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Oregon Air National Guard's 173rd Fighter Wing to conduct Memorial Day flyovers around the state - 05/22/15
SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard will conduct Memorial Day flyovers for various ceremonies at locations throughout Oregon.

F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations at or around the designated times on Monday, May 25.

11:00 a.m. Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon
11:30 a.m. Grand View Cemetery, La Grande, Oregon
12:00 p.m. Boatnik at Riverside Park, Grants Pass, Oregon
12:20 p.m. Mount Hope Cemetery, Baker City, Oregon

All passes will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level and about 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 142nd Fighter Wing guards the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour alert as part of the North American Air Defense system. The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the premier F-15 pilot training.
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PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon Soldiers from Silverton, Salem, place in Regional Best Warrior Competition (Photo) - 05/21/15
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Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Jay Eyestone, a Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, eyes the finish line of a 12-mile ruck march at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, Wyoming, during the Region 6 Best Warrior competition, held May 11-14. Eyestone, who is from Salem, Oregon, won the title of Region-6 Soldier of the Year and will go on to compete at the national level in the All-Army National Guard Best Warrior competition. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy McGuire, Wyoming Army National Guard)

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Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Jay Eyestone, a Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, clears a hurdle on the obstacle course at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, Wyoming, during the Region 6 Best Warrior competition, held May 11-14. Eyestone, who is from Salem, Oregon, won the title of Region-6 Soldier of the Year and will go on to compete at the national level in the All-Army National Guard Best Warrior competition. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy McGuire, Wyoming Army National Guard)

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Sgt. 1st Class Ammon Benedict, with the Oregon Army National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters, battles the obstacle course during the Region 6 Best Warrior competition at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, Wyoming, held May 11-14. Benedict, who is from Silverton, Oregon, competed against the best Army National Guard noncommissioned officers and Soldiers from eight western states. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy McGuire, Wyoming Army National Guard)

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Sgt. 1st Class Ammon Benedict, with the Oregon Army National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters, prepares for the Region 6 Best Warrior Competition at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, Wyoming, held May 11-14. Benedict, who is from Silverton, Oregon, participated in the annual competition, competed against the best Army National Guard noncommissioned officers and Soldiers from eight western states. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy McGuire, Wyoming Army National Guard)
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Photo Release: Oregon Army National Guard 2-162 Infantry Battalion returns to Oregon from Afghanistan deployment (Photo) - 05/20/15
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Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Demian W. San Miguel (left), welcomes Sgt. Matthew Christensen, of 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, after the battalion's arrival to the Eugene Airport on May 20. The unit returned home after a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs).


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An Oregon Army National Guard Soldier with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is reunited with his son in Springfield, Oregon, May 20, following his unit's year-long deployment in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support. The battalion supported several security missions across Afghanistan during their deployment. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team).


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Oregon Army National Guard Col. William J. Prendergast, IV, commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, welcomes home Soldiers of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team after their arrival to the Eugene Airport on May 20. The unit returned from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team).


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Oregon Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Peter G. Heidt, addresses Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Battalion, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, in Springfield, Oregon, following the units' return to Oregon, May 20. The Soldiers, who were released to their families and loved ones shortly after Heidt's address, had recently returned from a year-long deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Resolute Support. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team).
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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers honored for service in Afghanistan (Photo) - 05/16/15
Bend, Oregon - Approximately 190 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, were welcomed home from Afghanistan during a demobilization ceremony at the Vince Genna Stadium in Bend, Oregon, May 16.

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden; State Sen. Tim Knopp (R-Bend), representing Oregon Governor Kate Brown; Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon; and Col. William Prendergast, commander of 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, were in attendance at the ceremony.

The 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron mobilized in June 2014 as one of three battalion elements of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team that deployed last summer to provide security in Afghanistan.

Three Soldiers were awarded Purple Hearts in a ceremony during the Yellow Ribbon reintegration event at the Bend Riverhouse Convention Center prior to the demobilization ceremony, May 16: Staff Sgt. Christopher Beach, Spc. Michael Mangin and Spc. Brian Piccolo, all with Bravo Troop. Twenty-five Soldiers in the squadron have also earned Bronze Star Medals for their service during the deployment.

