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January 18, 2006
Oregon National Guard Soldiers return home
 
More than seventy Soldiers from Troop F, based out of Lebanon, will return to Oregon after serving nearly a year tour of duty in Balad, Iraq. They will complete their active duty demobilization duty at Fort Lewis on Jan. 19 and they're scheduled to arrive at the Jackson Armory, 6255 NE Cornfoot Rd, in Portland at 11 p.m.
 
Media and family are invited to attend the return of Oregon's Soldiers.
 
The unit mobilized with more than 90 soldiers in the summer of 2005 for training at Fort Bliss, Texas prior to the one year deployment. Soldiers living outside Oregon will return directly to their home-states from Fort Lewis.
 
While deployed the unit conducted 1,346 missions including operations as a quick reaction force, providing security as escorts, conducting improvised explosive device searches, and more. In addition to their military mission, the Soldiers handed out more than 4,000 pairs of shoes and sandals to Iraqi children in their area of operations. They also supported two local Iraqi families with humanitarian assistance such as diapers, clothing, food supplies, hygiene products, and medical assistance.
 
There are approximately 250 Oregon Army National Guard soldiers on duty in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan performing a variety of missions. The next deployment for the Oregon National Guard will happen this summer when the 41st Brigade Combat Team deploys nearly 900 soldiers to Afghanistan to continue the training efforts in support of the Afghanistan National Army.
 
 
Contact:

Capt Mike Braibish
503-584-3886,
cell 503-932-5805

Kay Fristad
503-584-3917
cell 503-931-5179