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August 06, 2009
Oregon Air National Guard's Security Forces Squadron returns from duty in Iraq
 
Members of the Oregon Air National Guard are scheduled to return to Oregon on Friday, Aug. 7, after a six-month deployment to Iraq.

Twenty-nine airmen from the 142nd Security Forces Squadron will arrive on four separate commercial flights at the Portland International Airport starting at approximately 1:00 p.m.

The airmen were tasked with base and checkpoint security, as well as checking credentials for all personnel entering Kirkuk Air Base in Iraq. They conducted almost 20,000 miles of mounted patrols in and around the base, and endured 15 rocket attacks and more than 100 incidents of small-arms fire.

During their deployment, 26 individual pieces of unexploded ordnance were located and disposed of safely.

The airmen hail from the cities of Portland, Tigard, Corvallis, Florence, Camas, Vancouver WA, Cornelius, Gresham, Warren, Beaverton, Eugene, Dallas, Salem, Lowell and Deary Idaho.

A demobilization ceremony for the unit's members is planned for early November.
 
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Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar, State Public Affairs Officer, 503-990-9508 or via e-mail at stephen.s.bomar@mil.state.or.us