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(Photo and Video) Oregon Army National Guard units complete battle simulations at U.S. Army National Training Center - 08/28/15
More than 500 Soldiers of the Oregon Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 116th Calvary Regiment (3-116th Combined Arms), and the 1186th Military Police Company (1186th MP), spent 12 days conducting live-fire exercises and large-scale simulated battle scenarios at the National Training Center (NTC), in the Mojave Desert at Fort Irwin, Calif., August 14-25, 2015.

The Oregon units augmented the Idaho Army National Guard's 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (CBCT) during the first Decisive Action operation, known as "force-on-force," integrated combat and maneuver training cycle the Army National Guard has completed since the beginning of the Global War on Terror. More than 5,200 Service Members from 10 states' National Guard units, as well as U.S. Army Reserve and active duty U.S. Army components, participated in the training.

"The purpose of this NTC rotation is to allow the brigade to advance its collective training skillsets and our proficiencies as a brigade combat team," said Idaho Army National Guard Col. Russell Johnson, commander of the 116th CBCT. "We rarely, if ever, get the opportunity to take all 4,000-plus Soldiers out and train together at one time. The National Training Center is one of those rare resources in today's Army that allows us the opportunity to do that."

The training was designed to simulate an expeditionary deployment experience and increase war-fighting capabilities. The 116th CBCT used Abrams tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and Apache helicopters provided by the Idaho Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 183rd Attack Reconnaissance (1-183rd ARB), to conduct simulated battles against the U.S. Army's 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR).

The Director of the Army National Guard, Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy, said that NTC training ensures combat units in the National Guard achieve the readiness levels required by the Army in order to meet the nation's demands.

"The National Guard is part of the total Army force and we have combat formations within our team ... so it's important that we give these organizations the opportunity to come out and go against world-class OPFOR [opposing forces] to grow and train," said Kadavy.

Oregon's 3-116th Battalion successfully conducted three running battles and retained the ability to continue projecting effective combat power during the training. The battalion defeated more than double its weight in opposing force combat troops, armor and equipment.

"It was an extremely challenging environment and a very difficult standard and the Soldiers did exceptionally well," said Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Brian Dean, commander of the 3-116th Battalion.

The 3-116th Battalion consists of Citizen-Soldiers from seven Eastern Oregon cities and was the first National Guard battalion in the nation certified on the new M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) and the Abrams M1A2 SEPv2 main battle tank. The battalion spent four years training on the new equipment and preparing for NTC.

"This marks the end of a lot of sacrifice for Soldiers, families and employers," said Dean. "I want to thank the families. I understand that it is sacrifice for them. And to the employers, without them being willing to give up their hard working Soldiers, we wouldn't be able to do this."

The 1186th MP Company is based in Salem, Oregon, with a detachment in Milton-Freewater. The military police Soldiers contributed to the training as a combat service and support unit.

"The troops have been great. It's been absolutely fantastic. High morale under very austere conditions and they've risen to every challenge and I'm fantastically proud of each and every one of them," said Oregon Army National Guard Master Sgt. James Webb, with the 1186 MP Company, 821st Troop Command Battalion.


PHOTOS from the training are available for download at the following link:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/albums/72157657476490650

VIDEOS are available for download at the following links:
BROLL: 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team NTC Rotation:
https://www.dvidshub.net/video/420592/3rd-battalion-116th-cavalry-brigade-combat-team-ntc-rotation-broll#.VeDUIksyGDU

PKG and SOT: Oregon Army National Guard Cavalry Trains at NTC:
https://www.dvidshub.net/video/420964/oregon-army-national-guard-cavalry-trains-ntc#.VeDTyUsyGDU

SOT: Director of the Army National Guard Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy comments on the importance of the National Guard training at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/420224/arng-dir-visits-ntc#.VeEMjUsyGDU

SOT: Gen. Frank Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, visits the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/419876/chief-nat-guard-bureau-visits-ntc-fort-irwin-california#.VeENkksyGDU
Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers practice smothering fires during wild land fires training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, in Salem, Oregon, Aug. 25. The group spent four days training to assist the Oregon Department of Fores
Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers practice smothering fires during wild land fires training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, in Salem, Oregon, Aug. 25. The group spent four days training to assist the Oregon Department of Fores
Oregon National Guard Soldiers, Airmen scheduled to complete fire training, deploy to fire bases (Photo) - 08/28/15
SALEM, Oregon (Aug. 28, 2015)--The additional 250 Oregon National Guard members activated to assist with ongoing firefighting efforts throughout the state are scheduled to complete their firefighting training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in Salem, Oregon on Saturday, Aug. 29.

