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Oregon Youth ChalleNGE Program, Bureau of Land Management and local citizens clean up training site for National Public Lands Day (Photo) - 09/23/16

The Oregon Military Department, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management(BLM), celebrates National Public Lands Day, by cleaning up areas of the 31,300 acre Biak training site in Powell Butte, Oregon, on Sept. 23. The training area is owned by BLM and is leased by the Oregon Military Department for use in various training functions for the Oregon National Guard, but is also used by the Central Oregon community for recreation. Amongst those participating in the cleanup are BLM, Oregon Army National Guard, the Oregon Youth ChalleNGe program and several local homeschooling families.

The Biak training site is named for an island in the southern Philippines that was liberated in WWII with the help of the 41st Infantry Division, the heritage of Oregon's own 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

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Local Homeschooling families joined the Oregon Military Department and the Bureau of Land Management(BLM) in cleaning up areas of the 31,300 acre Biak training site in Powell Butte, Oregon, for National Public Lands Day on Sept. 23. The training area is owned by BLM and is leased by the Oregon Military Department for use in various training functions for the Oregon National Guard, but is also used by the central Oregon community for recreation. The Oregon Youth ChalleNGe program also brought several students out to help with the cleanup as part of their own community service hours required for graduation from the program. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.)

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Students from the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program join Oregon Military Department training site staff and the Bureau of Land Management(BLM), in cleaning up areas of the 31,300 acre Biak training site in Powell Butte, Oregon, as part of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 23. The training area is owned by BLM and is leased by the Oregon Military Department for use in various training functions for the Oregon National Guard, but is also used by the central Oregon community for recreation. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.)

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The Oregon Military Department, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management(BLM), celebrates National Public Lands Day, by cleaning up spent shell casings and other trash in the 31,300 acre Biak training site in Powell Butte, Oregon, on Sept. 23. The training area is owned by BLM and is leased by the Oregon Military Department for use in various training functions for the Oregon National Guard, but is also used by the central Oregon community for recreation. Amongst those participating in the cleanup is BLM, Oregon Army National Guard, the Oregon Youth ChalleNGe program and several local homeschooling families. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.)

142nd Fighter Wing to conduct Dissimilar Air Combat Training - 09/12/16

PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will host F-16 Falcons from the 21st Fighter Squadron, out of Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, to conduct dissimilar air combat training (DACT), Sept. 13-29, out of the Portland Air National Guard Base. Flights will launch daily after 8:00 a.m. and will conclude before 4:00 p.m.

DACT provides realistic combat scenarios for pilots to hone advanced aerial tactics that may be used against potential adversaries. The training is an essential and required component to ensure military readiness in support of the 142nd Fighter Wing's state and national missions.

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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Oregon National Guard's 2-218th Field Artillery to hold change of command ceremony with Howitzer salute, Sept. 10 (Photo) - 09/09/16

The Oregon Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment is scheduled to conduct a 21-gun Howitzer salute in honor of the change of command ceremony for outgoing commander Lt. Col. Maurice Marshall, who is passing command of the unit to Maj. Jason Marshall.

The ceremony will take place Sept. 10, at 10:00 a.m., at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The Howitzer salute is schedule for approximately 10:15 a.m.

The 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, also known as the "Portland Light Artillery", was formed in Portland, Oregon, on February 3, 1866, and consists of Headquarters Battery (located in Forest Grove, Oregon); A-Battery (in Portland, Oregon); B-Battery (in McMinnville, Oregon) and G-Forward Support Company (in Forest Grove, Oregon). All Forest Grove units are currently operating out of the Jackson Armory in Portland while renovations are completed.

Units from the 2-218th Field Artillery have deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle in Iraq, as well as a state deployment for Hurricane Katrina & Rita relief operations in New Orleans. They have also performed Howitzer salutes for various events throughout the state including the playing of the 1812 Overture with the Oregon Symphony every year. The 2-218th shares a common mission with the Washington National Guard's 2-146th Field Artillery, often training together to insure battalion readiness.

For questions please contact Maj. Stephen Bomar at 503-990-9508, or via e-mail at Stephen.S.Bomar.mil@mail.mil

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090513-A-5706H-003: Oregon National Guard Soldiers with "The Governor's Own" Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, fire a cannon salute to commemorate Armed Forces Day at the Capitol Mall in Salem, Oregon, May 13, 2009. (U.S. Army photo taken from video filmed by Staff Sgt. Kevin Hartman, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office)

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142nd Fighter Wing to conduct temporary night flying operations (Photo) - 09/05/16

PORTLAND, Oregon - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions, Sept. 6-9, 2016.

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 10:30 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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Oregon National Guard brings the boom to concert in Portland (Photo) - 09/02/16

PORTLAND, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard helped kick-off the 2016-2017 season of the Oregon Symphony during the 20th annual Waterfront Concert at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon, September 1.

The concert was closed with a Howitzer salute during the symphony's grand finale. Citizen-Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, fired volleys from their M119A Howitzer cannons during the symphony's rendition of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, about the war of 1812.

The free, public event has been a summer ending capstone for the city of Portland for the last 20 years, and signals the start of the Oregon Symphony's new season. More than a thousand people attended the event, and spent time mingling with Soldiers from the unit who answered questions about the Howitzers.

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Members of the Oregon Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, prepare their M119A Howitzers for firing, prior to the playing of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture at the annual Waterfront Concert, September 1. The classical work about the War of 1812 features cannon fire as part of the instrumentation. The Waterfront Concert is held by the Oregon Symphony and features a wide range of music and performances. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven Conklin, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, fill Tom McCall Waterfront Park with smoke and light as they participate in the annual Waterfront Concert, in Portland, Oregon, September 1. The unit's M119A Howitzer cannons fire during the playing of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, a classical piece about the War of 1812. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven Conklin, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, fill Tom McCall Waterfront Park with smoke and light as they participate in the annual Waterfront Concert, in Portland, Oregon, September 1. The M119A Howitzer cannons fire during the playing of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, a classical piece about the War of 1812. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven Conklin, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, fill Tom McCall Waterfront Park with smoke and light as they participate in the annual Waterfront Concert, in Portland, Oregon, September 1. The M119A Howitzer cannons fire during the playing of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, a classical piece about the War of 1812. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, fill Tom McCall Waterfront Park with smoke and light as they participate in the annual Waterfront Concert, in Portland, Oregon, September 1. The M119A Howitzer cannons fire during the playing of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, a classical piece about the War of 1812. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, fill Tom McCall Waterfront Park with smoke and light as they participate in the annual Waterfront Concert, in Portland, Oregon, September 1. The M119A Howitzer cannons fire during the playing of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, a classical piece about the War of 1812. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, fill Tom McCall Waterfront Park with smoke and light as they participate in the annual Waterfront Concert, in Portland, Oregon, September 1. The M119A Howitzer cannons fire during the playing of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, a classical piece about the War of 1812. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)