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Press Release
March 16, 2005
ADVISORY: Citizen-Soldiers to return at 6 a.m., March 17
The arrival of the first flight of Oregon's Citizen-Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry will be at 6 a.m. on March 17. The subsequent flight will arrive at about 8 p.m. on March 17 and at 9:30 a.m. on March 18.
Media who wish to cover the arrival and reunion with families should observe the following schedule:
March 17 - First Flight
4:30 a.m. -- meet at the Madigan Gate of Fort Lewis
We will provide transportation from the Madigan Gate to McChord Air Force Base for the arrival of the soldiers; we will then provide transportation to Fort Lewis for the reunion of soldiers with their families
March 17 - Second Flight
6:30 p.m. -- meet at the Madigan Gate of Fort Lewis
Transportation provided as described above
March 18 - Third/Final Flight
8 a.m. -- meet at the Madigan Gate of Fort Lewis
Transportation provided as described above
Any media who wish to have live broadcasts, special filing requirements, or unique requests should contact the Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Office.
INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES (Please help us get the word out)
Families and friends who want to meet their soldiers should go to the Fort Lewis Visitor's Center to register and gain access to the installation. The 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Family Readiness Program will have a table at the Visitor's Center where people can sign in. All visitors age 16 or older must have a photo ID (may be a driver's license, state ID or any ID with a photo). Those who are bringing vehicles must also have a current and accurate vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Temporary passes will only be issued to people with proper ID, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance.
All reunions between families and soldiers will be at the Wilson Gym at Fort Lewis. This is the schedule for families to meet their homecoming soldiers:
First flight reunion takes place at 8 a.m., Mar.17
Second flight reunion takes place at 9:30 p.m. Mar. 17
Third flight reunion takes place at 11 a.m. Mar 18.

Capt Mike Braibish
503-584-3886, cell 503-932-5805
Kay Fristad
503-584-3917, cell 503-931-5179