The group, comprised of Citizen-Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Oregon, and the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and Citizen-Soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, are scheduled to deploy to firebases in eastern and central Oregon on Sunday, Aug. 30.

The media is invited to view their field training on Aug. 29, at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, located at 4190 Aumsville Highway, Salem, Oregon 97317.

The first group of 125 Oregon Soldiers who were activated, completed their firefighting training at DPSST on Aug. 25, and are currently assisting first responders, initial attack contract crews and fire managers at a firebase near John Day. This initial group comes from Oregon Army National Guard units across the state, including; 224 Engineering Company, 1-186 Infantry Battalion, 1-82 Cavalry, 141 Brigade Support Battalion and 1249 Engineer Company. They join Soldiers from Charlie 7-158 Aviation, and Army and Air National Guard Joint Staff who have been participating in the effort since Aug. 3.

The Oregon National Guard has an ongoing agreement with the Oregon Department of Forestry known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the details of how Oregon National Guard members will be utilized to assist in annual firefighting. This agreement is reviewed annually by both agencies' leadership.

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers practice smothering fires during wild land fires training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, in Salem, Oregon, Aug. 25. The group spent four days training to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry during the 2015 firefighting season, and have since deployed to the fire lines early on Aug. 26. They will be joined by 250 more Oregon Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers who began their training at DPSST on Aug. 26, and are expected to deploy to the fire lines Aug. 30. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.
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Photo Release: Oregon Soldiers depart for fire base in John Day, Acting Adjutant General visits second group of volunteers (Photo) - 08/26/15
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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers board buses headed out to a fire base in John Day, Oregon, following completion of their firefighting training at the Department of Public Safety, Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, Aug. 26. The first group of 125 Oregon Citizen-Soldiers began their training at DPSST on Aug. 22. Another group of 250 Soldiers and Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, and the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team based at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, arrived at DPSST Aug. 25. The second group should complete their training there by Aug. 29. The call up of Oregon Guardsmen came as Oregon Governor Kate Brown activated the Oregon National Guard to assist with the ongoing firefighting efforts around the state. Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office.

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Acting Oregon Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Michael Stencel, and Oregon Army National Guard Command Sergeant Major Shane Lake, address a group of Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers during their firefighting training at the Department of Public Safety, Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, Aug. 26. The group is part of an additional 250 Oregon Air and Army National Guard members placed on state active duty orders to assist with the ongoing firefighting efforts around the state. Another group of 125 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers completed their training at DPSST on Aug. 25, and headed to a fire base near John Day. Photo by Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office.

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers from the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team depart from the Department of Public Safety, Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, Aug. 26, after completing firefighting training at the facility. This first group of 125 Oregon Citizen-Soldiers began their training at DPSST on Aug. 22. Another group of 250 Soldiers and Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, and the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team based at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, arrived at the facility Aug. 25. The second group should complete their training there by Aug. 29. The call up of Oregon Guardsmen came as Oregon Governor Kate Brown activated the Oregon National Guard to assist with the ongoing firefighting efforts around the state. Photo by Lt. Heather Bashor, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office.
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Photo Release: First group of Oregon National Guard Soldiers complete fire training at DPSST, head to fire bases (Photo) - 08/25/15
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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers practice using fire hoses during wild land fires training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, in Salem, Oregon, Aug. 25. The group is undergoing the training to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry during the 2015 firefighting season. The first group of 125 Soldiers are scheduled to deploy to the fire lines early on Aug. 26, and will be joined by 250 more Oregon Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers who began their training at DPSST today, and are expected to deploy to the fire lines Aug. 30. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard Soldier practices using fire hoses during wild land fires training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, in Salem, Oregon, Aug. 25. The group is undergoing the training to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry during the 2015 firefighting season. The first group of 125 Soldiers are scheduled to deploy to the fire lines early on Aug. 26, and will be joined by 250 more Oregon Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers who began their training at DPSST today, and are expected to deploy to the fire lines Aug. 30. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers practice cutting fire lines during wild land fires' training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, in Salem, Oregon, Aug. 25. The group is undergoing the training to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry during the 2015 firefighting season. The first group of 125 Soldiers are scheduled to deploy to the fire lines early on Aug. 26, and will be joined by 250 more Oregon Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers who began their training at DPSST today, and are expected to deploy to the fire lines Aug. 30. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers practice smothering fires during wild land fires training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, in Salem, Oregon, Aug. 25. The group is undergoing the training to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry during the 2015 firefighting season. The first group of 125 Soldiers are scheduled to deploy to the fire lines early on Aug. 26, and will be joined by 250 more Oregon Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers who began their training at DPSST today, and are expected to deploy to the fire lines Aug. 30. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.
Kingsley Field Airmen activated to help with state wild fires - 08/25/15
KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. - Forty-nine volunteer Citizen-Airmen from the 173rd Fighter Wing and 270th Air Traffic Control Squadron are part of the additional 250 Oregon National Guard members called up by Governer Kate Brown to assist with ongoing firefighting efforts throughout the state.

