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Press Release
June 03, 2003
Oregon's Adjutant General to be Knighted as part of Rose Festival Ceremony
Salem, Ore. - On Friday, June 6, 2003, Major General Alexander H. Burgin, The Adjutant General of the Oregon National Guard, will be knighted by this year’s Rose Queen Priscilla Isaacs, in Washington Park as part of this year’s Rose Festival. In recognition of the tremendous accomplishments of the Oregon National Guard in the past year, Burgin was invited by the Prime Minister of Rosaria, Mr. Robert A. Woody, to be knighted in this year’s ceremony.
In the past year, the Oregon National Guard has deployed more citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen to active missions than it has since WWII. Over 1,700 members of the Oregon Military Department are activated and currently serving in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and around the world. From the heroic rescues on Mt. Hood and across Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq by the 1042nd Medical Company (Air Ambulance), to the monumental safety record of the 142nd Fighter Wing, flying over 60,000 incident free miles (the first unit ever from the National Guard and one of but a handful of any U.S. Air Force unit), and from the stalwart performance of Task Force 186th Infantry as members of the Multinational Force and Observers mission in Sinai, Egypt, to the thousands of man-hours in volunteer service to Oregon by National Guard members, the accomplishments of the Oregon Military Department this past year have been prolific.
Maj. Gen. Burgin, a Vietnam veteran, has served in the Oregon National Guard since 1974. He is a member of the Reserve Officer Association (ROA), The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, State of Oregon Governor’s Council, and the State of Oregon Governor’s Security Council. He has led the Oregon National Guard since 1999. His youngest daughter, Meredith, is a United States Army Captain currently serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Southern Iraq.
The Royal Rosarians are an organization devoted to public service and dedicated to extol the glory of the Rose. Upon assuming membership, Royal Rosarians pledge to perpetuate the Rose, to embellish its known beauty, and to ensure the propagation of the Rose under which the individual Rosarian was knighted into the Kingdom of Rosaria. The rose that Maj. Gen. Burgin will be knighted under is the “Alexander” rose.
The ceremony is open to the public and will be held at 10:00 a.m. in Washington Park in Portland, Ore. Maj. Gen. Burgin will be joined by six Admirals from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard in this formal Rosarian knighting ceremony.
Please refer all media inquiries to Maj. Arnold V. Strong, Public Affairs Officer, at 503.580.2645.
For more information contact:
Contact: Maj. Arnold Strong
 503-584-3885 or 503-580-2645