|Oregon Soldiers set to arrive at Portland International Airport tonight following Afghanistan deploy
SALEM, Ore. – Members of the Oregon Army National Guard are scheduled to return to the Portland International Airport at approximately 7:00 p.m., following a year-long deployment to Afghanistan.
The Soldiers were part of an Embedded Training Team, which helped train members of the Afghan National Army in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit was commanded by Lt. Col. Keith Ensley.
Of the original 17 members, nine will be returning tonight. The others will join them for the demobilization ceremony on Dec. 16, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. at the Anderson Readiness Center, located at 3225 State St., Salem, OR 97309.
DSC4795: An Oregon Army National Guardsmen (left), trains a member of the Afghan National Army, Aug. 1008, near the Helmand Province, Afghanistan, during Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo by Charles Eckert)
DSC5596: Members of the Oregon Army National Guard, along with members of the Afghan National Army, help carry wounded personnel to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter near the Helmand Province in Afghanistan in Aug. 2008. (Photo by Charles Eckert)
20080705_039: Capt. Phillip Chik, of the Oregon Army National Guard, meets with Afghani tribal leaders in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan in July 2008. Members of Chik's unit helped train Afghan National Army members during Operation Enduring Freedom (Photo courtesy of Oregon Army National Guard).
For more information, contact:
Maj. Michael Braibish, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Officer, 503-932-5805
Capt. Steven Bomar, Oregon National Guard Deputy Public Affairs Officer, 503-990-9508