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(Video and photos) Oregon Army National Guard assists wild fire suppression efforts - 07/23/14
The Oregon Army National Guard continues to assist with fire suppression efforts at the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore. Approximately 40 Soldiers are providing flight crews, refueling crews and communications for the four aircraft - two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters - assisting local authorities with containing the fire.

High-resolution photos are available for download at the following link:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157645435953557/

Video is available for download at the following links:
http://www.dvidshub.net/video/350837/oregon-army-national-guard-aviators-assist-civilian-fire-suppression-agencies

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/350484/oregon-army-national-guard-aviators-assist-fire-suppression

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/350428/oregon-army-national-guard-aviators-support-local-responders-fire-suppression-efforts
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(PHOTO) Oregon Army National Guard aviators conduct fire suppression operations (Photo) - 07/20/14
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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter drops water on a fire in support of fire suppression efforts at the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 20. The "Bambi" bucket used on the Chinook helicopters can carry up to 1,500 gallons of water. Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters of the Oregon Army National Guard arrived at the Madras Airport, July 19, to assist local authorities in suppressing the wildfire west of Madras, Ore. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter returns to the Madras Airport after successfully dumping water on a target area in the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 20. Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters of the Oregon Army National Guard arrived at the Madras Airport, July 19, to assist local authorities in suppressing the wildfire west of Madras, Ore. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter waits for a launch order to continue supporting fire suppression efforts in the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 20. Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters of the Oregon Army National Guard arrived at the Madras Airport, July 19, to assist local authorities in suppressing the wildfire west of Madras, Ore. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

Video can be found at:

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/350484/oregon-army-national-guard-aviators-assist-fire-suppression#.U8xlH45iG_E
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(PHOTO RELEASE) Oregon Army National Guard aviators assist in fire suppression efforts (Photo) - 07/19/14
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Ground crew re-fuelers prepare an HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter for take off at the Madras Airport in Madras, Ore., July 19. Two Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopters and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters have been requested to support local responders in containing the Logging Unit fire.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Alan Gronewald, a CH-47 Chinook helicopter pilot and commander of the Pendleton-based Bravo Company, 1-168 Aviation, coordinates with ground crew prior to flying out in support of fire suppression missions at the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 19. Two Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopters and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters have been requested to support local responders in containing the fire.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter stands by to begin fire suppression operations in support of local responders at the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 19. Two Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopters and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters have been requested to support local responders in containing the fire.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

Video available at the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmKRVww2sVc&feature=youtu.be
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(PHOTO RELEASE) Oregon National Guard's 1-186 Infantry honored during mobilization ceremony (Photo) - 07/18/14
Family, friends and well-wishers of the Oregon Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, gathered to honor the Citizen-Soldiers during a mobilization ceremony, July 18, at 10:00 a.m. at the Southern Oregon University's McNeal Pavilion.

The deployment is part of the regular rotational cycle of forces to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The battalion is headquartered in Ashland, with companies also based in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Medford, Roseburg, and St. Helens. The unit is under the command of Lt. Col. Noel Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen.

The unit will complete deployment processing and training at Fort Hood, Texas, prior to departure for Afghanistan. The units will provide security and support for military facilities in Kabul and southwestern Afghanistan.

The history of the 41st Brigade can be traced back to 1917 when the 41st Infantry Division was created for service in World War I primarily from National Guard units from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The 41st Infantry Division was the longest deployed division during WWII, serving in the Pacific.

Elements of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team have served in Saudia Arabia, The Sinai, Kuwait, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. The brigade deployed a large contingent known as Task Force Phoenix to Afghanistan in 2006 and again deployed the entire brigade to Iraq in 2009.
"The Oregon National Guard today is the best equipped, best trained, best led we've ever been due to experience gained through supporting overseas contingency operations over the last decade," said Maj. Stephen Bomar, director of Public Affairs for the Oregon Military Department. "Mobilizations such as this help the Oregon National Guard maintain a ready and reliable operational force."

