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Press Release
May 19, 2008
Alpha Company 641 Aviation Regiment to Demobilize at Portland Air National Guard Base
Forty-four soldiers with Alpha Company, 641 Aviation Regiment will demobilize on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at Portland Air National Guard Base. The ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m. The Oregon National Guard Soldiers are returning from a seven month deployment to Balad Air Base in Iraq.

Governor Ted Kulongoski will speak at the demobilization ceremony along with Maj. General Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon. Commanded by Major David Doran, the company is made up of soldiers from throughout the state of Oregon ranging in age from 21 to 54.

Alpha Company, 641 Aviation Regiment deployed to Balad Air Base in Iraq in October of 2007. The unit quickly assumed the mission and took over all Army fixed wing cargo operations under Multi-National Forces-Iraq. Their support covered Mosul, Kirkuk, and Basra, in addition to a dozen smaller air bases throughout the country.

The company's support of Other Coalition Forces-Iraq was instrumental in the timely transportation of sensitive cargo and detained personnel. The company increased existing support by 100 percent and developed mission support into Baghdad. This mission didn't exist before Alpha Company's arrival. Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal, head of Special Operations in Iraq cited the unit for their dependable and outstanding service to OCF-I.

Members of the media are invited to attend Alpha Company's formal demobilization ceremony. Portland Air National Guard Base is located at 5501 Northeast Cornfoot Drive, Portland, OR.
Contact Info:
Maj. Mike Braibish
Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Officer