The squadron provided base defense operations and security patrols at Shindand Air Base until Nov. 9, 2014. The squadron was the last U.S. military force to leave Shindand Air Base as the base was officially turned over to the Afghanistan National Army.

The squadron was re-missioned to conduct flight-line security at Kabul Afghanistan International Airport and base defense operations for Camp International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in downtown Kabul.

In December, the squadron witnessed history as ISAF turned over operations to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) non-combat Resolute Support mission. The squadron continued to conduct base closing, equipment redistribution, and base security missions until they re-deployed to the United States and returned home to Oregon on April 15, 2015.

The unit is headquartered in Bend, with companies also in Klamath Falls, Lebanon, and Redmond, and is commanded by Lt. Col. Daniel D. Miner, Jr.

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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, awarded the Purple Heart medal to Staff Sgt. Christopher Beach (right), of Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, in a ceremony during a Yellow Ribbon reintegration event at the Bend Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend, Oregon, May 16. Beach sustained wounds while serving in Afghanistan with the 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, awarded the Purple Heart medal to Spc. Michael Mangin (center), of Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, for wounds he sustained while serving in Afghanistan with the 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron. Mangin's grandfather, Jack Mangin (right), a U.S. Navy veteran, pinned the award on his grandson in a ceremony during a Yellow Ribbon reintegration event at the Bend Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend, Oregon, May 16. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, awarded the Purple Heart medal to Spc. Brian Piccolo (right), of Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, in a ceremony during a Yellow Ribbon reintegration event at the Bend Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend, Oregon, May 16. Piccolo sustained wounds while serving in Afghanistan with the 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, stand in formation, as they are welcomed home during a demobilization ceremony held in Bend, Oregon, May 16. The 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron provided security for U.S. military installations in Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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State Sen. Tim Knopp (R-Bend), representing Oregon Governor Kate Brown, returns a framed guidon flag representing 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, to the squadron commander, Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Daniel D. Miner, Jr. (right), ceremoniously welcoming the unit home from Afghanistan during a demobilization ceremony in Bend, Oregon, May 16. The 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron exchanged the guidon with the governor's office for a state flag when the unit deployed. The state flag was flown in Afghanistan while the framed guidon served as a reminder that Oregonians were deployed overseas. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden welcomes home Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, from Afghanistan following a demobilization ceremony held in Bend, Oregon, May 16. The 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron provided security for U.S. military installations in Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
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Oregon Air National Guard mobilizes Citizen-Airmen for Middle East security mission (Photo) - 05/15/15
142nd Security Forces Mobilization Ceremony
Members of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron were honored in a mobilization ceremony held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. May 15, 2015
Approximately 40 Citizen-Airmen of the Security Forces Squadron are deploying to Kuwait in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel for six months. The Airmen will provide airbase security and aircraft protection, among other base defense duties.

Previous to this deployment, the 142nd Security Forces Squadron has supported Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Hurricane Katrina.

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.


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Members of the 142nd Fighter Wing Honor Guard prepare to post the colors during the 142nd Security Forces Squadron mobilization ceremony held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, May 15. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily Thompson, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown, and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, thank the Airmen of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron following the unit's mobilization ceremony held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, May 15. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily Thompson, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Air National Guard Master Sgt. Grant Roper, of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron and his daughter, are interviewed by a local news crew following his unit's mobilization ceremony, held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, May 15. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily Thompson, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Members of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron are honored during a mobilization ceremony, held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, May 15. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)
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Oregon Military Museum hosts annual Living History Day (Photo) - 05/15/15
CLACKAMAS, Oregon - The Brigadier General James B. Thayer Oregon Military Museum is scheduled to host the 19th annual Living History Day on Saturday, May 16, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The free event is open to the public. The address is 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.

Visitors of all ages can explore a variety of military displays, living history encampments, and military vehicles. The displays include artifacts from all eras, from World War I to present day. The event will also celebrate Armed Forces Day, which is typically held on the third Saturday in May.

