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Press Release
October 27, 2009
Dallas Based Engineer Unit Mobilizes to Afghanistan
SALEM, Ore. – Oregon's oldest National Guard unit, the 162 Engineer Company based in Dallas, Ore., is scheduled to take part in a mobilization ceremony, Oct. 31, at the Dallas High School.

The deployment ceremony is being held in the main gymnasium of the high school, located at 1250 SE Holman Ave., Dallas, Ore. at 9:00 a.m. and is open to the public.

The unit, which dates back to 1848 and is currently commanded by Capt. Bob Baca, will conduct pre-deployment training at Fort McCoy Wis., where just over 100 Oregon Army National Guard members will depart to Afghanistan as part of a 400-day mobilization.

The 162 Engineers are slated to provide route clearance on roads alongside the 204th Engineer Company from Washington State.

Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski and Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon National Guard are scheduled to attend, along with Jim Fairchild, Mayor of Dallas and John McArdle, Mayor of Independence.

In addition to other dignitaries, World War II veteran, Mr. Abe Bergen, a former member of Company "L", 162nd Infantry Regiment, Dallas, Ore., is also scheduled to attend.

This will be the unit's first overseas deployment. The 162nd deployed to the Umatilla Chemical Depot in 2003 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The media is encouraged to attend.
Contact Info: Captain Stephen Bomar
Public Affairs Officer
Oregon Military Department