The additional personnel are scheduled to report to the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in Salem, Oregon to undergo firefighting training starting Wednesday, Aug. 26. DPSST officials say the additional group should complete their training by Aug. 30.

The 250 volunteers are comprised of Oregon Guard units from around the state. Half of the additional Guard members are Citizen-Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Oregon, and the 173rd FW in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The other half of the additional Guard members are from the Oregon Army National Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

A group of 125 Oregon Soldiers who are currently undergoing training at DPSST are scheduled to complete their training by Aug. 25. As of Monday, Aug. 24, this first group is scheduled to head to the Canyon Creek Complex Firebase where they will assist first responders, initial attack contract crews and fire managers.

Members of the media are invited to view the field training of the first group of Oregon Soldiers during a media tour on Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the DPSST, the Oregon Public Safety Academy, located at 4190 Aumsville Highway, Salem, Oregon 97317.

The Soldiers in the first group come from units across the state, including; 224 Engineering Company, 1-186 Infantry Battalion, 1-82 Cavalry, 141 Brigade Support Battalion and 1249 Engineer Company. They join Soldiers from Charlie 7-158 Aviation, and Army and Air National Guard Joint Staff who have been participating in the effort since Aug. 3.

The Oregon National Guard has an ongoing agreement with the Oregon Department of Forestry known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the details of how Oregon National Guard members will be utilized to assist in annual firefighting. This agreement is reviewed annually by both agencies' leadership.
Media invited to DPSST-led Oregon National Guard training to support state's wildland fires - 08/24/15
SALEM, Oregon (Aug. 24, 2015)--Governor Kate Brown has authorized the activation of an additional 250 Oregon National Guard members to assist with ongoing firefighting efforts throughout the state.

The additional personnel are scheduled to report to the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in Salem, Oregon to undergo firefighting training starting Wednesday, Aug. 26. DPSST officials say the additional group should complete their training by Aug. 30.

Members of the media are invited to view the field training of the first group of 125 Oregon Soldiers during a media tour on Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the DPSST, the Oregon Public Safety Academy, located at 4190 Aumsville Highway, Salem, Oregon 97317.

The additional 250 volunteers are comprised of Oregon Guard units from around the state. Half of the additional Guard members are Citizen-Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Oregon, and the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The other half of the additional Guard members are from the Oregon Army National Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

The first group of Oregon Soldiers activated are currently undergoing training at DPSST, and are scheduled to complete their training by Aug. 25. As of Monday, Aug. 24, this first group is scheduled to head to the Canyon Creek Complex Firebase where they will assist first responders, initial attack contract crews and fire managers.

The Soldiers in the first group come from units across the state, including; 224 Engineering Company, 1-186 Infantry Battalion, 1-82 Cavalry, 141 Brigade Support Battalion and 1249 Engineer Company. They join Soldiers from Charlie 7-158 Aviation, and Army and Air National Guard Joint Staff who have been participating in the effort since Aug. 3.

The Oregon National Guard has an ongoing agreement with the Oregon Department of Forestry known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the details of how Oregon National Guard members will be utilized to assist in annual firefighting. This agreement is reviewed annually by both agencies' leadership.
173rd FW to conduct night flying operations - 08/24/15
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The 173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations next
week, Aug. 24 - 27. Operations will take place approximately 4 p.m. through 10:00 p.m.

Night flying is one part of the course curriculum for F-15C student pilots at Kingsley Field, the premiere F-15C schoolhouse for the United States Air Force.

"We recognize and truly appreciate the exceptional support the 173rd FW receives year in and year out from the Klamath Falls community," said Col. Kirk Pierce, commander of the173rd FW. "With that in mind, we want to ensure the community understands why we have to perform F-15 training operations outside of our normal flying window. As the sole F-15 training unit for the United States Air Force, it is imperative that our student pilots leave Kingsley Field prepared to effectively employ the F-15, day or night."

The majority of the training will occur in the military operating airspace to the east of Lakeview, where the pilots can fly without any lights. However the community will most likely hear the jets during take-offs and approaches to and from Kingsley Field. Take-offs will occur after sundown and the jets will return approximately an hour and a half later.

"Night flying is necessary in the training environment because much of the flying done in combat or homeland defense is at night," said Lt. Col. Tim Ebner, 114th Fighter Squadron commander. "Once a student is proficient in day employment, they are introduced to employing the same tactics at night with the aid of night vision goggles. Students learn that there are tactical advantages to night employment but they also learn that there are challenges they must first overcome."