"The event invites visitors to get a hands-on look at history," said Tracy Thoennes, curator of the museum. "It is an opportunity to see, touch, and experience our military past and learn more about today's military."

Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Army and Air Force Exchange (AAFES) convenience store during the event.
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Oregon Army National Guard to demobilize 1-82 Cavalry Squadron in Bend, Oregon - 05/15/15
Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard is scheduled to hold a demobilization ceremony for approximately 190 Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, on Saturday, May 16, at 3:00 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at the Vince Genna Stadium, located at 405 SE Roosevelt Ave., in Bend, Oregon. The event is open to the public and media is encouraged to attend.

The 1-82nd Cavalry Squadron mobilized on June 17, 2014, to Fort Bliss, Texas, where they conducted training in preparation for the deployment. The unit was one of three battalion elements of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team that deployed last summer to provide security in Afghanistan.

The squadron provided base defense operations and security patrols at Shindand Airbase until November 9, 2014. The squadron was the last U.S. military force to leave Shindand Airbase as the base was officially turned over to the Afghanistan National Army.

The squadron was re-missioned to conduct flight-line security at Kabul Afghanistan International Airport and base defense operations for Camp International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in downtown Kabul.

In December, the squadron witnessed history as ISAF turned over operations to North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) non-combat Resolute Support mission. The squadron continued to conduct base closing, equipment redistribution, and base security missions until they re-deployed to the United States.

More than 90 percent of the Soldiers in the squadron have earned combat badges, with 26 Soldiers receiving Bronze Star Medals and three Soldiers receiving Purple Hearts.

The unit is headquartered in Bend, with companies also in Klamath Falls, Lebanon, and Redmond, and is commanded by Lt. Col. Daniel D. Miner, Jr.
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Oregon National Guard commemorates Armed Forces Day (Photo) - 05/14/15
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Three Oregon Army National Guard Howitzers with the Governor's Own Honor Battery, Bravo Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, fire a salute in honor of the 65th annual Armed Forces Day, at the State Capital mall in Salem, Oregon, May 14. The day pays tribute to the U.S. military from all branches of service.(Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon, recognizes local veterans in his remarks during the 65th annual Armed Forces Day commemoration at the State Capital mall in Salem, Oregon, May 14. The day pays tribute to the U.S. military from all branches of service.(Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown discusses the importance of the Oregon National Guard in her remarks at the 65th annual Armed Forces Day commemoration at the State Capital mall in Salem, Oregon, May 14. The day pays tribute to the U.S. military from all branches of service. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Pfc. Jose Melendez, assistant gunner with the Governor's Own Honor Battery, Bravo Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion shows a young girl a Howitzer during the 65th annual Armed Forces Day commemoration at the State Capital mall in Salem, Oregon, May 14. The day pays tribute to the U.S. military from all branches of service. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Two F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Oregon, fly over the Oregon State Capitol rotunda during the annual Armed Forces Day event in Salem, Oregon, May 14. Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen displayed equipment and military hardware at the mall, prior to the official ceremony. Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, spoke at the event, which highlighted the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, and showcased the contributions and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding 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 Command (NORAD). (Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
Oregon Air National Guard scheduled to mobilize 142nd Security Forces Squadron - 05/14/15
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Security Forces Squadron will be highlighted in a mobilization ceremony scheduled to be held at the Portland Air National Guard Base Friday, May 15, at 9:00 a.m.

Approximately 40 Citizen-Airmen of the Security Forces Squadron are scheduled to deploy to Kuwait in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel for six months. The Airmen will provide airbase security and aircraft protection, among other base defense duties.

Previous to this deployment, the 142nd Security Forces Squadron has supported Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Hurricane Katrina.

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.

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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Armed Forces Day celebration at State Capitol to honor Oregon's military (Photo) - 05/13/15
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon National Guard is scheduled to honor all military members in an annual Armed Forces Day commemoration, May 14, at the State Capitol Mall in Salem, Oregon. In addition to honoring all military members, the event will also honor Vietnam veterans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, are scheduled to attend the ceremony. The public and the media are encouraged to attend.

