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Media Advisory: Portland Air National Guard offers Media Tour - 07/06/15
PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ore. - The 142nd Fighter Wing Office of Public Affairs, Portland Air National Guard (ANG) Base, Oregon, is pleased to offer a tour to media on July 15, 9:15a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please note all media representatives who plan to attend the event must have credentials verified prior to July 10.

To attend the tour, please email shelly.l.davison.mil@mail.mil with the following information: full name, date of birth, and driver's license number.

Attendees will receive a mission briefing from Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander. Other highlights include being able to view F-15 take-offs from the flightline and opportunities for a close-up view of the jet. As this will be a walking tour, only still cameras will be authorized.


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 unequalled, 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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Oregon Air National Guard flyovers scheduled for the Fourth of July holiday (Photo) - 07/02/15
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 at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations and times on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

9:45 a.m., Central Point, Oregon - Central Point Freedom Festival
10:00 a.m., Lake of the Woods, Oregon - Lake of the Woods Fourth of July Celebration
10:10 a.m., Ashland, Oregon - Main Street Fourth of July Celebration
10:30 a.m., Burns, Oregon - Harney County 4th of July Parade
10:30 a.m., Manzanita, Oregon - Manzanita Fourth of July Parade
11:00 a.m., Eagle Point, Oregon - 4th of July Parade
11:00 a.m., Rockaway Beach, Oregon - 4th of July Parade
11:15 a.m., Neskowin, Oregon - Neskowin Fourth of July Celebration
11:30 a.m., Creswell, Oregon - Creswell 4th of July Celebration

All flyovers will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and at approximately 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be cancelled 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. The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the premier F-15 pilot training facility in the United States.
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Photo Release: Oregon Air National Guard honors deploying Citizen-Airmen with ceremony at Portland Air National Guard Base (Photo) - 06/26/15
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Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Sean Sullivan, (left foreground), commander of the 123rd Fighter Squadron, 142nd Fighter Wing, along with other Citizen-Airmen, salute the official party during the unit's mobilization ceremony, June 26. The ceremony, held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, in Portland, Oregon, honored approximately 200 Citizen-Airmen who are scheduled to deploy to Romania in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown and other members of the official party (left), watch as members of the 142nd Fighter Wing Base Honor Guard post the US Flag during the mobilization ceremony for the 142nd Fighter Wing, June 26. The ceremony, held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, in Portland, Oregon, honored approximately 200 Citizen-Airmen who are scheduled to deploy to Romania in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Sean Sullivan, (left foreground), commander of the 123rd Fighter Squadron, 142nd Fighter Wing, presents the unit flag of the 142nd Fighter Wing to Oregon Governor Kate Brown during the unit's mobilization ceremony, June 26. The ceremony, held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, in Portland, Oregon, honored approximately 200 Citizen-Airmen who are scheduled to deploy to Romania in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown greets deploying Citizen-Airmen of the 142nd Fighter Wing following the unit's mobilization ceremony, June 26, at the Portland Air National Guard Base, in Portland, Oregon. The ceremony honored approximately 200 Citizen-Airmen who are scheduled to deploy to Romania in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)
Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing scheduled to mobilize Airmen to Romania - 06/25/15
PORTLAND, Oregon - More than 200 Citizen-Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing are scheduled to take part in a mobilization ceremony at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Friday, June 26, at 1:00 p.m., in Building 255.

Scheduled to attend the ceremony are: Oregon Governor Kate Brown; Oregon Senator Alan Olson (District-20); Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon; and Mr. Dave Stuckey, Deputy Director of the Oregon Military Department, among others.

Members from the 142nd Operations Group, 142nd Maintenance Group, and 142nd Mission Support Group are deploying to Romania from July to October 2015 as part of the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The 123rd Fighter Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Sean Sullivan, will serve as the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander while deployed. The squadron will provide F-15 fighter jets, support equipment and personnel as a Theater Security Package (TSP) to augment the U.S. Air Forces in Europe's (USAFE) existing efforts.

The squadron will train alongside NATO allies to strengthen interoperability and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe. This will be the 142nd Fighter Wing's largest deployment to Eastern Europe.

Members of the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing have deployed across the globe since September 11, 2001. Most of these members are traditional Guardsmen that leave full time jobs or school to serve in support of military operations.

Media is invited to attend. For more information, contact 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs at 503-335-4347.


