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Oregon hosts 13th annual U.S. -- China Disaster Management Exchange - 11/14/17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2017

WHO: Soldiers from U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), Oregon National Guard and the People's Republic of China (PRC) People's Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command.

WHAT: U.S. and PLA Soldiers will participate in a Disaster Management Exchange (DME) in Portland and Camp Rilea, Oregon, from Nov. 13-19 2017. This is the 13th iteration of this exchange between the PLA and USARPAC. The DME is designed to maximize hands-on, side-by-side interaction with the PLA on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations and enable sharing of real world lessons learned. The DME consists of an expert academic discussion (EAD), a table-top exchange (TTE) and a practical field exchange (PFE).

WHERE: Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, 33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, OR, 97146 (Meeting at front gate).

MEDIA DAY: 18 November 2017
Media link up time is 8:00 a.m. at the front gate to Camp Rilea. Media will be credentialed onsite and transported by bus to the training sites and returned to their vehicles. Bus departs at 8:30 a.m., time is 45 minutes at each site, and returns journalists to their vehicles at 11:00 a.m. Training sites are all outside, so please come prepared in case of rain. Media invited are limited to no more than two personnel.

Media Day visit includes an opportunity for photos, b-roll and interviews with Soldier participants at two sites of the event's PFE. U.S. and PLA Soldiers will be working together through a Multinational Coordination Center as part of their scenario response to a simulated flood disaster in which both armies have been requested to support an impacted third nation.

CLOSING CEREMONY AND PRESS CONFERENCE: 19 November 2017
Media link up time is 10:15 a.m. at the front gate to Camp Rilea. Ceremony and press conference run together from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Closing ceremony includes opportunity for photos, b-roll of the ceremony and participation in the Press Conference featuring U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General, Gen. Robert B. Brown and the People's Liberation Army- Southern Theater Command Commanding General, MG Zhang Jian. No interviews will be provided beyond the press conference.

BACKGROUND:
- Base access is required, so please RSVP by 1:00 p.m. on 17 November 2017.

- Interviews with People's Liberation Army personnel require their concurrence.

- In order to focus on training, no additional media interviews or attendance to the event other than Media Day and Closing Ceremony/Press Conference will be allowed during the execution of the DME per the agreement between the U.S. and PLA coordinators.

- 2017 U.S.-China Disaster Management Exchange participants include: U.S. Army Pacific, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, the Oregon National Guard, the United States Military Academy (USMA), the 351st Civil Affairs Command, the 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), the 571st Sapper Company, the U.S Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Pacific Disaster Center, an applied research center managed by the University of Hawaii.

- Coverage of the event will be on the following Facebook sites:
- Pacific Resilience
- 8th Theater Sustainment Command
- U.S. Army Pacific

- Products when released will also be on DVIDs https://www.dvidshub.net/ with the tag "US CHINA DME 17"

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Oregon National Guard celebrates Veterans Day (Photo) - 11/11/17

171111-Z-OT568-014: An Oregon National Guard joint color guard carries the colors along the parade route during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, November 11, 2017, in Albany, Oregon. The Oregon National Guard also participated with marching units, vehicles and equipment, the 234th Army Band, and an F-15 flyover. The event is the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi River. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

171111-Z-OT568-023: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers march along the parade route carrying their unit colors during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, November 11, 2017, in Albany, Oregon. The event is the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi River. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

171111-Z-OT568-026: Oregon Air National Guard Airmen march along the parade route carrying their unit colors during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, November 11, 2017, in Albany, Oregon. The event is the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi River. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

171111-Z-OT568-027: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team greet spectators along the parade route during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, November 11, 2017, in Albany, Oregon. The event is the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi River. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

171111-Z-OT568-043: An Oregon National Guard service member with the 102nd Civil Support Team greets spectators along the parade route during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, November 11, 2017, in Albany, Oregon. The 102nd CST assists first responders in identifying and mitigating unknown chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive materials. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

171111-Z-OT568-047: Oregon National Guard general officers observe the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade from the reviewing stand, November 11, 2017, in Albany, Oregon. From left: Brig. Gen. Mark Crosby, Joint Domestic Operations Commander; Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Silver, Oregon Air National Guard Commander; Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon; and Brig. Gen. William Edwards, Oregon Army National Guard Commander. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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142nd Fighter Wing to conduct temporary night flying operations (Photo) - 11/07/17

PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions November 7-9, 2017.

Night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted almost monthly as it provides essential training for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:30 p.m.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.

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Oregon Air National Guardsman to receive Bronze Star medal - 11/03/17

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will host a ceremony November 4, 2017, at the Portland Air National Guard Base, in Portland, Oregon, to present a Bronze Star medal to honor a Special Tactics Airman.

Master Sgt. Garron Dahle, with the 125th Special Tactics Squadron, is scheduled to be awarded the nation's fourth highest medal before an audience of his family, friends and peers.

Dahle is receiving the Bronze Star for meritorious service as a combat control craftsman while deployed to Afghanistan from September 1, 2015, to November 15, 2015.

Dahle was directly responsible for the de-confliction of complex battle space and the employment of all airborne assets in support of ground schemes of maneuver for his Special Forces team, serving to eliminate insurgent strongholds and helping to restore order to volatile regions of Afghanistan.

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.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing
With more than 1,000 officers and Airmen, the 142nd Fighter Wing guards the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command. Our mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community. The fighting "Redhawks" are proud to serve as a vital part of the Total Force team, defending our nation with the F-15 Eagle. The wing also stands ready to participate in state and federal contingency missions as required.