Community members may contact the wing's public affairs office at 541-885-6677 to express any concerns they have during this time.
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PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon National Guard continue support in Baker County (Photo) - 08/21/15
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HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter crew chief, Staff Sgt. Jonathon Edwards with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, observes the terrain and fires during an area orientation flight, Aug. 20, in near Baker City, Oregon. Throughout the day National Guard flight crews dropped more than 13,500 gallons of water on target areas at the request of ground crews. Three Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters have been working out of the Baker City Helibase since Monday to support ground firefighting crews on four separate fires in the area. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.

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Petroleum Specialist Sgt. Matthew woods with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, refuels an HH-60M Blackhawk in between water drop missions, Aug. 20, at the Baker City Helibase. Throughout the day National Guard flight crews dropped 13,500 gallons of water on target areas at the request of ground crews.. Three Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters have been working out of the Baker City Helibase since Monday to support ground firefighting crews on four separate fires in the area. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.

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An HH-60M Blackhawk prepares for landing and refueling after completing water drop missions on fires near Baker City, Aug. 20. Throughout the day National Guard flight crews dropped 13,500 gallons of water on target areas at the request of ground crews.. Three Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters have been working out of the Baker City Helibase since Monday to support ground firefighting crews on four separate fires in the area. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.

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Brigadier General Michael Stencel, Interim Adjutant General for Oregon, meets with Baker County Commissioner Mark Bennett (right) and Baker County Emergency Manager, Jason Yencopal (center) during a visit to the Baker City helibase, Aug. 21. Three Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters have been working out of the Baker City Helibase since Monday to support ground firefighting crews on four separate fires in the area. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.

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Brigadier General Michael Stencel, Interim Adjutant General for Oregon, meets with support personnel from Echo and Charlie Companies, 7-158 Aviation, to thank them for their work during the fires support mission, Aug. 21, at the Baker City Helibase. Three Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters have been working out of the Baker City Helibase since Monday to support ground firefighting crews on four separate fires in the area. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.

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Lieutenant Colonel Brian Houston, a pilot with Charlie Co. 7-158 Aviation, Oregon Army National Guard, briefs Brigadier General Michael Stencel, Interim Adjutant General for Oregon, on the current status of the fire support mission, Aug. 21, at the Baker City Helibase. Three Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters have been working out of the Baker City Helibase since Monday to support ground firefighting crews on four separate fires in the area. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.
Oregon Guard Soldiers scheduled to train for firefighting support following state activation by Governor Brown - 08/21/15
SALEM, Oregon--Following the activation of the Oregon National Guard by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to help fight fires, 125 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers are scheduled to begin firefighting training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in Salem, Oregon.

The Soldiers are scheduled to assist with cleanup operations near Canyonville, Oregon, which will free up firefighters for rest and recuperation, and to continue battling larger fires throughout the state. Ultimately, local fire managers and incident commanders will determine the best utilization of Oregon's Citizen-Soldiers.

The Soldiers are scheduled to report to DPSST sometime Friday evening, and will begin their training on Saturday, Aug. 22. Following fire training, they are scheduled to deploy to the Stouts Creek Fire Base on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Members of the media are invited to view their field training during a media tour on Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the DPSST, the Oregon Public Safety Academy, located at 4190 Aumsville Highway, Salem, Oregon 97317.

The Soldiers come from units across the state, including; 224 Engineering Company, 1-186 Infantry Battalion, 1-82 Cavalry, 141 Brigade Support Battalion and 1249 Engineer Company. They join Soldiers from Charlie 7-158 Aviation, and Army and Air National Guard Joint Staff who have been participating in the effort since Aug. 3.

The Oregon National Guard is comprised of more than 8,000 Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen.
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PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon Army National Guard supports fire suppression efforts (Photo) - 08/19/15
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HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter pilot, Warrant Officer One, Matthew Munson with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, Oregon Army National Guard, conducts pre-flight checks before take off in support of fire suppression efforts in Baker County, August 5. The Blackhawk helicopter is equipped with a "bambi bucket" which carries approximately 500 gallons of water and can be dumped on specific locations at the request of fire fighting ground crews. Three Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters have been working out of the Baker City Helibase since Monday to support ground firefighting crews on four separate fires in the area. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.

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HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter crew chief Sgt. Jerod Clevenger with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, Oregon Army National Guard, keeps an eye on the sky, watching for other aircraft working in their area of the El Dorado Fire, August 18. The Blackhawk helicopter is equipped with a "bambi bucket" which carries approximately 500 gallons of water. Three Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters have been working out of the Baker City Helibase since Monday to support ground firefighting crews on four separate fires in the area. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.

