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142nd Fighter Wing to conduct temporary night flying operations - 04/17/15
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions, April 20-23.

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

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (Photo) - 04/16/15
The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office is partnering with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force for a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, scheduled for Saturday, April 18, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the State Capitol Mall, 900 Court St. NE.

April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). The month offers an opportunity to continue the process of eliminating sexual assault and to ensure all service members are treated with dignity and respect. The purpose is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.

With more than 8,000 Soldiers and Airmen serving, the Oregon National Guard is a vital institution within the state. Citizen Soldiers and Airmen possess a crucial tie between military and civilian society. As a fundamental institution the military as a whole and the Oregon National Guard in particular, are fully committed to a cultural shift in sexual assault awareness and prevention.

"Preventing Sexual Assault in our military requires a personal commitment from all service members, at every level, to be a steadfast participant in creating an appropriate culture and upholding standards of behavior and military core values," said Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense.

This year's theme is Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know Your Part. Do Your Part."

Eliminate Sexual Assault: Every service member, at every level in our military, must know, understand and adhere to service values and standards of behavior in order to eliminate sexual assault and other inappropriate behavior.

Know your Part: Means that each military member has a unique role in preventing and responding to sexual assault. We must recognize our part in stopping this crime starting with knowing when and where to intervene.

Do Your Part: We have to act. If we see a crime or inappropriate behavior unfolding, we need to step in to prevent it, adding our voice to the call to end sexual assault.

Education and awareness are the key in reaching our objective. Through this event we not only hope to bring the local community together, but to demonstrate our resolve and dedication to the transformation of sexual assault prevention and response.
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Deployed Oregon National Guard Soldiers return home to Central Oregon (Photo) - 04/15/15
REDMOND, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard welcomed home approximately 175 Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, as they arrived in Redmond, Oregon, April 15, following their overseas deployment.

The Soldiers of 1-82 Cavalry Squadron spent nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The squadron is headquartered in Bend, Oregon, with companies also located in Klamath Falls, Lebanon and Redmond. The Soldiers will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the formal demobilization ceremony scheduled to be held in their honor, May 16, at the Vince Genna Stadium in Bend.

More deployed Oregon Army National Guard units are expected to arrive this spring and summer.

The 234th Engineer Company, based in Warrenton, Oregon, is scheduled to welcome home approximately 160 Soldiers from Kuwait in late April. The Soldiers conducted carpentry, plumbing and electrical construction on military facilities throughout Kuwait and the surrounding region during their deployment. A formal demobilization ceremony is scheduled for May 30 at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon.

The 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team will welcome home two more battalion-sized elements that also provided security and support missions in Afghanistan.

The 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, headquartered in Springfield (with companies also based in Corvallis, Gresham and Hillsboro) will welcome home approximately 320 Soldiers in May. A formal demobilization ceremony for the battalion is tentatively scheduled for June 13 at the Linn County Fairgrounds.

The 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, headquartered in Ashland (with companies also based in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Medford, Roseburg and St. Helens), will welcome approximately 290 Soldiers from Afghanistan. One company of Soldiers is scheduled to be home in late April or early May. The rest of the battalion is scheduled to return in late June. A formal demobilization ceremony for the battalion is tentatively scheduled for August 8; location and details will be published when finalized.

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Redmond, Oregon - Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Daniel D. Miner, Jr., commander of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, stands in front of the squadron formation upon returning to Central Oregon, April 15, after spending nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The Soldiers from 1-82 Cavalry Squadron will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the official demobilization ceremony, scheduled for May 16 in Bend, Oregon. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Redmond, Oregon - An Oregon Army National Guard Soldier from 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, embraces his wife as he returns home to Central Oregon, April 15, after spending nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The Soldiers from 1-82 Cavalry Squadron will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the official demobilization ceremony, scheduled for May 16 in Bend, Oregon. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Redmond, Oregon - Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon, and State Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Lake (left of center), greet Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, as they take their first steps onto Oregon soil after spending nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The Soldiers from 1-82 Cavalry Squadron will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the official demobilization ceremony, scheduled for May 16 in Bend, Oregon. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
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Correction: Photo Release: Oregon Army National Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team commemorates ANZAC day (Photo) - 04/12/15
CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- The Oregon Army National Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team held a Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day Commemoration ceremony to recognize the historic friendships formed between the 41st Infantry Division and Australian and New Zealand forces during World War II.

ANZAC Day is a day of remembrance to honor those who have died in service to their country and recognizes the sacrifices of all veterans who serve.
The relationship between the Oregon Army National Guard and ANZAC dates back to 1942 when members of the 41st Infantry Division arrived in Australia and completed jungle warfare training prior to combat operations in New Guinea and the Philippines.

