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MEDIA ADVISORY: Oregon National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package to conduct training and evaluation exercise (Photo) - 08/21/14
The Oregon National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) is scheduled to conduct a training and evaluation exercise at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore., Aug. 24-28.

The media is invited to attend a special Media Visit Day, scheduled for Monday, Aug. 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Camp Rilea is located at 33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, OR 97146. The tour of the CERFP exercise will begin at building 7425.

The mission of the Oregon National Guard's CERFP is to provide immediate response capability to the governor including: incident site search capability of damaged buildings, rescuing trapped casualties, providing decontamination, performing medical triage and initial treatment to stabilize patients for transport to medical facilities, and remains recovery.

In March, Oregon's CERFP participated in Vigilant Guard Exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. Oregon's Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen worked alongside members from the Hawaii National Guard CERFP unit, training to respond to a large-scale earthquake scenario. The exercise tied into the Alaska Shield and several linked exercises on both the state and national level.

Oregon's CERFP is comprised of Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen from around the state, providing the majority of the search and recovery and decontamination efforts on the team.

The Oregon CERFP is one of the nation's newest validated teams. The team completed required external validation in May 2012, which evaluated members in the technical aspects required for their mission.

In March 2013, the team also underwent a Standardization Evaluation and Assistance Team (SEAT) inspection, which evaluated its fiscal and administrative responsibilities. The team's results allowed for its ultimate validation and mission readiness status.

To see the Flickr photo album of the Oregon CERFP in action, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157629775748352/
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Oregon Army National Guard cooking team wins dessert competition at Bite of Oregon event (Photo) - 08/11/14
PORTLAND, Ore.--A cooking team from the Oregon Army National Guard took first place in the dessert portion of the Bite of Oregon event held in Portland, Ore., Aug. 10.

The winning team, comprised of Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Jeffrey Reed and Sgt. Elizabeth Stewart, both of Golf Co., 141 Brigade Support Battalion, took the title with a mixed berry cobbler using a cornbread style cake. The secret ingredient announced just prior to the start of the competition was whole sweet corn.

In 2013, Reed and Stewart competed in the annual Phillip A. Connelly cooking competition put on by the Department of the Army. The duo garnered both state and regional titles in the competition.

Reed and Stewart competed against the Oregon Air National Guard team, with head chef Master Sgt. Michael "Mick" Gremaud and teammate Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Marshall. The Air Guard team prepared a mixed berry-cream and sweet corn compote medley. Marshall came to the competition with formal culinary training at the Culinary Institute of Portland.

"This is a great chance for our Citizen Soldiers and Airmen to show how they are fantastic members of our community, and during a great event such as the Bite of Oregon," said Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon.

Stewart said her team did not expect to win, and lauded the Oregon Air National Guard team for a very professional effort. She added that many of the audience members had no idea the Oregon National Guard had cooks or any level of culinary talent.

"This is awesome, because a lot of people get to experience and see how we train all year," Stewart said. "This event helps people understand that we do more than go to war or learn to shoot a gun. Our Soldiers have many talents."

Proceeds from the annual event went to benefit Special Olympics Oregon. For more information on The Bite, including event schedules, please visit www.biteoforegon.com.


