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142nd Fighter Wing to host, conduct dissimilar air combat training - 06/22/17

PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing, based at the Portland Air National Guard Base, will host Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets from the Strike Fighter Squadron 25 (VFA-25) "Fist of the Fleet" out of Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., June 20--30, 2017, to conduct dissimilar air combat training (DACT).

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

Flights will depart from and land at the Portland International Airport, and training will occur in approved airspace several miles off the Oregon coast. In an effort to foster coordination with the community and the Port of Portland, flights will launch daily after 8 a.m. and will conclude before 4 p.m.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.

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Oregon Military Department breaks ground for new headquarters building (Photo) - 06/16/17

The Oregon Military Department held a ground breaking ceremony for the new headquarters building,in Salem, Oregon on June 16.

The Speakers included Heidi Moawad, Public Safety Advisor to the Governor; Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon, City of Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett; Oregon Representatives Paul Evans, John Huffman and Rick Lewis; Charles "Larry" Deibert, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Oregon; as well as other community and military leaders.

The Oregon Military Department's purpose is to administer, house, equip and train the Oregon National Guard - a ready force to support the governor and a reserve force to the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army. The Oregon National Guard has a long tradition and history dating back to 1843. The National Guard is found in both the U.S. Constitution and the Oregon Constitution. The tradition and history of the Oregon National Guard was grounded on the basis of its motto, "When we are needed, we are there." Nearly 8,000 Soldiers and Airmen currently serve in the Oregon National Guard throughout the state, ready to respond to any contingency, natural or man-made, at home or abroad.

The new 55,078 square-foot facility is scheduled to be completed in June 2018. Total cost of the project is estimated at approximately $25.48 million. The facility is designed to ensure operational flexibility, reduce operations and maintenance costs, and minimize the need for future remodels. In addition, the building will meet seismic Essential Facility requirements for immediate use in emergency response following a seismic event.

"The overall project is funded by both federal and state matching, and provides a positive impact for our Oregon economy," said Stephen Bomar, Director of Public Affairs for the Oregon Military Department.

Facility construction will address Green Energy requirements that will total 1.5 percent of the construction budget, and will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and State Energy Efficient Design (SEED) requirements.

The project is contracted by Fortis Construction Company and SERA Architects.




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Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon, delivers remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Joint Forces Headquarters building on June 16, in Salem, Oregon. The new 55,000 square foot building will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified and is being built near the Oregon office of Emergency Management. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Chuck Bennett, Mayor of Salem, Oregon, provides remarks on the long history and in-depth involvement of the Oregon National Guard with the Salem community, during a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Joint Forces Headquarters building on June 16, in Salem, Oregon. The new 55,000 square foot building will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certified and is being built near the Oregon office of Emergency Management. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Dignitaries from the State Legislature, the Governor's Office, Oregon Military Department and the Design and construction teams break ground at the new Joint Forces Headquarters building on June 16, in Salem, Oregon. The new 55,000 square foot building will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certified and is being built near the Oregon office of Emergency Management. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program graduates class 53 (Photo) - 06/15/17

BEND, Oregon -- The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) graduated its 53rd class on June 14, 2017, at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon.

OYCP is a statewide, accredited alternative high school that serves all of Oregon. The graduation ceremony featured 131 students from several different high schools across Oregon who underwent a rigorous five-and-a-half-month in residence phase. The students will return home and continue with one year of active mentorship following their graduation.

"We are so grateful for our educators and staff, as well as pride filled for each and every individual graduate and their efforts. Congratulations to all for this success," said Dave Stuckey, Deputy Director for the Oregon Military Department.

The ceremony drew hundreds of family members, friends and community supporters of the graduating cadets from across the state.


About OYCP:
OYCP is one of 37 nationwide National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Programs and has been recognized as one of the premier programs in the country. The OYCP program is cost-free to cadets and their families and has successfully graduated more than 4,600 cadets since its inception in 1994. The voluntary, 17-and-a-half-month program provides youth who are at risk of not completing their high school education, both male and female, ages 16 to 18, from urban and rural areas of Oregon, with another opportunity to succeed.

Cadets work through a two-phase program, beginning with an intensive five-and-a-half-month residential program during which they develop life-coping skills, perform volunteer community service work and attend academic classes. While in the program, cadets continue their education, develop life skills and create a plan, outlining clear and organized steps to keep them along the path of success following graduation. The second phase of the program consists of one year of mentorship. During this phase, cadets receive encouragement and support as they implement their plans to re-enter their home environments.

Details about the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program are available at www.oycp.com or by phoning (541) 317-9623.

