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Oregon National Guard Soldiers head to Romania for multinational training exercise (Photo) - 07/22/16

SALEM, Oregon -- More than 250 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, are scheduled to mobilize to Romania this week with the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (CBCT) to participate in Saber Guardian 2016, a multinational military training exercise.

Exercise Saber Guardian 2016 will be held from July 27 to August 7 at the Romanian Land Forces Combat Training Center in Cincu and will involve approximately 2,800 military personnel from 10 nations. An advanced team of Oregon Soldiers are already in Romania assisting with preparations for the battalion's arrival; receiving supplies and equipment, including M1A2 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles that were shipped overseas.

Led by U.S. Army Europe, the annual training exercise is part of the European Reassurance Initiative and is designed to promote regional stability and security while strengthening partnerships with NATO allies, fostering trust and improving interoperability between Romania, the U.S., NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations. Personnel from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine will also participate.

Activities during Saber Guardian 16 will include a Field Training, Command Post and Combined Live Fire exercises. The 116th CBCT will primarily play opposing forces to enable other units from the U.S. and other countries to conduct training. On a unit level, the exercise is also training to rehearse mobilizing and deploying troops, and moving track and wheeled vehicles by land, rail and sea to an unfamiliar area. The unit will also conduct a river crossing with tanks and set up a bridge during the event.

The 116th CBCT is comprised of personnel from the Idaho, Montana and Oregon Army National Guard and will be augmented by the 125th Multi-role Bridge Company of the South Carolina Army National Guard. More than 1,000 Soldiers from the 116th CBCT will join approximately 1,500 Soldiers from other U.S.-based units to participate in the exercise.

The majority of Oregon Soldiers deploying for the exercise are traditional Guardsmen who drill one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer. Many of them have families, are attending college and work for civilian employers. The 3-116th Cavalry Battalion task force is made up of infantry from Company A (The Dalles) and Company B (Woodburn); mechanics from Detachment 2, Company F (Hood River); and logistics/administrative support from Headquarters and Headquarters Company (La Grande).

"The Oregon National Guard continues to demonstrate our ability to simultaneously support both state and nation on multiple fronts," said Stephen Bomar, director of public affairs, Oregon Military Department. "Whether responding to emergencies here at home, deploying overseas, or partnering in multinational exercises like Saber Guardian, when we are needed, we are there."

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, text with friends and family, July 21, at the armory in Woodburn, Oregon, as they wait to mobilize to Romania in support of Exercise Saber Guardian 2016 as part of the European Reassurance Initiative's (ERI). The 3-116th Cavalry Battalion task force is made up of infantry from Company A (The Dalles) and Company B (Woodburn); mechanics from Detachment 2, Company F (Hood River); and logistics/administrative support from Headquarters and Headquarters Company (La Grande).(Oregon Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Armondo Borboa, 3-116th Cavalry Battalion)

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CONSTANTA, Romania - An M1A2 Abrams tank is lifted by a mobile harbor crane onto a flatcar at the Port of Constanta, June 25, 2016. The tanks, belonging to the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (CBCT), will be transported to Cincu, Romania, via rail to be used in the upcoming Exercise Saber Guardian, scheduled to begin July 27. Saber Guardian is a U.S. Army Europe-led exercise, in the spirit of partnership for peace. It is designed to promote regional stability and security, while strengthening partnership capacity, and fostering trust while improving interoperability between Romania, the U.S., NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Devone Collins, 24th Press Camp Headquarters)

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CINCU, Romania - A column of M1A2 tanks travel through the streets of Cincusora, Romania, June 28, after being offloaded from the Voila, Romania, railhead earlier that day. The tanks, belonging to the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (CBCT), are in Romania to be used in Exercise Saber Guardian 2016, which begins July 27 at the Romanian Land Force Combat Training Center (RLF-CTC) in Cincu. Saber Guardian is a U.S. Army Europe-led exercise, in the spirit of partnership for peace. It is designed to promote regional stability and security, while strengthening partnership capacity, and fostering trust while improving interoperability between Romania, the U.S., NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations. (Photo courtesy 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team)

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CINCU, Romania - Vehicles belonging to the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (CBCT) are positioned at the Romanian Land Force Combat Training Center (RLF-CTC) in Cincu, July 7, 2016 prior to the start of Exercise Saber Guardian 2016. The vehicles began arriving in Romania, June 19, at the Port of Constanta and were shipped via railhead to Cincu. Saber Guardian is a U.S. Army Europe-led exercise, in the spirit of Partnership for Peace. It is designed to promote regional stability and security, while strengthening partnership capacity, and fostering trust while improving interoperability between Romania, the U.S., NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations. The 116th CBCT is one of the U.S. units participating in the exercise, which will also include forces from other countries. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Corinna Baltos, 24th Press Camp Headquarters)

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Camp Rosenbaum experience begins Sunday for under-privileged local youth (Photo) - 07/21/16

WARRENTON, Oregon -- The Oregon National Guard, in partnership with the Portland Police Bureau and Home Forward (previously known as the Housing Authority of Portland), are scheduled to welcome 160 under-privileged local youth, ages 9-11, on Sunday, July 24, to Camp Rosenbaum at Camp Rilea near Warrenton, Oregon.

