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January 28, 2006
41st Brigade Combat Team Mobilization Ceremony set for Feb. 4, 2006 (Corrected Copy)
 
The formal mobilization ceremony for the 41st Brigade Combat Team , Oregon Army National Guard (approximately 900 soldiers) will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at 2 p.m. at the new Pavilion at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, Ore.
 
Governor Ted Kulongoski, Congresswoman Darlene Hooley and Major General Raymond Rees, The Adjutant General will be on hand to send these soldiers forward towards completion of another successful mission.
 
Hearing of this deployment the management of Mos' Restaurants stepped in and will be providing lunch prior to the ceremony for all the soldiers, their families and others attending the event.. Mo's clam chowder has been nationally recognized as "one of Americas Best Regional Foods." Congresswoman Darlene Hooley has volunteered to help serve the luncheon. In addition, Aramark, the concessions vendor at the Oregon State Fairgrounds will provide the drinks. "It is wonderful to see local businesses step forward with such a grand show of support for our soldiers and their families," said Colonel Cameron Crawford, Commander of the 41st Brigade Combat Team.
 
These 900 soldiers will be coming from throughout the entire state or Oregon. So, this mobilization will affect soldiers, families and employers statewide. Many of these men and women have volunteered for this mission, some having only recently completed a tour of duty in Iraq of Afghanistan. The embedded training team that returned last summer from Afghanistan will also be a part of this mobilization.
 
These Guardsmen and women will initially be sent to Camp Shelby, Mississippi for three to four months training prior to movement to Afghanistan. The primary mission of this deployment will be to train up the Afghanistan National Army. The ANA mission is one of three key areas of engagement for the U.S. Military in Afghanistan. The other areas will include combat missions through which we continue to fight Taliban remnants and al Qaeda, and the reconstruction efforts to help restore and establish a national infrastructure. The 41st BCT will be joined by a large group (approx. 400) soldiers from Oklahoma as well as smaller groups from Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Vermont and National Guard Bureau.
 
Media is encouraged to attend, please contact Kay Fristad at 503-584-3917 or 503-931-5179 to make arrangements for media parking and early interviews with soldiers and families or command.
 
Contact:

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

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