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Press Release
June 03, 2010
Oregon National Guard Aviation unit to mobilize for Afghanistan deployment
PENDLETON, Ore. – An Oregon Army National Guard aviation unit based in Pendleton is scheduled to participate in a mobilization ceremony, Saturday, June 5, at 1:00 p.m. at the Army Aviation Support Facility #2 in Pendleton, Ore.

Seventy-three Soldiers from Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 168 Aviation, will soon depart for pre-mobilization training at Fort Hood, Texas for about a month, before heading to Afghanistan for 10 months. The unit is commanded by Capt. John Hoffman.

The Oregon Soldiers will be joined by 64 Soldiers from Fort Lewis, Wash., and fall under the command of the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division. The Soldiers will conduct combat support and combat service missions to transport personnel and equipment throughout Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"There is very little road access throughout Afghanistan, and our mission alleviates ground units having to conduct multiple convoys," Hoffman said.

The Pendleton unit currently operates the CH-47-D "Chinook" helicopter.

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski; Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, the Adjutant General, Oregon; and Pendleton Mayor Philip Houk are scheduled to attend the ceremony.

The media and the public are invited to attend the ceremony.
Contact Info:
Capt. Stephen Bomar, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office: 503-584-3885.