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Secretary of Defense awards Oregon employer for supporting Guard and Reserve (Photo) - 08/26/16

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter presented the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office with the 2016 Employer Support Freedom Award at the Pentagon, August 26.

Fifteen employers from across the nation received the prestigious award, the nation's highest honor given to employers for exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees.

"The extraordinary support these employers provide contributes greatly to the readiness and resilience of our Guardsmen and Reservists," said Defense Secretary Ash Carter. "Their support allows those troops to serve our nation at home and abroad knowing their civilian careers are secure, and is vitally important to the success of our national security strategy."

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was nominated for the Freedom Award by Oregon Army National Guard 1st Sgt. John Zagyva, who serves as a part-time Citizen-Soldier with B Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment, out of Redmond, Oregon.

Highlights of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's support of Guardsmen and Reservists include: Leadership spearheaded a change in the Oregon Constitution that prohibited differential pay for Reserve/Guard members, alleviating the pay difference between military duty and their civilian jobs. The organization created the Military Employee Support Program, partnering with local organizations raising money for deployed service members. Organized a "Deployed Vet Drive" which collected a half ton of needed items for deployed service members. Sheriff Roberts has used his business connections to help find employment for unemployed Guardsmen and Reservists. The organization monitors the families of deployed troops and assists them with yard work and home repairs. Sheriff Roberts personally delivered Christmas presents to the families of his mobilized troops.

"We have many deputies who also serve in the military at the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and we see first-hand the sacrifice they make to protect our freedoms," said Sheriff Craig Roberts. "I'm very proud of the efforts of our Military Employee Support Program which helps deployed soldiers and their families in various ways. Whether it's mowing a lawn, sending a care package, or helping buy Christmas presents, our employees go above and beyond to help each other."

A complete list of the 15 Freedom Award recipients can be found at http://goo.gl/dEjfF1
For more information on the 2016 Freedom Award program, visit http://www.freedomaward.mil/
For more information on Employer Support of the Guard and Reseve (ESGR), visit http://www.esgr.mil/

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160826-D-SK590-337: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter presents the 2016 Employer Support Freedom Award to Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Aug. 26. Fifteen employers from across the nation received the prestigious award, the nation's highest honor given to employers for exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees. (DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee)

160826-D-SK590-517: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks at the 2016 Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony at the Pentagon, Aug. 26. . Fifteen employers from across the nation received the prestigious award, the nation's highest honor given to employers for exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees. (DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee)

160826-D-SK590-577: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter poses for a photograph with the winners of the 2016 Employer Support Freedom Award at the Pentagon, Aug. 26. Fifteen employers from across the nation received the prestigious award, the nation's highest honor given to employers for exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees. (DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee)

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Photos and Video: Oregon Army National Guard and Portland Police Bureau conduct joint training in downtown Portland (Photo) - 08/17/16

PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Army National Guard partnered with the Portland Police Bureau during a joint training exercise in downtown Portland, Oregon, August 17, 2016.

The Oregon Army National Guard provided transportation for members of the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) utilizing UH-72 Lakota helicopters.

Oregon Army National Guard aviators, with Detachment 1, Company A, 1-112th Aviation, conducted multiple helicopter flights from Troutdale to downtown Portland, dropping off police officers on top of a high-rise building.

"Conducting joint training helps us build stronger relationships between local law enforcement and the Oregon National Guard," said Brig. Gen. Mark Crosby, commander of the Oregon National Guard's Joint Domestic Operations Command. "This type of training and networking is an excellent opportunity for local first responders and the National Guard to work together as a team in the event that we need to help the citizens of Oregon during an emergency."

