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Governor Kate Brown attends Oregon Army National Guard UAS launch (Photo) - 03/20/15
Pendleton, Oregon - Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. General Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, visited Pendleton Airport to view a demonstration of the RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), March 20. Governor Brown is hopeful that with the Oregon Army National Guard's UAS unit operating out of the Pendleton area, it will pave the way for more unmanned aerial vehicle companies to set up operations in Pendleton, Oregon.

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150320Z-YP317-001: PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Governor Kate Brown; Sean Robbins (second from left), director of the Oregon Business Department; Pendleton Mayor Phillip Houk (center); and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, give remarks during an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) demonstration of the Oregon Army National Guard's RQ-7B Shadow at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Marcus Kellogg, crew chief with Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 41st Special Troops Battalion, shows Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, how to launch the RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - The Oregon Army National Guard's RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is launched during a demonstration at Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Terry Murray, with Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 41st Special Troops Battalion, shows Oregon Governor Kate Brown how to fly the RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, await the launch of an Oregon Army National Guard RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
Oregon Airmen to be recognized with Bronze Star medals - 03/06/15
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will host a ceremony, March 8, at 2:00 p.m., at the Portland Air National Guard Base, to honor two Oregon Air Guardsmen with Bronze Star medals for their meritorious service during deployment to Afghanistan.

Lt. Col. Jason A. Lay, commander of the 142nd Civil Engineer Squadron, and Chief Master Sgt. Timothy L. Gilbert, chief enlisted manager of the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, are scheduled to be awarded the nation's fourth highest medal before an audience of their families, friends and peers.

Lt. Col. Lay is receiving the Bronze Star for meritorious service as the commander of the 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, in Bagram, Afghanistan, from April 20, 2014 to October 14, 2014. He led a team of 101 total force engineers who managed a 740-acre airfield, executed 970 work orders and oversaw 35 construction projects worth more than $123 million.

Chief Timothy Gilbert is receiving the Bronze Star for his distinguished service as chief enlisted manager of the 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, in Bagram, Afghanistan, from April 20, 2014 to October 25, 2014. He led 99 Airmen through the completion of 970 work orders, 13 high priority projects and maintenance of the airfield.

The actions of these Oregon Airmen ensured the airfield remained capable of supporting ongoing combat operations at the busiest combat logistics center operated by the Department of Defense.

The Bronze Star medal was established in 1944 and is the fourth-highest individual military award and the ninth-highest by order of precedence in the U.S. Military. It may be awarded for acts of heroism, acts of merit, or meritorious service in a combat zone.

For more information on the Bronze Star medal, visit the Air Force fact sheet: http://www.afpc.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=7771&page=1