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Cadet Alexa Sprengle, student body president, gives a before and after picture of her life and the difference the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) has made during opening remarks at the graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on June 14, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Dave Stuckey, Deputy Director of the Oregon Military Department, conveys his pride in the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) and the student's accomplishments during a graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on June 14, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) drill team performs with their rifles during a graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on June 14, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Heidi Moawad, Public Safety Advisor to Governor Kate Brown, conveys the governor's pride in the student's achievements during the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on June 14, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Military Department to break ground for new building in Salem (Photo) - 06/15/17

The Oregon Military Department is scheduled to hold a ground breaking ceremony for a new headquarters building, at 11:30 a.m. on June 16, 2017.

Scheduled to attend the ceremony will be Heidi Moawad, Public Safety Advisor to the Governor; City of Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett; Oregon Representatives Paul Evans, John Huffman and Rick Lewis; Charles "Larry" Deibert, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Oregon; and Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon; among other state representatives, community and military leaders.

The facility is located at 230 Geer Dr. NE in Salem, Oregon. The public and media are invited to attend the event.

The Oregon Military Department's purpose is to administer, house, equip and train the Oregon National Guard - a ready force to support the governor and a reserve force to the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army. The Oregon National Guard has a long tradition and history dating back to 1843. The National Guard is found in both the U.S. Constitution and the Oregon Constitution. The tradition and history of the Oregon National Guard was grounded on the basis of its motto, "When we are needed, we are there." Nearly 8,000 Soldiers and Airmen currently serve in the Oregon National Guard throughout the state, ready to respond to any contingency, natural or man-made, at home or abroad.

The new 55,078 square-foot facility is scheduled to be completed in June 2018. Total cost of the project is estimated at approximately $25.48 million. The facility is designed to ensure operational flexibility, reduce operations and maintenance costs, and minimize the need for future remodels. In addition, the building will meet seismic Essential Facility requirements for immediate use in emergency response following a seismic event.

Facility construction will address Green Energy requirements that will total 1.5 percent of the construction budget, and will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and State Energy Efficient Design (SEED) requirements.

The project is contracted by Fortis Construction Company and SERA Architects.


Photo Caption: Architectural rendering of the new Oregon Military Department Headquarters building in Salem, Oregon.

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Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program honors 53rd class with graduation ceremony (Photo) - 06/13/17

BEND, Oregon -- The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) is scheduled to host a graduation ceremony for its 53rd class on June 14, at 11 a.m. at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center, Middle Sister Building, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond, OR.

The graduation ceremony honors 131 students from several different high schools across Oregon. OYCP is a statewide, accredited alternative high school that serves all of Oregon and features a rigorous five-and-a-half-month in residence phase followed by a year of active mentorship.

"We are so grateful for our educators and staff, as well as filled with pride for each and every individual graduate and their efforts. Congratulations to all for this success," said Dave Stuckey, Deputy Director for the Oregon Military Department.

The ceremony is expected to draw hundreds of family members, friends and community supporters of the graduating cadets from across the state. The event is open to the public and media is invited to attend.


About OYCP:
OYCP is one of 37 nationwide National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Programs and has been recognized as one of the premier programs in the country. The OYCP program is cost-free to cadets and their families and has successfully graduated more than 4,600 cadets since its inception in 1994. The voluntary, 17-and-a-half-month program provides youth who are at-risk of not completing their high school education, both male and female, ages 16 to 18, from urban and rural areas of Oregon, with another opportunity to succeed.

Cadets work through a two-phase program, beginning with an intensive five-and-a-half-month residential program during which they develop life-coping skills, perform volunteer community service work and attend academic classes. While in the program, cadets continue their education, develop life skills and create a plan, outlining clear and organized steps to keep them along the path of success following graduation. The second phase of the program consists of one year of mentorship. During this phase, cadets receive encouragement and support as they implement their plans to re-enter their home environments.

Details about the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program are available at www.oycp.com or by calling (541) 317-9623.

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Cadet Abigail Tamay speaks to a packed crowd about what graduation from the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) has meant to her and her family during a graduation ceremony at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds on June 15, 2016. The OYCP program helps youth at risk of not graduating high school make up their credits and learn military core values. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon National Guard State Judge Advocate and Circuit Court Judge to be promoted to brigadier general (Photo) - 06/02/17

SALEM, Oregon -- Oregon Army National Guard Col. Daniel "Dan" J. Hill, the Oregon National Guard State Judge Advocate, is scheduled to be promoted to the rank of brigadier general in a ceremony, June 4, 2017, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon.

Hill has been selected to serve as the Assistant to the Chief Counsel, U.S. Army National Guard, National Guard Bureau, The Pentagon, Washington D.C., effective June 1, 2017. This position is one of two general officer Judge Advocate positions in the Army National Guard, the other being the Chief Counsel. Hill will be the traditional (part-time) National Guard Judge Advocate advisor to The Judge Advocate General of the Army concerning the technical supervision and rating of National Guard military judges (at state request), as well as Army National Guard legal personnel training, readiness and related military law matters, and perform such duties as are requested by the Chief Counsel.

