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Press Release
September 16, 2011
Oregon National Guard celebrates grand opening of 41 Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe
The Oregon National Guard celebrated the grand opening of the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., Sept. 16.
The event included a visit from the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Gen. Craig R. McKinley, and a keynote address by former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski.
Other dignitaries included Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon; Brigadier Barry McManus, Military Attache from the Embassy of Australia; and Col. Yoshihiro Iseri, Military Attache from the Embassy of Japan.
McManus and Iseri showed their support for the Oregon National Guard, as a symbol of the strong relationship which has developed between the nations, McManus said.
The building honors the 41st Infantry Division which was first formed during World War I, and saw some of their fiercest fighting during WWII.
The unit was the first American division sent overseas following the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the first trained in jungle warfare. The unit's Soldiers spent 45 months fighting overseas--a record held to this day.  During offensive campaigns in New Guinea, the unit earned the nickname "Jungleers."
Members of the 41st Infantry Division, who are holding their annual reunion in Portland, Ore., attended the event.
The state of the art facility is the largest building in the Oregon National Guard's inventory, and will house nearly 1,300 Soldiers of the Oregon Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve.
The building's design focuses on functionality and sustainability, and incorporates "green" technology throughout, utilizing natural light and energy saving technology.
The new facility also has a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDS) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The building also includes common spaces available for use by community groups and organizations.
For official high-resolution photos from the event, please visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157627562753681/
Contact Info: Oregon Military Department Public Affairs: 503-584-3885.