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April 22, 2010
Oregon National Guard Soldiers demobilize during ceremony at University of Portland's Chiles Center
 
PORTLAND, Ore. – About 600 Soldiers of the Oregon Army National Guard took part in a demobilization ceremony today at the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus in north Portland.

The Soldiers are part of the 141st Brigade Support Battalion and 41st Special Troops Battalion, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

The 2:00 p.m. ceremony was attended by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Portland Mayor Sam Adams, and Oregon State Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose). Approximately 2,000 family members and friends were also on hand to welcome home the Soldiers.

About 3,000 Oregon Soldiers were deployed to Iraq for 10 months, making this the largest deployment since WWII. They have been arriving back in the Pacific Northwest over the past two weeks. Additional demobilization ceremonies are scheduled through the end of this week, and into next week.

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100421-F-1639C-049.JPG: Family members gather at the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus, April 21, to welcome home about 600 Oregon Army National Guard members who returned from their deployment to Iraq. The afternoon ceremony included Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Portland Mayor Sam Adams, and Oregon State Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose), and approximately 2,000 family members and friends. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs).

100421-F-1639C-177.JPG: Oregon Army National Guard Col. Dan Hokanson, Commander of the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team, proudly displays a bottle of Rogue Sunset Stout—in a commemorative bottle honoring of the approximately 3,000 Oregon Soldiers who returned from a 10-month deployment to Iraq. Hokanson joined Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Portland Mayor Sam Adams, and Oregon State Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose), and approximately 2,000 family members and friends at the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus for a demobilization ceremony, April 21. Rogue Brewery donated almost 300 cases to the Oregon National Guard so that every Soldier could take home a bottle commemorating their deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs).

100421-F-1639C-222.JPG: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Roland Howard greets his son Addison, after arriving at the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus, April 21 for the demobilization ceremony for the 141st Brigade Support Battalion and 41st Special Troops Battalion, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Howard and about 600 of his fellow Soldiers are part of a larger group of about 3,000 citizen-soldiers returning to Oregon and Southwest Washington following a 10-month deployment to Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs).

100421-A-5611R-004.JPG: Bottles of Rogue Sunset Stout await almost 600 Oregon Soldiers participating in a demobilization ceremony at the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus April 21. The Soldiers are part of a larger group of about 3,000 citizen-soldiers returning from a 10-month deployment to Iraq. Rogue Brewery donated almost 300 cases to the Oregon National Guard so that every Soldier could take home a bottle commemorating their deployment. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Eric Rutherford, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs).

100421-F-8260H-113.jpg: Oregon Army National Guardmembers uncase the colors for the 141st Brigade Support Battalion during a demobilization ceremony at the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus April 21. About 600 Oregon Soldiers took part in the ceremony, after returning from a 10-month deployment to Iraq. Nearly 3,000 citizen-soldiers from Oregon and Southwest Washington participated in the mission, making it the largest single deployment since WWII. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. John Hughel, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs).

100421-F-8260H-148.jpg: Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski addresses some 2,000 family members, friends, and supporters at the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus, during the demobilization ceremony for the Oregon National Guard's 141st Brigade Support Battalion and 41st Special Troops Battalion, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, April 21. The Governor was joined by Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Portland Mayor Sam Adams, and Oregon State Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) in welcoming the citizen-soldiers home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. John Hughel, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs).
 
Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Officer: 503-990-9508