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Press Release
August 11, 2009
Salem Engineer Unit Ordered to Deploy to Afghanistan in Fall
SALEM, Ore. – Ninety-five Oregon Army National Guard members are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan after completing mobilization training in early November to perform route clearance missions.

The 162 Engineer Company, 1249 Engineer Battalion, is scheduled to conduct pre-deployment training at Fort McCoy Wis., as part of a 400-day mobilization. This will be the unit's first overseas deployment, however, the 162 deployed to the Umatilla Chemical Depot in 2003 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"We are excited for this opportunity to represent the State of Oregon, the Oregon National Guard, and the 1249 Engineer Battalion on a world stage," said Capt. Bob Baca, Commander of 162. "I truly believe that these soldiers represent some of the best that Oregon has to offer and we look forward to the challenge presented to us."

The 162 will deploy alongside the 204 Engineer Company from Washington State, and will share the route clearance mission.

Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar