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Press Release
April 06, 2004
National Guard Soldiers Returning to Oregon after tour of duty
National Guard Soldiers Returning to Oregon after tour of duty In support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Salem, OR - Approximately 400 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 162nd Infantry headquartered in Forest Grove, Ore, with units in McMinnville, Hillsboro and Salem, will be returning to Oregon on Thursday, April 8, 2004. They will depart Ft. Lewis, Wash. early afternoon and are expected to arrive at the Salem Armory Auditorium at 5 p.m. Family, friends, members of the communities and media are invited to welcome these soldiers home from a successful tour of duty.
While deployed these soldiers provided Force Protection and their missions included Port Security in Kuwait, Base security in Saudi Arabia and convoy escort into Baghdad, Iraq.
The Demobilization Ceremony is set for April 10, 2004 at 2 p.m. at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, in Columbia Hall on 17th Street in Salem, Ore. All are invited to attend.
Returning troops are from the following hometowns: Aloha, Amity; Ashland, Aumsville, Banks, Beaverton, Bend, Brightwood, Camas, Wash., Canby, Carlton, Cascade Locks, Castle Rock, Wash., Clackamas, Cornelius, Corvallis, Creswell, Dallas, Dexter, Donald, Dundee, Eagle Creek, Elmira, Eugene, Fairview, Forest Grove, Gales Creek, Gladstone, Gresham, Harrisburg, Hillsboro, Keizer, Kent, LaCenter, Wash., Lake Oswego, Lebanon, Lewiston, Idaho, Longview, Wash., Lowell, McMinnville, Medford, Milwaukie, Molalla, Monmouth, Mulino, Newberg, North Plains, Oakridge, Ocean Park, Oregon City, Pacific City, Portland, Puyallup, Rainier, Redding, Redmond, Salem, Sandy, Scappoose, Scio, Scotts Mills, Sheridan, Sherwood, Shirley, Silverton, Spokane, Wash., Springfield, St. Helens, Stayton, Tacoma, Wash., Tigard, Tillamook, Troutdale, Tualatin, Vancouver, Wash., Vernonia, Waldport, Warren, Welches, West Linn, White City, White Salmon, Wilsonville, Woodburn, Yakima, Wash., and Yamhill.
For more information contact:
Maj. Arnold V. Strong
Kay Fristad