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The Oregon National Guard wraps up a busy week, busy summer (Photo) - 08/29/14
SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon National Guard finished out a busy summer with accolades and a high-profile visit from representatives of the Vietnam National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM).

A delegation from the Vietnam National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM), visited Oregon National Guard facilities throughout the state, with a focus on the state's domestic emergency response mission. Monday kicked off with a visit to the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Oregon, and concluded with a visit to Camp Rilea, where delegates observed a domestic response evaluation exercise by the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP). The delegates would go on to visit the Joint Operations Center and Oregon Office of Emergency Management in Salem, Oregon, and the Portland Office of Emergency Management in Portland, Oregon. The visit was in conjunction with the Oregon National Guard's ongoing State Partnership Program. Oregon is also partnered with the country of Bangladesh.

The last week of August saw Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen Airmen of the CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) participating in an evaluation exercise, Aug. 25-28, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. Inspectors from the National Guard Bureau, subject matter experts, and Joint Interagency Training and Education Center (JITEC), rated the Oregon National Guard's CERFP unit one of "the best in the nation," following a week-long exercise which culminated in an inspection on Aug. 28. Results from the inspection are due out later this fall.

An Oregon National Guard team participated in the annual 197-mile Hood to Coast relay race, which starts at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, and ends on the beach at Seaside, Ore. The annual event draws competitive teams from across the country. Proceeds from this year's event went to the Providence Cancer Research Center.

Oregon Symphony concert-goers at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Oregon, were given a special treat when the Oregon Symphony concluded Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture with real cannons! Citizen-Soldiers of the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion fired 105mm Howitzers as the grand finale to the concert. The free event, in its 18th year, also hosted classical music selections played by the Oregon National Guard's 234 Army Band, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Hillsboro Mariachi Una Voz, BRAVO Youth Orchestra, Portland Youth Philharmonic, the Portland Taiko Drum troop, and the Oregon Symphony, featuring performances by the Portland Opera and Oregon Ballet Theater. The event also featured a live fireworks display.

Earlier this summer, the Oregon National Guard wished Citizen-Soldiers a farewell, as they mobilized for duty in Afghanistan. Members of units from the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team held separate mobilization ceremonies throughout the state, as family, friends, community members and Oregon National Guard leadership attended the events. The 234th Engineer Company also mobilized for duty in Kuwait.

Citizen Soldiers from various Oregon Army National Guard units participated in their annual training event, held in June, at the Yakima Training Center in Yakima, Washington. Soldiers from the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, 162nd Engineer Company, 141st Brigade Support Battalion and other elements within the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 1249th Engineer Battalion converged on the training site to conduct live-fire exercises, and practice what Command Sergeant Major Michael R. Polley, 1249th Engineer Battalion Command Sergeant Major, called a "culmination of a year's worth of training."

In two separate large-scale fires in Oregon, aviation assets including CH-47 Chinook, HH-60 Blackhawk, and UH-72 Lakota helicopters, were brought to the fight during what forest fire managers called one of the worst fire seasons in Oregon in recent history. Some of the more serious fires occurred near Grants Pass and Ashland, Oregon.

Once again, Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen of the Oregon National Guard served and sacrificed in their communities, state, nation, and around the globe - proving once again the National Guard mantra, "When we are needed, We are there!"


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Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Thanh Vo (far left), Search and Extraction Commander for Oregon's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), briefs a delegation from Vietnam's National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM) during a tour of the unit's annual certification training exercise, Aug. 25, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. The delegation visited Oregon National Guard facilities throughout the state to gain an understanding of Oregon's emergency and disaster response preparedness in conjunction with the State Partnership Program. The Oregon National Guard is partnered with both Bangladesh and Vietnam's VINASARCOM through its State Partnership Program. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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A search and extraction team carries a victim away from a five-story tower in the state's newest "rubble pile" during a week-long evaluation exercise for the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), held at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore., Aug. 27. Approximately 200 Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen participated in the exercise, practicing incident site search and rescue, medical triage, and decontamination. Earlier this year, the unit worked alongside the Hawaii National Guard CERFP during the Vigilant Guard Exercise held in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon National Guard Hood to Coast team finishes the 197-mile course at Seaside, Ore., the last week of August, 2014. Proceeds from the annual race, which starts at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, and ends at the Broadway Avenue turnaround in Seaside, go to various charities in the region. Photo courtesy of the Oregon National Guard.

