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July 23, 2002
Oregon Guard soldiers provide support package for active duty troops
 
Salem - Soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard's 82nd Brigade are enroute to the Monument Rock Fire to provide support to the active duty Army soldiers scheduled to arrive there sometime today. The convoy is following I-84 east through Baker City and will travel along Highway 7 to Monument Rock.

Fifty Guardsmen, 25 cargo trucks, one HEMMIT wrecker, and a parts truck left Camp Withycombe in Clackamas at 8:10 a.m. They are scheduled to arrive on site at 6 p.m.
 
About 550 soldiers from Fort Riley, Kan., will be arriving in Oregon to assist with wildland fire suppression. The soldiers, from 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, will fall under the control of the National Interagency Fire Center while in Oregon. The soldiers were trained by NIFC professional trainers. The training was comparable to the basic firefighting course taught by the US Forest Service, NIFC officials said. It addressed the use of hand tools, building firelines, fire conditions, firefighting operations, fire safety, use of the individual fire shelter and burnout procedures.
 
Six hundred and fifty-five Oregon National Guardsmen are currently on state active duty to provide fire suppression support throughout the state.
 
For more information contact:
 
Kay Fristad
(503) 584-3917
(503) 931-5179 Cell