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 unequalled, 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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Photo Release: Oregon woman first in National Guard history to enlist into combat engineer career field (Photo) - 06/24/15
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Mackenzie Clarke (left), of Damascus, Oregon, takes the oath of enlistment into the Oregon Army National Guard at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Portland, Oregon, June 24. Eighteen-year old Clarke, who is a recent graduate of Clackamas High School, made national history by becoming the first Army National Guard member to enter into theU.S. Army's 12B (combat engineer) Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). "I wanted to do something worthwhile and interesting," Clarke said of her new career path. According to Oregon Army National Guard Recruiting & Retention Battalion, Clarke is scheduled to attend the Recruit Sustainment Program at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon, until her tentative report date at Basic Combat Training in October. Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.



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Mackenzie Clarke (second from left), of Damascus, Oregon, poses with members of the Oregon Army National Guard Recruiting & Retention Battalion following her oath of enlistment ceremony at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Portland, Oregon, June 24. From left to right are; Sgt. Dimitri Fenrick, Mackenzie Clarke, Staff Sgt. Erin Meyers and Master Sgt. Mark Browning. Eighteen-year old Clarke, who is a recent graduate of Clackamas High School, made national history by becoming the first Army National Guard member to enter into the U.S. Army's 12B (combat engineer) Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). "I wanted to do something worthwhile and interesting," Clarke said of her new career path. According to Oregon Army National Guard Recruiting & Retention Battalion, Clarke is scheduled to attend the Recruit Sustainment Program at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon, until her tentative report date at Basic Combat Training in October. Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.
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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers return to Southern Oregon from Afghanistan deployment (Photo) - 06/24/15
MEDFORD, Oregon - Nearly 200 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, returned to Oregon, June 24, following an overseas deployment to Afghanistan.

The 1-186th Infantry Battalion is headquartered in Ashland with companies based in Medford, Roseburg, Grants Pass, Coos Bay and St. Helens.

The Soldiers are arriving in Medford via chartered flights from Fort Hood, Texas, where they completed administrative and medical demobilization processing. The first flight arrived this morning with nearly 125 Soldiers that were bused to their local armories (50 Soldiers returned to Grants Pass, 60 Soldiers returned to Roseburg, and about 15 Soldiers returned to Coos Bay) where their families waited to greet them. Another flight will arrive later this evening with approximately 70 more Soldiers who will greet their families at the Medford Armory.

One group of about 70 Soldiers from the 1-186th Infantry Battalion returned early to Oregon last month, May 5.

A formal demobilization ceremony is scheduled to recognize the battalion for their overseas service, Aug. 8 at 10:00 a.m. at the South Medford High School stadium.

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150624-Z-PL933-002: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, returned to Medford, Oregon, June 24, following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Col. William J. Prendergast, IV, commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team greeted the Soldiers as they disembarked the plane. (Photo by Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150624-Z-OT568-037: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Battalion, march toward the armory where families wait to greet them upon returning to Roseburg, Oregon, June 24, following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Nearly 200 Citizen-Soldiers of the 1-186th Infantry Battalion are returning to Southern Oregon and another 70 Soldiers returned last month. The battalion is scheduled to be recognized for their overseas service in a formal demobilization ceremony, Aug. 8, in Medford, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150624-Z-OT568-082: Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Nathan Long, of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Battalion, meets his five-month-old son, Easton, for the first time upon returning to Roseburg, Oregon, June 24. Long was one of nearly 200 Citizen-Soldiers of the 1-186th Infantry Battalion returning to Southern Oregon following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Easton was born while Long was deployed. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150624-Z-OT568-141: Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Nathan Long, of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Battalion, greets his five-month-old son, Easton, and fiancé, Ally Brissett, upon returning to Roseburg, Oregon, June 24. Long was one of nearly 200 Citizen-Soldiers of the 1-186th Infantry Battalion returning to Southern Oregon following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Ally dressed the baby in a shirt that read, 'I waited my whole life to meet you' because Easton was born while Long was deployed. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150624-Z-OT568-147: Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Forrest Disney, of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Battalion, greets his children, 8-year-old Hannah (right), and 3-year-old Hank, upon returning to Roseburg, Oregon, June 24. Disney was one of nearly 200 Citizen-Soldiers of the 1-186th Infantry Battalion returning to Southern Oregon following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150624-Z-OT568-163: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Dustin Roberts, of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Battalion, greets his wife, Candace, and daughter, Sophia, upon returning to Roseburg, Oregon, June 24. Roberts was one of nearly 200 Citizen-Soldiers of the 1-186th Infantry Battalion returning to Southern Oregon following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Sophia suffers from brittle bone disease and underwent surgery to stabilize her legs while Roberts was deployed. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
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Oregon National Guard hosts active duty Air Assault and Pathfinder specialty courses (Photo) - 06/18/15
WARRENTON, Oregon - The Oregon National Guard hosted U.S. Army Air Assault and Pathfinder courses at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, in Warrenton, Oregon, May 30 - June 14.

