Oregon Aero honored by Department of Defense for support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserves - 10/23/14
Scappoose, Ore. (October 15, 2014) - The Oregon Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) announced today that it is honoring Oregon Aero with an Above and Beyond Award. The company Oregon Aero was previously recognized with the "Patriot Award" during the 2014 Northwest Military Employer Summit, in Clackamas, Oregon.
The award is to recognize Oregon Aero for their extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the Oregon National Guard and Reserve. Oregon Aero joins thousands of American employers who have reviewed and amended their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
Many employers provide 'above and beyond' support with pay differential to offset any wage loss, and extension of health care benefits, which complement coverage provided by the military when their employees are mobilized for duty.
According to retired Oregon Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Norman Hoffman, Oregon ESGR State Chair, the ESGR Above and Beyond was created by ESGR to publicly recognize American employers providing extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation's call to serve.
"Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation's Guard and Reserve units," Hoffman said.
Oregon Aero designs, tests, and manufactures products for both military and civil applications at its facility in Scappoose, Oregon.
"Our Citizen-Soldiers provide an unparalleled workforce that brings dedication, motivation and outstanding leadership abilities to the roles they fill," said Tony Erickson, chief operating officer for Oregon Aero. "They have skill sets would be beneficial any employer. We're lucky to have them."
ESGR, a Department of Defense (DoD) office, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers' principal advocate within DoD. ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.
Dave Stuckey named Oregon Military Department Interagency Director upon announcement of Dave Ferre retirement - 10/15/14
SALEM, Oregon -- Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, in coordination with the Oregon Governor's office, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Stuckey as the Oregon Military Department's (OMD) Interagency Director, effective Feb. 1, 2015.
Stuckey, who is currently the Director of Oregon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM), is scheduled to replace Dave Ferre, who has announced his retirement.
"Dave Ferre's vast amount of interagency experience and background as an exceptional leader was instrumental to the success of our organization," said Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson. "We thank him for a career of contributions and life-long sacrifice to his state and nation, and look forward to David Stuckey's knowledge, experience, and leadership as our new Interagency Director."
The search to fill the position of OEM Director will be an open competitive application process. The selected candidate will work directly with Stuckey through the end of 2014 to ensure a smooth transition.
Ferre has more than 30 years of collective experience as a state employee beginning as an Oregon State Trooper in 1976. He has held various positions in state government to include acting OMD State Personnel director, OMD State Financial manager/comptroller, OMD Installations director and director of Service Member and Family Support.
To complement his long state service, Ferre has had a successful parallel military career. He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, beginning in 1975. He transferred to the Air Reserve in 1976, and joined the Oregon Air National Guard in 1981. Ferre served as a weapons controller and disaster preparedness officer, and eventually as director of operations and the unit commander for the 104th Air Control Squadron.
After serving a number of command positions throughout the Oregon Air National Guard, to include the plans and programs officer, executive officer for the 142nd Fighter Wing, and 142nd Mission Support Group commander, Ferre was appointed as the Oregon Combat Operations Group commander. In August 2005, Ferre was appointed the United States Property and Fiscal Officer for Oregon (appointed by the Chief of National Guard Bureau). He retired from the military as a colonel in December 2011.
Stuckey has a long and established career in the military and emergency management. He served as deputy director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management from April 2010 to June 2012. During that time, he was part of three presidential declarations and multiple emergency response activation.
Stuckey was instrumental in responding to the 2011 Oregon floods and was the Governor's authorized representative and State coordinating officer in response to the tsunami resulting from the Japanese earthquake, which occurred March 11, 2011.
The mission of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management is to maintain emergency response and recovery activities with the state and local emergency services agencies and organizations.
173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations - 10/10/14
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The 173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations October 14-16.
Night flying is one part of the course curriculum for F-15 student pilots at Kingsley Field.
"Night flying is a critical skill which our students need to learn to be effective war fighters," said Col. Jeremy Baenen, 173rd Fighter Wing Commander.
Most of the training will occur in military operating airspace where the pilots can fly without any lights. However, the community will most likely hear the jets during take-offs and approaches to and from Kingsley Field.
"On their first night rides, students learn basic formation, air refueling, and basic intercepts," said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Edwards, 114th Fighter Squadron Commander. "After they master these basic skills, students progress to fly as the wingman in a realistic tactical intercept scenario."
Student pilots are also trained to use Night Vision Goggles.
"This training, increases their situational awareness and combat capability," added Edwards.
Portland Air National Guard Base to conduct temporary night flying operations (Photo)
OREGON AIR NATIONAL GUARD (PANG) BASE, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions Oct. 6 and 7.
Night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based in Portland and Vancouver to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. These missions are conducted monthly as they provide essential training in the use of night vision goggles and aircraft maneuvering in nighttime flying scenarios.
Flights will depart from and land at the Portland International Airport, and training will occur in approved airspace several miles off the Oregon coast. In an effort to foster communication with the community and the Port of Portland, training flights will conclude each evening before 10:00 p.m.
Oregon National Guard's JTAP contract expires
SALEM, Ore. - The fiscal year 2014 contract for the Oregon National Guard's Joint Transition Assistance Program, known as JTAP, which assists service members and veterans with civilian job placement, has expired.
The contract employed approximately 16 contractors across the state of Oregon and was developed as part of the Reintegration Program to help returning war veterans find jobs.
Federal funding was available for a new contract to continue these services for fiscal year 2015. However, no proposals to support the contract requirements were received during the solicitation process, resulting in a lapse in executing a new contract.
"Although the funding was available, we received zero quotes to fulfill this contract," said Stephen Bomar, Director of Public Affairs, Oregon Military Department. "Since the contract was not executed, the funding had to be returned to the federal government."
A new contract may be executed if funding is allocated in fiscal year 2015, which begins October 1, 2014. Meanwhile, Family Assistance Specialists with the Reintegration Program will work hand in hand with WorkSource Oregon to assist veterans and families seeking employment to continue these services.
"This is an amazing program, not just for the Oregon National Guard, but for all Oregon veterans and their families," Bomar said. "We will continue to do our best to support this requirement."
Oregon's Reintegration Program has been recognized as one of the best in the nation. The JTAP program has helped secure employment for more than 1,200 veterans over the last 12 months.
Currently, the Oregon National Guard has nearly 1,000 Guard members mobilized in support of overseas operations, with the majority serving in Afghanistan. Many of these Oregon Guard members will be seeking civilian employment upon their return to Oregon next year.
For information about the JTAP program visit: http://www.orng-vet.org/employment/employment%20How%20Do%20I%20Start.html