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October 22, 2010
Oregon National Guard holds open houses for newly renovated armories in Gresham and St. Helens
 
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101022-F-1639C-015.JPG: The front of the newly renovated MSG Gunnar Larson Armory in St. Helens. The Oregon National Guard held an open house for the new facility on Oct. 22. The facility was renovated and upgraded using "green" technology and materials through the Armory Service Life Extension Program, which addressed older, undersized armories. According to the Oregon Military Department, the renovation added at least 25 years of useful life to the facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

101022-F-1639C-076.JPG: Dignitaries join Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon (center), for the official ribbon cutting ceremony during the open house at the MSG Gunnar Larson Armory in St. Helens, Ore., Oct. 22. Also pictured to the left of Rees are U.S. Congressman David Wu, (D-OR, District 1); Oregon State Senator Elizabeth Johnson (D-OR, District 16); and State Representative Bradley Witt (D-OR, District 3), to the right of Rees. The facility was renovated and upgraded using "green" technology and materials through the Armory Service Life Extension Program, which addressed older, undersized armories. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

101022-F-1639C-095.JPG: Three former commanders of the St. Helens unit pose below a picture and plaque of MSG Gunnar P. Larson, of whom the St. Helens Armory was named in honor, following the official open house, Oct. 22. From left to right are: Capt. (ret.) Jack Tice; Lt. Col. (ret.) Clyde Boddington, who commanded the unit from 1953-1962; and Lt. Col. (ret.) Clyde Reynolds, who commanded the unit from 1964 to 1968. Larson joined the Oregon National Guard's 162nd Infantry in 1925, and later served in the Pacific Theater during WWII, where he earned two Bronze Stars. Following WWII, he returned to the St. Helens unit, working as the armory's full time administrative technician for 17 years. The facility was renovated and upgraded using "green" technology and materials through the Armory Service Life Extension Program, which addressed older, undersized armories. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

101022-F-1639C-108.JPG: The entrance to the newly renovated Capt. Clifford G. Schneider Readiness Center in Gresham, Ore., where the Oregon National Guard held an open house, Oct. 22. The facility, located at 500 NE Division Street, was renovated and upgraded using "green" technology and materials through the Armory Service Life Extension Program, which addressed older, undersized armories. According to the Oregon Military Department, the renovation added at least 25 years of useful life to the facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

101022-F-1639C-163.JPG: Dignitaries join Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon, for the official ribbon cutting ceremony during the open house at the Capt. Clifford G. Schneider Readiness Center in Gresham, Ore., Oct. 22. Also pictured to the left of Rees are members of the Schneider family. To the right of Rees are; U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR, District 3); Oregon State Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-OR, District 25); and State Representative Greg Matthews (D-OR, District 50). The facility, located at 500 NE Division Street, was renovated and upgraded using "green" technology and materials through the Armory Service Life Extension Program, which addressed older, undersized armories. According to the Oregon Military Department, the renovation added at least 25 years of useful life to the facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

101022-F-1639C-169.JPG: Members of the Schneider family (left), join other dignitaries during the official cake cutting ceremony at the open house for the newly renovated Capt. Clifford G. Schneider Readiness Center in Gresham, Ore., Oct. 22. Lt. Col. (ret.) Robert Schneider (second from left), served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a B-17 bomber pilot, flying 25 missions. The facility, located at 500 NE Division Street, was renovated and upgraded using "green" technology and materials through the Armory Service Life Extension Program, which addressed older, undersized armories. According to the Oregon Military Department, the renovation added at least 25 years of useful life to the facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).
 
Contact Info:
Capt. Stephen Bomar, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs: 503-584-3885