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October 14, 2004
Sixty Oregon Army National Guard soldiers will mobilize for duty in Iraq
 
Salem, Ore. – About sixty soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard will mobilize for duty in Iraq Oct. 15 at the Andersen Readiness Center in Salem, Ore.
 
The soldiers will join the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry as replacements for casualties or for soldiers who have completed 24 months of active duty service in the last five years.
 
Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and Congresswoman Darlene Hooley will speak at the mobilization ceremony.
 
The deploying soldiers will report to Fort Bliss, Texas by Oct. 17 for a few weeks of training before deploying to Iraq. When they arrive, the unit will integrate them into operations and provide additional training as needed.
 
The soldiers will remain in Iraq with the 2nd BN, 162nd IN and return with the unit upon its scheduled rotation out of Iraq. The 2nd BN, 162nd IN is expected to return to Oregon in April of 2005.
 
There are nearly 700 soldiers from the 2nd BN, 162nd IN serving in Baghdad, Iraq. Fifteen more soldiers from Detachment 2, L Company 151st Aviation Battalion are serving in Balad, Iraq approximately 50 miles north of Baghdad.
 
There are fifteen of Oregon's citizen soldiers are also serving in Afghanistan as an embedded training team in support of the Afghan National Army. More than forty Guard members are on duty at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; they are watching over detainees captured in the Global War on Terror.
 
There are currently 399 soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry and 150 soldiers from F Troop, 82nd Cavalry at the Joint Readiness Training Center on Fort Polk, La. They are in the final stages of training prior to a deployment to Iraq.
 
There are currently 100 soldiers from F Troop, 82nd Cavalry in training at Fort Bliss for a late fall deployment to Iraq.
 
Oregon has provided citizen-soldiers to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and homeland defense missions under Operation Noble Eagle while maintaining peak readiness for response to crises in the state. Oregon's citizen-soldiers are ready to serve both state and federal missions as required, being true to their motto "When we are needed, we are there."
 
Contact:

Maj. Arnold Strong, 503-584-3885
Capt Mike Braibish 503-584-3886, cell 503-932-5805
Kay Fristad 503-584-3917, cell 503-931-5179