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January 22, 2010
Oregon Army National Guard Aviation unit returns home
 
SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Army National Guard is scheduled to hold a demobilization ceremony for C/7-158 Aviation at 3:00 p.m., Jan. 25 at the Salem Army Aviation Support Facility Hangar #1, located at 1921 Turner Rd., Salem, Ore.

Approximately 120 soldiers with the unit returned to Fort Lewis, Wash., last week to complete the demobilization process.

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and Major General Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon, are scheduled to be in attendance

During deployment, C/7-158 Aviation, flew 375 life saving missions, moving over 800 patients and flying 125 blood transport missions to hospitals in need. Additionally, 240 training, administrative and maintenance test flights were flown. They dispensed over 300,000 gallons of fuel and flew over 3,000 flight hours.

While in Iraq, the unit assisted several units in Tallil and Joint Base Balad. The flight medics conducted MEDEVAC 101, which provided training for approximately 370 Soldiers and Marines in Al Asad, 150 Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Normandy, and 400 at Joint Base Balad. This training led to three joint training exercises, two of which were in Balad, and one in Al Asad with the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Additionally, 10 Iraqi Army flight medics were trained in MEDEVAC familiarization.

The event is open to the public, and media is encouraged to attend.
 
Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar
Oregon Military Department
Public Affairs Officer
503-584-3885