The official ceremony will begin at 12:00 p.m. and will feature music from the Oregon Army National Guard's 234th Army Band and a Howitzer salute by the "Governor's Own" Bravo Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion. The ceremony will be followed by an F-15 flyover by the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing.

Military equipment from various units throughout the Oregon National Guard will be on display from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will also feature Junior ROTC cadets from Lebanon, McNary, North Salem, Oregon City, and Reynolds High School.

Armed Forces Day was originally created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in all branches of the U.S. military, and was designated as an official holiday in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy.

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Photo Release: Oregon National Guard participates in return ceremony for Cpl Ben Lee Brown killed during Korea War (Photo) - 05/12/15
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A military honor guard from Joint-Base Lewis McChord receives the casket containing the remains of Cpl. Ben Lee Brown, at the Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon, May 12. Brown, who grew up in the small Oregon town of Fourmile just south of Bandon, was killed in 1951 during the Korea War. He was returned to Oregon via an Alaska Airlines commercial flight from Honolulu. Brown will be buried Friday, May 15, in Roseburg National Cemetery in Southern Oregon. The Portland USO, Port of Portland Fire and Police, and Oregon National Guard also participated in the welcome home. Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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A military honor guard from Joint-Base Lewis McChord loads the casket containing the remains of Cpl. Ben Lee Brown, at the Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon, May 12. Brown, who grew up in the small Oregon town of Fourmile just south of Bandon, was killed in 1951 during the Korea War. He was returned to Oregon via an Alaska Airlines commercial flight from Honolulu. Brown will be buried Friday, May 15, in Roseburg National Cemetery in Southern Oregon. The Portland USO, Port of Portland Fire and Police, and Oregon National Guard also participated in the welcome home. Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (left), Adjutant General, Oregon and Capt. Shane T. Maher, Oregon Military Department Casualty Affairs Manager, watch as a military honor guard from Joint-Base Lewis McChord loads the casket containing the remains of Cpl. Ben Lee Brown into a hearse at the Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon, May 12. Brown, who grew up in the small Oregon town of Fourmile just south of Bandon, was killed in 1951 during the Korea War. He was returned to Oregon via an Alaska Airlines commercial flight from Honolulu. Brown will be buried Friday, May 15, in Roseburg National Cemetery in Southern Oregon. The Portland USO, Port of Portland Fire and Police, and Oregon National Guard also participated in the welcome home. Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.
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PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Civil Engineering Squadron assists with humanitarian mission in Romania (Photo) - 05/12/15
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Oregon Air National Guard members from the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) arrive at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, May 7. As part of the 142nd Fighter Wing's CES participation in U.S. European Command's (EUCOM) Humanitarian Civic Assistance Program (HCA), the Oregon Citizen-Airmen assist in improvements to the host nation's critical infrastructure and the underlying living conditions of the civilian populace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Boyd, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Air National Guard Capt. Lucas Smith (center), 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron (CES), points to the progress of repairs and where exterior stucco will be placed, to Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wade, (left), as Oregon Citizen-Airmen from the CES unit repair water damage to a health facility in the city of Mangalia, Romania, May 9. The mission is part of the U.S. European Command's (EUCOM) Humanitarian Civic Assistance Program (HCA), and is designed to improve the host nation's critical infrastructure and the underlying living conditions of the civilian populace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Adrian Tate, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, applies exterior plaster in order to repair water damage to a health facility located in the city of Mangalia, Romania, May 9. The mission is part of the U.S. European Command's (EUCOM) Humanitarian Civic Assistance Program (HCA), which is designed to improve the host nation's critical infrastructure and the underlying living conditions of the civilian populace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Oregon Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Ramon Lopez, right, and Staff Sgt. Jared Levitt, left, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron, work together to size and place new exterior tile flooring to a medical facility in the city of Mangalia, Romania, May 8. The mission is part of the U.S. European Command's (EUCOM) Humanitarian Civic Assistance Program (HCA), which is designed to improve the host nation's critical infrastructure and the underlying living conditions of the civilian populace. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)
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Oregon Air National Guard colonel appointed assistant to the Air Force Deputy Judge Advocate General (Photo) - 05/08/15
SALEM, Oregon -- Oregon Air National Guard Col. W. Daniel Bunch has been selected to serve as the next Air National Guard (ANG) Assistant to the Air Force Deputy Judge Advocate General.