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 2-218 Field Artillery Battalion, fire a volley using 105mm Howitzer cannons, during the playing of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, during the Oregon Symphony's Waterfront Concert, held Aug. 28 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Ore. The annual event also featured the Oregon National Guard's 234 Army Band, and several other local classical performers. Photo by Spc. Matthew Burnett, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, stand in formation during the unit's mobilization ceremony, held July 18, at the McNeal Pavilion, Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, Ore. The unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit is commanded by Lt. Col. Noel Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Cody Shepherd (left), and Private 1st Class Jordan Pena (right), both of Alpha Battery, 2-218 Field Artillery, fire a 105mm round during their unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 23. Shepherd, from Milwaukie, Ore. Shepherd, who is from Milwaukie, Ore., and Pena, of Portland, Ore., are joined on their gun crew by Gun Crew Section Chief Staff Sgt. Jonathan Stocker; Ammunition Team Chief, Sgt. David Tully of Gresham, Ore.; Assistant Gunner, Private 1st Class Jordan Pena of Portland, Ore.; and Gunner Spc. William McKnight. McKnight completed the Oregon National Guard's Air Assault Course--an intensive week-long competition which challenges Oregon's best of the best in air assault operations, sling-load operations, and rappelling, enabling participants to perform skills required to make maximum use of helicopter assets in training and in combat to support their unit operations. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office.

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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter drops water on a fire in support of fire suppression efforts at the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 20. The "Bambi" bucket used on the Chinook helicopters can carry up to 1,500 gallons of water. Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters of the Oregon Army National Guard arrived at the Madras Airport, July 19, to assist local authorities in suppressing the wildfire west of Madras, Ore. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.
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Oregon National Guard hosts Vietnam delegation visit through State Partnership Program (Photo) - 08/28/14
The Oregon National Guard is hosting a delegation from Vietnam's National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM) this week, Aug. 24-30, as part of the ongoing State Partnership Program.

Vice Admiral Pham Ngoc Minh, Deputy Chief of General Staff of Vietnam People's Army and Vice Standing Chairman of VINASARCOM, leads the delegation, which also includes other VINASARCOM experts in search and rescue, firefighting, explosion and building collapse, finance planning and investment, and foreign relations. Officials from the United States Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, are also in attendance, including Cmdr. Brent Freeman, U.S. Naval Attache to Vietnam, and the Oregon National Guard's Maj. Kyle Akers, Bilateral Affairs Officer to Vietnam.

The week-long visit includes workshops related to emergency management and emergency response, as well as tours of emergency management and Oregon National Guard facilities.

The delegation witnessed the certification training of the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), Aug. 25, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore.

The delegation toured the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and Multnomah County's emergency operations center in Portland, Ore., Aug. 26. They toured Oregon's Office of Emergency Management emergency operations center and the Oregon National Guard's joint operations center in Salem, Ore., Aug. 27.

The visit also includes meetings with government, education, business and economic leaders at Portland State University's Hatfield School of Government in Portland, Ore.

The Oregon National Guard's State Partnership with Vietnam is poised to greatly benefit all those involved in the program, with cross-cultural awareness, domestic emergency preparedness training, and the enhancement of international relationships.

The partnership between the Oregon National Guard and Vietnam was made official in November 2012 as part of the National Guard Bureau-sanctioned program, which pairs emerging democracies with National Guard states. Oregon currently has both Vietnam and Bangladesh as its state partners.

The State Partnership program complements broader U.S. engagement with Vietnam in pursuit of shared priorities such as disaster relief, education, health, trade and the environment. The program directly supports the broad national interests and security cooperation goals of the United States by engaging partner nations via military, socio-political, and economic conduits at the local, state, and national levels.

High-resolution photos are available for download on the Oregon Military Department Flikr site:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157646559013209/

