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Sept 07, 2011
***UPDATE*** Oregon National Guard's 116 Cavalry returns from Iraq
 
Salem, Ore. - There are updates for the initial arrival times, numbers and locations for the Oregon National Guard Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Brigade, who are returning from their deployment.
 
A group of Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers headquartered in LaGrande, Ore., are scheduled to return to Oregon, Sept. 7, after serving in Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn.
 
Approximately 600 Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Brigade, Oregon Army National Guard, joined the approximately 2,700 members of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, from Boise, Idaho. 
 
Times and locations for Soldiers arriving Sept. 7 are as follows:
 
*     26 Soldiers arriving at the Hermiston Armory at approximately 10:30 a.m.
 
*     14 Soldiers arriving at the Pendleton Armory at approximately 11:30 a.m.
 
*     3 Soldiers arriving at the La Grande Armory at approximately 12 p.m.
 
*     10 Soldiers arriving at the Woodburn Armory at approximately 10:30 a.m.
 
*     8 Soldiers from Salem arriving at the 17th street Armory at approximately 11:30 a.m.
  
Families, friends and media are encouraged to help welcome the Soldiers home.
 
In addition, 16 Soldiers are scheduled to arrive at the Redmond Airport at approximately 11:30 a.m., and 2 Soldiers are scheduled to arrive at the Redmond Airport at approximately 12:30 p.m.
 
A formal demobilization ceremony to recognize all Soldiers with 3-116 is scheduled for Oct. 8 in LaGrande.
 
The Soldiers from the Oregon battalion are located in armories in LaGrande, Baker City, Ontario, Hermiston, Pendleton, The Dalles, Hood River, Woodburn and Redmond.
 
The 116 Cavalry Brigade Combat Team conducted force protection and convoy security missions in Iraq, and received more than 200 individual awards.
 
The unit previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004 to 2005.
 
Initial times were changed due to the normal de-mobilization process.
 
 
Contact Info: Contact Info: Captain Stephen Bomar Public Affairs Officer Oregon Military Department
503-584-3885