Guard flyovers are scheduled to continue next Friday, May 15 with a follow-on press release indicating the flyover locations and times.

The Air Force Salutes flyover plan also includes flyovers from the United States Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team, which are scheduled to fly over the Pacific Northwest in late May.

All passes are approximately 1,500 feet above ground level at approximately 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be canceled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies.

Anyone who gets video or photos of the F-15s flying overhead are encouraged to post on social media using the hashtags: #AirForceSalutes, #AFFlyover, #FlyoverFriday, #Inthistogether

The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation's air defense since 1941. Pilots from the 173rd Fighter Wing and the 142nd Wing train for a variety of mission skill sets in order to maintain combat readiness for the defense of our state and nation. Additionally, the 142nd Wing provides around-the-clock Aerospace Control Alert for the defense of our homeland, while the 173rd FW is home to the sole F-15C pilot training facility for the United States Air Force. Both units also respond to state and national emergencies as directed by the Governor of Oregon.

Oregon Air National Guard Public Affairs Officers:  Captain Heather Bashor, 503-779-9889, heather.j.bashor.mil@mail.mil

173rd Fighter Contact: Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar, 541-885-6677, jennifer.d.shirar.mil@mail.mil

142nd Wing Contact: Mr. Steve Conklin, 503-440-4434, steve.l.conklin2.mil@mail.mil

 

File Photo: Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagles assigned to the 142nd Wing and 173rd Fighter Wing fly along the Oregon Coast.

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Oregon National Guard Soldiers mobilize for overseas operations (Photo) - 05/06/20

PENDLETON, Ore. – Approximately 60 Oregon National Guard Soldiers assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment along with six of their CH-47 Chinook helicopters departed today for Fort Hood, Texas as they prepare to be mobilized for deployment to Afghanistan. 

“This departure shows the strength of the National Guard.  The Citizen-Soldiers of Bravo Company, 1-168 Aviation have stepped up to meet their federal mission and done so flawlessly,” said Brig. Gen. William J. Prendergast IV, Commander, Oregon Army National Guard Land Component Command.

The unit will be using their Chinooks to carry cargo and equipment while resupplying areas around Afghanistan.  “With the potential to drawn down troops, Chinooks are important for their heavy lift capabilities as they can carry equipment from one location to another efficiently,” said Lt. Col. Joe Mendel, Facility Commander, Army Aviation Support Facility #2, Pendleton.  

"The unit did a great job, doing what they had to do during this pandemic -- they adjusted to everything being thrown at them, took everything in stride, and most importantly they were mission focused,” said Mendel.

The unit is scheduled to train in Texas for several weeks prior to departing overseas.

                                    

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Photo Captions:

200506-Z-CH590-0001: Oregon National Guard Soldiers assigned to BRAVO 1-168 Aviation wait to take off in their CH47 Chinook helicopter for Fort Hood, Texas, May 6, 2020 at the Pendleton Army Aviation Support Facility. Approximately 60 members of the unit are traveling to Fort Hood, Texas as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

200506-Z-CH590-0014: 1Oregon National Guard Soldiers assigned to BRAVO 1-168 Aviation prepare CH-47 Chinook helicopters for flight at the Pendleton Army Aviation Support Facility, May 6, 2020. Approximately 60 members of the unit are traveling to Fort Hood, Texas as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

200506-Z-CH590-0016: An Oregon National Guard Soldier assigned to BRAVO 1-168 Aviation prepares a CH-47 Chinook helicopter for flight at the Pendleton Army Aviation Support Facility, May 6, 2020. Approximately 60 members of the unit are traveling to Fort Hood, Texas as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

200506-Z-CH590-0103: An Oregon National Guard Soldier assigned to BRAVO 1-168 Aviation prepares a CH-47 Chinook helicopter for flight at the Pendleton Army Aviation Support Facility, May 6, 2020. Approximately 60 members of the unit are traveling to Fort Hood, Texas as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

200506-Z-CH590-0128: Oregon Army National Guard Soldier assigned to BRAVO 1-168 Aviation gives the ‘thumbs up’ as she helps prepare a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at the Pendleton Army Aviation Support Facility, May 6, 2020. Approximately 60 members of the unit are traveling to Fort Hood, Texas as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

200506-Z-CH590-0269, 0321, 380: Oregon National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopters take off from the Pendleton Army Aviation Support Facility, May 6, 2020. Approximately 60 members of the unit are traveling to Fort Hood, Texas as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

200506-Z-CH590-0397: Family members wave goodbye to Oregon National Guard Soldiers departing the Pendleton Army Aviation Support Facility, May 6, 2020. Approximately 60 members of the unit are traveling to Fort Hood, Texas as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan. (National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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