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Press Release
July 16, 2008
Media invited to 41st IBCT, Oregon Army National Guard training
The Oregon National Guard's, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) will conduct its annual training at Gowan Field, Idaho, from 4 -24 Aug, 2008. The event, an Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC), will replicate the contemporary operational environment the Brigade is likely to face during it's deployment to Iraq in 2009.

"The XCTC is one of the best training events available to prepare our Soldiers for next years deployment," said Col. Daniel Hokanson, Commander of the 41st IBCT. "We have programmed a series of realistic training scenarios that our Soldiers are likely to encounter during their deployment utilizing the many resources provided by XCTC and the similarity of terrain and atmosphere of Idaho's high desert.

The Brigade's deployment to Iraq will be the largest war-time deployment of the Oregon National Guard since World War II. It will be three times larger that the Brigade's recent deployment to Afghanistan in 2006-2007 and will involve the entire Brigade of 3,400 Soldiers and will affect every community in the state.

Due to the outstanding support Oregon National Guard Soldier's have received from their local communities and media on previous deployments, media from every local community is invited to visit the Brigade's Soldiers at Gowen Field to see first hand the training and preparations they are going through prior to their upcoming deployment.

Several flights are programmed to shuttle visitors, employers and media from their respective communities to the training area between 15 and 18 August. These flights are currently programmed as follows:

Aug 15 Bend, 16, Medford, 17 Eugene, 18 – Portland

Interested media should contact Maj. Arnold Strong, Public Affairs Officer for the 41st IBCT at 503.428.0579 or via email at arnold.strong@us.army.mil.
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Maj. Arnold STrong