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September 2, 2003
Oregon Army National Guard Receives Deployment Excellence Awards at National Ceremony
 
In Army-wide competition, Oregon continues to distinguish itself.
 
The 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry and the 1042 Medical Company (Air Ambulance) Oregon Army National Guard, from Ashland and Salem respectively, were recognized for outstanding deployment accomplishments at a ceremony held on August 27, 2003 in Arlington, Virginia. The awards were presented by the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, Maj. Gen. Claude V. Christianson on behalf of the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Peter J. Schoomaker.
 
Large Deploying Unit Category, Army National Guard (ARNG)
 
The 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment mobilized and deployed in April 2002, from Ashland, Ore. as part of a Multi-National Peacekeeping force to Sinai, Egypt, in support of Egypt and Israel’s Treaty of Peace. Accepting the award were Lt. Col. Dan Cameron and Lt. Col. Todd Plimpton, past and current commanders of 1st Battalion, 186th Inf.
 
Small Deploying Unit Category, ARNG
 
Winner 1042nd Medical Company (Air Ambulance) mobilized and deployed from Salem, Oregon in April 2002, to Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait in support of Operations Noble Eagle, Desert Spring, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Accepting for the 1042nd Medical Company (Air Ambulance were Maj. Matt Brady and Capt. Tom Lingle, past and current commanders of the unit.
 
The Deployment Excellence Awards recognize excellence in deployment operations and is co-sponsored by the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4 (Logistics) and the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3 (Operations) and administered by the Commander, U.S. Army Transportation Center. The objectives of the DEAs recognize units and installations for outstanding deployment accomplishments which meet or exceed established deployment standards, and to capture and share innovative deployment initiatives which have improved the deployment process.
 
The program promotes competition at the unit and major command level and provides award recognition at the Department of the Army level. The DEA recognized active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard organizations that have achieved the highest levels of readiness in executing their deployments.
 
For more information contact:
 
Maj. Arnold V. Strong
503-584-3917 or 503-932-2832