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April 03, 2010
First of 41 IBCT Arrives in Northwest
 
SALEM, Ore. -- The first group of Oregon's Citizen-soldiers returned to Fort Lewis, Wash., April 3, signaling the beginning of the end of the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team's nearly year-long deployment to Iraq.

"It's good to be home," said Spc. Howard Pierson, B Troop, 1-82 Cavalry Regiment. "I never thought it'd be nice to see cloudy rainy weather, but it's good to be home."

Howard, of Portland, Ore., along with approximately 120 soldiers of Oregon's 41 IBCT, were greeted by Brig. Gen. Charles Yriarte, Rear Detachment Commander, 41 IBCT as they stepped off their plane at McChord Air Force Base, Wash.

The Oregon Army National Guard soldiers represent the first of the nearly 2,700 troops with the 41 IBCT who have spent the last year in Iraq conducting missions such as convoy security, force protection, and assisting with the developing infrastructure.

Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Foesch, 41 Special Troops Battalion Command Sgt. Maj., said he couldn't be more proud of the soldiers he deployed with.

"The quality of soldiers that we're bringing back from this deployment is outstanding," said Foesch.

The rest of the 41 IBCT is scheduled to arrive at McChord Air Force Base, Wash. during the next few weeks.

The 41 IBCT will remain at Fort Lewis until they have completed their post-deployment medical review and the beginning of the reintegration process.

Several demobilization ceremonies are tentatively scheduled for later this month. 


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Command Sgt. Maj. Brunk Conley, State Command Sgt. Maj., Oregon Army National Guard, welcomes home the first soldiers to return with Oregon's 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team, as they disembark their plane at Fort Lewis, Wash., April 3. Approximately 120 of the brigade's soldiers returned after their 12 month deployment to Iraq. The nearly 2700 soldiers with the 41 IBCT are expected to continue to arrive at Fort Lewis in the next few weeks where they will go through medical review and out-processing before returning to Oregon for their demobilization ceremonies scheduled for later this month. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Hartman, Oregon Military Department, Public Affairs Office)

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The first group of soldiers with the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard, returned to the Northwest landing at McChord Air Force Base, Wash. April 3. The approximately 120 soldiers returned Saturday after their nearly 12 month deployment to Iraq. The nearly 2700 soldiers with the 41 IBCT are expected to Fort Lewis, Wash. in the next few weeks where they will go through medical review and out-processing before returning to Oregon for their demobilization ceremonies scheduled for later this month. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Hartman)

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Brig. Gen. Charles Yriarte, Rear Detachment Commander, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard, welcomes home Sgt. 1st Class Darin Rhodes, 41 IBCT, as he steps off his flight from Kuwait to McChord Air Force Base, Wash., April 3. Rhodes along with approximately 120 of the brigade's soldiers returned Saturday after their nearly 12 month deployment to Iraq. The nearly 2700 soldiers with the 41 IBCT are expected to continue to arrive at Fort Lewis in the next few weeks where they will go through medical review and out-processing before returning to Oregon for their demobilization ceremonies scheduled for later this month. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Hartman, Oregon Military Department, Public Affairs Office)
 
 
Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar
Oregon Military Department
Public Affairs Officer
503-584-3885