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Press Release
July 29, 2003
2nd Battalion, 162 Infantry called to duty
Salem, Ore. - Headquartered in Cottage Grove, Ore., with units in Eugene, Coos Bay, Newport and Corvallis, the 2nd Battalion 162nd Infantry, Oregon Army National Guard has been alerted for mobilization in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Battalion is commanded by Lt. Colonel Dan Hendrickson.
As announced by the Department of Defense over the weekend, two U.S. Army National Guard Enhanced Separate Brigades may participate in the Army unit rotation plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 30th Infantry Brigade from North Carolina and the 39th Infantry Brigade from Arkansas. The 41st Infantry Brigade will augment the 39th Infantry Brigade. These brigades are being augmented due to the fact that in peacetime the Enhanced brigades are funded to maintain training and readiness at a rate below what is needed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This will provide their full-up wartime authorization of personnel and equipment to meet the readiness criteria set by the Army Component Command in Kuwait.
The 41st Infantry Brigade from Oregon was chosen for the following reasons: 1. one battalion recently completed a peacekeeping rotation in the Sinai during 2002 (1st Battalion, 186 Infantry, headquartered in Ashland.) 2. one battalion is currently deployed to the Central Command area of operations (1st Battalion, 162nd Infantry headquartered in Forest Grove) and 3. now their third and final remaining infantry battalion is available to deploy with the 39th Enhanced Separate Brigade.
The mobilization date is still to be determined by the supported command, however, the period of mobilization is stated to be one year from mobilization to demobilization. The battalion will likely travel to their mobilization station in October for pre-deployment training and validation before they are sent to the mission site in Iraq in the spring of 2004.
For more information contact:
Maj. Arnold Strong
Kay Fristad