It is customary for senior leaders and elected representatives to deliver letters to the deploying units. U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley wrote, "I have no doubt your team will demonstrate skill and professionalism in your upcoming mission. I know you will display courage and strength as you provide security forces at the Bagram Airfield base."
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden also provided letter to the unit. Many local, state and other elected officials were in attendance alongside representatives from law enforcement agencies and emergency responders.

To see still photos, stories and video of the unit's Soldiers' training, visit the following links:
http://www.dvidshub.net/video/347734/1-186-infantry-battalion-mobilization-training#.U8V0_ZRdV8E
http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1438538/oregon-army-national-guard-infantry-unit-prepares-deployment#.U8V1JJRdV8E
http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1438537/oregon-army-national-guard-infantry-unit-prepares-deployment#.U8V1NJRdV8E

Photo Captions:
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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, stand in formation for a unit photo, prior to their mobilization ceremony, held July 18, at the McNeal Pavilion, Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, Ore. The unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit is commanded by Lt. Col. Noel Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon, is joined by Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown (right), and Lt. Col. Noel Hoback, commander, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, shakes hands with unit Solders following the unit's mobilization ceremony, held July 18, at the McNeal Pavilion, Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, Ore. Oregon. The unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit is commanded by Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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U.S. Representative Greg Walden (R-OR), speaks to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers and guests during the mobilization ceremony for the 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, held July 18, at the McNeal Pavilion, Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, Ore. The unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit is commanded by Lt. Col. Noel Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen (right), listens as Lt. Col. Noel Hoback, commander, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, briefs unit Soldiers, prior to the start of their mobilization ceremony, held July 18, at the McNeal Pavilion, Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, Ore. The unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.
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Oregon National Guard's 1-186 Infantry prepares to mobilize Soldiers to Afghanistan (Photo) - 07/15/14
The Oregon Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is scheduled to mobilize approximately 275 Soldiers to Afghanistan in a ceremony, July 18, at 10:00 a.m. at the Southern Oregon University's McNeal Pavilion.

The public and media are invited to attend. The address is 1465 Webster St., in Ashland, Ore. For parking, take I-5 Exit 14, head west on Ashland St. and turn right on Walker Ave.

The deployment is part of the regular rotational cycle of forces to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The battalion is headquartered in Ashland, with companies also based in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Medford, Roseburg, and St. Helens. The unit is under the command of Lt. Col. Noel Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen.

The unit will complete deployment processing and training at Fort Hood, Texas, prior to departure for Afghanistan. The units will provide security and support for military facilities in Kabul and southwestern Afghanistan.

The history of the 41st Brigade can be traced back to 1917 when the 41st Infantry Division was created for service in World War I primarily from National Guard units from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The 41st Infantry Division was the longest deployed division during WWII, serving in the Pacific.

Elements of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team have served in Saudia Arabia, The Sinai, Kuwait, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. The brigade deployed a large contingent known as Task Force Phoenix to Afghanistan in 2006 and again deployed the entire brigade to Iraq in 2009.

"The Oregon National Guard today is the best equipped, best trained, best led we've ever been due to experience gained through supporting overseas contingency operations over the last decade," said Maj. Stephen Bomar, director of Public Affairs for the Oregon Military Department. "Mobilizations such as this help the Oregon National Guard maintain a ready and reliable operational force."


To see still photos, stories and video of the unit's Soldiers' training, visit the following links:
http://www.dvidshub.net/video/347734/1-186-infantry-battalion-mobilization-training#.U8V0_ZRdV8E

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1438538/oregon-army-national-guard-infantry-unit-prepares-deployment#.U8V1JJRdV8E

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1438537/oregon-army-national-guard-infantry-unit-prepares-deployment#.U8V1NJRdV8E

Photo captions:
130309-Z-9135B-353: Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Mark Timmons (right), commander of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, surveys the situation and gives instructions to Soldiers following a simulated battle during a full-scale infantry training exercise at Fairview Training Center in Salem, Ore., March 9. (Photo by Sgt. Betty Boyce, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

130309-Z-7541B-003: Oregon Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Scott Bagdan, with Bravo Company 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, gives instructions to Soldiers during a simulated casualty evacuation at the Fairview Training Center in Salem, Ore., March 9. Infantry units, based out of Coos Bay and St. Helens, Ore., met in Salem to conduct a full-scale training exercise simulating battlefield scenarios. (Photo by Spc. Matthew Burnett, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