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Soldiers and Airmen from the Oregon National Guard begin the Iron Chef portion of the Bite of Oregon event, held in Portland, Ore., Aug. 10. The Air National Guard team (foreground) competed against the Oregon Army National Guard team, who ultimately won the competition with a mixed berry cobbler with sweet corn as the secret ingredient. The Oregon Air National Guard team is comprised of Master Sgt. Michael Gremaud (left foreground), and Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Marshall (right foreground). The Army team is comprised of Sgt. Jeffrey Reed and Sgt. Elizabeth Stewart. In 2013, Reed and Stewart competed in the annual Department of Army's Phillip A. Connelly Award Competition for cooking, taking both state and regional titles. Proceeds from the Bite of Oregon go to benefit Special Olympics Oregon. Photo by Maser Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Jeffrey Reed (right) and Sgt. Elizabeth Stewart, (left), prepare their dessert recipe during the Iron Chef portion of the Bite of Oregon event, held in Portland, Ore., Aug. 10. Reed and Stewart won the Bite of Oregon competition with a mixed berry cobbler with sweet corn as the secret ingredient. In 2013, Reed and Stewart participated in the annual Department of Army's Phillip A. Connelly Award Competition for cooking, taking both state and regional titles. The Oregon Air National Guard team is comprised of Master Sgt. Michael Gremaud and Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Marshall. Proceeds from the Bite of Oregon go to benefit Special Olympics Oregon. Photo by Maser Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Air National Guard Master Sgt. Michael Gremaud (left), and Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Marshall (right), serve berry-cream dessert with sweet corn compote to judges during the Iron Chef portion of the Bite of Oregon event, held in Portland, Ore., Aug. 10. Gremaud and Marshall, who comprised the Oregon Air National Guard team, competed against the Oregon Army National Guard team, comprised of Sgt. Jeffrey Reed and Sgt. Elizabeth Stewart, who prepared a mixed berry cobbler with sweet corn as the secret ingredient, which ultimately won over the judges. In 2013, Reed and Stewart competed in the annual Department of Army's Phillip A. Connelly Award Competition for cooking, taking both state and regional titles. Proceeds from the Bite of Oregon go to benefit Special Olympics Oregon. Photo by Maser Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Jeffrey Reed (left) and Sgt. Elizabeth Stewart, give each other a "high-five" in celebration after their team was announced the winner of the Iron Chef portion of the Bite of Oregon event, held in Portland, Ore., Aug. 10. Reed and Stewart, who competed against the Oregon Air National Guard team, comprised of Master Sgt. Michael Gremaud and Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Marshall, prepared a mixed berry cobbler with sweet corn as the secret ingredient. In 2013, Reed and Stewart participated in the annual Department of Army's Phillip A. Connelly Award Competition for cooking, taking both state and regional titles. Proceeds from the Bite of Oregon go to benefit Special Olympics Oregon. Photo by Maser Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.
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PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon National Guard's Assistant Adjutant General for Operations views ongoing firefighting operations (Photo) - 08/09/14
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Oregon Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Silver, Assistant Adjutant General for Operations, surveys damage caused by the Oregon Gulch fire near Ashland, Ore. Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopters, HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters and ground support crews and equipment were dispatched in support of the Oregon Department of Forestry, incident commander for wildfire emergencies. The Oregon National Guard is currently assisting in locations throughout the state. Photo courtesy of Oregon Army National Guard.
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Oregon Airmen and Soldiers to square off against each other during upcoming Bite of Oregon cooking competition - 08/07/14
Two teams from the Oregon National Guard are scheduled to compete against each other in Portland, Ore., Aug. 10, during the "Operation Dessert Storm Iron Chef Cooking Competition", at the Bite of Oregon event at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

The Oregon Army National Guard team, led by head chef Sgt. Jeffrey Reed, competed in the annual Phillip A. Connelly cooking competition put on by the Department of the Army. Reed and his teammate, Sgt. Elizabeth Stewart, garnered both state and regional titles in the competition in 2013.

The Oregon Air National Guard team, with head chef Master Sgt. Michael "Mick" Gremaud and teammate Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Marshall may face an uphill battle, but the duo bring years of culinary expertise to the event and hope to upset the Army National Guard title-holding team.

Both teams are set to take the main stage at the Bite of Oregon at 5:00 p.m.

The Bite of Oregon is scheduled for Aug. 8-10 at Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Proceeds from the annual event go to benefit Special Olympics Oregon. For more information on The Bite, including event schedules, please visit www.biteoforegon.com.


Team member biographies:

The Oregon Army National Guard team, "The Burn-Its"

Head Chef: Sgt. Jeffrey (the Krusty Crab) Reed
Sgt. Jeffrey Reed has been with the Oregon Army National Guard since February, 1997. He has been a culinary master for almost five years, and has competed in the annual Department of Army Phillip A. Connelly Award Competition for cooking, and has taken both state & regional titles in 2013.

Sous Chef: Sgt. Elizabeth (Stewie) Stewart
Sgt. Elizabeth Stewart has been in the Oregon Army National Guard since March, 2008. She has been a culinary guru for a little over six years, and has competed in the annual Department of Army Phillip A. Connelly Award Competition for cooking, and has taken both state & regional titles in 2013. In her civilian job, side she is a union laborer and a strong advocate for female construction jobs.


The Oregon Air National Guard team: "Red Hawk Pot Pie"

Head Chef: Master Sgt. Michael "Mick" Gremaud
Master Sgt. Michael Gremaud's time with the active duty Air Force and Air National Guard totals 19 years of service and sacrifice, and includes deployments to Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He had a knack for throwing together ingredients as a hungry teenager scavenging his mom's refrigerator, and has parlayed his skills into a mastery of culinary delight. His more than four years in Italy added to him becoming a picky eater and developed and discerning palate when it comes to Italian food here at home.

