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July 03, 2009
Ceremonial Send off, begins 41 IBCT Iraq Deployment
 
Governor Ted Kulongoski and Major General Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon National Guard, gave honors and showed support to the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Ft. Stewart, Ga., July 3.

A ceremony, held one day before Independence Day, signified the importance of service as Oregon's 41 IBCT, comprised of approximately 3500 soldiers, deploys to Iraq.

Col. Dan Hokanson, 41 IBCT commander said, "We are citizen soldiers and everyone here represents the best of their community, their state, and this great nation. Each one has answered our nations call."

The 41 IBCT is mobilizing in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and will conduct a 400 day mobilization, including their training just completed at Ft. Stewart.
 
Photo and Video:

 
41_IBCT_ceremony.jpg Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon National Guard, and Col. Dan Hokanson, 41 IBCT commander, conduct a pass and review of the 41 IBCT as they prepare to depart for deployment to Iraq, July 3. 
 
Video of 41 IBCT training may be downloaded at
http://www.dvidshub.net/?script=video/video_show.php&id=63037 

Additional video and photos of today's event will also be posted at
www.dvidshub.net
 
Contact Info:
 
Stephen Bomar
Capt., Public Affairs
Oregon Military Department
503-584-3885
 
or
 
Chris Rees
Maj., PAO
41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team