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Oregon's Own 234th Army Band to play a series of summer concerts in conjunction with 70th Anniversary of WWII observance (Photo) - 08/04/15
SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon Army National Guard's 234th Army Band is scheduled to participate in a series of concerts throughout the region this summer.

The band is the featured musical headliner in the 70th Anniversary of WWII events, coinciding with the national Spirit of '45 Commemoration. The concerts are free to the public.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown proclaimed August 9-16, 2015, as WWII 70th Anniversary, Spirit of 45 Commemorative Week to honor and celebrate the achievements of the "Greatest Generation". The second Sunday of every August has been designated as Spirit of '45 Day to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all those who participated in WWII.

Oregon's Spirit of '45 Honorary Chairman, retired Brig. Gen. James B. Thayer, Sr. said he was proud to be a part of the 70th WWII commemoration celebration.

"I am pleased that Oregon has created a permanent day to honor the commitment of service, unity and spirit of 16 million American soldiers on the ground, sailors at sea, pilots in the air, and millions who supported the home front," Thayer said.

Oregon's 234th Army Band is scheduled to appear at the following locations on these designated dates and times:

Aug. 9, 3:00 p.m., Elsinore Theater, Salem, OR
Aug. 10, 7:00 p.m., Hult Center, Eugene, OR
Aug. 11, 7:00 p.m., North Medford High School, Medford, OR
Aug. 12, 7:00 p.m., Tower Theater, Bend, OR
Aug. 14, 7:00 p.m., The Vert Auditorium, Pendleton, OR
Aug. 15, 7:00 p.m., Camp Withycombe, Clackamas, OR

The event at Camp Withycombe on Aug. 15 is preceded by a ceremony dedicating the Oregon Military Museum Park. The Oregon Military Museum is named in honor of Brig. Gen. Thayer, and is undergoing a $16 million renovation.

For more information on the Spirit of '45 commemoration events, visit https://www.Spiritof45.org.
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Update: Oregon Army National Guard assists fire suppression efforts in Stouts Fire (Photo) - 08/03/15
ROSEBURG, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard is assisting with ongoing fire suppression efforts at the Stouts Fire, burning 11 miles east of Canyonville, Oregon, in Douglas County.

Two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters with crew members and support personnel were dispatched to the Roseburg Municipal Airport, today, to assist with fire suppression efforts utilizing "bambi buckets". An additional CH-47 Chinook helicopter with crew members is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, August 5.

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150803-Z-PL933-001: Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Brian Houston, Chief Warrant Officer-2 Rafael Toler, pilots, and crew chief Sgt. Tracy Braeme, with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, prepare to take off in support of fire suppression efforts at the Stouts Fire, August 3, near Roseburg, Oregon. Two Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters began working out of the Roseburg Municipal Airport today to support ground firefighting crews. The Stouts Fire currently covers approximately 15,000 acres. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs, Oregon National Guard)

150803-Z-PL933-002: Oregon Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer-4 Dennis Cooper, Chief Warrant Officer-2 Logan Bass, pilots, and crew chief Spc. Beth Bechard, with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, return to the Roseburg Municipal Airport in an HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter after dropping water on target locations in support of fire suppression efforts at the Stouts Fire, August 3, near Roseburg, Oregon. The Blackhawk helicopter is equipped with a "bambi bucket" which carries approximately 500 gallons of water. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs, Oregon National Guard)

150803-Z-PL933-003: Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Richard Brown and Sgt. Jason Westlund, both petroleum supply specialists with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, refuel an HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter which recently returned from delivering nearly 500 gallons of water in support of fire suppression efforts at the Stouts Fire, August 3, near Roseburg, Oregon. Aviation fuel resupply crews provide approximately 1,200 gallons of fuel per day in support of aviation fire missions. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs, Oregon National Guard)
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Oregon's Adjutant General, Daniel R. Hokanson, appointed as Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command/Vice Commander, U.S. Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command (Photo) - 07/30/15
SALEM, Oregon--Oregon National Guard Major General Daniel R. Hokanson has been appointed to the rank of lieutenant general, and assignment as Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Vice Commander, United States Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Hokanson is currently serving as The Adjutant General, Oregon. Oregon Governor Kate Brown will select and appoint a new Adjutant General as Hokanson transitions to NORTHCOM and NORAD.

In his new role, Hokanson will help lead the command in anticipating, preparing and responding to threats and aggression aimed at the United States, its territories and interests within the assigned area of responsibility to include Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas, as directed by the President or Secretary of Defense. He will also provide defense support to civil authorities including consequence management operations.

"I am truly humbled by today's announcement", Hokanson said. "It will be an honor to continue serving our great Nation in such an important capacity."

Hokanson has served as The Adjutant General since 2013. Highlights of his tenure include the overseas deployment of over 1400 service members, development and implementation of the Cascadia Playbook, restructuring of the Military Department, and implementing a strategic planning system to posture it for the future. The Cascadia Playbook, recognized at the national level, is one of the first "Playbooks" to coordinate and synchronize efforts in response to a major disaster; specifically Oregon's response to a Cascadia Fault event.