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/PYhj_P4G0AE

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160817-Z-IW846-048: Members of the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) disembark an Oregon Army National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter, from Detachment 1, Company A, 1-112th Aviation, during a joint training exercise, August 17, in Portland, Oregon. The aircraft transported police officers to the top of a high-rise building in downtown Portland. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven Conklin, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

20160817-Z-PL933-010: Chief Warrant Officer-3 Paul Harryman, a UH-72 Lakota pilot with Detachment 1, Company A, 1-112th Aviation, Oregon Army National Guard, briefs members of the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) on the proper ways to enter and exit the helicopter during a joint training exercise, August 17, in Troutdale, Oregon. The aircraft transported police officers to the top of a high-rise building in downtown Portland. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

20160817-Z-PL933-088: Members of the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) rush to get on board an Oregon Army National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter, from Detachment 1, Company A, 1-112th Aviation, at the airport in Troutdale, Oregon, August 17. The aircraft transported police officers to the top of a high-rise building in downtown Portland during a joint training exercise. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

20160817-Z-PL933-103: A police officer, with the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT), watches the landing of an Oregon Army National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter, with Detachment 1, Company A, 1-112th Aviation, at the airport in Troutdale, Oregon, August 17. The aircraft transported police officers to the top of a high-rise building in downtown Portland during a joint training exercise. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

An Oregon Army National Guard UH-72A Lakota with Detachment 1, A Company, 1-112th Aviation, picks up the first five-man K9 team with Washington County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) at McNary Field, in Salem, Oregon, July 13. The training helps famili
An Oregon Army National Guard UH-72A Lakota with Detachment 1, A Company, 1-112th Aviation, picks up the first five-man K9 team with Washington County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) at McNary Field, in Salem, Oregon, July 13. The training helps famili
Oregon Army National Guard and Portland Police Bureau to conduct joint training in downtown Portland (Photo) - 08/16/16

SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon Army National Guard will partner with the Portland Police Bureau during a joint training exercise in downtown Portland, Oregon, on August 17, 2016.

The Oregon Army National Guard is scheduled to provide transportation for members of the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) utilizing UH-72 Lakota helicopters. Oregon Army National Guard aviators, with Detachment 1, Company A, 1-112th Aviation, will conduct multiple helicopter flights from Troutdale to downtown Portland, between the hours of 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

"Conducting joint training helps us build stronger relationships between local law enforcement and the Oregon National Guard," said Brig. Gen. Mark Crosby, commander of the Oregon National Guard's Joint Domestic Operations Command. "This type of training and networking is an excellent opportunity for local first responders and the National Guard to work together as a team in the event that we need to help the citizens of Oregon during an emergency."

The aircraft will drop off law enforcement officers who will conduct additional training in downtown Portland.

The Portland Police Bureau will share some photos of the exercise on Twitter (@PortlandPolice) and Facebook (@PortlandPolice).

The Oregon National Guard will also share images via Facebook (@OregonGuard), Twitter (@OregonGuard), Instagram (@OregonNationalGuard), and Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/).

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An Oregon Army National Guard UH-72A Lakota with Detachment 1, A Company, 1-112th Aviation, picks up the first five-man K9 team with Washington County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) at McNary Field, in Salem, Oregon, July 13. The training helps familiarize SWAT teams with loading and unloading onto a helicopter safely and gives the K9 team members familiarization with the noise and high winds of the aircraft. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Oregon National Guard Soldiers conclude training in Romania (Photos and Video) - 08/09/16

Story by Spc. Timothy Jackson, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

CINCU, Romania -- More than 250 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, mobilized to Romania with the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (CBCT) to participate in Exercise Saber Guardian 2016, a multinational military training exercise, from July 27 to August 7.

Exercise Saber Guardian 16 officially ended with a closing ceremony, August 7, at the Romanian Land Forces Training Center in Cincu, Romania. Col. Robert Bertrand, the Saber Guardian exercise co-director and Brig. Gen. Nicolae Tonu, the deputy commander of the Romanian Land Forces 4th Infantry Division, both spoke at the ceremony to congratulate and thank all those who participated.

"Today we finish an exercise that brought all of us closer together as nations and partners. This exercise gave us the opportunity to prove ourselves and to anyone else that we can work together as a team," Tonu said.

Saber Guardian is an annual multinational exercise hosted alternately by Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine. The exercise is part of U.S. European Command's Joint Exercise Program designed to enhance joint combined interoperability with allied and partner nations.

Saber Guardian 16 involved more than 2,800 troops from five NATO countries (Bulgaria, Canada, Poland, Romania and the USA) and five Partnership for Peace states (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) participated in the exercise.

Among those participating were 1,700 American Soldiers with M1A2 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles, more than 900 Romanian Land Forces Soldiers, and almost 50 Canadian Soldiers with Infantry Armored Vehicles. Soldiers from the other countries participated in computer-assisted command and training exercises connected with the Training Centre in Novo Selo, Bulgaria and the Training and Peacekeeping Centre in Yavoriv, Ukraine.