130309-Z-AH721-013: Oregon Army National Guard Cpl. Andrew J. Miller, with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, provides roadside security in the blackberry bushes as the sun rises through the trees during a training exercise, March 9, at Fairview Training Center in Salem, Ore. (Photo by Spc. Erin J. Quirke, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
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PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon National Guard's newly appointed State Chaplain promoted (Photo) - 07/12/14
SALEM, Ore. - Oregon National Guard Lt. Colonel Scott Delbridge, recently appointed as State Chaplain, was promoted to colonel in a ceremony held at Heritage Park in Salem, July 12.
The ceremony was attended by family, friends and members of the military, both currently serving and retired. The Adjutant General for Oregon, Maj. Gen. Dan Hokanson presided over the ceremony. Delbridge has served with the Oregon Army National Guard since 1994 when he transferred from the Air National Guard.

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140712-Z-G3909-063: Maj. Gen. Dan Hokanson, Adjutant General for Oregon, addresses family and friends during a promotion ceremony for Lt. Col. Scott Delbridge at Heritage Park in Salem, July 12. Delbridge originally joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1994 and has served in various chaplain roles throughout his time in the organization and is now the newly appointed State Chaplain for the Oregon National Guard. Photo by Sgt. Edward Gomez-Bravo, Oregon Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs.

140712-Z-G3909-082: Lt. Col. Scott Delbridge, the Oregon National Guard's recently appointed State Chaplain, receives his new shoulder boards from his wife (pictured left) and his father (pictured right) during his promotion ceremony to the rank of colonel held at Heritage Park in Salem, Oregon, July 12. Delbridge originally joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1994 and has served in various chaplain roles throughout his time in the organization and is now the newly appointed State Chaplain for the Oregon National Guard. Photo by Sgt. Edward Gomez-Bravo, Oregon Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs.

140712-Z-G3909-119: Col. Scott Delbridge, the Oregon National Guard's newly appointed State Chaplain, addresses family and friends during his promotion ceremony at Heritage Park in Salem, July 12. Delbridge originally joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1994 and has served in various chaplain roles throughout his time in the organization and is now the newly appointed State Chaplain for the Oregon National Guard. Photo by Sgt. Edward Gomez-Bravo, Oregon Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs.

140712-Z-G3909-208: Col. Scott Delbridge, the Oregon National Guard's recently appointed State Chaplain, poses for a photo with his family after his promotion ceremony to colonel, at Heritage Park in Salem, July 12. Delbridge originally joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1994 and has served in various chaplain roles throughout his time in the organization and is now the newly appointed State Chaplain for the Oregon National Guard. Photo by Sgt. Edward Gomez-Bravo, Oregon Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs.
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15 from the 142nd Fighter Wing takes off at the Portland Air National Guard Base.
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15 from the 142nd Fighter Wing takes off at the Portland Air National Guard Base.
142nd Fighter Wing conducts dissimilar air combat training (Photo) - 07/11/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing is hosting F-18 Hornets from Lemoore Naval Air Station to conduct dissimilar air combat training, July 14-18. Flights will launch daily after 7 a.m. and will conclude before 4 p.m.

Dissimilar air combat training provides realistic combat scenarios and opportunities to hone advanced aerial tactics that may be used against potential adversaries.

The 142nd Fighter Wing is tasked under the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to defend the skies over the Pacific Northwest. Since September 11, 2001, the Wing has flown more than 48,000 hours in support of this mission.
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Oregon Air National Guard general retires in ceremony (Photo) - 07/09/14
SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Bruce W. Prunk, Special Assistant to the Director of the Air National Guard, retired in a ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., July 9.

Prunk retired after more than 30 years of service. In his most recent position, he was responsible for strategy development, state and federal liaisons, inter-agency coordination, and special duties supporting the 105,000 Air National Guard members nationwide.

