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Press Release
February 17, 2011
Oregon National Guard command to visit Oregon Army National Guard members in Iraq
SALEM, Ore. (Feb. 17, 2011)—Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon, and State Command Sergeant Major Brunk W. Conley, are scheduled to visit deployed Oregon Army National Guard members in Iraq this week.

Rees and Conley are scheduled to visit with Oregon Soldiers of the 3-116 CAV, stationed in Balad, Iraq, in addition to Soldiers with A-641 Aviation.

Approximately 600 citizen-Soldiers from throughout Oregon and their counterparts from Idaho and Montana comprise the 116 Cavalry Brigade. The Soldiers are providing route-clearance and mission support roles during their 400 day deployment in Iraq, as part of Operation New Dawn.

Additionally, citizen-Soldiers from A-641 Aviation are also deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq, for a 400-day deployment in support of Operation New Dawn. The group is comprised of four pilots, three crewmembers and one supply sergeant who are participating in Army fixed-wing cargo operations under Multi-National Forces Iraq.

The visit is part of the National Guard Bureau's Joint Monthly Access for Reserve Component Program, which allows states' adjutants general and reserve component general officers to visit Soldiers and Airmen under their command who are serving in deployed locations.

Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Officer: 503-584-3885.