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Vice Admiral Pham Ngoc Minh (center), Deputy Chief of General Staff of Vietnam People's Army and Vice Standing Chairman of Vietnam's National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM), and other visitors with the VINASARCOM delegation pose for a group photo in front of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter along with their hosts, Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson (on Minh's left), Adjutant General, Oregon, and other members of the Oregon National Guard after visiting the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) annual certification training exercise, Aug. 25, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. The Oregon National Guard is partnered with both Bangladesh and Vietnam's VINASARCOM through its State Partnership Program. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
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PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package conducts evaluation exercise at Camp Rilea (Photo) - 08/26/14
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Oregon Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Daniel Gates, a medic with the Search and Extraction team of Oregon's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), practices breaching concrete using a jackhammer, during the unit's annual certification training exercise, Aug. 24, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. The mission of the Oregon National Guard's CERFP is to provide immediate response capability to the governor including incident site search capability of damaged buildings, rescuing trapped casualties, providing decontamination, performing medical triage and initial treatment to stabilize patients for transport to medical facilities, and remains recovery. The unit is required to recertify every two years. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Visitors from first-responder agencies, city and local government, visit the evaluation exercise for the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore., Aug. 25. Approximately 200 Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen participated in the exercise, practicing incident site search and rescue, medical triage, and decontamination. In 2013, the unit worked alongside the Hawaii National Guard CERFP during the Vigilant Guard Exercise held in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Thanh Vo (right), Search and Extraction Commander for Oregon's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), briefs Mr. Hiroshi Furusawa, Japanese Consul General, during a tour of the unit's annual certification training exercise, Aug. 25, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. Mr. Furusawa and his Vice Consul, Mr. Masahiro Tanaka, (far left), toured the facilities' new "rubble pile", which is also available to civilian first-responder and search and rescue teams. (Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Citizen-Soldiers of the Oregon National Guard's CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) decontamination element, prepare for the unit's annual certification training exercise, Aug. 25, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore. The mission of the Oregon National Guard's CERFP is to provide immediate response capability to the governor including incident site search capability of damaged buildings, rescuing trapped casualties, providing decontamination, performing medical triage and initial treatment to stabilize patients for transport to medical facilities, and remains recovery. The unit is required to recertify every two years. (Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Oregon National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package to conduct training and evaluation exercise (Photo) - 08/21/14
The Oregon National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) is scheduled to conduct a training and evaluation exercise at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore., Aug. 24-28.

The media is invited to attend a special Media Visit Day, scheduled for Monday, Aug. 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Camp Rilea is located at 33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, OR 97146. The tour of the CERFP exercise will begin at building 7425.

The mission of the Oregon National Guard's CERFP is to provide immediate response capability to the governor including: incident site search capability of damaged buildings, rescuing trapped casualties, providing decontamination, performing medical triage and initial treatment to stabilize patients for transport to medical facilities, and remains recovery.

In March, Oregon's CERFP participated in Vigilant Guard Exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. Oregon's Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen worked alongside members from the Hawaii National Guard CERFP unit, training to respond to a large-scale earthquake scenario. The exercise tied into the Alaska Shield and several linked exercises on both the state and national level.

Oregon's CERFP is comprised of Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen from around the state, providing the majority of the search and recovery and decontamination efforts on the team.

The Oregon CERFP is one of the nation's newest validated teams. The team completed required external validation in May 2012, which evaluated members in the technical aspects required for their mission.

In March 2013, the team also underwent a Standardization Evaluation and Assistance Team (SEAT) inspection, which evaluated its fiscal and administrative responsibilities. The team's results allowed for its ultimate validation and mission readiness status.

To see the Flickr photo album of the Oregon CERFP in action, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157629775748352/
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Oregon Army National Guard cooking team wins dessert competition at Bite of Oregon event (Photo) - 08/11/14
PORTLAND, Ore.--A cooking team from the Oregon Army National Guard took first place in the dessert portion of the Bite of Oregon event held in Portland, Ore., Aug. 10.

The winning team, comprised of Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Jeffrey Reed and Sgt. Elizabeth Stewart, both of Golf Co., 141 Brigade Support Battalion, took the title with a mixed berry cobbler using a cornbread style cake. The secret ingredient announced just prior to the start of the competition was whole sweet corn.

In 2013, Reed and Stewart competed in the annual Phillip A. Connelly cooking competition put on by the Department of the Army. The duo garnered both state and regional titles in the competition.

Reed and Stewart competed against the Oregon Air National Guard team, with head chef Master Sgt. Michael "Mick" Gremaud and teammate Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Marshall. The Air Guard team prepared a mixed berry-cream and sweet corn compote medley. Marshall came to the competition with formal culinary training at the Culinary Institute of Portland.

"This is a great chance for our Citizen Soldiers and Airmen to show how they are fantastic members of our community, and during a great event such as the Bite of Oregon," said Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon.

Stewart said her team did not expect to win, and lauded the Oregon Air National Guard team for a very professional effort. She added that many of the audience members had no idea the Oregon National Guard had cooks or any level of culinary talent.