Sous Chef: Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Marshall
Chief Master Sgt. Michelle Marshall has a total of 32 years of military service, to include active service and the National Guard. She attended Western Culinary Institute in Portland in 1987, during a hiatus in her military career. Aside from being crafty when it comes to sewing and quilt-making, she has developed a fine skillset in the kitchen. She especially enjoys cooking for others.
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Photo/Video Release: Oregon Army National Guard assists with state's fire fighting efforts (Photo) - 08/06/14
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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47D Chinook helicopter awaits launch instructions at a helibase at the Beaver Complex Fire, near the Oregon-California border, Aug. 4. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter refuels at a helibase near the Beaver Complex Fire, near the Oregon-California border, Aug. 4. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Fires burn near Ashland, Ore., in this aerial view of the Oregon Gulch fire, Aug. 5. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47D Chinook helicopter drops water on a portion of the Oregon Gulch fire, near Ashland, Ore., Aug. 5. The "Bambi" bucket used on the Chinook helicopters can carry 2,000 gallons of water with a cable length of 120 feet. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber briefs Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, emergency managers and other fire managers at a fire camp near Ashland, Ore., Aug. 5. The Oregon Army National Guard is supporting firefighting efforts for the Oregon Gulch fire in the area. The Governor thanked all the workers, highlighting how important it is for Oregonians to be aware of the ongoing fire season. Fire managers have said this is the worst fire season to date. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47D Chinook helicopter picks up a load of water from a river while assisting with the Oregon Gulch fire, near Ashland, Ore., Aug. 5. The "Bambi" bucket used on the Chinook helicopters can carry 2,000 gallons of water with a cable length of 120 feet. As part of the overall fire suppression efforts, the Oregon Army National Guard has provided two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters to assist local authorities with fighting the wildfires. Photo by Spc. Alisha Grezlik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


To see and download video b-roll of the Oregon Army National Guard's firefighting support, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQiyDSSBLV0&feature=youtu.be

To see and download more photos from our Flickr page, visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157645435953557/
Oregon National Guard to assist with fire-fighting efforts south of Grants Pass - 08/04/14
SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon National Guard's Aviation unit is scheduled to assist with the ongoing firefighting efforts south of Grants Pass.

The Beaver Complex fire is located about 21 miles southeast of Ashland.

Two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters, two CH-47D Chinook helicopters, and a UH-72A Lakota have been committed to the mission. Aviation crews and support personnel have been mobilized to a helibase in the Beaver Complex area.

Weather forecasters call for hot conditions in the area of the fire. On-site incident commanders will determine how best to use Oregon National Guard assets and personnel.

For information and specifications on the aircraft being used for this mission, visit: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/rotary/a/uh60blackhawk.htm
http://www.boeing.com/boeing/rotorcraft/military/ch47d/
http://www.army-technology.com/projects/uh-72a-lakota/
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142nd Fighter Wing to conduct Dissimilar Air Combat Training (Photo) - 07/31/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing is hosting F-18 Hornets from multiple Naval Air Stations to conduct dissimilar air combat training from August 5 - 22. Flights will launch daily after 7:00 a.m. and will conclude before 4:00 p.m.

Dissimilar air combat training provides realistic combat scenarios and opportunities to hone advanced aerial tactics that may be used against potential adversaries.

The 142nd Fighter Wing is tasked under the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to defend the skies over the Pacific Northwest. Since September 11, 2001, the Wing has flown more than 48,000 hours in support of this mission.
(Video and photos) Oregon Army National Guard assists wild fire suppression efforts - 07/23/14
The Oregon Army National Guard continues to assist with fire suppression efforts at the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore. Approximately 40 Soldiers are providing flight crews, refueling crews and communications for the four aircraft - two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters - assisting local authorities with containing the fire.

High-resolution photos are available for download at the following link:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157645435953557/

Video is available for download at the following links:
http://www.dvidshub.net/video/350837/oregon-army-national-guard-aviators-assist-civilian-fire-suppression-agencies

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/350484/oregon-army-national-guard-aviators-assist-fire-suppression

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/350428/oregon-army-national-guard-aviators-support-local-responders-fire-suppression-efforts