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January 08, 2005
More Oregonians to mobilize for duty in Iraq
 
Another Oregon Army National Guard unit received a mobilization order on Thursday from the Army.
 
The 3670th Maintenance Company, based out of Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, has been tasked to mobilize more than seventy of Oregon's citizen-soldiers to support Operation Iraqi Freedom in February.
 
The unit specializes in heavy equipment and construction equipment maintenance and repair.
 
The unit received an alert order for two platoons totaling 72 people on Dec. 23, and the platoons will mobilize on Feb. 5. After mobilization, the two platoons will train at Fort Bliss for a brief period before deployment. The will deploy to Iraq, and may be sent to Kirkush.
 
The mobilizations typically include a training period, one year of duty at the deployed location, and about a month of redeployment processing.
 
The soldiers are going through soldier readiness processing on Jan. 8 and 9 at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem. The SRP evaluates the soldiers to ensure they are medically qualified, have current training, and that their administrative affairs are in order.
 
This mobilization brings the total number of Oregon's citizen-soldiers that have been mobilized to more than 1,600. Of the mobilized soldiers, about 1,250 are on duty in Iraq, nearly 50 are on duty at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and another fifteen are on duty in Afghanistan. The remainder are in training or preparing to deploy.
 
Nearly 4,500 of Oregon's citizen-soldiers and about 2,200 citizen-airmen remain in Oregon to meet any state needs for National Guard support.
 
 
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