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HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter crew chief Sgt. Jerod Clevenger with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, Oregon Army National Guard, drops 500 gallons of water on a target at the request of firefighting ground crews, August 18. The Blackhawk helicopter is equipped with a "bambi bucket" which carries approximately 500 gallons of water. Three Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters have been working out of the Baker City Helibase since Monday to support ground firefighting crews on four separate fires in the area. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.

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HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter crew chief Sgt. Jerod Clevenger with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, Oregon Army National Gaurd, conducts pre-flight checks before take off in support of fire suppression efforts in Baker County, August 18. The Blackhawk helicopter is equipped with a "bambi bucket" which carries approximately 500 gallons of water and can be dumped on specific locations at the request of fire fighting ground crews. Three Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters have been working out of the Baker City Helibase since Monday to support ground firefighting crews on four separate fires in the area. Photo by Sgt. Tianna Waite, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.
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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon promoted to the rank of Lt. Gen. (Photo) - 08/15/15
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general in ceremony, today, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center in Clackamas, Oregon.

The ceremony was presided over by Gen. Frank J. Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, with Hokanson's friends and family in attendance.

Hokanson has served as the Adjutant General for Oregon for more than two years and will now assume the role of Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Vice Commander, United States Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

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150815-Z-AH721-072: Gen. Frank J. Grass (left), Chief of the National Guard Bureau, presents a medal to Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, during his promotion ceremony at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center in Clackamas, Oregon, August 15. Hokanson has been assigned as Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Vice Commander, United States Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. (Photo by Sgt. Erin J. Quirke, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

150815-Z-AH721-105: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, stands between his wife, Kelly (left), and mother, Dianne Hokanson (right), as they pin on his new rank as lieutenant general during his promotion ceremony at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center in Clackamas, Oregon, August 15. Hokanson has served as the Adjutant General for Oregon for more than two years and will now assume the role of Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Vice Commander, United States Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. (Photo by Sgt. Erin J. Quirke, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

150815-Z-SJ786-039: Gen. Frank J. Grass (front), Chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, salute the U.S. Flag during Hokanson's promotion ceremony at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center in Clackamas, Oregon, August 15. Hokanson has been assigned as Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Vice Commander, United States Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. (Photo by Capt. John Farmer, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

150815-Z-SJ786-062: Gen. Frank J. Grass (right), Chief of the National Guard Bureau, congratulates Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, during his promotion ceremony at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center in Clackamas, Oregon, August 15. Hokanson has been assigned as Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Vice Commander, United States Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. (Photo by Capt. John Farmer, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

150815-Z-SJ786-053: Gen. Frank J. Grass (left), Chief of the National Guard Bureau, gives a speech during a promotion ceremony for Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center in Clackamas, Oregon, August 15. Hokanson has been assigned as Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Vice Commander, United States Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. (Photo by Capt. John Farmer, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon will be promoted to the rank of Lt. Gen. (Photo) - 08/14/15
SALEM, Oregon--Oregon National Guard Major General Daniel R. Hokanson will officially promote to the rank of Lieutenant General in a ceremony on August 15 at 10 a.m. at Camp Withycombe, Oregon.

The ceremony will be presided over by Gen. Frank J. Grass, Chief, National Guard Bureau.

Maj. Gen. Hokanson has been assigned as Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Vice Commander, United States Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

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Photos: 234th Army Band performs opening night of summer concert series observing 70th Anniversary of WWII (Photo) - 08/09/15
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard's 234th Army Band performed at the Elsinore Theater in Salem, Oregon, August 9, beginning a series of concerts scheduled throughout the region this summer to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of WWII.

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 and open to the public.

Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, and his wife, Kelly, were in attendance at the opening night concert event.

