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Oregon Army National Guard general to retire in ceremony (Photo) - 06/16/16

SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon Army National Guard will host a retirement ceremony in honor of Brig. Gen. Todd A. Plimpton scheduled for June 17 at 3:00 p.m., at the Anderson Readiness Center, located at 3225 State Street, in Salem, Oregon.

Plimpton most recently served as the commander of the Oregon Army National Guard (Land Component Command), which oversees all Army operations for the State of Oregon and is responsible for more than 6,000 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers. Brig. Gen. William Edwards succeeded Plimpton and assumed command of the Oregon Army National Guard in a change of command ceremony, April 3, 2016, at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon.

"Todd has a long and distinguished career as a Citizen-Soldier and we wish him the very best in his retirement," said Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon.

Plimpton began his 33-year military career in 1983 when he enlisted in the Nevada Army National Guard. He served as an enlisted member in the 422nd Signal Battalion, where he became the assistant operations officer after receiving his commission through the Officer Candidate School at the Nevada Military Academy in 1986. The following year, he transferred to the Oregon Army National Guard, where he has served in a number of leadership positions over the span of his career.

Plimpton served as a weapons platoon leader and reconnaissance platoon leader for D Company, 1st Battalion, 249th Infantry Regiment. He was the Aide-de-Camp for the 82nd Brigade commander. He held several company-level commands including, B Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment; E Company and then D Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment.

Plimpton served as logistics officer, operations officer and then executive officer for the 1-186th Infantry Battalion. During his time in the battalion, he deployed to Sinai, Egypt, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002-2003. Upon his return from Sinai, he became the battalion commander. During his time as commander, the battalion deployed a significant number of Soldiers to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He deployed with the battalion to Louisiana in support of Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief efforts in 2005.

In 2006, Plimpton took command of Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon. In 2008, he deployed again in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the commander of Afghan Regional Security Integration Command in Kabul, Afghanistan. Plimpton served as the strategic planner for Joint Force Headquarters before taking command of 82nd Brigade (Troop Command) in 2009. He then became the Assistant Adjutant General -- Army before taking command of the Oregon Army National Guard in 2013.

Plimpton's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Army Commendation Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster, among many other federal and state awards. He was also awarded the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award.

In his civilian career, Plimpton is a partner with the law firm of Belanger & Plimpton, in Lovelock, Nevada. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Nevada in 1987. He holds a Master's in Business Administration and Doctor of Jurisprudence from Willamette University. He also completed a Masters of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College.

He is a member several professional associations, including Military Officers Association of America; National Guard Association of the United States; Oregon National Guard Officer Association; American Bar Association; Knights of Columbus; Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America; and Lovelock Lions Club.

Plimpton and his wife, Jill, currently reside in Lovelock, Nevada, and they have four children together; Eric, Ben, Scott and Katie.

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141111-Z-PL993-045: Brig. Gen. Todd Plimpton, commander of the Oregon Army National Guard, speaks to an audience of more than 100 fellow Veterans from all eras, family members and guests at an event hosted by the Beaverton American Legion Post 124 in Beaverton, Ore., Nov. 11, 2014. (Photo by Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160403-Z-OT568-022: Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, presents Brig. Gen. Todd Plimpton with the Oregon Distinguished Service Award in a ceremony, April 3, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon, for his service as the Land Component Commander for the Oregon Army National Guard. Plimpton is scheduled to retire following a 33-year military career. In his civilian career, he is a partner with the law firm of Belanger & Plimpton, in Lovelock, Nevada. (Oregon Army National Guard Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

160403-Z-OT568-031: Brig. Gen. Todd Plimpton speaks to an audience as he relinquishes command of the Oregon Army National Guard (Land Component) in a ceremony, April 3, at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon. Plimpton is scheduled to retire following a 33-year military career. In his civilian career, he is a partner with the law firm of Belanger & Plimpton, in Lovelock, Nevada. (Oregon Army National Guard Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

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Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program graduates 51st class. (Photo) - 06/15/16

