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Oregon National Guard pilots to conduct high-altitude flights in Deschutes area (Photo) - 02/10/16
Oregon Army National Guard aviators with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, are scheduled to conduct high-altitude survey flights with HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters near the summits of Mt. Bachelor, Tumalo Mountain and Kwohl Butte on February 11, 2016. The purpose of the flight is to conduct reconnaissance of some potential landing zones for future high-altitude training.

The Oregon National Guard is working in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service to identify possible locations in Oregon between 6,000 and 9,000 feet for Blackhawk pilots to conduct training in support of the search and rescue program. Reconnaissance flights in other high-altitude locations throughout the state will take place later this spring and will be announced when scheduled.

Oregon Army Guard pilots currently use an approved training area that only has terrain up to approximately 3,500 feet. Pilots must travel to training sites in Colorado in order to receive the flight certification required to perform high-altitude search and rescue missions.

Working with the U.S. Forest Service to establish high-altitude helicopter training sites in Oregon will enable the Oregon National Guard to reduce the overall training cost, allowing more pilots to be certified and ready to rescue their fellow Oregonians.

This exercise should have minimal impact on recreation users. If anyone should encounter a helicopter landing in these areas, be advised to stay clear of the area as rotor wash will be strong with blowing snow and possible debris.
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Oregon National Guard welcomes home 116th Air Control Squadron (Photo) - 01/22/16
PORTLAND, Oregon -- More than 90 Citizen-Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS) were welcomed home in a formal demobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon, Jan. 22.

The 116th ACS, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, is a deployable air control and radar/communications unit. Members of the 116th ACS deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates from May to November 2015.

The Airmen operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility including, Operations Inherent Resolve (OIR), Resolute Support (ORS), Combined Defense of the Arabian Gulf (CDAG), and Freedom's Sentinel (OFS).

The Airmen worked with joint service and coalition personnel to operate and maintain the world's largest control and reporting center. Their knowledge and manpower provided a picture of the theater of operations, ensuring the defense of seven Arabian Gulf nations, the safety of 27,000 aircraft across 13 countries, and enabling the disruption of enemy forces throughout the region.

In attendance at the ceremony were Oregon Governor Kate Brown; U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader; Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, and many other special guests and supporters.

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More than 90 Citizen-Airmen with the 116th Air Control Squadron, Oregon National Guard, were honored during a demobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon, Jan. 22, after returning from their deployment in the Middle East. The 116th Air Control Squadron, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown returns a commemorative plaque to Lt. Col. James Mitchell, commander of the 116th Air Control Squadron, Oregon National Guard, during a demobilization ceremony, Jan. 22, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The plaque hung in the governor's office during the unit's recent deployment. Airmen of the 116th ACS operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, speaks to the nearly 90 Citizen-Airmen of the 116 Air Control Squadron, Oregon National Guard, thanking them for their service and dedication throughout their deployment during a demobilization ceremony Jan. 22, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The 116th Air Control Squadron, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Oregon Governor Kate Brown greets Citizen-Airmen of the 116th Air Control Squadron, Oregon National Guard, after a demobilization ceremony Jan. 22, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The 116th Air Control Squadron, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (center) and Chief Master Sgt. Patrick Gauntz (left), State Command Chief, greet Citizen-Airmen of the 116th Air Control Squadron, Oregon National Guard, after a demobilization ceremony Jan. 22, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon The 116th Air Control Squadron, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
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Oregon National Guard to welcome home 116th Air Control Squadron (Photo) - 01/20/16
PORTLAND, Oregon -- More than 90 Citizen-Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS) are scheduled to be welcomed home in a formal demobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon, Jan. 22, at 1:00 p.m.

The 116th ACS, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, is a deployable air control and radar/communications unit. Members of the 116th ACS deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates from May to November 2015.

The Airmen operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility including, Operations Inherent Resolve (OIR), Resolute Support (ORS), Combined Defense of the Arabian Gulf (CDAG), and Freedom's Sentinel (OFS).

The Airmen worked with joint service and coalition personnel to operate and maintain the world's largest control and reporting center. Their knowledge and manpower provided a picture of the theater of operations, ensuring the defense of seven Arabian Gulf nations, the safety of 27,000 aircraft across 13 countries, and enabling the disruption of enemy forces throughout the region.

The 116th ACS has been very active in providing aerospace control overseas, having previously deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; Iraq in 2008 in support of the Global War on Terror; and to Qatar in 2011 for Air Defense of the Arabian Gulf.

116th Air Control Squadron Factsheet: http://www.142fw.ang.af.mil/resources/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=20774&page=1

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2nd Lt. Jamie Neal embraces her family as she returns from deployment with the 116th Air Control Squadron, Nov. 25, 2015, at the Portland Air National Guard Base. Members of the unit deployed to Southwest Asia for six months to provide surveillance, communications and air space management in support of coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Tech. Sgt. Jared Warner is greeted by his family as the 116th Air Control Squadron returns home from their deployment, Nov. 25, 2015, at the Portland Air National Guard Base. Members of the unit deployed to Southwest Asia for six months to provide surveillance, communications and air space management in support of coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Airman 1st Class Matthew Williams is greeted by his family as the 116th Air Control Squadron returns home from their deployment, Nov. 25, 2015, at the Portland Air National Guard Base. Members of the unit deployed to Southwest Asia for six months to provide surveillance, communications and air space management in support of coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)