"This is awesome, because a lot of people get to experience and see how we train all year," Stewart said. "This event helps people understand that we do more than go to war or learn to shoot a gun. Our Soldiers have many talents."

Proceeds from the annual event went to benefit Special Olympics Oregon. For more information on The Bite, including event schedules, please visit www.biteoforegon.com.


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Soldiers and Airmen from the Oregon National Guard begin the Iron Chef portion of the Bite of Oregon event, held in Portland, Ore., Aug. 10. The Air National Guard team (foreground) competed against the Oregon Army National Guard team, who ultimately won the competition with a mixed berry cobbler with sweet corn as the secret ingredient. The Oregon Air National Guard team is comprised of Master Sgt. Michael Gremaud (left foreground), and Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Marshall (right foreground). The Army team is comprised of Sgt. Jeffrey Reed and Sgt. Elizabeth Stewart. In 2013, Reed and Stewart competed in the annual Department of Army's Phillip A. Connelly Award Competition for cooking, taking both state and regional titles. Proceeds from the Bite of Oregon go to benefit Special Olympics Oregon. Photo by Maser Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Jeffrey Reed (right) and Sgt. Elizabeth Stewart, (left), prepare their dessert recipe during the Iron Chef portion of the Bite of Oregon event, held in Portland, Ore., Aug. 10. Reed and Stewart won the Bite of Oregon competition with a mixed berry cobbler with sweet corn as the secret ingredient. In 2013, Reed and Stewart participated in the annual Department of Army's Phillip A. Connelly Award Competition for cooking, taking both state and regional titles. The Oregon Air National Guard team is comprised of Master Sgt. Michael Gremaud and Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Marshall. Proceeds from the Bite of Oregon go to benefit Special Olympics Oregon. Photo by Maser Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Air National Guard Master Sgt. Michael Gremaud (left), and Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Marshall (right), serve berry-cream dessert with sweet corn compote to judges during the Iron Chef portion of the Bite of Oregon event, held in Portland, Ore., Aug. 10. Gremaud and Marshall, who comprised the Oregon Air National Guard team, competed against the Oregon Army National Guard team, comprised of Sgt. Jeffrey Reed and Sgt. Elizabeth Stewart, who prepared a mixed berry cobbler with sweet corn as the secret ingredient, which ultimately won over the judges. In 2013, Reed and Stewart competed in the annual Department of Army's Phillip A. Connelly Award Competition for cooking, taking both state and regional titles. Proceeds from the Bite of Oregon go to benefit Special Olympics Oregon. Photo by Maser Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Jeffrey Reed (left) and Sgt. Elizabeth Stewart, give each other a "high-five" in celebration after their team was announced the winner of the Iron Chef portion of the Bite of Oregon event, held in Portland, Ore., Aug. 10. Reed and Stewart, who competed against the Oregon Air National Guard team, comprised of Master Sgt. Michael Gremaud and Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Marshall, prepared a mixed berry cobbler with sweet corn as the secret ingredient. In 2013, Reed and Stewart participated in the annual Department of Army's Phillip A. Connelly Award Competition for cooking, taking both state and regional titles. Proceeds from the Bite of Oregon go to benefit Special Olympics Oregon. Photo by Maser Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.
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PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon National Guard's Assistant Adjutant General for Operations views ongoing firefighting operations (Photo) - 08/09/14
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Oregon Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Silver, Assistant Adjutant General for Operations, surveys damage caused by the Oregon Gulch fire near Ashland, Ore. Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopters, HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters and ground support crews and equipment were dispatched in support of the Oregon Department of Forestry, incident commander for wildfire emergencies. The Oregon National Guard is currently assisting in locations throughout the state. Photo courtesy of Oregon Army National Guard.
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Oregon Airmen and Soldiers to square off against each other during upcoming Bite of Oregon cooking competition - 08/07/14
Two teams from the Oregon National Guard are scheduled to compete against each other in Portland, Ore., Aug. 10, during the "Operation Dessert Storm Iron Chef Cooking Competition", at the Bite of Oregon event at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

The Oregon Army National Guard team, led by head chef Sgt. Jeffrey Reed, competed in the annual Phillip A. Connelly cooking competition put on by the Department of the Army. Reed and his teammate, Sgt. Elizabeth Stewart, garnered both state and regional titles in the competition in 2013.