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Cadet Abigail Tamay speaks to a packed crowd about what graduation from the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe (OYCP) program has meant to her and her family during a graduation ceremony at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds on June 15. The OYCP program helps wayward children who are behind in school make up their credits and learn military core values. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Cadet Pedro Pachenco is presented with the Overall Outstanding Cadet of the Company award by (left to Right) Shey Mikelson, Superintendent of OYCP, Mrs. Jeanne Atkins, Oregon Secretary of State, and Dave Stuckey, Deputy Director, Oregon Military Department during a graduation ceremony at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds on June 15. The OYCP program helps wayward children who are behind in school make up their credits and learn military core values. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program (OYCP) Cadet Color Guard post the colors, kicking off the 51st OYCP graduation, at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds on June 15. The OYCP program helps wayward children who are behind in school make up their credits and learn military core values. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program (OYCP) director, Daniel Radabaugh, proudly announces the accomplishments of the 51st OYCP class during a graduation ceremony at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds on June 15. The OYCP program helps wayward children who are behind in school make up their credits and learn military core values. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program (OYCP) drill team sits in the front row awaiting graduation of the 51st OYCP class during a graduation ceremony at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds on June 15. The OYCP program helps wayward children who are behind in school make up their credits and learn military core values. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program Honors 51st Class with Graduation Ceremony - 06/14/16

BEND, Ore. -- The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) is scheduled to host a graduation ceremony for its 51st class on June 15, at 11 a.m. at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center, Middle Sister Building, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond, OR.

Oregon Secretary of State, Jeanne Atkins and the Deputy Director for the Oregon Military Department, Dave Stuckey, are scheduled to be in attendance.

OYCP is a statewide accredited alternative high school that serves all of Oregon. The graduation ceremony features 126 students from 50 different high schools and 17 Oregon counties and features a rigorous five-and-a-half-month in residence phase followed by a year of active mentorship.

Of the 126 graduates, 13 will receive high school diplomas and 6 will earn GEDs. 117 cadets earned enough credits through OYCP to return to their hometown high schools and graduate with their respective classes. The ceremony is expected to draw hundreds of family members, friends and community supporters of the graduating cadets from across the state. The event is open to the public and media is invited to attend.

As part of their training through the program, 126 cadets earned their food handler permits, as well as first aid and CPR certification. In addition, cadets donated 130 units of blood through the American Red Cross. Cadets set a goal of giving 110 units of blood, and exceeded that goal by 20 units. During the five-and-half-month residential phase of the program, the class also provided 11,015 hours of community service at numerous civic events and nonprofit organizations in the Bend area, averaging 87 hours of service per cadet. The estimated total value of their combined volunteer service is $101,888.75.

About OYCP
OYCP is one of 37 nationwide National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Programs and has been recognized as one of the premier programs in the country. The OYCP program is cost-free to cadets and their families and has successfully graduated more than 4,600 cadets since its inception in 1994. The voluntary, 17- and- a-half-month program provides youth who are at-risk of not completing their high school education, both male and female, ages 16 to 18, from urban and rural areas of Oregon, with another opportunity to succeed.

Cadets work through a two-phase program, beginning with an intensive five-and-a-half-month residential program during which they develop life-coping skills, perform volunteer community service work and attend academic classes. While in the program, cadets continue their education, develop life skills and create a plan, outlining clear and organized steps to keep them along the path of success following graduation. The second phase of the program consists of one year of mentorship. During this phase, cadets receive encouragement and support as they implement their plans to re-enter their home environments.

Details about the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program are available at www.oycp.com or by phoning (541) 317-9623.

Contacts:
Daniel Radabaugh, Oregon Youth ChalleNGe Program, (541) 317-9623, x221, Daniel.M.Radabaugh@mil.state.or.us

Oregon Air National Guard celebrates Flag Day, 75th anniversary during ceremony at Portland ANG Base - 06/13/16

PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ore. -- The 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Air National Guard (ANG) Base, Oregon, will conduct a Flag Day ceremony at the base at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14. The ceremony is also part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the Oregon Air National Guard.

"This ceremony is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first flag that was donated by the Portland community and raised at the Portland Air National Guard Base," said Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander. "It is also a celebration of the Oregon Air National Guard's 75 years of service to Oregon and our nation."

The presiding officer for the ceremony is Brigadier General Mark A. Crosby, Oregon Air National Guard Joint Domestic Operations Commander.

Distinguished visitors for the ceremony will include retired Col. Al Bailey and Mr. Francis Eugene (Gene) Madore -- two Oregon veterans in their 90s, who served during World War II. As part of the ceremony, they will affix streamers that represent the myriad campaigns in which Oregon Air National Guardsmen -- past and present -- have served.

"The National Guard is always ready, always there," said Col. Fitzgerald. "Our military history in Oregon is a testament to this commitment," he said.

