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March 15, 2010
Four Oregon airmen who helped with earthquake recover efforts in Haiti scheduled to return home
 
PORTLAND, Ore. – Four Oregon Air National Guard members who deployed to Haiti following the devastating earthquake there in January, are scheduled to return to Oregon at 2:30 p.m., Mar. 16.

The group will arrive via commercial flight to Portland International Airport.

The four-man team is part of the 123rd Weather Flight—a tenant unit of Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing, and part of the Combat Operations Group.

The group joined the military and civilian task force stationed at the Port-au-Prince Airport in Haiti. They provided weather operations support for the 24th Air Expeditionary Group, and took part in post-earthquake relief efforts.

The four airmen worked rotating 12-hour shifts, and assisted civilian and military rescue workers during recovery efforts at the Hotel Montana.

The team left for Port-au-Prince, Feb. 2, and were originally scheduled to remain there for six months. Their tour was cut short due to the transition of recovery efforts to civilian agencies.

The team is coprised of 2nd Lt. Mark Gibson, Master Sgt. Ken Campbell, Tech. Sgt. Michael Fischer, and Staff. Sgt. Matt Jenkins.

For more information on their participation in relief and recovery efforts in Haiti, visit: http://oregonmildep.blogspot.com/2010/03/oregon-airmen-update-us-on-their.html
 
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Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar, State Public Affairs Officer: 503-990-9508