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Press Release
August 09, 2005
Oregon National Guard completes search mission
A UH-60 Blackhawk launched at 10:30 a.m. from the Army Aviation Support Facility in Pendleton, Ore. to assist in the search for a missing man near Ukiah in Umatilla County.
Citizen-soldiers on board the Blackhawk located the missing man's tent and reported it's location to the Umatilla County Sheriff's office. The target of the search was a 40-year-old man believed to be diabetic.
The Blackhawk returned to Pendleton around 2:10 p.m.
The crew involved in the search were: Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) Dennis Rogers, CW3 Doug Walker, crew chief Sgt. 1st Class Scott McCoy, and Spec's. Troy Crafton and Jeremiah Williams.
The UH-60 Blackhawk, based out of Salem, Ore., is operating out of Pendleton to assist in this type of operation during the deployment of the CH-47 Chinook helicopters and crews permanently stationed in Pendleton. They are currently serving in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
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.
Capt Mike Braibish
  cell 503.932.5805
Umatilla County Sheriff's office