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Oregon National Guard events recognize Armed Forces Day (Photo) - 05/19/18

180519-Z-OT568-022: Victoria Shine, with the Oregon National Guard Child & Youth Program, runs with children participating in the “Run to Remember” 5-kilometer run/walk event at Salem Riverfront Park, May 19, 2018, in Salem, Oregon. The Oregon National Guard’s Service Member & Family Support Branch hosted the event in honor of Fallen Service Members and Gold Star Families during Armed Forces Day. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

180519-Z-OT568-030: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with Company B, 141st Brigade Support Battalion, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, run through Salem Riverfront Park during the “Run to Remember” 5-kilometer run/walk, May 19, 2018, in Salem, Oregon. The Oregon National Guard’s Service Member & Family Support Branch hosted the event in honor of Fallen Service Members and Gold Star Families during Armed Forces Day. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

180519-Z-OT568-040: A young runner speeds his way through Salem Riverfront Park during the “Run to Remember” 5-kilometer run/walk, May 19, 2018, in Salem, Oregon. The Oregon National Guard’s Service Member & Family Support Branch hosted the event in honor of Fallen Service Members and Gold Star Families during Armed Forces Day. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Blacksmith: Gary Lewis, a retired Oregon National Guardsman from Portland, Oregon, works on horseshoes as a blacksmith during Living History Day held at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon, May 19, 2018. The Oregon Military Museum held the 22nd Annual Living History Day as part of Armed Forces Day celebrations throughout the country. (U.S. National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Artillery Horse Barn: Visitors and military Veterans spend time interacting in the restored Horse Barn at the Oregon Military Museum during Living History Day held at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon, May 19, 2018. The Oregon Military Museum held the 22nd Annual Living History Day as part of Armed Forces Day celebrations throughout the country. (U.S. National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Living History Day: Ryan McGee, a member of the 1st Infantry Living History Group, shows some of the weapons used during WWII to some young visitors during Living History Day held at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon, May 19, 2018. The Oregon Military Museum held the 22nd Annual Living History Day as part of Armed Forces Day celebrations throughout the country. (U.S. National Guard photo by John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Veterans to be honored at 22nd Annual Living History Day (Photo) - 05/17/18

CLACKAMAS, Oregon – The Oregon Military Museum is hosting the 22nd Annual Living History Day on Saturday, May 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on the museum grounds at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The free event is open to the public.

Visitors of all ages can explore military displays, historic buildings, and vehicles that incorporate many conflict eras, from World War I to present day. The event celebrates Armed Forces Day, officially designated as the third Saturday of each May. 

Camp Withycombe is located at 15300 SE Minuteman Way, just off Interstate 205 and Highway 212, near SE 102nd Avenue. Adults are required to show a valid driver's license or other photo ID to enter Camp Withycombe. 

“Members of the Military Vehicle Collectors Club of Oregon, the event co-sponsors, will be bringing many kinds of vehicles,” said Steve Greenberg, chairman of the event. “The museum, while still closed for renovations, will also be previewing for one day only the exhibits inside the circa 1911 Quartermaster Storehouse and the Battery A Field Artillery Horse Barn.” 

Visitors will get a hands-on look at history to honor the service of veterans from all eras. 

“If you want to see a turn-of-the-century Army blacksmith in action or the machines and weaponry used in our nation’s past conflicts, this is an opportunity not to miss,” said Greenberg. 

For more information, see the event flyer at https://www.events12.com/public/withycombe.pdf.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Historical vehicles and re-enactors provided by the Oregon Military Museum display the military history from World War I to present day at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The museum is hosting the 22nd Annual Living History Day on Saturday, May 19, in recognition of Armed Forces Day. The event is free and open to the public. (Photo by Capt. Heather Bashor, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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UPDATE!! 173rd FW postpones ribbon cutting ceremony for new recruiting office in Klamath Falls - 05/14/18

This event has been POSTPONED until a later date.  We will update you when a new date has been set.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, May 16 at 11:45 a.m. for the new 173rd Fighter Wing recruiting center office, located at the Recruiting Career Center in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  Media are invited to attend.

