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Press Release
September 12, 2005
First Guard troops return from relief operations in New Orleans, Louisiana
Oregon National Guardsmen and women from the 1186th Military Police Company will make up the largest number of troops returning from Relief Operations in Louisiana. Some elected to remain on site to assist with further operations. Also onboard this flight will be members of various units to include 141 Support Battalion, 1st Battalion, 162 Infantry, 2nd Battalion 162 Infantry, 41st Brigade Combat Team and at least one member of the Air National Guard.
The first of three flights will arrive at the Portland Air National Guard Base at 4:45 p.m. today, with the second flight arriving at 5 p.m. and the final flight expected in at 5:15 p.m.
Upon arrival at the base, the soldiers will process through Building 170, security their sensitive items and then be transported to the Jackson Armory located at the intersection of Carey St. and Cornfoot Road. The will remain overnight in Portland and complete deprocessing tomorrow at the Jackson Armory prior to moving to their home stations. Many of the soldiers returning tomorrow are from the Milton-Freewater Detachment of the 1186th Military Police Company.
These soldiers come from many cities throughout the state to include Portland, Salem, Eugene, Salem, Woodburn, Redding, West Linn, North Bend, Eagle Creek, Albany, Sheridan Philomath, Mt. Angel, McMinnville, Aloha, Stayton, Springfield, Creswell, Tualatin, Pendleton, Mulino, Corvallis, Hillsboro, Pilot Rock, The Dalles, Umatilla, Dayton, Hermiston, Irrigon, Baker City, and more.
Troop rotations will continue as the need for assistance declines. Security remains a primary focus for these soldiers, however, they also work in many other areas as needed as they work to bring the city back from the damage done by wind, flooding and looting.
Sgt. 1st Class Mike Cummings