In his civilian career, Hill is an elected State Court Circuit Judge in Umatilla and Morrow Counties, 6th Judicial District, Oregon, exercising general jurisdiction over criminal and civil matters. He was originally elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2010 and again in 2016. The military promotion and new position will not change his judicial duties with the 6th Judicial District, or his residency in Umatilla County. He is a member of the Oregon Bar Association, the U.S. District Court for Oregon, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Services.

"A true Citizen-Soldier, Col. Hill's selection is a testament not only to his performance in the Oregon National Guard, but also to his proven abilities and years of service as a circuit court judge in Umatilla County," said Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon.

Hill was born in Pendleton, Oregon, and resided in and attended school in Hermiston, Oregon. He received his Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law in 1986, his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oregon State University in 1983, and his Associate of Arts degree from Blue Mountain Community College in 1981.

Following graduation from law school, Hill was the Legislative Aide to Charles "Chuck" Norris, State Representative, District 57, and Colonel, U.S. Army (retired). Following the end of the 1987 legislative session, Hill was commissioned directly into the Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAGC) in September 1987. In 1990, following his active duty tour, Hill returned home to Hermiston, Oregon, where he engaged in the practice of law and in 1991 joined the Oregon Army National Guard. Hill's solo private practice consisted largely of business law, real property law, estate planning and probate, and domestic relations. During that period, Hill was at different times concurrently the elected Municipal Judge for the City of Hermiston, the City Prosecutor for the City of Hermiston, and an appointed half-time Circuit Judge pro-tem.

Hill mobilized twice with the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard. He was the Task Force Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) in 2005 during domestic support operations following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. He then deployed as the SJA for Joint Combined Task Force Phoenix V in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2006.

Hill has held a variety of military positions, most recently appointed by Governor Kate Brown as the State Judge Advocate, Oregon National Guard, in 2015. His other assignments include: Deputy State Judge Advocate, the first Regional Defense Counsel, 4133 Regional Trial Defense Team (West), ARNG Trial Defense Service; Brigade Judge Advocate (BJA), 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT); Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix V, Afghanistan; SJA, 41st IBCT, Task Force Pontchartrain (Operation Southern Relief, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita); SJA 82nd Brigade (Troop Command); Assistant SJA, 82nd Brigade; Trial Counsel, USA Air Defense Center and Fort Bliss, Brigade Judge Advocate, 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment; Legal Assistance Attorney.

As Trial Counsel, Hill tried cases before General and Special Courts-Martial and the US Magistrates Court as a Special Assistant US Attorney. In 1997, Hill accompanied the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, Idaho Army National Guard, to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., for annual training. In March 2007, Hill co-authored "Mentoring Afghan National Army Judge Advocates: An Operational Law Mission in Afghanistan and Beyond" published in the Army Lawyer, Department of Army Pamphlet 27-50-406.

Hill's awards include the Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Commendation Medal, and numerous other awards. His military education includes the U.S. Army War College (Masters in Strategic Studies 2014), the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Judge Advocate Advanced course, the Judge Advocate Officers Basic Course, and numerous specialized courses.

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Oregon National Guard participates in Memorial Day events (Photo) - 05/29/17

170529-Z-PL933-018: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, perform a Howitzer salute during a Memorial Day ceremony, May 29, 2017, at Willamette National Cemetery in Clackamas, Oregon. The ceremony also included a military service tribute, Gold Star Mothers' wreath laying ceremony; an F-15 flyover by the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing, and remarks by Oregon Governor Kate Brown. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170529-Z-OT568-033: Oregon Army National Guard Brig. Gen. William Edwards, Land Component Commander, speaks to a gathering of Veterans and community members during a Memorial Day ceremony, May 29, 2017, at the Benton County Veterans Memorial in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170529-Z-OT568-026: Oregon Army National Guard Col. Cam Little (left) receives a folded U.S. Flag from cadets of Oregon State University's Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps during a Memorial Day ceremony, May 29, 2017, at the Benton County Veterans Memorial in Corvallis, Oregon. The flag was folded to honor Veterans from all branches of military service and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170529-Z-OT568-030: Oregon Army National Guard Col. Cam Little (right) presents a folded U.S. Flag to World War II Veteran Robert LeBlanc, U.S. Navy, during a Memorial Day ceremony, May 29, 2017, at the Benton County Veterans Memorial in Corvallis, Oregon. The flag was folded to honor Veterans from all branches of military service and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170529-Z-IW846-037: Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Foesch, Command Senior Enlisted Leader for the Oregon National Guard, delivers remarks during a Memorial Day ceremony, May 29, 2017, at the Veteran's Memorial Park in Beaverton, Oregon. The ceremony also included an F-15 flyover by the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven Conklin, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)