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September 29, 2005
Oregon's citizen-Soldiers and Airmen return from Louisiana
 
The mission ends tomorrow for the few hundred remaining Oregon National Guard soldiers deployed to Louisiana. For more than three weeks the ORNG has been at the heart of disaster relief efforts first in New Orleans in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina then across Louisiana in the wake of hurricane Rita.
 
The flights bringing home all but a small contingent of logistics experts will finish Sept. 30. The flight schedule for Sept. 29 and 30 is as follows:
 
Arrival Day Arrival Time Passengers Aircraft Type
 
Sept. 29 3 a.m. 123 Commercial
 
Sept. 29 12:15 p.m. 250 Commercial
 
Sept. 29 2:30 p.m. 50 Military
 
Sept. 29 10 p.m. 50 Military
 
Sept. 29 10 p.m. 50 Military
 
Sept. 30 4 a.m. 123 Commercial
 
Sept. 30 12:15 p.m. 250 Commercial
 
The request for support started small with a call for assistance from Army National Guard Military Police and Air National Guard Security Forces, but it quickly grew into a need for the 41st Brigade Combat Team. From a cold start the ORNG deployed nearly 2,000 soldiers, tons of rations, and hundreds of pieces of equipment in just over a week.
 
While deployed the soldiers helped civilian authorities rescue survivors, establish security, distribute lifesaving resources, and begin recovery.
 
 
Contact:
 
Media interested in covering the return of the Oregon National Guard should call:
 
Capt. Michael Braibish
503-584-3886
cell 503-932-5805
 
Sgt. 1st Calss Mike Cummings
208-440-7635