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March 16, 2010
** Photo Release ** Four Oregon airmen who helped with earthquake recovery efforts return from Haiti
 
PORTLAND, Ore. – The four Oregon Air National Guard members who deployed to Haiti following the devastating earthquake there in January, returned to Oregon at 2:30 p.m., Mar. 16.

The group arrived 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 Oregon for Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Feb. 2. While they 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 included 2nd Lt. Mark Gibson, Master Sgt. Ken Campbell, Tech. Sgt. Michael Fischer, and Staff. Sgt. Matt Jenkins.


Photo:
 
100316-F-0652N-014: Oregon Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Matt Jenkins, of the 123rd Weather Flight, retrieves some of his team's baggage at the Portland International Airport terminal, following their arrival from Haiti, Mar. 16. Jenkins and three other members of his team took part in recovery and relief efforts following the devastating Haiti earthquake in January. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Greg Neuleib, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office)

100316-F-0652N-028: Oregon Air National Guard Master Sgt. Ken Campbell is interviewed by a local television station at the Portland International Airport following his team's return from helping with recovery and relief efforts in Haiti following the devastating earthquake there in January. Campbell and three other Airmen are members of the 123rd Weather Flight, which is part of the 101 Combat Operations Group, at the Portland Air National Guard Base in Portland, Ore. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Greg Neuleib, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office)

100316-F-0652N-041: Four Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 123rd Weather Flight meet family members at the Portland International Airport, Mar. 16, following their return from Haiti, where they took part in relief and recovery efforts, following a devastating earthquake there in January. The unit is part of the 101 Combat Operations Group, Oregon Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Greg Neuleib, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office)
 
Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar, State Public Affairs Officer: 503-990-9508