Several events are planned to accommodate credentialed media representatives. To attend an event or for more information, contact Angela Walz at 503-836-4111 or angela.m.walz.mil@mail.mil:

- Camper Welcome (Sunday, July 24, 11:30 a.m.)
- Sand Castle Contest (Tuesday, July 26, 7:00 p.m.)
- VIG Open House (Wednesday, July 27, 8:30 a.m.)
- Camper departure (Friday, July 29, 10:30 a.m.)

Camp Rosenbaum was inspired by the late Brig. Gen. (retired) Fred M. Rosenbaum, a former member of the Oregon Air National Guard. He realized that many children, especially those living in low-income housing, would benefit from a citizenship camp. Rosenbaum's passion to help children stems from his own childhood, having lived as a foster child after surviving the Holocaust in Austria. His vision to help youth has grown into an annual event in its 46th year.

Camp Rosenbaum has received national acclaim and awards over the years. Camp Rosenbaum has volunteer hours exceeding 230,000 and has provided a free camp to more than 6,500 local youth.

"It's all about the kids," said Espirito Meller, the 2016 Camp Rosenbaum Director. "We have the opportunity to take a group of low-income youth, spend a week with them at Oregon's beautiful coast, teach them the about good citizenship, the value of staying in school, build their self-confidence, and just let them have fun."

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100721-A-5967R-075: A volunteer from the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing pushes a camper for a race at Camp Rosenbaum in Warrenton, Oregon. Camp Rosenbaum helps under-privileged youth from housing authorities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Since 1970, the annual non-profit camp has touched the lives of more than 6,500 children, by helping them learn good citizenship skills, and instilling a sense of hope for their future. (Oregon National Guard Photo by Kirby Rider)

100718-C-1639-024: Children arrive and are greeted by staff at Camp Rosenbaum in Warrenton, Oregon. Camp Rosenbaum helps under-privileged youth from housing authorities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Since 1970, the annual non-profit camp has touched the lives of more than 6,500 children, by helping them learn good citizenship skills, and instilling a sense of hope for their future. (Oregon National Guard Photo by Nick Choy)

173rd Fighter Wing to conduct night flying operations - 07/18/16

KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon -- The 173rd Fighter Wing(FW) will conduct night flying operations
beginning Monday, July 18 through Thursday, July 21. Operations will take place from approximately 4 p.m. through 10 p.m.

Night flying is one part of the course curriculum for F-15C student pilots at Kingsley Field, the premiere F-15C schoolhouse for the United States Air Force.

"Night flying is an essential skill our F-15 student pilots need to learn," said Col. Jeff Smith, commander of the 173rd FW. "We are grateful for the exceptional support the 173rd Fighter Wing receives from the local community and try our best to minimize the noise impact."

The majority of the training will occur in the military operating airspace to the east of Lakeview, where the pilots can fly without lights. However, the local community will most likely hear the jets during take-offs and approaches to and from Kingsley Field. Take-offs will occur after sundown and the jets will return approximately an hour-and-a-half later.

"Whether defending the homeland or deployed in contingency operations, F-15 pilots must be
proficient at night flying," said Col. Jeff Edwards, 173rd Operations Group commander. "Night flying training includes the full spectrum of skills needed to be a combat-ready F-15 pilot. On their first night mission, students fly with an instructor pilot in their rear cockpit, and they practice takeoffs/landings, air-to-air refueling, use of night vision goggles, and basic intercepts. On their subsequent night missions,
students fly solo as number two in a two-ship formation and practice tactical intercepts, which simulate realistic night-air combat scenarios."

Community members may contact the wing's public affairs office at 541-885-6677 to express any concerns they have during this time.

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Oregon National Guard participates in patriotic military tribute at KISS concert (Photo) - 07/10/16

160709-Z-ZJ128-014: Members of the Oregon Army National Guard prepare to go on stage with the band KISS during the "Freedom to Rock" concert at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon, July 9, 2016. The Oregon National Guard Soldiers displayed the American flag while KISS performed the National Anthem and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance during a patriotic tribute to U.S. military and veterans at the concert. From left: Sgt. Jeffrey Cox, of Salem, with Detachment 1, Company A, 1-112th Aviation; Staff Sgt. Valerie Dean, of Salem, with Joint Force Headquarters; Sgt. Jerald Bone, of Newport, with Detachment 1, 224th Engineer Company; and Sgt. Jamie Kisch, of Salem, with Company A, 141st Brigade Support Battalion. (Photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon Army National Guard)

