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June 21, 2011
UPDATE: Oregon National Guard officer seleced for Brigadier General
 
The Chief of Staff of the Army announced that Oregon National Guard officer, Colonel Julie A. Bentz, currently the Director, Nuclear Defense Policy, National Security Council in Washington, D.C., has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be promoted to Brigadier General. She is to be assigned as the Director, Strategic Capabilities Policy, National Security Council in Washington, D.C.
 
Colonel Bentz, received an ROTC commission from Oregon State University in June 1986, and was assigned to active duty as a Nuclear Medical Science Officer, 10th Medical Laboratory, Landstuhl, Germany.
 
In 1999 Colonel Bentz transferred to the Oregon Army National Guard to assist in the initial standup of the Oregon Guard's 102nd Civil Support Team.  She was assigned as the Nuclear Medical Science Officer.
 
After a tour at National Guard Bureau,  Colonel Bentz was selected as the Executive Officer for 102 Civil Support Team from June 2003 to February 2004 before accepting the position of  Director, Response Operations, Homeland Security Council at The White House.
Colonel Bentz has more than 24 years of service and has held multiple roles from field work to White House advisor, and has been distinguished as a leader wherever she is assigned. 
 
"We couldn't be more proud of her or her accomplishments.  Bentz's selection to Brigadier General highlights the significance of Oregon's education and leadership programs.  We are proud to have been a part of her already amazing career," said Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon.
 
In addition to her Bachelor degree from Oregon State University in Radiological Health, Colonel Bentz holds a Masters of Science as well as a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  She is also a graduate of the National War College with a Masters in National Security Strategy.
 
Colonel Bentz has more than 15 awards, medals and citations to include the Legion of Merit.
 
Colonel Bentz is the first female from the Oregon National Guard to be selected for Brigadier General. Her promotion date is to be determined.
 
 
Contact Info: Captain Stephen Bomar
Oregon Military Department
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503-584-3885