Text Size:   A+ A- A   •   Text Only
Site Image
Press Release
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
Kay Fristad
cell 503-931-5179
Capt. Michael Braibish