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February 24, 2005
Governor announces appointment of Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees as Adjutant General of Oregon NG
 
Governor announces appointment of Adjutant General for Oregon
 
Governor Ted Kulongoski announced the appointment of U.S. Army Major General Fred Rees to the position of Adjutant General of the Oregon National Guard. Acting Adjutant General Raymond Byrne, Jr. will continue to serve in his current role during the interim as General Rees completes his duties as the Chief of Staff at the United States Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
 
"Oregon's National Guard continues to play a critical role in our nation's fight against terrorism - both globally and here at home," Governor Ted Kulongoski said. "Major General Rees brings the depth of experience and leadership - as a soldier and as a commander - that we need during this time of increased dependence on Oregon's soldiers. I am honored that the General has accepted this new assignment and am confident that under his direction, the Oregon National Guard will solidify its reputation as one of the most highly qualified and skilled corps of citizen-soldiers in our country."
 
Brigadier General Raymond C. Byrne, Jr. commented today on the announcement by Governor Ted Kulongoski. Byrne is pleased to see General Rees return to Oregon. General Byrne said, "Having worked with General Rees for a number of years, all of us in the Oregon National Guard know his tremendous ability and commitment to this institution." He went on to say, "His return to the position of Adjutant General is a plus for Oregon given his vast experience at the national level. His appointment will prove to be a positive addition for the Oregon National Guard. Rees brings with him his vast knowledge and experiences from National Guard Bureau and Northern Command in Homeland Defense and issues concerning the National Guard and Reserves at the national level."
 
General Byrne has been served as the Acting Adjutant General for the past 17 months as the replacement for Major General Alexander H. Burgin who retired in October 2003. Byrne, who commanded the 41st Separate Infantry Brigade for more than five years, has served as the Acting Adjutant General during some of the Oregon National Guards most trying times since World War II. Since the events of 9-11, the Oregon National Guard has deployed more than 8,000 soldiers and airmen in support of the Global War on Terror.
 
General Byrne will remain as Acting Adjutant General until the transition is complete. General Rees will return to Oregon as soon as his replacement at Northern Command is appointed. The Military Department is estimating this transition will be complete later this spring.
 
Major General Fred Rees
 
Contact:

Kay Fristad
Deputy Public Affairs Officer
Oregon National Guard
503-584-3917, cell 503-931-5179