Hundreds of service members from across active duty U.S. Army and Air Force, Reserves and National Guard components, converged on the Oregon Coast to test their mettle and earn the coveted Air Assault and Pathfinder qualification badges. The courses were instructed by a Mobile Training Team from the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center, based out of Fort Benning, Georgia.

More than 220 service members participated in the 12-day Air Assault course. The course prepares service members for air mobile operations, including combat assault, rappelling, physical fitness, and various other critical skills. Students were tested with an obstacle course and two-mile run before being allowed to continue with the rest of the training. Throughout the course duration, students were evaluated with written and hands-on examinations, conducted tower and aircraft rappelling, and were tested on sling-load operations. A sling-load operation involves slinging an item under an airborne helicopter to fly it to another location. Prior to graduation, the students had to complete a 12-mile foot march with full combat-load in less than three hours.

Approximately 25 service members attended the 14-day Pathfinder course. The course trains and evaluates service members in establishing helicopter landing zones, pick-up zones, and drop zones. Students learned air traffic control techniques to guide and communicate with aircraft, as well as planning and conducting air assault and sling-load operations.

Video is available for high definition download through Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System:
Air Assault Rappel Tower B-Roll: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/410468/air-assault-rappel-tower-broll-camp-rilea-ore-2015#.VYNEUU3JC70

Air Assault Orientation Flight B-Roll: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/408004/air-assault-flight-familiarization#.VYNEwE3JC70

Air Assault Obstacle Course B-Roll: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/407789/air-assault-school-2015-o-course-broll#.VYNFAE3JC70

Pathfinder Sling-Load B-Roll: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/408862/pathfinder-course-sling-load#.VYNFrU3JC70

Pathfinder Air Drop B-Roll: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/408865/pathfinder-course-virs-b-roll#.VYNF003JC70

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150610-Z-YI240-004: A Soldier practices rappelling from a tower during a two-week Air Assault course at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, in Warrenton, Oregon, June 10. Camp Rilea is one of many locations across the country chosen to host the Air Assault course, instructed by a Mobile Training Team from the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center, out of Fort Benning, Georgia Service members from active duty U.S. Army and Air Force, Reserve and National Guard components tested their mettle during the course to earn the coveted Air Assault qualification badge. (Photo by Spc. Michael Germundson, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

150610-Z-YI240-006: Soldiers practice rappelling from a tower during a two-week Air Assault course at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, in Warrenton, Oregon, June 10. Camp Rilea is one of many locations across the country chosen to host the Air Assault course, instructed by a Mobile Training Team from the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center, out of Fort Benning, Georgia Service members from active duty U.S. Army and Air Force, Reserve and National Guard components tested their mettle during the course to earn the coveted Air Assault qualification badge. (Photo by Spc. Michael Germundson, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

150611-NO327-Z-002: Soldiers and Airman watch as their classmates rappel from HH-60 Blackhawk helicopters during a two-week Air Assault course at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, in Warrenton, Oregon, June 11. Camp Rilea is one of many locations across the country chosen to host the Air Assault course, instructed by a Mobile Training Team from the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center, out of Fort Benning, Georgia. Service members from active duty U.S. Army and Air Force, Reserves and National Guard components tested their mettle during the course to earn the coveted Air Assault qualification badge. (Photo by Spc. Tyler Meister, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

150611-NO327-Z-003: Instructors from the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center, out of Fort Benning, Georgia, demonstrate how to perform a proper sling-load with a HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter during a two-week Air Assault course at the Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, in Warrenton, Oregon, June 11. Service members from active duty U.S. Army and Air Force, Reserves and National Guard components gathered at Camp Rilea to attend the course and earn the coveted Air Assault qualification badge. Camp Rilea is one of many locations across the country chosen to host the Air Assault course. (Photo by Spc. Tyler Meister, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

