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November 14, 2005
Demobilization Ceremony Set For members of 3rd Battalion 116th Cavalry after return from Iraq
 
LaGrande,Ore. - The official demobilization ceremony for more than 400 members of the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry, Oregon Army National Guard will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2005 at 6 p.m. The location of the ceremony will be at Eastern Oregon State College's Quinn Coliseum. Family, friends, supporters and media are encouraged to attend to welcome these soldiers home from a successful mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This battalion mobilization also included countless volunteers from areas throughout the state of Oregon and the surrounding states.
 
They have spent the last year serving out of Forward Operating Base Warrior in Kirkuik, Iraq. Their major accomplishments - provide patrol to seek out roadside bombs, insurgent activity, protection to the Iraqi citizens and coalition forces.
 
They were highly responsible for the successful election held earlier this year and more than 3000 patrol missions which disarmed or collected thousands or pounds of explosive devices.
 
Lt. Col. Dan McCabe commanded this battalion which sent soldiers from the Headquarters in LaGrande, Hermiston, Ontario and countless other volunteers who wanted to do their part to insure the safety of their state, nation and families.
 
Governor Ted Kulongoski will be on hand to commend these soldiers for their selfless service to their state and nation. The Adjutant General of Oregon, Major General Raymond F. Rees, a native of the area and past battalion commander and the 116th Brigade Commander from Idaho. Brig. General Alan Gayhart will also be there to acknowledge the work of these men and women who deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
 
A media room will be set up for interviews with these fine soldiers and their families before and after the ceremony. Please contact the Public Affairs Office for any special requests or accommodations.
 
Eastern Oregon State College has offered to video tape and provide audio for this event.
 
 
Contact:
 
Kay Fristad
Public Affairs
 Oregon National Guard
503-584-3917
cell 503-931-5179