He was commissioned in 1983 through the Air National Guard's Academy of Military Science. Prior to receiving his commission, he was an enlisted member of the 142nd Combat Support Squadron of the Oregon Air National Guard. He has served as a social actions officer at both the wing and state levels, and was the 142nd Fighter Wing's Inspector General. In 1996 he was selected to command the 142nd Security Forces Squadron; further proceeding as the 142nd Mission Support Group commander and the vice commander of 142nd Fighter Wing.

In 2006, he became the Director of Staff of the Oregon Air National Guard for Oregon Joint Force Headquarters. He deployed in 2007 to Iraq as the deputy commander of the 732nd Air Expeditionary Group, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. Prior to his most recent assignment, he served as the Assistant Adjutant General-Air for the Oregon National Guard; responsible for staff oversight within state joint force headquarters and support to the commander.

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Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, returns a salute from Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk (right) during his retirement ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., July 9. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson (left) Adjutant General, Oregon, presents both the Oregon Distinguished Service Medal and the Oregon Thirty Year Faithful Service Medal to Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk (right) during his retirement ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., July 9. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, presents Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk (right) with a Certificate of Retirement from the U.S. Air Force during his retirement ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., July 9. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk (right) poses with his wife, Janice Prunk, as they hold the Certificate of Appreciation that was presented to her from the Sec. of the Air Force on the occasion of her husband's retirement in a ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., July 9. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Col. Rick Wedan (left), 142nd Fighter Wing Commander, presents a lithograph with an F-15 Eagle to Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk (right) during his retirement ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., July 9. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)
The Oregon National Guard Army Band announces its Summer Concert Series schedule - 07/03/14
The Oregon National Guard Band, the 234th Army Band, is scheduled to perform at a number of venues throughout the state this summer.

The Army Band is Oregon's own National Guard Band and will present "Heroes and Villains," a free public performance for the entire family, featuring:

* Superman March

* Music from Frozen

* Highlights from the Incredibles

* Godzilla Eats Las Vegas

* Selections from Les Miserables

* Marches, Patriotic Selections & More

No tickets are necessary to attend the performances, but arrive early to ensure the best seats in the house.

July 6, 2pm - Liberty Theater, Astoria

July 7, 7pm - Newport Performing Arts Center, Newport

July 9, 7pm - Egyptian Theatre, Coos Bay

July 11, 7 pm - North Medford HS Auditorium, Medford

July 12, 7 pm - Rose Auditorium, Roseburg

July 15, 7pm - Grand Theatre, Salem.

