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Press Release
February 28, 2011
Oregon Airmen to deploy to Middle East in support of Air Forces Central mission
PORTLAND, Ore.-More than 80 Oregon Air National Guard members are scheduled to take part in a mobilization ceremony on March 4, at 2:00 p.m., at the Portland Air Base in Portland, Ore.

The event will take place in the Rosenbaum Hangar (building 375) at the Portland Air Base.

The Airmen from the 116th Air Control Squadron, Oregon Air National Guard are set to deploy to the Middle East in support of Air Forces Central (CENTAF), where they will perform Air Battle Management missions for four months.

They are joined by three members of the 270th Air Control Squadron, based at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore., one Airman from the 133rd Test Squadron, Iowa Air National Guard, and two members from the 141st Air Control Squadron, Puerto Rico Air National Guard.

Pre-mobilization training was accomplished at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Ore., and at Camp Adair. Airmen utilized the in-theater system, Battle Control Center-CENTAF, or BC3, as well as other pre-deployment ancillary training to prepare them for the mission.

Lt. Col. Gregor Leist, 116th ACS Commander, said the team is excited about their opportunity to participate in coalition efforts supporting Overseas Contingency Operations.

"It is a great opportunity to apply our extensive training during support of meaningful real-world operations," Leist said. "We deeply appreciate the sacrifices our families and employers will make during our absence, and we look forward to returning to our families and getting back to work in our civilian careers after our overseas tour is completed."
Contact Info: Maj. James Mitchell: (503) 338-7836, or via e-mail: James.Mitchell.3@ang.af.mil