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December 13, 2004
Nineteen become citizen-soldiers at National Guard birthday celebration
Governor Ted Kulongoski will deliver the oath of enlistment to nineteen new citizen-soldiers in the Senate Chambers at the state capital on Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. The swearing-in is part of the National Guard's celebration of its 368th birthday.
Brigadier General Douglas A. Pritt, commander of the 41st Separate Infantry Brigade will also attend, and state legislators and families are invited.
The National Guard finds its roots in the early days of colonial America. Colonists recognized the need to defend their lives and livelihoods, and since the day they first mustered in 1736, members of the National Guard have stood ready to answer the call.
The Oregon National Guard traces its roots to 1843 when the provisional government authorized the establishment of a militia to protect the growing interests of an increasing population in the west.
Throughout US history, the Oregon National Guard has played a vital role within the state as well as in national affairs, always true to its motto, "When we are needed, we are there."
Today, 715 citizen-soldiers are on duty in Iraq and another 550 are on duty in Kuwait readying to enter Iraq. Nearly 50 are on duty in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba supporting detainee operations, and another 16 are working with the Afghan National Army.
They are joined by hundreds more citizen-soldiers and airmen who are on duty around the world and in training for deployments. More than 4,500 soldiers and 2,200 airmen remain on duty in Oregon to support state needs.

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