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October 31, 2009
Oregon Army National Guard's 162 Engineer Company mobilizes for duty in Afghanistan
 
Overview:
The Oregon Army National Guard's 162 Engineer Company was honored at the Dallas High School Gymnasium during a mobilization ceremony, Oct. 31. Over 1,500 well-wishers packed into the building to honor the approximately 100 Oregon soldiers, who will perform route clearance during a year-long deployment to Afghanistan.

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091031-F-1639C-003: Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Thomas Melendy, of Dallas, Ore., presents his daughters, Kaleah, 11, and Helen, 13, with special dogtags bearing Melendy's name, during a family presentation prior to the mobilization ceremony of his unit, 162 Engineer Company at the Dallas High School, Oct. 31. Melendy and about 100 fellow engineers will perform route clearance during a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office)

091031-F-1639C-081: The Oregon Army National Guard's 162 Engineer Company is honored at the Dallas High School Gymnasium during a mobilization ceremony, Oct. 31. About 100 Oregon soldiers will perform route clearance during a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office)

091031-F-1639C-160: Oregon Governor, Theodore R. Kulongoski (left), stands with Oregon Army National Guard Pfc. Stephen R. Printup, and Printup's grandfather, Jesse James Jones Jr., Co-Chief of the Cayuse Tribe of Pendleton, Ore., following the mobilization ceremony for the Oregon National Guard's 162 Engineer Company, Oct. 31 in Dallas, Ore. Printup and about 100 fellow engineers will perform route clearance during a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office)
 
Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar, Deputy State Public Affairs Officer: 503-990-9508, or via e-mail: stephen.bomar@us.army.mil