150611-Z-VA638-004: Staff Sgt. Robert Higley, of the U.S. Army's Charlie Company, 423rd Infantry Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, uses hand signals to direct an HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter where to drop a utility trailer during a field exercise for the Pathfinder Course at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center in Warrenton, Oregon, June 11. A class of 23 Soldiers and Airman took part in the 14-day course, learning about air traffic control, selection and preparation of drop and landing zones, and verbally initiated air drops. (Photo by Sgt. Aaron Ricca, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

150611-Z-VA638-002: Staff Sgt. Glenn Breivogel (left), of the Oregon Army National Guard's Headquarters, 249th Regional Training Institute, and Staff Sgt. Jesus Carlos (right) from the U.S. Army's 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, take cover in the grass shortly after a landing zone insertion from a HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, in Warrenton, Oregon, June 11. A team of 13 Soldiers and Airmen were deployed to rig a Humvee for sling-load during a 14-day Pathfinder Course instructed by a Mobile Training Team from the Army National Guard Warrior Training Center, out of Fort Benning, Georgia (Photo by Sgt. Aaron Ricca, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
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Oregon Army National Guard welcomes home infantry unit from Afghanistan (Photo) - 06/13/15
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard is welcomed home approximately 400 Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, in a demobilization ceremony, Saturday, June 13.

In attendance were U.S. Senator Ron Wyden; Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins, representing Oregon Governor Kate Brown; Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon; along with many other dignitaries.

The 2-162nd Infantry Battalion deployed as "Task Force Volunteer" to Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Freedom's Sentinel from August 14, 2014 through May 1, 2015. The battalion was divided into four separate missions in Afghanistan during the deployment.

The battalion's main mission was to provide force protection and mission command for bases and movements in support of the Train Advise Assist Command-Capital (TAAC-C) in Kabul and a quick reaction force (QRF) to reinforce the Afghan National Security Forces.

The battalion's second mission was the Base Operating Support Integrator (BOS-I) mission, which consisted of standardizing processes for base defense, QRF response, and security for movements throughout the area of operations.

The third mission assigned to the battalion was to provide a Police Advisory Detachment (PAD), supporting 30 Police Districts throughout the Kabul area. The PAD assisted with upgrading the capabilities, standards, and professionalism of the Afghan National Police.

The fourth mission assigned to the battalion, known as Guardian Angel support, was to provide security and protection for dignitaries as they moved throughout the area of operations.

The 2-162nd Infantry Battalion is headquartered in Springfield, Oregon, with companies also based in Corvallis, Gresham, and Hillsboro.

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150613-Z-YP317-001: Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, stand in formation during a demobilization ceremony for their recent return from Afghanistan in Albany, Oregon, June 13. The 2-162nd Infantry Battalion spent approximately 10-months in Kabul, Afghanistan, performing various security duties and training Afghan National Police forces. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150613-Z-YP317-025: Lt. Col. Michael Burghardt, commander of 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, and Command Sgt. Maj. Peter Heidt uncase the battalion colors, signifying the end of the unit's deployment and return home to Oregon during a demobilization ceremony in Albany, Oregon, June 13. The 2-162nd Infantry Battalion spent approximately 10-months in Kabul, Afghanistan, performing various security duties and training Afghan National Police forces. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150613-Z-YP317-053: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, welcomes home Citizen-Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, during a demobilization ceremony in Albany, Oregon, June 13. The 2-162nd Infantry Battalion spent approximately 10-months in Kabul, Afghanistan, performing various security duties and training Afghan National Police forces. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150613-Z-YP317-013: Miss Oregon Rebecca Anderson sings the National Anthem during a demobilization ceremony in Albany, Oregon, June 13, for 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, to welcome the unit home from Afghanistan. The 2-162nd Infantry Battalion spent approximately 10-months in Kabul, Afghanistan, performing various security duties and training Afghan National Police forces. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150613-Z-YP317-015: Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, render a salute during the National Anthem at their demobilization ceremony in Albany, Oregon, June 13. The 2-162nd Infantry Battalion spent approximately 10-months in Kabul, Afghanistan, performing various security duties and training Afghan National Police forces. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)