The Oregon Air National Guard team, with head chef Master Sgt. Michael "Mick" Gremaud and teammate Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Marshall may face an uphill battle, but the duo bring years of culinary expertise to the event and hope to upset the Army National Guard title-holding team.

Both teams are set to take the main stage at the Bite of Oregon at 5:00 p.m.

The Bite of Oregon is scheduled for Aug. 8-10 at Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Proceeds from the annual event go to benefit Special Olympics Oregon. For more information on The Bite, including event schedules, please visit www.biteoforegon.com.


Team member biographies:

The Oregon Army National Guard team, "The Burn-Its"

Head Chef: Sgt. Jeffrey (the Krusty Crab) Reed
Sgt. Jeffrey Reed has been with the Oregon Army National Guard since February, 1997. He has been a culinary master for almost five years, and has competed in the annual Department of Army Phillip A. Connelly Award Competition for cooking, and has taken both state & regional titles in 2013.

Sous Chef: Sgt. Elizabeth (Stewie) Stewart
Sgt. Elizabeth Stewart has been in the Oregon Army National Guard since March, 2008. She has been a culinary guru for a little over six years, and has competed in the annual Department of Army Phillip A. Connelly Award Competition for cooking, and has taken both state & regional titles in 2013. In her civilian job, side she is a union laborer and a strong advocate for female construction jobs.


The Oregon Air National Guard team: "Red Hawk Pot Pie"

Head Chef: Master Sgt. Michael "Mick" Gremaud
Master Sgt. Michael Gremaud's time with the active duty Air Force and Air National Guard totals 19 years of service and sacrifice, and includes deployments to Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He had a knack for throwing together ingredients as a hungry teenager scavenging his mom's refrigerator, and has parlayed his skills into a mastery of culinary delight. His more than four years in Italy added to him becoming a picky eater and developed and discerning palate when it comes to Italian food here at home.

Sous Chef: Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Marshall
Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Marshall has a total of 32 years of military service, to include active service and the National Guard. She attended Western Culinary Institute in Portland in 1987, during a hiatus in her military career. Aside from being crafty when it comes to sewing and quilt-making, she has developed a fine skillset in the kitchen. She especially enjoys cooking for others.
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Photo/Video Release: Oregon Army National Guard assists with state's fire fighting efforts (Photo) - 08/06/14
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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47D Chinook helicopter awaits launch instructions at a helibase at the Beaver Complex Fire, near the Oregon-California border, Aug. 4. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter refuels at a helibase near the Beaver Complex Fire, near the Oregon-California border, Aug. 4. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Fires burn near Ashland, Ore., in this aerial view of the Oregon Gulch fire, Aug. 5. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47D Chinook helicopter drops water on a portion of the Oregon Gulch fire, near Ashland, Ore., Aug. 5. The "Bambi" bucket used on the Chinook helicopters can carry 2,000 gallons of water with a cable length of 120 feet. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber briefs Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, emergency managers and other fire managers at a fire camp near Ashland, Ore., Aug. 5. The Oregon Army National Guard is supporting firefighting efforts for the Oregon Gulch fire in the area. The Governor thanked all the workers, highlighting how important it is for Oregonians to be aware of the ongoing fire season. Fire managers have said this is the worst fire season to date. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47D Chinook helicopter picks up a load of water from a river while assisting with the Oregon Gulch fire, near Ashland, Ore., Aug. 5. The "Bambi" bucket used on the Chinook helicopters can carry 2,000 gallons of water with a cable length of 120 feet. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


To see and download video b-roll of the Oregon Army National Guard's firefighting support, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQiyDSSBLV0&feature=youtu.be

To see and download more photos from our Flickr page, visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157645435953557/
Oregon National Guard to assist with fire-fighting efforts south of Grants Pass - 08/04/14
SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon National Guard's Aviation unit is scheduled to assist with the ongoing firefighting efforts south of Grants Pass.

The Beaver Complex fire is located about 21 miles southeast of Ashland.

Two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters, two CH-47D Chinook helicopters, and a UH-72A Lakota have been committed to the mission. Aviation crews and support personnel have been mobilized to a helibase in the Beaver Complex area.

Weather forecasters call for hot conditions in the area of the fire. On-site incident commanders will determine how best to use Oregon National Guard assets and personnel.

For information and specifications on the aircraft being used for this mission, visit: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/rotary/a/uh60blackhawk.htm
http://www.boeing.com/boeing/rotorcraft/military/ch47d/
http://www.army-technology.com/projects/uh-72a-lakota/