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Press Release
March 16, 2006
Detachment 1, Delta, 113 Aviation, Oregon Army Guard scheduled to arrive in Pendleton, Ore.
The soldiers of Detachment 1, D/113 Aviation who recently returned for one years duty in Afghanistan have nearly completed their de-processing at Ft. Lewis, Wash. They are scheduled to depart Ft. Lewis on Friday, March, 2006 in the afternoon. They will be bussed to Pendleton, Ore. and the estimated time of arrival will be approximately 11 p.m. Pendleton Fire Department will have truck lining the street heralding their arrival and family and friends will await these citizen-soldiers at the Army Aviation Support Facility #2.
Local citizens will be out in force to line the streets and welcome these soldiers home after a highly successful mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The soldiers will be met at the Hangar by family and friends as they await a long anticipated reunion.
Sunday, March 19, 2006, at 1 p.m. there will be a formal demobilization ceremony at the Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate Road, Pendleton, Ore. Family, friends, community members and members of the press are encouraged to be on hand for this ceremony which marks the end of the deployment for these 92 soldiers from the local unit.
On hand for the celebration and ceremony will be Governor Ted Kulongoski, U.S. Senators, Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden, U.S. Representative Gregg Walden, and Major General Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General of the Oregon National Guard.
These soldiers provided integral support by transporting both cargo and troops in Afghanistan and proved to be highly successful in assisting group troops to capture insurgents in the theater of operation. They also were able to locate, repair and recover military transport helicopter and equipment damaged in combat and effect repairs to return them to duty status. This unit qualified and rated crew members while performing their important mission in Country.
The unit is commanded by Capt. David Doran and is a Detachment of a parent unit located in Nevada. "Oregon's Dustdevils" became Afghanistan's Mustang's during this mobilization. We are proud to have our Dustdevils home.
Media interviews can be arranged prior to the ceremony and on the evening of their return to Pendleton by contacting the Public Affairs Office at 503-583-3917.
Kay Fristad
cell 503-931-5179
Capt Mike Braibish
cell 503-932-5805