Since Oregon's first military deployment in 1848, the state has had a proud heritage of active military service. In 1941, Oregon's military service expanded to include what was then known as the Army Air Corps. For the first time in history, war strategy took a technological leap and incorporated the systematic use of airpower. Airmen, aviation and all the ingenuity required of this new dimension were born.


About the 142nd Fighter Wing
With more than 1,000 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 unequaled, 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.

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[PHOTOS] Oregon National Guard and Partners from Bangladesh and Vietnam Tour Special Focus Exercise Site (Photo) - 06/09/16

6717: Oregon National Guard Maj. Craig Talarico and Bangladesh Army Brig. Gen. Ahmed Shahmeem discuss training operations as a part of the Oregon National Guard's Special Focus Exercise at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon on June 9. The tour showcased logistical challenges involved with a Cascadia subduction earthquake and tsunami. The Oregon Military Department through the State Partnership Program is partners with Bangladesh and Vietnam. (U.S. Army photo by Spec. Timothy Jackson, 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)


6784: Bangladesh Army Brig. Gen. Ahmed Shahmeem shakes hands with Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon, during the Oregon National Guard's Special Focus Exercise at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon on June 9. The tour showcased logistical challenges involved with a Cascadia subduction earthquake and tsunami. The Oregon Military Department through the State Partnership Program is partners with Bangladesh and Vietnam. (U.S. Army photo by Spec. Timothy Jackson, 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)

6761: Brig. Gen. Steven Beach, Assistant Adjutant General (Army), Oregon, showcases the facilities at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon to Bangladesh Army Brig. Gen. Ahmed Shahmeem and Vietnam Senior Col. Pham Van Ty on June 9, during the Oregon National Guard's Special Focus Exercise, part of exercise Cascadia Rising. The tour showcased logistical challenges involved with a Cascadia subduction earthquake and following tsunami. The Oregon Military Department through the State Partnership Program is partners with Bangladesh and Vietnam. (U.S. Army photo by Spec. Timothy Jackson, 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)

6740: Vietnam Army Senior Col. Pham Van Ty disembarks from a UH72- Lakota helicopter to participate in the Oregon National Guard's Special Focus Exercise, part of exercise Cascadia Rising on June 9, at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon. The tour showcased logistical challenges involved with a Cascadia subduction earthquake and tsunami. The Oregon Military Department through the State Partnership Program is partners with Bangladesh and Vietnam. (U.S. Army photo by Spec. Timothy Jackson, 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)

6797: Brig. Gen. Mark Crosby, Joint Domestic Operations Commander, discusses natural disaster threats with Vietname Senior Col. Pham Van Ty while taking part in the Oregon National Guard's Special Focus Exercise, part of exercise Cascadia Rising on June 9, at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon. The tour showcased logistical challenges involved with a Cascadia subduction earthquake and tsunami. The Oregon Military Department through the State Partnership Program is partners with Bangladesh and Vietnam. (U.S. Army photo by Spec. Timothy Jackson, 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)

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[PHOTOS] Oregon Governor Visits With National Guard During Cascadia Rising Exercise (Photo) - 06/07/16

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Deputy Chief Ken Burns, interim fire chief for the Portland Fire Department, briefs Oregon Governor Kate Brown on casualty care during the Cascadia Rising Exercise, June 7, 2016 at Portland Fire and Rescue Training Center #2, Portland, Oregon. Cascadia Rising is a four-day functional exercise across Oregon and Washington focused on inter-agency and multi-state coordination in the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Anita VanderMolen, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Deputy Chief Ken Burns, interim fire chief for the Portland Fire Department, explains to Oregon Governor Kate Brown the simulated support given by medical teams in a casualty care point during the Cascadia Rising Exercise, June 7, 2016, at the Portland Fire and Rescue Training Center #2 Portland, Oregon. Cascadia Rising is a four-day functional exercise across Oregon and Washington focused on inter-agency and multi-state coordination in the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Anita VanderMolen, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Battalion Chief Fred Ellison, District 2, Portland Fire Department, provides a detailed briefing on the logistical structure necessary for disaster relief during the multi-day Cascadia Rising exercise to, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, June, 7, 2016, at the Portland Fire Training Center #2Portland, Oregon. Cascadia Rising is a four-day functional exercise across Oregon and Washington focused on inter-agency and multi-state coordination in the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Anita VanderMolen, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

[Video] Kate Brown, Governor ,Oregon, holds press conference at the Army Aviation Support Facility #2 in Salem.

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