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Members of the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team color guard, Oregon Army National Guard, place the Australian, United States and New Zealand flags at the beginning of an ANZAC ceremony to commemorate the relationship between the 41st Infantry Division and the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, known as Anzacs, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore. April 12. The relationship between the 41st Infantry Division and the New Zealand and Australian forces dates back to 1942 when both forces trained together and fought side by side in WW II. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon Army National Guard.

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Meagan Jones, a member of the Kiwis and Aussies of Portland, Col. William Prendergast, Commander, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard and Command Sgt. Major Seven Richmond, 41 Infantry Brigade Command Sgt. Major, Oregon Army National Guard, honor the fallen soldiers of Australia, New Zealand and the United States during an ANZAC day ceremony at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. April 12. The relationship between the 41st Infantry Division and the New Zealand and Australian forces dates back to 1942 when both forces trained together and fought side by side in WW II. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon Army National Guard.

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Soldiers with the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard, raise their arms in salute during the posting of the colors in honor of ANZAC Day , at the 41 Division Armed Forces Reserve Center on Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore., April 12. The 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team commemorates ANZAC Day to honor the bond between the American 41st Infantry Division and the Australian Imperial Forces during World War II. Soldiers in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps were called Anzacs during WW II. Photo by Sgt. Erin Quirke, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, Oregon Army National Guard.

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Members of the Kiwis and Aussies of Portland, and Sgt. Thompson from 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team place wreaths at the base of three flags representing Australia, the United States and New Zealand, in honor of ANZAC Day, at the 41st Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., April 12. The relationship between the 41st Infantry Division and the New Zealand and Australian forces dates back to 1942 when both forces trained together and fought die by side in WW II. Soldiers in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps were called Anzacs during WW II. Photo by Sgt. Erin Quirke, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, Oregon Army National Guard.
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Photo Release: Oregon honors Air National Guard members in mobilization ceremony (Photo) - 04/11/15
008-Members of the 116th Air Control Squadron, 142 Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, are honored during a mobilization ceremony held at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. April 11, 2015. The 116th ACS, is tasked with a tactical control mission and reporting center, and is part of the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily Thompson, 142 Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.


023-The 116th Air Control Squadron Commander presents the Unit Plaque to Governor of Oregon, Kate Brown, during a mobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. April 11, 2015. The 116th ACS, is tasked with a tactical control mission and reporting center, and is part of the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily Thompson, 142 Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.


061-The Governor of Oregon, Kate Brown, bids farewell to members of the 116th Air Control Squadron during a mobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. April 11, 2015. The 116th ACS, is tasked with a tactical control mission and reporting center, and is part of the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily Thompson, 142 Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.
Oregon Air National Guard scheduled to mobilize the 116th Air Control Squadron - 04/10/15
PORTLAND, Oregon -- Approximately 90 Citizen-Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS) are scheduled to mobilize in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A mobilization ceremony will be held at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon, April 11, at 2:00 p.m.

The 116th ACS, located at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, is a deployable radar/communications unit that provides air control and communications in military operational airspace.

The unit is scheduled to deploy to Southwest Asia for approximately six months. It will provide surveillance and air space management for air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. The common mission sets that the 116th will be supporting are air-to-air and air-to-ground engagements, aerial surveillance and reconnaissance, combat search and rescue, air-to-air refueling, humanitarian support, and Patriot missile defense.

The 116th ACS has been very active in providing aerospace control; deploying 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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Governor Kate Brown attends Oregon Army National Guard UAS launch (Photo) - 03/20/15
Pendleton, Oregon - Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. General Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, visited Pendleton Airport to view a demonstration of the RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), March 20. Governor Brown is hopeful that with the Oregon Army National Guard's UAS unit operating out of the Pendleton area, it will pave the way for more unmanned aerial vehicle companies to set up operations in Pendleton, Oregon.

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150320Z-YP317-001: PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Governor Kate Brown; Sean Robbins (second from left), director of the Oregon Business Department; Pendleton Mayor Phillip Houk (center); and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, give remarks during an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) demonstration of the Oregon Army National Guard's RQ-7B Shadow at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Marcus Kellogg, crew chief with Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 41st Special Troops Battalion, shows Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, how to launch the RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - The Oregon Army National Guard's RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is launched during a demonstration at Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Terry Murray, with Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 41st Special Troops Battalion, shows Oregon Governor Kate Brown how to fly the RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, await the launch of an Oregon Army National Guard RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)