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June 14, 2011
Pendleton based Chinook helicopter unit returns home to Oregon after a year mobilization to Afghanistan
 
A formal demobilization ceremony for Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 168 Aviation will be held in the Army Aviation Support Facility #2, 2110 56th Drive in Pendleton, Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 10 a.m.
 
Governor John Kitzhaber, Major General Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon, and other local leaders are scheduled to welcome home and honor the Pendleton based CH-47 Chinook helicopter unit, after serving in Afghanistan for more than 10 months.
 
Approximately 70 Citizen-Soldiers are commanded by Capt. John Hoffman of Pendleton and 1st Sgt. David McCurry of Heppner, Ore. 
 
They were assigned to conduct combat support and service missions, transporting personnel and equipment throughout Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
 
The unit has Guard members from throughout the state with hometowns listed below.
 
ALBANY; BAKER CITY; BEAVERTON; BEND; BOARDMAN; COLLEGE PLACE; CORVALLIS; ELGIN; EUGENE; GRESHAM; HEPPNER; HERMISTON; JACKSONVILLE; LA GRANDE; LEBANON; MCMINNVILLE; MEDFORD; MILL CITY; MILTON FREEWATER; MILWAUKIE; PILOT ROCK; PUYULLAP; PENDLETON; RICHLAND; SALEM; SANDY; SPOKANE; SPRINGFIELD; STAYTON; THE DALLES; UMATILLA; UNION and WESTON.
 
The public and members of the media are invited to attend the ceremony to welcome home Oregon's Chinook helicopter team of Citizen-Soldiers.
 
 
Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar or Kay Fristad, Oregon Military Department, Public Affairs Office
503-584-3917