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January 18, 2007
Oregon National Guard officer becomes brigadier general, deploys to Guantanamo Bay
 
Salem, Ore. -  Colonel Cameron A. Crawford of Salem will pin on the rank of brigadier general in a formal ceremony at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 19 at the Anderson Readiness Center, 3225 State Street, Salem, Ore.
 
Crawford commands approximately 3,500 soldiers in the Oregon Army National Guard's 41st Brigade Combat Team, headquartered in Tigard, Ore. 
 
Upon being promoted to brigadier general, Crawford will accept a one year assignment as the deputy commander of Joint Task Force – Guantanamo Bay. 
 
As deputy commander, Crawford will assist the JTF – Guantanamo Bay commander Navy Rear Admiral Harry B. Harris, with overseeing nearly 2,000 service members from all branches of military service that make-up the Joint Task Force, and the overall operations of Guantanamo Bay to include detainee operations.
 
There are approximately 400 detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, including members of the Al Qaeda and senior leadership of the Taliban.  Many detainees have direct personal knowledge of the 9-11 hijackers, the plot, or both.  Detaining them at Guantanamo Bay keeps them off the battlefield and provides valuable intelligence in support of the global war on terror.
 
"Whatever the future holds for Guantanamo, the mission today is to safely and humanely detain enemy combatants and to collect intelligence in support of the war on terror," said Crawford.  "I'm very excited to represent the Oregon National Guard in such a high visibility environment."
 
Crawford said the promotion and new duty assignment is the culmination of 30 years of military experience, and his unique qualifications have prepared him for this type of mission.
 
In addition to many years of experience as an officer in the Military Police Corps, his qualifications also include a Master of Arts in Correctional Administration from Western Oregon University, graduation from the Military Police Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, and he speaks Spanish.
 
Crawford and two other Oregon Army National Guardsmen, Capt. Abe Gilman of Salem and 2nd Lt. Tiffany Ramsdal of Monmouth, will join members of the Puerto Rico National Guard at Fort Lewis, Wash. next week for one month of training before deploying to Cuba in February.
 
Attached to this press release is Crawford's biography and photo.
 
 
Biography and Photo:
 
COL Crawford Bio.doc
 
COL Crawford-sm.jpg
 

Contact Info:
 
Capt. Michael Braibish
503-584-3886
503-932-5805
Oregon National Guard Public Affairs