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February 26, 2009
African-American Heritage Month event honors retired soldier
 
Salem, Ore. – The Oregon National Guard Diversity Council held a commemorative ceremony observing African American Heritage Month, Feb. 26 at the Oregon Military Department.

Portland, Ore. native, and retired Master Sgt. Earl Henry Winchester, the first African-American member of the Oregon National Guard was honored at the ceremony.

Ronnie Brooks, NAACP Executive Board Member of the Salem, Oregon Chapter, was the keynote speaker. Brooks is also the Aspire Coordinator at McKay High School and head pastor of To God Be the Glory Church in Salem.

 
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090226-F-6642T-008: Retired Master Sgt. Earl Henry Winchester watches as the colors are posted during a ceremony in his honor at the Oregon Military Department in Salem, Feb. 26. He is accompanied by his wife Virginia (left), sister Norma Kennedy, and son Peter Winchester (far right).

090226-F-6642T-015: Retired Master Sgt. Earl Henry Winchester is joined by members of his family during the invocation at an event commemorating African-American Heritage Month at the Oregon Military Department in Salem, Feb. 26. Winchester was recognized for being the first African-American member of the Oregon National Guard.

090226-F-6642T-028: Colonel Don Bond, Oregon Army National Guard Chief of Staff presented both the Oregon Exceptional Service Medal and a copy of the Creed of the Non commissioned Officer during a ceremony held in honor of retired Master Sgt. Earl Henry Winchester, Feb. 26 at the Oregon Military Department in Salem.

090226-F-6642T-057: Salem, Oregon Chapter NAACP Executive Board Member, Ronnie Brooks, highlighted retired Master Sgt. Earl Henry Winchester's accomplishments during a ceremony honoring Winchester at the Oregon Military Department in Salem, Ore., Feb. 26. He said, "If it were not for him, I would not be your keynote speaker today—I stand on that man's shoulders." Brooks is also the Aspire Coordinator at McKay High School and head pastor of To God Be the Glory Church in Salem, Ore.
 
 
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Capt. Stephen Bomar
Deputy Public Affairs Officer
Oregon Military Dept.
(503) 584-3885