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December 01, 2010
Oregon Army National Guard to mobilize Soldiers of the 1249th Engineer Battalion
 
Soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard's 1249th Engineer Battalion are scheduled to participate in a mobilization ceremony at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem Pavilion at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 3.

Approximately 175 Soldiers from throughout Oregon will deploy to Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit's primary role will be to act as command and control while providing support for Task Force Gridley.

The battalion will include approximately 850 Soldiers from other units in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, and Nebraska.

"As the battalion commander for the 1249 Engineer Battalion, it is with great pride that I have been given the privilege of leading this amazing group of men and women in this very important mission," said Lt. Col. Kevin Dial, Commander, 1249th Engineer Battalion.

TF Gridley's mission will be to support construction missions in an area roughly the size of Oregon. They will first complete pre-deployment training at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin as part of the 400 day mobilization.

As part of the continuing stability operations in Afghanistan, the work done by these citizen Soldier engineers will be focused on building critical infrastructure, which supports the country's ability to project power and defend itself.

"This is definitely more than just a job, it is service with my extended guard family, working to change a small part of Afghanistan," said Dial.

The battalion was mobilized in 2003 supporting Operation Noble Eagle to provide Homeland Security missions in both Washington and Oregon. This will be the first overseas mobilization for the 1249 Engineer Battalion Headquarters and Forward Support Companies.

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, and Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon are scheduled to attend.

The event is open to the public and to the media.
 
Contact Info: Stephen Bomar
Capt., Public Affairs
Oregon Military Department
(503) 584-3885
agpa@mil.state.or.us