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Oregon National Guard participates in University of Oregon Spring Game (Photo) - 04/29/17

170429-Z-OT568-003: Oregon National Guard Soldiers greet fans in front of Autzen Stadium where military equipment was on display for the University of Oregon's Spring Game, April 29, 2017, in Eugene, Oregon. Veterans from every branch of service participated in Military Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170429-Z-OT568-010: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Amber LaPerle sings the National Anthem to begin the University of Oregon's Spring Game, April 29, 2017, in Eugene, Oregon. Veterans from every branch of service participated in Military Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170429-Z-OT568-033: Oregon National Guard Soldiers perform a flag folding ceremony in honor of missing and fallen service members during half time at the University of Oregon Spring Game, April 29, 2017, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Military Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170429-Z-OT568-069: University of Oregon football players give their jerseys to members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, after the Spring Game, April 29, 2017, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The players spent time getting to know the Veterans and gave them a tour of their training facilities. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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142nd Fighter Wing to conduct temporary night flying operations (Photo) - 04/06/17

PORTLAND, Oregon - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions, April 10-13 and April 17-20, 2017.

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 10:30 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 Army National Guard colonel promoted to brigadier general (Photo) - 04/01/17

Oregon Army National Guard Brig. Gen. William J. Prendergast IV was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in a ceremony, April 1, 2017, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center, located at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon.

Prendergast is moving on from his assignment as the brigade commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) headquartered in Clackamas, Oregon to become the Assistant Adjutant General - Army, at Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon National Guard in Salem, Oregon.

In his civilian career, Prendergast works at Nike IHM Inc. as the director of manufacturing logistics and planning. He began his career with Nike in January 1989 in Freeport, Maine.

Prendergast graduated from Wilson High School in Portland, Oregon, in 1986. In 1990, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He graduated from the resident U.S. Army War College with a Masters in Strategic Studies in 2011.

He first joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1992 as a combat engineer with the 162nd Engineer Company in Portland. He attended State Officer Candidate School at the Oregon Military Academy and received his commission in 1994.

Throughout his career in the Oregon Army National Guard, he has served as a mortar and infantry platoon leader for C Company (Roseburg) 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment; commander of D Company (Grants Pass) 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment; and commander of E Troop (Woodburn) 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment. He was the operations officer for 1st Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment (Forest Grove) and deployed with the battalion in 2003 in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

In 2005, he was assigned as the executive officer for the adjutant general at Joint Force Headquarters in Salem. In 2006, he became the executive officer for 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment (Bend) and took command of that squadron in 2007. He deployed the squadron to Iraq with the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team in 2009.

In 2011, he assumed command of the 82nd Rear Operations Center in Clackamas, Oregon. In October 2012, he took command of the 249th Regional Training Institute in Monmouth, Oregon, where he led the RTI's move to Camp Umatilla near Boardman, Oregon. He then became the brigade commander of the 41st IBCT in 2014.

Lt. Col. (promotable) Eric J. Riley, the brigade operations officer, will replace Prendergast as the incoming commander of the 41st IBCT.

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170401-Z-OT568-140: Oregon Army National Guard Brig. Gen. William J. Prendergast IV (center) is pinned with his new "one-star" rank by his wife, Jenifer, and Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, during a promotion ceremony, April 1, 2017, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. Prendergast is moving on from his assignment as the brigade commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team to become the Assistant Adjutant General - Army, at Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon National Guard in Salem, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170401-Z-OT568-166: Oregon Army National Guard Brig. Gen. William J. Prendergast IV takes the oath of office, administered by Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, during a promotion ceremony, April 1, 2017, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. Prendergast is moving on from his assignment as the brigade commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team to become the Assistant Adjutant General - Army, at Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon National Guard in Salem, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170401-Z-OT568-220: Oregon Army National Guard Brig. Gen. William J. Prendergast IV speaks to an audience of family, friends, coworkers and military members during his promotion ceremony, April 1, 2017, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. Prendergast is moving on from his assignment as the brigade commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team to become the Assistant Adjutant General - Army, at Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon National Guard in Salem, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon National Guard honors 41st Division and World War I centennial (Photo) - 04/01/17

The Oregon Army National Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team honored the 100th anniversary of the 41st Division during a ceremony April 1, 2017, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon.

The event recognized the division's formation and participation in World War I. The 41st Division event is one of many taking place across the nation to mark the official centennial of U.S. participation in World War I on April 6, 2017.

The 41st Division was activated on April 1, 1917, with Soldiers from Oregon and other northwest states who trained together before heading to Europe for World War I. The 41st Division was named the "Sunset Division" due to its close association with Pacific Northwest states where the sun sets on the Pacific Ocean.

While the 41st never fought as a consolidated division in World War I, the Soldiers of the 41st served as replacements for units in other divisions and operated a reception and training depot in France. Although the 41st Division did not enter battle under their own colors, the Soldiers of the 41st were involved in some of the most significant battles of World War I.

The 41st Division and its successor, the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), have subsequently deployed overseas in support of World War II, the Gulf War, peace-keeping missions, multinational training exercises, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Freedom's Sentinel. In addition, the 41st IBCT continues to respond to emergencies here in Oregon whenever needed.

Some of the last remaining 41st Division veterans from World War II were in attendance at the ceremony.

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170401-Z-OT568-005: Members of the official party stand during an introduction to the 41st Division Centennial Anniversary ceremony honoring 100 years of Oregon Army National Guard history, April 1, 2017, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. From left: Raymond F. Rees, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) for Training, Readiness and Mobilization; Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon; Brig. Gen. William J. Edwards Oregon National Guard Land Component Commander; and Col. William J. Prendergast, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Commander. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170401-Z-OT568-050: Charles Cripps, of Gig Harbor, Wash., stands among other World War II Veterans of the 41st Division as members of the Oregon National Guard applaud their service at the 41st Division Centennial Anniversary ceremony, April 1, 2017, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The ceremony honored the 41st Division's 100-year history and generations of service from World War I to the Soldiers of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team today. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170401-Z-YJ247-076: Veterans view historical displays outlining the past accomplishments and activities of the 41st Infantry Division during the 41st Division Centennial Anniversary ceremony, April 1, 2017, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The ceremony honored the 41st Division's 100-year history and generations of service from World War I to the Soldiers of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team today. (Photo by Capt. Heather Bashor, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

151120-Z-FS713-001: Lt. Col. Eric Riley, incoming commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, greets World War II Veteran Earl Rose, of Beaverton, Oregon, before the 41st Division Centennial Anniversary ceremony, April 1, 2017, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The ceremony honored the 41st Division's 100-year history and generations of service from World War I to the Soldiers of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team today. (Photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

151120-Z-FS713-006: Veterans of World War II joined current Soldiers of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team to celebrate the 41st Division Centennial Anniversary, April 1, 2017, in a ceremony at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The ceremony honored the 41st Division's 100-year history and generations of service from World War I to the Soldiers of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team today. (Photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)