The office opened in April, and Master Sgt. Darren Bennett, 173rd FW Recruiting Manager, said they have already increased the number of walk-in leads by nearly 75%.

 “This is a fantastic opportunity for the recruiters to connect with the Klamath Falls community and reach our manning goals for the Oregon Air National Guard,” added Bennett.

U.S. Air Force Major General Michael Stencel, the Adjutant General for Oregon, will lead the event.  Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, Stencel will enlist the newest member to the Oregon Air National Guard.

What: 173rd FW Recruiting Office ribbon cutting ceremony

When:  Wednesday, May 16 at 11:45 a.m. (please arrive no later than 10 minutes prior)

Where:  Klamath Falls Recruiting Career Center, 3160 South 6th St. Klamath Falls, Ore. 97603

Note:  Please contact the wing’s public affairs office at 541-885-6677 to coordinate coverage of the event.

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State tuition assistance approved for Oregon National Guard service members (Photo) - 04/26/18

SALEM, Oregon – Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 4035, April 3, 2018, which authorizes state tuition assistance for service members in the Oregon National Guard.

The bill, passed by the Oregon Legislature on March 3, details the requirements that will qualify Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to receive state-funded tuition assistance towards an associate or baccalaureate degree at Oregon public universities and community colleges. The Higher Education Coordinating Commission will administer the grant program, scheduled to begin in the 2018-2019 academic year.

The bill was introduced by House Minority Leader, Rep. Mike McLane, and received bi-partisan support across the legislature, as well as support from the governor in alignment with her goal to enhance education programs across Oregon.

“I’m proud to sign a bill into law that deepens Oregon’s commitment to our National Guard service members,” said Governor Brown. “Whether they’re fighting on the frontlines, fighting wildfires, or helping prepare our state for the influx of eclipse viewers, our Oregon Guard members are always ready to answer the call to help Oregonians in times of need. Extending tuition assistance to Guard members is one important way to show our appreciation for their service by investing in their education and future.”

In 2017 alone, approximately 15 percent of the Oregon National Guard was called into service for emergencies, disasters, and crisis planning, including wild land firefighting, hurricane relief efforts, search and rescue missions, and traffic assistance during the solar eclipse. Meanwhile, nearly 200 Oregon Guardsmen were deployed overseas last year.

“This new law specifically bridges the federal tuition assistance shortfall and enables our Guard men and women to complete their associate or bachelor degrees,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon. “It aligns with the governor’s education focused agenda and will not only serve as a huge recruitment and retention tool, but it will also provide us with the breadth of knowledge we need to think like leaders and succeed in an increasingly technologically complex world.”

Service members statistically cite money for education as the number one reason they join the military. Those who already have federal education benefits such as the Montgomery G.I. Bill or the Post 9/11 Bill will need to use those benefits prior to using the state tuition assistance funding. Qualified students can use up to 90 credit hours at an Oregon community college and up to 180 credit hours at a public university. To receive the tuition assistance they must be in good standing with their Oregon National Guard commitments and their educational institution.

“We expect the tuition assistance bill’s impact for recruitment and retention within the Oregon National Guard to be substantial,” said Stencel. “Filling the ranks continues to be important not only to provide a capable, ready force for our nation, but to also ensure a robust Oregon National Guard to support Oregonians during disasters here at home.”

A ceremonial signing of the law is scheduled to take place at a time and location to be determined in the near future.

PHOTO CAPTION: Oregon Governor Kate Brown greets Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of the 1186th Military Police Company to wish them well on their overseas deployment during a mobilization ceremony, May 25, 2017, in Salem, Oregon. The governor signed House Bill 4035, April 3, 2018, which authorizes state tuition assistance for service members in the Oregon National Guard. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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