"My family and I will miss being part of the Oregon Military Department family," Hokanson added. "Over the past 20 years I have had the honor to serve alongside some of our Nation's greatest Citizen-Soldiers, Airmen and Civilians; and under the command of three Oregon Governors. It has been incredible to be part of this great organization and all it has accomplished. I look forward to following your future accomplishments and will never forget my military heritage and what it means to be an Oregon Guardsman."

Major General Hokanson's biographical information can be found at the following link: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/ngbgomo/bioshow.aspx?id=2295

A description of NORTHCOM's mission can be found at the following link: http://www.northcom.mil/AboutUSNORTHCOM.aspx
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Oregon National Guard to participate in statewide disaster exercise August 4-5 - 07/27/15
SALEM, Oregon--Oregon Army and Air National Guard units are scheduled to participate in the Pathfinder Minuteman 2015 Exercise at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon, Aug. 4-5.

Pathfinder Minutemen 2015 is a Joint Multiagency Cascadia Subduction Zone Response exercise and conference sponsored by Oregon's Joint Force Headquarters, and hosted by the 173rd Fighter Wing's Medical Group.

More than 225 participants from U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), U.S. Air Force Reserve, Oregon Army and Air National Guard, civilian organizations, and state and county agencies. Air National Guard units from six states are expected to participate. There are currently two C-130 missions as well as a rotary aeromedical evacuation training scheduled to take place during the Pathfinder Minuteman exercise.

From the Oregon National Guard, the 173rd Medical Group, 142nd CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), 142nd Force Support Squadron, 125th Special Tactics Squadron and the Oregon National Guard's Medical Command and Oregon Army National Guard aviation units from Pendleton and Salem are scheduled to participate.

According to researchers, the Pacific Northwest is overdue for a powerful earthquake of magnitude 8.0 or higher due to stresses created by the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Events such as The Great Oregon Shakeout and other notional exercises involving local and regional first responders is geared toward training for such a response scenario.

"In a Cascadia Subduction Zone event, security and medical forces will be critical elements of the initial response," said Col. Kristen Leist, 173rd Medical Group Commander. "Pathfinder-Minuteman is an opportunity for military and civilian responders to build relationships as well as train together and learn each other's capabilities. This type of training and networking opportunity will provide a more seamless medical response when called upon," she added.

Media tours are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August. 5. To RSVP for the media tour, or for more information on the event, contact Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs, 503-269-6470.
Camp Rosenbaum: America's Best Kept Secret, unique citizenship camp aims to keep at-risk kids off drugs, and in school - 07/20/15
WARRENTON, Oregon -- The Oregon National Guard partners once again with Home Forward (formerly the Housing Authority of Portland) and the Portland Police Bureau, as well as other local law enforcement and fire agencies to host an annual summer camp for at-risk youth, July 20 - 24, 2015 at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon.

Camp Rilea is located at; 33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, Oregon, 97146.

Camp Rosenbaum, one of the most unique camps for underprivileged and at-risk children, hosts approximately 160 children, ages 9-11. Attendees experience a one-of-a-kind camp that aims to teach good citizenship skills, motivate kids to stay in school, remain drug-free and out of gangs and encourages them to set positive goals for the future.

What started in 1970 as a way to help at-risk youth living in public housing in Oregon and Southwest Washington, has since resulted in thousands of children experiencing this life-changing camp. Staff and volunteers from the Oregon Air National Guard, Portland Police Bureau, Home Forward (formerly the Housing Authority of Portland), and other housing authority employees throughout Oregon and SW Washington, emergency responder personnel and volunteers who come together to make this camp a magical and memorable week for the kids.

"There is no other camp in the U.S. that's as collaborative nor as determined as we are to keep kids off drugs and in school," says current Camp Director, Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Sara Perkins.

In addition to participating in various camp activities, all campers attend a two-hour Gang Resistance and Education Training course, taught by a Portland Police officer, and receive mentorship on contributing to their communities in positive ways.

"We do our very best to set them up for success," Perkins said. "We model good citizenship behaviors, engage and motivate our campers and encourage them to make good decisions for their future and fend off peer pressure. We want our campers to know that good citizens are everywhere in their community."
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Photo Release: Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing dedicates new alert barn at Portland Air National Guard Base (Photo) - 07/10/15
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Oregon Air National Guard Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing commander, addresses attendees at the offical ribbon cutting ceremony for a new alert barn at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., July 10. Fitzgerald emphasized the use of the third alter barn as a key factor in the Aerospace Control Alert mission that the 142nd Fighter Wing performs to protect the skies over the Pacific Northwest. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, discusses the role of the 142nd Fighter Wing with regard to its Aerospace Control Alert mission during the offical ribbon cutting ceremony for the new alert barn at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., July 10. The 142 Fighter Wing is tasked with protecting the skies over the Pacific Northwest, from northern California to the Canadian border, and extending out along the Pacific coastline. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Air National Guard Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing commander, center right, and Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, center left, along with other dignitaries, take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new alert barn at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., July 10. The third alter barn will play a key role in the Aerospace Control Alert mission that the 142nd Fighter Wing performs to protect the skies over the Pacific Northwest. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Air National Guard Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing commander, addresses attendees at the offical ribbon cutting ceremony for a new alert barn at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., July 10. Fitzgerald emphasized the use of the third alter barn as a key factor in the Aerospace Control Alert mission that the 142nd Fighter Wing performs to protect the skies over the Pacific Northwest. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)