Exercise Saber Guardian 16 was planned and commanded by the Romanian Land Forces Staff and NATO Integration Units. The exercise unfolded in four stages. The command stage trained commanders and staff in the development of combined planning, standard operating procedures and staff battle drills in a force-on-force environment at the brigade level. In stage two, the command post exercise (CPX) cross-trained Romanian officers with officers from Bulgaria, Ukraine and the U.S. to develop and improve communications and procedures. Soldiers worked with their Romanian counterparts in stage 3, the field training exercise (FTX), using a combination of mechanized and ground engagements. In the final stage, Soldiers conducted an array of live fire exercises with vehicles, aircrafts, and weapons systems from U.S. Army, Romanian and Canadian militaries.

"During these two weeks all of us made a great effort, we understood each other, we manage all obstacles and issues and we end this exercise in outstanding conditions," Tonu said.

The officers from both countries thanked the soldiers, officers, civilian employees and allies, as well as all citizens for their kindness and understanding for the exercises that occurred throughout the country.

"We stand in formation as countries, but today we stand as one," Bertrand said in closing.

The majority of Oregon Soldiers who deployed for the exercise are traditional Guardsmen who drill one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer. Many of them have families, are attending college, and work for civilian employers. The 3-116th Cavalry Battalion consists of Oregon Army National Guard units from Baker City, Hermiston, Hood River, La Grande, Ontario, Pendleton, The Dalles, and Woodburn, Oregon.

PHOTOS AND VIDEO of 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, training in Romania (please credit the photographers and videographers):

Photo gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/albums/72157672232918995

U.S. Army Sergeant talks about Romanian Exercise experience (interview): https://www.dvidshub.net/video/478405/us-army-sergeant-talks-about-romanian-exercise-experience

Tanks in Romania (aerial footage): https://www.dvidshub.net/video/478361/tanks-romania-aerial-footage

Tank Live Fire in Romania (video): https://www.dvidshub.net/video/478354/tank-live-fire-romania

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Oregon Army National Guard medevac helicopter unit restructures under new name (Photo) - 08/07/16

SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon Army National Guard's medical evacuation helicopter unit, well-known for assisting with mountain rescues, underwent a name change due to the restructuring of the Army National Guard. The unit, formerly known as Company C (Charlie), 7-158th Aviation Regiment, was deactivated during a ceremony, August 7, at the Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF #1) in Salem, Oregon.

The unit was renamed Company G (Golf) 1-189th Aviation Regiment. The unit conducts medical evacuations (medevac), search and rescues, as well as wild land fire suppression operations utilizing HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters.

"This change is a very positive thing for us," said Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Brady Phillips, commander of the new Golf Company, 1-189th Aviation Regiment. "It increases our unit's force structure [personnel manning] for enlisted Soldiers, allowing us to promote more people and get more flight medics qualified as nationally registered paramedics."

While their mission remains the same, the unit is a new company structured under the Montana Army National Guard's 1st General Support Aviation Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment. Although the battalion is headquartered in Helena, Montana, the medevac company will remain stationed in Salem, Oregon, as part of the Oregon Army National Guard and will continue to support civil authorities throughout the State of Oregon as needed.

The unit received new colors, known as a guidon flag, during the ceremony to symbolize the activation of Company G (Golf) 1-189th Aviation Regiment. Armies have followed their unit flags into combat since ancient times when they were used to direct soldiers, foster esprit de corps and provide a rallying point in the confusion of battle. Flags still represent the soul of a military unit as a reminder of their deeds, glory and valor throughout history.

When a unit undergoes a permanent change of station, deployment/redeployment or deactivation, the guidon flag is furled and placed inside a canvas case to signify that the command has completed its mission and ceased operations at that location. The guidon flag representing Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, was rolled and cased during the ceremony, symbolizing the deactivation of the former unit.

The history of Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, dates back to 1996, when it was originally formed as the 1042nd Medical Company Air Ambulance. The unit first deployed to Bosnia and then twice to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In 2007, the 1042nd Medical Company was reflagged and structured under the U.S. Army Reserve's 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, headquartered at Fort Hood, Texas. The unit deployed three times under the 7-158th Aviation flag; to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, to Kuwait in support of Operation New Dawn, and to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian.