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. 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 August 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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150809-Z-WB774-005: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Joseph Stanchfield, of the 234th Army Band, welcomes Mark Knecht, of Salem, Oregon, to the Elsinore Theatre, in Salem, for the 234th Army Band's first concert of the summer commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII. The Oregon Army National Guard band is scheduled to participate in a series of concerts throughout the region this summer. (Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Hovie, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150809-Z-WB774-006: Members of the local community begin to arrive at the Elsinore Theatre in Salem, Oregon, for the 234th Army Band's first concert of the summer commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII. The Oregon Army National Guard band is scheduled to participate in a series of concerts throughout the region this summer. (Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Hovie, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150809-Z-WB774-007: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon, and his wife, Kelly (left), meet with Chief Warrant Officer-3 Ashley Alexander (right), commander of the Oregon Army National Guard's 234th Army Band, at the Elsinore Theatre in Salem, Oregon, prior to the opening night concert of the 234th Army Band's summer series. The Oregon Army National Guard band is scheduled to participate in a series of concerts throughout the region commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII. (Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Hovie, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150809-Z-WB774-008: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (right), Adjutant General, Oregon, meets with Chief Warrant Officer-3 Ashley Alexander (center), commander of the Oregon Army National Guard's 234th Army Band, at the Elsinore Theatre in Salem, Oregon, prior to the opening night concert of the 234th Army Band's summer series. The Oregon Army National Guard band is scheduled to participate in a series of concerts throughout the region commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII. (Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Hovie, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150809-Z-WB774-009: The Oregon Army National Guard's 234th Army Band performs during opening night at the Elsinore Theatre in Salem, Oregon, beginning their summer series of concerts throughout the region to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII. (Photo by Master Sgt. Thomas Hovie, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
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Oregon Army National Guard welcomes home infantry unit from Afghanistan (Photo) - 08/08/15
MEDFORD, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard honored nearly 300 Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, in a formal demobilization ceremony, August 8, at the Spiegelberg Stadium, in Medford, Oregon.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden; Oregon State Senator Alan Bates, representing Oregon Governor Kate Brown; Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins; City of Medford Mayor Gary Wheeler; Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon; Brig. Gen. Todd A. Plimpton, Land Component Commander; Col. William J. Prendergast, IV, Commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, along with other dignitaries, attended the ceremony to officially welcome the Soldiers home.

The 1-186th Infantry Battalion conducted the Guard Force mission, providing security and force protection, for a joint task force operating throughout Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from September 2014 through December 2014, and Operation Freedom's Sentinel from January 2015 through June 2015. The battalion was headquartered at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

Due to the continual drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Alpha Company, 1-186th Infantry Battalion, was re-missioned in December of 2014 and moved to support 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, in Kandahar until April 2015. Alpha Company provided force protection in static positions, on mounted patrols, and as part of the internal Quick Reaction Force for Kandahar Airfield.

During the deployment, Soldiers within the battalion were awarded two Bronze Star Medals, 112 Army Commendation Medals, 91 Army Achievement Medals, and four Combat Infantry Badges.

The 1-186th Infantry Battalion is headquartered in Ashland with companies based in Medford, Roseburg, Grants Pass, Coos Bay and St. Helens. The battalion is under the command of Lt. Col. Noel Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen.

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150808-Z-PL933-001: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, stand in formation, as they are welcomed home during a demobilization ceremony, August 8, in Medford, Oregon. The 1-186th Infantry Battalion spent approximately nine-months providing security and force protection in Afghanistan. (Photo by Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150808-Z-PL933-003: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, stand in formation, as they are welcomed home during a demobilization ceremony, August 8, in Medford, Oregon. The 1-186th Infantry Battalion spent approximately nine-months providing security and force protection in Afghanistan. (Photo by Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150808-Z-PL933-004: Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Noel Hoback (center), commander of 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, stands with his formation of nearly 300 Soldiers, as they are honored during a demobilization ceremony, August 8, in Medford, Oregon. The 1-186th Infantry Battalion spent approximately nine-months providing security and force protection in Afghanistan. (Photo by Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150808-Z-PL933-006: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon, welcomes home Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, following a demobilization ceremony, August 8, in Medford, Oregon. The 1-186th Infantry Battalion spent approximately nine-months providing security and force protection in Afghanistan. (Photo by Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
Oregon Army National Guard to welcome home infantry unit from Afghanistan - 08/07/15
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard is scheduled to honor nearly 300 Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, in a formal demobilization ceremony, Saturday, August 8, at 10:00 a.m.

The ceremony will be held at the Spiegelberg Stadium, located at 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford, Oregon. The event is open to the public and media is encouraged to attend.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden; Oregon State Senator Alan Bates, representing Oregon Governor Kate Brown; Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins; City of Medford Mayor Gary Wheeler; Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon; Brig. Gen. Todd A. Plimpton, Land Component Commander; Col. William J. Prendergast, IV, Commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, along with other dignitaries are scheduled to attend.

The 1-186th Infantry Battalion conducted the Guard Force mission, providing security and force protection, for a joint task force operating throughout Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from September 2014 through December 2014, and Operation Freedom's Sentinel from January 2015 through June 2015. The battalion was headquartered at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

Due to the continual drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Alpha Company, 1-186th Infantry Battalion, was re-missioned in December of 2014 and moved to support 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, in Kandahar until April 2015. Alpha Company provided force protection in static positions, on mounted patrols, and as part of the internal Quick Reaction Force for Kandahar Airfield.

