|OREGON AIR NATIONAL GUARD COMES UNDER NEW LEADER
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Brigadier General Dan O'Hollaren assumed command of the Oregon Air National Guard today in a traditional ceremony at Portland Air National Guard Base.
O'Hollaren now leads more than twenty-two-hundred citizen-airmen throughout the state, and he acknowledges his responsibilities to them.
AUDIO CLIP: BG-OHollaren-Clip-1 "Those are the people that make the organization run, and it's incumbent upon us, not just myself but my leadership team below me to ensure they have the tools they need, the training they need, and that they're motivated and skilled. They are a motivated force, and we want to keep them that way." (:16)
O'Hollaren says Air Guard units throughout the state are ready and relevant organizations serving the needs of both the state and nation.
AUDIO CLIP: BG-OHollaren-Clip-2 "We have two outstanding units in Klamath Falls and Portland: the Portland unit of course performing the air sovereignty, air defense mission protecting the Northwest skies; and the F-15 unit in Klamath Falls training future Air Force pilots. Both absolutely superior organizations, and right behind them is our new Combat Operations Group standing up with what we see as the new platform for future missions." (:27)
The new commander took the helm from Brigadier General Jim Cunningham who held the position for more than six years. Both O'Hollaren and Cunningham are graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy
At any given moment, dozens of Oregon's citizen-airmen are deployed around the world in support of the Global War on Terror.
Brigadier General Dan O'Hollaren receives the flag of the Oregon Air National Guard from Major General Raymond F. Rees, the Adjutant General, Oregon National Guard. Receiving the flag is a time-honored military tradition that signifies the trust placed by leadership in the new commander as well as the transfer of loyalty of subordinate troops. O'Hollaren assumed command of the Oregon Air National Guard in a ceremony held at Portland Air National Guard Base, and he now leads more than 2,200 airmen throughout the state.
BIOGRAPHY: BRIGADIER GENERAL DANIEL B. O'HOLLAREN
Brigadier General Daniel (Dan) B. O'Hollaren is a traditional guardsman serving as the Oregon Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Oregon Air National Guard. With Joint Force Headquarters in Salem, Oregon, he has responsibility for staff oversight within the state headquarters and ensures support to the commander, Oregon Air National Guard and over 2,100 personnel within the state.
The colonel was commissioned June 6, 1973, upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy. He completed undergraduate navigator training in April 1974, followed by upgrade training in the RF-4C Phantom II at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. In November 1974, he was assigned to his first operational assignment as Weapons Systems Officer in the 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. He gained extensive experience flying training missions in The Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. In addition, he flew several operational sorties in support of a Joint Chief of Staff-directed reconnaissance mission while forward deployed to Osan Air Base, Korea. Colonel O'Hollaren returned to Shaw Air Force Base in May 1977 as an instructor WSO. During this time, he deployed to Great Britain in support of an operational reconnaissance mission, flying sorties in the European theater. He was released from active duty in 1979 and joined the Oregon Air National Guard in 1980, flying first the F-101 then the F4-C. In 1989, he transferred to the Medical Corps as the 142d Fighter Wing Bioenvironmental Engineer. In 1998, he was selected as the Commander of the 142d Medical Squadron. Prior to his current position, Colonel O'Hollaren was the Oregon Air National Guard Director of Support, overseeing state personnel activity for seven Air Guard units.
1973 – Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering, USAF Academy, Colorado
1974 – U.S. Air Force undergraduate navigator training, Mather AFB AFB, California
1975 – Squadron Officers School
1982 – Air Command and Staff College.
1989 – Masters, Business Administration, University of Portland, Portland, OR
1998 – Air War College
1. July 1973 – April 1974, student, undergraduate navigator training, Mather Air Force Base, Calif.
2. November 1974 – April 1977, RF-4C WSO, 15th TRS, Kadena AB, Japan
3. May 1977 – April 1979, Instructor WSO. RF-4C, 16th TRTS, Shaw AFB, S.C.
4. February 1980 – September 1982, F-101A/BWeapons Systems Officer, 123rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Oregon Air National Guard, Portland, Ore.
5. October 1982 – September 1989, F-4C Weapon Systems Officer, 123rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Oregon Air National Guard, Portland, Ore.
6. October 1989 – May 1998, Bioenvironmental Engineer, 142nd Medical Squadron, Oregon Air National Guard, Portland, Ore.
7. May 1998 – May 2002, Commander, 142nd Medical Squadron, Oregon Air National Guard, Portland, Ore.
8. May 2002 – September 2003, Director of Support, Headquarters, Oregon Air National Guard, Salem, Ore.
9. September 2003 – present, Oregon Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Oregon Air National Guard, Salem, Ore.
Rating: Master Navigator
Flight hours: More than 2,000
Aircraft flown: T-29, RF-4C, F-101A/B, T-33, F-4C
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with valor device and five oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Ribbon
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with six oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Oregon Emergency Service Ribbon
Oregon Faithful Service Award with five oak leaf clusters.
Oregon Faithful Service Ribbon (30 years)
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