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January 18, 2002
Female Guard member chosen to carry Olympic torch
 
Salem - Oregon Army National Guard Private 1st Class Beth Rowley, a resident of Independence, has been chosen to carry the Olympic torch for four blocks through Salem on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002.

Rowley, 19, is a supply specialist for C Co., 3-116 Cavalry in The Dalles. She is the only female attached to a unit of all men.
 
Rowley joined the Oregon National Guard through a high school program at Dufur High School in Dufur, Ore. She is also a trained co-facilitator at The Dalles High Ropes Course.
 
"Beth is the epitome of what a female high school student and soldier should become," Sgt. 1st Class Will Smith, Rowley's recruiter, said.
 
Rowley's friends mailed a letter to the Olympic committee to nominate her to carry the torch.
 
"I am totally in shock, but really excited," Rowley said.
 
Rowley's mother is a teacher at Dufur School. Her stepfather is a member of the Oregon Air National Guard. She has one brother, Doug, a student at Oregon State University.
 
Contact Info:
 
Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Office
503-584-3917
 
Kay Fristad
503-584-3917
cell 503-931-5179
 
Capt. Michael Braibish
503-584-3886