During the deployment, Soldiers within the battalion were awarded two Bronze Star Medals, 112 Army Commendation Medals, 91 Army Achievement Medals, and four Combat Infantry Badges.

The 1-186th Infantry Battalion is headquartered in Ashland with companies based in Medford, Roseburg, Grants Pass, Coos Bay and St. Helens. The battalion is under the command of Lt. Col. Noel Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen.
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Oregon Army National Guard continues fire suppression efforts at Stouts Fire (Photo) - 08/06/15
ROSEBURG, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard continues assisting local, county and state agencies with fire suppression efforts at the Stouts Fire near Milo and Canyonville, Oregon, in Douglas County.

Two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters with crew members and support personnel were dispatched to the Roseburg Municipal Airport, August 3, to assist with fire suppression efforts utilizing "Bambi buckets." An additional CH-47 Chinook helicopter with crew members arrived in Roseburg on Wednesday, August 5.

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150805-Z-PL993-064: Smoke plumes over the forests outside Milo, Oregon, in Douglas County on Wednesday, August 5. Two Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters have been working out of the Roseburg Municipal Airport since Monday to support ground firefighting crews and were joined by one Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter, Wednesday. The Stouts Fire currently covers more than 19,000 acres. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150805-Z-PL993-053: HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter crew chief Spc. Beth Bechard, with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, unleashes 500 gallons of water on a target at the request of firefighting ground crews working the Stouts Fire in Douglas County, Aug. 5. The Blackhawk helicopter is equipped with a "Bambi bucket" which carries approximately 500 gallons of water. Two Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters have been working out of the Roseburg Municipal Airport since Monday to support ground firefighting crews and have been joined by one Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter based out Pendleton, Ore. The Stouts Fire currently covers more than 19,000 acres. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150805-Z-PL993-060: Oregon Army National Guard pilots, Chief Warrant Officer-4 Dennis Cooper, Chief Warrant Officer-2 Logan Bass, and crew chief Spc. Beth Bechard, with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, navigate through smoke on the way to their drop site in support of firefighting ground crews, August 5, at the Stouts Fire in Douglas County. The Blackhawk helicopter is equipped with a "Bambi bucket" which carries approximately 500 gallons of water. Two Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters have been working out of the Roseburg Municipal Airport since Monday to support ground firefighting crews and have been joined by one Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter based out Pendleton, Ore. The Stouts Fire currently covers more than 19,000 acres. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150805-Z-PL993-041: Oregon Army National Guard pilots, Lt. Col. Brian Houston, Chief Warrant Officer-2 Rafael Toler, and crew chief Sgt. Tracy Braeme, with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, navigate through smoke on the way to their drop site in support of firefighting ground crews on Wednesday, August 5, at the Stouts Fire in Douglas County. The Blackhawk helicopter is equipped with a "Bambi bucket" which carries approximately 500 gallons of water. Two Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters have been working out of the Roseburg Municipal Airport since Monday to support ground firefighting crews and have been joined by one Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter based out Pendleton, Ore. The Stouts Fire currently covers more than 19,000 acres. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150805-Z-PL993-035: An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter, based out of Pendleton, Oregon, arrives at the Roseburg Municipal Airport, on Wednesday, August 5. The Chinook, along with two Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters, are working with local, county and state agencies to support fire suppression efforts at the Stouts Fire near Canyonville, Oregon in Douglas County. The Chinook is capable of carrying up to 1,500 gallons of water in its "Bambi bucket." (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150805-Z-PL993-038: Oregon Army National Guard pilots, Lt. Col. Brian Houston, Chief Warrant Officer-2 Rafael Toler, and crew chief Sgt. Tracy Braeme, with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, gather water at a dip point near the Stouts Fire in Douglas County, August 5. The Blackhawk helicopter is equipped with a "Bambi bucket" which carries approximately 500 gallons of water. Two Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters have been working out of the Roseburg Municipal Airport since Monday to support ground firefighting crews and have been joined by one Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter based out Pendleton, Ore. The Stouts Fire currently covers more than 19,000 acres. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
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Photo Release: Oregon National Guard concludes two-day multi-agency, multi-state disaster preparedness exercise on Oregon's north coast (Photo) - 08/06/15
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The annual Pathfinder-Minutemen 2015 exercise, hosted by the Oregon National Guard, Oregon Disaster Medical Team (ODMT), and the U.S. Air Force Reserve's 304th Rescue Squadron, at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon has concluded. The two-day exercise, held Aug. 4-5, brought together a number of military, civilian and volunteer agencies throughout the country to train and practice medical first response based on an earthquake and tsunami scenario. Officials believe the northwest is overdue for a magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquake as a result of the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Participants included Air National Guard units from Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, U.S. Air Force Reserve units, the Oregon Army National Guard's Medical Command, and civilian first-responder and medical agencies from across the region. Event planners hope to grow the exercise for next year, and include more government and private agencies.

