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February 09, 2011
Governor John Kitzhaber attends his first mobilization ceremony as the Oregon National Guard's Commander-in-Chief
 
SALEM, Ore.—Three Oregon National Guard Soldiers took part in a mobilization ceremony in the governor's ceremonial office at the State Capitol in Salem, Ore., Feb. 9.

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

Staff Sgt. Stephen Nierengarten, Sgt. Shawn Flynn and Spc. Michael Resner 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.

All three were achieved Distinguished Honor Graduate accolades at their formal military technical schools, 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."

During the ceremony, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber said Oregon will stand beside the Soldiers and their families throughout their year-long deployment.

The ceremony was attended by several members of the Oregon State Legislature, representatives from Oregon's Congressional delegation, and about 50 fellow Soldiers, friends, and family.


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Three Soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard's 3670th Maintenance Company based at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore., participate in a mobilization ceremony at Governor John Kitzhaber's ceremonial office at the State Capitol in Salem, Ore., Feb. 9. From left to right are: Spc. Michael Resner, from Salem, Ore.; Sgt. Shawn Flynn, from McMinnville, Ore.; and Staff Sgt. Stephen Nierengarten, from Portland, Ore. The three Soldiers will deploy to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office).

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Three Soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard's 3670th Maintenance Company based at Camp Withycombe pose with the official party following their mobilization ceremony at Governor John Kitzhaber's ceremonial office at the State Capitol in Salem, Ore., Feb. 9. From left to right are: Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon; Spc. Michael Resner, from Salem; Sgt. Shawn Flynn, from McMinnville, Ore.; Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber; Staff Sgt. Stephen Nierengarten, from Portland, Ore.; Lt. Col. Sean T. McGann, Commander, 821 Troop Command Battalion. Resner, Flynn and Nierengarten will deploy to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office).

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Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon, (center bottom), speaks to three Oregon Soldiers from the 3670th Maintenance Company following their mobilization ceremony in Governor John Kitzhaber's ceremonial office at the State Capitol in Salem, Ore., Feb. 9. The three Soldiers will deploy to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. From left to right are: Spc. Michael Resner, from Salem, Ore.; Sgt. Shawn Flynn, from McMinnville, Ore.; and Staff Sgt. Stephen Nierengarten, from Portland, Ore. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office).
 
Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs: 503-584-3885.