For more information, check the Army Band Facebook page at: facebook.com/234tharmy band.
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PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon Army National Guard units conclude annual training in Yakima, Wash.-Part II (Photo) - 06/25/14
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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 162nd Engineer Company, 1249th Engineer Battalion, set off a charge of 128 pounds of ammonium nitrate and C4 explosive as a "cratering charge" during their annual training at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 20. The explosion had an equivalent of 220 pounds of TNT. The unit spent two weeks training with different types of explosives, and conducted weapons qualification on the M240 "Bravo" machine gun and the M2 .50-caliber machine gun. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 162nd Engineer Company, 1249th Engineer Battalion, prepare C-4 charges during their annual training at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 20. The unit spent two weeks training with different types of explosives, and conducted weapons qualification on the M240 "Bravo" machine gun and the M2 .50-caliber machine gun. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Michael R. Polley, 1249th Engineer Battalion Command Sergeant Major, speaks to Soldiers of the 162nd Engineer Company, during their annual training at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 20. The unit spent two weeks training with different types of explosives, and conducted weapons qualification on the M240 "Bravo" machine gun and the M2 .50-caliber machine gun. "Missions like these are what keeps us as Soldiers coming back year after year," Polley said of the Soldiers' training. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Two Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with Golf Troop, 141st Brigade Support Battalion, guard an entry control point at the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion compound at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 21. Several Oregon Army National Guard units converged on the training site for their two-week annual training cycle. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Sheria Pitman (left), and Sgt. David McCabe, with Bravo Co., 141st Brigade Support Battalion, work on a HMMWV ambulance at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 22. Pitman, a welder, and McCabe, a mechanic, were joined by fellow Citizen-Soldiers from several Oregon Army National Guard units at the training facility for their two-week annual training cycle. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.
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PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon Army National Guard units conclude annual training in Yakima, Wash. (Photo) - 06/25/14
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Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Michael Burghart (left), commander of the 141st Brigade Support Battalion, fires an M240 "Bravo" machine gun, while assisted by Maj. Brian Stramel, on the weapons qualification range at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 22. Berghart and the Battalion Command Sergeant Major Allen Holland toured the training facility, visiting with Oregon Citizen-Soldiers who were conducting their annual training. The units will conclude their training cycle over the next week and head back to Oregon. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Alexandria Davidson, treatment platoon leader for Charlie Co., 141st Brigade Support Battalion, works on a computer program in the Troop Medical Clinic (TMC) during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 21. The unit's TMC supports medical needs of service members with a full complement of doctor, nurse, dental, x-ray, and administrative services. The Soldiers recently completed three weeks of training at Orchard Combat Training Center, in Idaho, before gearing up for their annual training cycle in Yakima. Davidson, a recent graduate of the University of Oregon, received her commission through the school's ROTC program. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Derek Hotchkiss (right), battle captain with the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, and Staff Sgt. Nick Valleton, assistant S3 non-commissioned officer, conduct a battle drill in the Tactical Operations Center (TOC), during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 23. Several Army National Guard units from Oregon converged on the training center for their two-week annual training cycle, and worked alongside other Army units from Washington State and several Marine Corps detachments. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathan Stocker (left), gun crew section chief for Alpha Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, yells out the command to fire a 105mm Howitzer, during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 23. The gun crews fired high-explosive and phosphorus charges as part of their annual training cycle. Stocker, from Keizer, Ore., is joined by number one man on the gun, Spc. Cody Shepherd (second from left), of Milwaukie, Ore.; gunner Spc. William McKnight (seated), of Vancouver, Wash.; assistant gunner, Pfc. Jordan Pena (right), of Portland, Ore.; and ammunition team chief, Sgt. David Tully (not pictured), of Gresham, Ore. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathan Stocker (left), gun crew section chief for Alpha Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, explains fire coordinates and trajectory tables to gun crew member, Spc. Cody Shepherd, during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 23. The gun crews fired high-explosive and phosphorus charges as part of their annual training cycle. Stocker, who is from Keizer, Ore., and Shepherd, from Milwaukie, Ore., were joined by Soldiers from several Army National Guard units from Oregon and Washington, in addition to several Marine Corps detachments who converged on the training center for their two-week annual training cycle. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Pfc. Justin Simonson, number one man on the gun crew for Bravo Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, listens to a briefing before the start of a Direct Fire Competition at the end of their unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 24. Simonson, of McMinnville, Ore., was joined by Soldiers from several Army National Guard units from Oregon and Washington, in addition to several Marine Corps detachments who converged on the training center for their two-week annual training cycle. Winners of the battalion's Direct Fire Competition will be announced at the unit's family day in July. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard's 1st Platoon, Gun #2, of Bravo Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, scores a direct hit on a target using a 105mm Howitzer during a Direct Fire Competition at the end of their unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 24. The gun crew is comprised of Staff Sgt. Richard Moisa, gun chief; Sgt. Daniel Hyde, gunner; Sgt. Michael Whalan, gunner #2; Spc. Nathan Livingood, ammunition team chief; Spc. Derek Becker, number one man; and Pfc. Blake Smith, number two man. Moisa's gun crew was joined by Soldiers from several Army National Guard units from Oregon and Washington, in addition to several Marine Corps detachments who converged on the training center for their two-week annual training cycle. Winners of the battalion's Direct Fire Competition will be announced at the unit's family day in July. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Matthew Sanderson, assistant S4 for the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, organizes a weapons check exercise for a platoon of U.S. Marines during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 24. Sanderson, who is from Portland, Ore., and another Oregon Soldier were tasked as the liaison non-commissioned officers between the Oregon Army National Guard unit and the Marines who were embedded with the Oregon unit. The Marines planned daily and nightly tactical raids on the Army compound in order to test their defenses against adversaries. Sanderson, who has worked closely with members of other branches of the military over the years said embedding the Marines with the Oregon Army National Guard unit was a big win for both organizations, from a cross-cultural standpoint, and for strategic joint training and readiness. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.