Bunch is currently serving as the ANG Assistant to the Staff Judge Advocate at Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, in Virginia. Pending confirmation, his new position brings with it a promotion to brigadier general. He will serve three years as a drill-status Guardsman in his new assignment, beginning July 1, 2015.

The Deputy Judge Advocate General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., assists the Judge Advocate General in the professional oversight of more than 2,200 judge advocates, 350 civilian attorneys, 1,400 enlisted paralegals and 500 civilians assigned worldwide. In addition to overseeing an array of military justice, operational, international and civil law functions, the deputy provides legal advice to the Air Staff and commanders at all levels. Bunch will assist the deputy Air Force JAG with legal oversight functions pertaining to the Air National Guard.

"Dan's selection to be the Air National Guard Assistant to the Deputy Judge Advocate General recognizes his exceptional leadership and professional qualifications," said Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon. "As he has in all his previous duties, Colonel Bunch will do an outstanding job representing the best interests of our Nation's Citizen-Airmen. This is a great day for the Bunch family and the Oregon National Guard."

Bunch has served in numerous legal positions throughout his military career. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1990 to 1994, the U.S. Air Force from 1994 to 1998, and in the Oregon Air National Guard. He was the Staff Judge Advocate for the Oregon Air National Guard's 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field. In 2007, he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, in support of the Law and Order Task Force in which he commanded a joint force of military and civilian legal specialists in an effort to establish an Iraqi judicial system. Bunch has also served as the ANG Assistant to the Staff Judge Advocate for Air Force Space Command and in the National Additional Duty Program.

Bunch received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampden-Sydney College in 1987 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Virginia in 1990.

In his civilian career, Bunch is a circuit court judge in Klamath County, Oregon, having general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal matters. Throughout his legal career, Bunch has served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in Guam and Alaska and as a prosecutor for the Criminal Division of the Alaska Department of Law. He also practiced law with the Klamath Falls firm of Brandsness, Brandsness, Rudd & Bunch, and served as Klamath County Counsel.

For information about the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps, visit their website at: http://www.afjag.af.mil/.
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142nd Fighter Wing to conduct temporary night flying operations - 05/08/15
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions, May 11-14.

