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February 08, 2011
UPDATE: TIME CHANGE on Oregon National Guard Soldiers scheduled to mobilize for deployment during ceremony at State Capitol in Salem
 
SALEM, Ore.—Three Oregon National Guard Soldiers are scheduled to participate in a mobilization ceremony in the governor ceremonial office at the State Capitol in Salem, Ore., at 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 9.

The three Soldiers are members of the 3670th Maintenance Company, headquartered at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore.

The three Soldiers will deploy to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn, where they will assist in calibrating equipment used for armament, maintenance and electronic diagnostics for units and personnel in the deployed location. They are scheduled to return in February 2012.

The Soldiers are full-time members of Oregon's Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment team, based at Withycombe. There are seven such teams throughout the country, supported by the National Guard Bureau's Regional Calibration Reimbursable Program.

"The individuals have very specialized skill sets," said Oregon Army National Guard Col. Mark Rathburn, Facilities Commander for Camp Withycombe.

The Soldiers recently completed a rigorous pre-mobilization training cycle to prepare them for the deployment, said Lt. Col. Sean McGann, Commander, 821 Troop Command Battalion.

"Their technical expertise is a high demand skill, both here and overseas in support of the mission," McGann said. "The Soldiers and their families have our full support as they depart on this mission."
Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar, State Public Affairs Officer, Oregon Military Department: 503-584-3885.