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Press Release
June 05, 2010
Oregon Aviation Unit Prepares for Afghanistan Deployment
PENDLETON, Ore.–Soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard's Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 168 Aviation, participated in a mobilization ceremony, at the Army Aviation Support Facility #2, June 5.

Seventy-three Soldiers from the unit will soon depart for pre-mobilization training at Fort Hood, Texas, before continuing on to Afghanistan for the 10-month deployment.

They will team up with 64 Soldiers from the Washington Army National Guard, and fall under the command of the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division. The unit will provide combat mission support in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

More than 200 community and family members attended the ceremony, which was followed by a free barbeque hosted by the Community Christian Church.

Capt. John Hoffman, the unit's commander, said his Soldiers are looking forward to providing combat mission support in Afghanistan.

"Our mission will alleviate a lot of pressure on the ground units to transport personnel and equipment where there are few roads," Hoffman said.

The ceremony was attended by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski; Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon; Mayor Phillip Houk, Pendleton City Mayor; Col. Stephen Beach, Deputy Commander, 82 Brigade, Oregon Army National Guard; and Mr. Larry Deibert, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.

(For photos, please refer to the photo release, under the same title)
Contact Info:
Capt. Stephen Bomar,
Public Affairs Officer,
Oregon Military Department