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Maj. Brady Phillips (left), company commander, and 1st Sgt. Patrick Casha, company senior enlisted leader, case their unit's guidon flag to symbolize the deactivation of Company C (Charlie), 7-158th Aviation, Oregon Army National Guard, during a ceremony, August 7, at the Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF #1) in Salem, Oregon. The unit was activated under a new name as Company G (Golf) 1-189th Aviation under the restructuring of the Army National Guard. The unit conducts medical evacuations, search and rescues, as well as wildland fire suppression operations utilizing HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Maj. Brady Phillips (left), company commander, and 1st Sgt. Patrick Casha, company senior enlisted leader, unroll their unit's new guidon flag, symbolizing the activation of Company G (Golf) 1-189th Aviation, Oregon Army National Guard, during a ceremony, August 7, at the Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF #1) in Salem, Oregon. The unit, formerly known as Company C (Charlie), 7-158th Aviation, underwent a name change due to the restructuring of the Army National Guard. The unit conducts medical evacuations, search and rescues, as well as wildland fire suppression operations utilizing HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150805-Z-PL993-060: Oregon Army National Guard pilots with Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, navigate through smoke in an HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter equipped with a bambi bucket of water in support of fire suppression efforts at the Stouts Fire, August 5, 2015. The unit underwent a name change due to the restructuring of the Army National Guard and is now called Company G (Golf) 1-189th Aviation. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Mt. Jefferson rescue: The Oregon Army National Guard's Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation, hovers at 9,000 feet on Mt. Jefferson during a climber rescue and recovery operation, December 1, 2015, as Mt. Hood is seen in the distance. The unit underwent a name change due to the restructuring of the Army National Guard and is now called Company G (Golf) 1-189th Aviation. (Courtesy photo by Nate Meehan)

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Oregon Military Department installs multi-million dollar solar array in Pendleton (Photo) - 08/04/16

PENDLETON, Oregon -- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Oregon Senator Bill Hansell joined the Oregon Military Department in officially dedicating the new 150-kilowatt solar panel array at the Oregon Army National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF #2) at the airport in Pendleton, Oregon, August 4.

The Oregon Military Department partnered with Energy Trust of Oregon, the federal government and Pacific Power to bring the project to completion, working toward the larger goal of making the Oregon National Guard net zero by 2020. The project also benefits the state of Oregon as it works toward complying with Executive Order 13693, which sets multiple clean energy milestones including the state to have 30 percent of its electricity produced by renewable sources.

Senator Ron Wyden, in his remarks stated that the project was a success on a number of levels.

"I know we are calling this net zero, but I call it a net win for the state of Oregon," Wyden said, remarking how it not only helps with energy security goals but the panels being built in Oregon means more jobs for fellow Oregonians.

The array consists of 475 315-watt panels. To date the solar panels have already created 166,644 KWh of power equaling 13,496 gallons of gasoline, 119 tons of C02, 2,999 trees saved or 951 60 watt light bulbs.


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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden helps dedicate the new Oregon Military Department solar panel array outside the Oregon Army National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF #2) at the airport in Pendleton, Oregon, August 4. The Oregon Military Department partnered with Energy Trust of Oregon, the federal government and Pacific Power to bring the project to completion, working toward the larger goal of making the Oregon National Guard net zero by 2020. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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State Senator Bill Hansell, District 29, Oregon, helps dedicate the new Oregon Military Department solar panel array outside the Oregon Army National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF #2) at the airport in Pendleton, Oregon, August 4. The Oregon Military Department partnered with Energy Trust of Oregon, the federal government and Pacific Power to bring the project to completion, working toward the larger goal of making the Oregon National Guard net zero by 2020. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Betsy Kauffman, with Energy Trust of Oregon, presents a check for $84,319 to Col. Kenneth Safe, construction and facilities management officer for the Oregon Army National Guard, as part of the dedication of the Oregon Military Department's new solar panel array at the Oregon Army National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF #2) at the airport in Pendleton, Oregon, August 4. The Oregon Military Department partnered with Energy Trust of Oregon, the federal government and Pacific Power to bring the project to completion, working toward the larger goal of making the Oregon National Guard net zero by 2020. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)