The night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted almost monthly as it provides essential training for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:00 p.m.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding 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 Command (NORAD). Their 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.
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Photo Release: Oregon Army National Guard 234 Engineer Company Soldiers begin returning to Oregon (Photo) - 05/06/15
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Oregon Army National Guard leadership welcomes home Soldiers from the 234th Engineer Company, at the Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon, May 6. A second group was scheduled to arrive later in the evening. The Soldiers had just completed their demobilization processing at Fort Bliss, Texas, following their deployment to Kuwait. From left to right are; Command Sgt. Maj. William Wyllie (left), 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Command Sergeant Major; Col. Christian Rees, Chief of Staff for Land Component Command; and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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Oregon Citizen-Soldiers with the 234th Engineer Company await to be released to their family members and friends at the Kliever Armory in Portland, Oregon, May 6. Minutes before, the group had just returned to the Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon, via a chartered flight. A second group was scheduled to arrive later in the evening. The Soldiers had just completed their demobilization processing at Fort Bliss, Texas, following their deployment to Kuwait. The unit is scheduled to participate in a formal demobilization ceremony on May 30 at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Alex Day, of the 234th Engineer Company, hugs his fiancé, Abbie Jenck, during a reception at the Kliever Armory in Portland, Oregon, May 6. Day and his fellow Soldiers had just returned to the Portland International Airport following their demobilization processing at Fort Bliss, Texas, after deploying to Kuwait. A second group was scheduled to arrive later in the evening. The unit is scheduled to participate in a formal demobilization ceremony on May 30 at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Peter Fritsch (black sweater), greets his son, Spc. Alex Fritsch, of the 234th Engineer Company, Oregon Army National Guard, during a reception at the Kliever Armory in Portland, Oregon, May 6. Spc. Fritsch and his fellow Soldiers had just returned to the Portland International Airport following their demobilization processing at Fort Bliss, Texas, after deploying to Kuwait. A second group was scheduled to arrive later in the evening. The unit is scheduled to participate in a formal demobilization ceremony on May 30 at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.
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Photo Release: Medford welcomes home Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers from deployment (Photo) - 05/05/15
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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon, and Command Sgt. Maj. William Wyllie (left), 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Command Sergeant Major, greet Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, upon their return to the Medford Airport, May 5. Approximately 70 Citizen-Soldiers from the unit returned to Medford, Oregon, via chartered flight, before heading to the Medford Armory for a reception with their family and friends. The rest of the battalion will return in late June with a demobilization ceremony scheduled for Aug. 8. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon, and Command Sgt. Maj. William Wyllie (left), 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Command Sergeant Major, greet Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry upon their return to the Medford Airport, May 5. Approximately 70 Citizen-Soldiers from the unit returned to Medford, Oregon, via chartered flight, before heading to the Medford Armory for a reception with their family and friends. The rest of the battalion will return in late June with a demobilization ceremony scheduled for Aug. 8. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon National Guard and 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team leadership greet Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, upon their return to the Medford Airport, May 5. Approximately 70 Citizen-Soldiers from the unit returned to Medford, Oregon, via chartered flight, before heading to the Medford Armory for a reception with their family and friends. The rest of the battalion will return in late June with a demobilization ceremony scheduled for Aug. 8. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Approximately 70 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, stand in formation before being released to their family and friends at the Medford Armory, May 5. The group returned to the Medford Airport via chartered flight and were greeted by Oregon National Guard leadership before heading to the Medford Armory. The rest of the battalion will return in late June with a demobilization ceremony scheduled for Aug. 8. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Friends and family members welcome home Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, during an informal reception held at the Medford Armory, May 5. Approximately 70 Citizen-Soldiers from the unit returned to the Medford Airport via chartered flight and were greeted by Oregon National Guard leadership before heading to the Medford Armory. The rest of the battalion will return in late June with a demobilization ceremony scheduled for Aug. 8. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.
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Oregon Air National Guard general appointed Assistant to the Commander of 11th Air Force (Photo) - 05/04/15
SALEM, Oregon -- Oregon Air National Guard Brigadier General Michael E. Stencel, Air Component Commander, has been appointed as the Air National Guard's Assistant to the Commander of 11th Air Force.

The 11th Air Force, based at Joint-Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, plans, conducts and coordinates air operations in accordance with tasks assigned by the commander of Pacific Air Forces. It serves as the force provider for Alaskan Command, the Alaska North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, and other unified commanders.

Stencel will assist the commander of 11th Air Force, Lt. Gen. Russell J. Handy, who is also the senior military officer in Alaska, in his responsibilities for the integration of all military activities in the Alaskan joint operations area. Stencel will also assist in the activities of more than 21,000 active duty, Guard and Reserve members from all services. Additionally, Eleventh Air Force oversees the planning and execution of all Homeland Defense operations, including security and civil support actions.

Stencel, who was notified of the appointment in March, will serve in the dual-hat position for a period of three years while maintaining his position as Oregon's Air Component Commander.

"Mike's appointment to 11th Air Force reflects his exceptional leadership and recognized potential for increased responsibility. His selection also highlights the critical role the Oregon Air National Guard plays in the Pacific Northwest, and the importance of the Oregon National Guard in the overall Pacific theater. This is a great day for Brigadier General Stencel and his family, and the Oregon National Guard." said Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon.

For more information, visit the 11th Air Force website at: http://www.jber.af.mil/11af/. To see a factsheet on the 11th Air Force, go to: http://www.jber.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=13259

To review or download the official military biography for Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, go to: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/ngbgomo/bioshow.aspx?id=2452
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