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August 09, 2005
Fifty citizen-soldiers mobilize for duty in Iraq
 
Fifty citizen-soldiers with the 41st Personnel Services Company will mobilize for duty in Iraq Aug. 10 in a ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center at 10 a.m.
 
It will take place at the Anderson Readiness Center at the northwest corner of the State St. and Hawthorne St. intersection in Salem, Ore.
 
The soldiers will train at Fort Bliss, Texas before deploying to Kuwait for a one year tour of duty. Governor Ted Kulongoski and Rep. Darlene Hooley will see the Salem-based unit off at the ceremony.
 
The soldiers are from Albany, Aurora, Beaverton, Canby, Eugene, Gresham, Lebanon, McMinnville, Monmouth, Mt. Angel, Portland, Salem, Sandy, Silverton, Tangent, Toledo, Turner, Umpqua, and Woodburn as well as Lewiston, Idaho and Naselle, Wash.
 
Media are welcome at the ceremony.
 
There are currently more than 700 soldiers on duty in Iraq and 100 in Afghanistan. An additional 35 soldiers are at Fort Sill, Okla. training for deployment to Afghanistan later this month.
 
Despite the high operations tempo of the Oregon National Guard, nearly 6,000 citizen-soldiers of the Oregon Army National Guard and 2,000 citizen-airmen of the Oregon Air National Guard remain in the state to respond to crises or emergencies.
 
 
Contact:
 
Capt Mike Braibish
  503.584.3886
  cell 503.932.5805
 
Ms. Kay Fristad
503.584.3917