|Army National Guard trains in Silver Falls State Park
The Oregon Army National Guard, in coordination with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, will be conducting demolition and other field training on the northern portion of Silver Falls State Park, Saturday, January 10, 2009.
Soldiers from A Company, Special Troops Battalion (EN), 41 Brigade Combat Team will be using explosives on unneeded buildings, which were scheduled for demolition within the Park area, throughout the day.
The buildings and property do not contain any public facilities or trails, and were acquired in 2006 as part of a park expansion. The Soldiers will also help improve the land by installing a new gate and cleaning up a portion of the currently unused property.
The training will hone urban breaching operation skills necessary for their upcoming deployment. "This is just the walk phase of our training and we are fortunate to have this opportunity," said Sgt. First Class Robert B. Jory, the non-commissioned officer in charge of the training.
Local police and fire departments will be on stand-by throughout demolition training.
Capt. Stephen Bomar, Oregon Military Department, 503-584-3885
Kevin Strandberg, OPRD Silver Falls park manager, 503-873-8681 ext. 26
Chris Havel, OPRD Headquarters, 503-986-0722 (desk), 503-931-2590 (cell)