160709-Z-ZJ128-018: Members of the Oregon Army National Guard display the American flag on stage behind Paul Stanley, with the band KISS, as he leads the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance during the "Freedom to Rock" concert at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon, July 9, 2016. The Oregon National Guard Soldiers also displayed the American flag while KISS performed the National Anthem during a patriotic tribute to U.S. military and veterans at the concert. (Photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon Army National Guard)

160709-Z-ZJ128-020: Paul Stanley, with the band KISS, applauds the Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers displaying the American flag on stage during the "Freedom to Rock" concert at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon, July 9, 2016. Oregon National Guard Soldiers provided a color guard while KISS performed the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance during a patriotic tribute to U.S. military and veterans at the concert. (Photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon Army National Guard)

160709-Z-ZJ128-021: Members of the Oregon Army National Guard display the American flag on stage while the band KISS performs the National Anthem during the "Freedom to Rock" concert at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon, July 9, 2016. The Oregon National Guard Soldiers provided a color guard for the band's patriotic tribute to U.S. military and veterans at the concert. (Photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon Army National Guard)

160709-Z-ZJ128-024: Members of the Oregon Army National Guard display the American flag on stage while the band KISS performs the National Anthem during the "Freedom to Rock" concert at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon, July 9, 2016. The Oregon National Guard Soldiers provided a color guard for the band's patriotic tribute to U.S. military and veterans at the concert. (Photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon Army National Guard)

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Oregon National Guard participates in Independence Day celebrations (Photo) - 07/04/16

160704-Z-OT568-001: Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the 173rd Fighter Wing, based at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, fly over the parade in Creswell, Oregon, July 4, 2016. The 173rd Fighter Wing conducted flyovers for Independence Day events throughout Oregon and Northern California. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160704-Z-OT568-002: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers, Pfc.Shelby Dunivin (left), Sgt. Kevin Kildal and Staff Sgt. Clinton Stayton (right), participate in an Independence Day parade in Creswell, Oregon, July 4, 2016. Members of Company G, 141st Brigade Support Battalion, and Company A, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, drove trucks and Humvees as part of the parade. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160704-Z-OT568-003: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 234th Army Band wait on the field of Ron Tonkin Stadium in Hillsboro, Oregon, in preparation to play the National Anthem to begin the Hillsboro Hops baseball game, July 4, 2016. Oregon National Guard service members participated in Independence Day activities throughout the state. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160704-Z-OT568-004: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 234th Army Band play the National Anthem to begin the Hillsboro Hops baseball game, July 4, 2016, at Ron Tonkin Stadium in Hillsboro, Oregon. Oregon National Guard service members participated in Independence Day activities throughout the state. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

DSC7275: Nine new recruits enlist into the Oregon National Guard during an enlistment ceremony at the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Patriotic Celebration in Keizer, Oregon, July 4, 2016. The Patriotic Celebration honored members of the Oregon National Guard and other Veterans for their service to the state and nation. (Photo by Capt. Heather Bashor, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

DSC7420: Members of the Oregon National Guard Honor Guard post the colors to begin the 2016 Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Patriotic Celebration and baseball game in Keizer, Oregon, July 4, 2016. The Patriotic Celebration honored members of the Oregon National Guard and other Veterans for their service to the state and nation. (Photo by Capt. Heather Bashor, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Air National Guard flyovers scheduled for the Fourth of July holiday (Photo) - 07/01/16

The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to conduct Independence Day flyovers at various locations throughout Oregon.

F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the 173rd Fighter Wing, based at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations and times on Monday, July 4, 2016.

10:00 a.m., Central Point Freedom Festival, Central Point, Oregon
10:10 a.m., 4th of July Celebration, Ashland, Oregon
10:15 a.m., 4th of July Parade, Klamath Falls, Oregon
10:40 a.m., 4th of July Celebration, Dorris, California
10:55 a.m., 4th of July Parade, Eagle Point, Oregon
11:15 a.m., Creswell 4th of July Parade & Celebration, Creswell, Oregon
11:25 a.m., Neskowin Patriotic Celebration, Neskowin, Oregon
11:35 a.m., 4th of July Parade, Rockaway Beach, Oregon
11:55 a.m., Lake of the Woods 4th of July Celebration, Klamath Falls, Oregon

All passes will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level at about 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be canceled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies.

The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation's air defense since 1941 and has proudly honored local communities for 75 years. The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the sole F-15C pilot training school for the U.S. Air Force.

PHOTO CAPTION: Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the 173rd Fighter Wing, based in Klamath Falls, Oregon, are scheduled to conduct July 4th flyovers for ceremonies at locations throughout Oregon and Northern California. (Courtesy photo by Scott Wolff of FighterSweep.com)

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