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A U.S. Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, from Air Station Astoria, drops a rescue diver into Slusher Lake at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, during the Pathfinder-Minutemen Exercise 2015, Aug. 5 at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon. The annual event is a joint multi-agency, multi-state disaster preparedness exercise based on response to a possible Cascadia Subduction Zone event. Officials believe the Northwest is overdue for a magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquake. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Chaplain Ian Howarth, of the 124th Fighter Wing, Idaho Air National Guard, (left), assists with counseling causalities during post recovery operations during the Pathfinder-Minutemen Exercise 2015, Aug. 5 at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon. The annual event is a joint multi-agency, multi-state disaster preparedness exercise based on response to a possible Cascadia Subduction Zone event. Officials believe the Northwest is overdue for a magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquake. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Capt. Jonathon Miller, (left), with the 124th Medical Group, Idaho Air National Guard, and Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Amy Kerfoot, lift a simulated casualty during Pathfinder-Minutemen Exercise 2015, Aug. 5 at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon. The event is a joint multi-agency, multi-state disaster preparedness exercise based on response to a possible Cascadia Subduction Zone event. Officials believe the Northwest is overdue for a magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquake. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Dr. Jon Jui, Oregon Disaster Medical team lead, delivers a morning brief to the participants taking part in the Pathfinder-Minutemen Exercise 2015, Aug. 5 at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon. The event is a joint multi-agency, multi-state disaster preparedness exercise based on response to a possible Cascadia Subduction Zone event. Officials believe the Northwest is overdue for a magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquake. (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 F-15 fighter jets from 142nd Fighter Wing, based in Portland, and 173rd Fighter Wing, based in Klamath Falls, fly along  the Oregon coastline May 5, 2012. (Courtesy Oregon Military Department)
Oregon Air National Guard F-15 fighter jets from 142nd Fighter Wing, based in Portland, and 173rd Fighter Wing, based in Klamath Falls, fly along the Oregon coastline May 5, 2012. (Courtesy Oregon Military Department)
Oregon National Guard to hold public meetings to outline changes to airspace training areas (Photo) - 08/05/15
SALEM, Oregon--The Oregon National Guard is scheduled to hold a number of public meetings around the state to showcase proposed changes to training areas currently utilized by the Oregon Air National Guard.

The meetings are part of the public hearing process required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulatory guidance.

The changes to the training areas will provide adequately sized and configured airspace within close proximity to Oregon Air National Guard flying units to support advanced 21st-century air-to-air tactical fighter technologies and training mission requirements.

According to Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Alaric Michaelis, the airspace is needed to fulfill the missions of both of Oregon's fighter wings; the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, and the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field, in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

"This training airspace will help us produce the best air-to-air combat pilots, and serve our state and nation in times of peace and war," Alaric said. "It also serves the mission of the 142nd Fighter Wing, as it provides unequalled, mission-ready aerospace superiority."

The proposed changes include modifications and additions to military training airspace located over northwestern, north-central and south-central Oregon and the Pacific Ocean. In addition, minor portions of the proposed action would be located above a small area of northwestern Nevada and the southwestern-most corner of Washington.

The changes apply only to the airspace, and not the ground or water under the training area borders.

The Portland unit is responsible for the Aerospace Control Alert (ACA) mission, which extends from the Canadian border to northern California and comprises the entire states of Oregon and Washington, out into the Pacific ocean. The Klamath Falls unit is the only F-15 training school in the entire Air Force, training pilots from the Air Force, Reserve and Air National Guard.

The meetings are scheduled for the following locations and dates:
- August 11, 2015, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Tillamook Air Museum, 6030 Hangar Rd, Tillamook, OR 97141
- August 12, 2015, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., The Loft at the Red Building, 20 Basin St, Astoria, OR 97103
- August 14, 2015, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Condon High School, 210 East Bayard St, Condon, OR 97823
- August 15, 2015, 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Harney County Center, 484 North Broadway Ave, Burns, OR 97720
- August 17, 2015, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Crook County Library, 175 NW Meadow Lakes Dr, Prineville, OR 97754

For more details on the proposed changes to the training areas, please visit http://www.142fw.ang.af.mil/ or http://www.173fw.ang.af.mil.

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Oregon Air National Guard F-15 fighter jets from the 142nd Fighter Wing, based in Portland, and the 173rd Fighter Wing, based in Klamath Falls, fly along the Oregon coastline on May 5, 2012. (Photo courtesy Oregon Military Department)
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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)