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Press Release
September 29, 2011
Oregon Army National Guard Military Police company scheduled to mobilize in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
Two mobilization ceremonies are scheduled for the 1186 Military Police company of the Oregon Army National Guard.
The first is set for 2 p.m. Oct. 1, at the McLoughlin High School in Milton-Freewater, Ore. The second ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 2, is in the Pavilion at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, Ore.
Approximately 180 Citizen-Soldiers from throughout the state are scheduled to deploy under the authority of Maj. William Gillentine and 1st Sgt. Robert Stemple in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
"I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to the officers, deputies and troopers of those agencies, our families and the citizens of the state of Oregon," said Gillentine. "It means a lot to us to know that our fellow Oregonians support us as we travel to our area of operation."
The military police are tasked with conducting force protection missions in their area of operation.
The 1186 MP Co. company was responsible for responding to domestic disasters and emergencies as Oregon's Quick Reactionary Force following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 and have been called on for federal missions in the past.
They were also deployed to support Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004, and in 2005 were called on to support humanitarian missions in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
There are currently more than 500 Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen mobilized throughout the world supporting federal missions.
Family, friends, media and supporters are invited to attend both events.
The addresses for the ceremonies are:
The Pavilion
Oregon State Fairgrounds
2330 17th Street NE
Salem, Ore. 97301
McLoughlin High School
120 South Main Street
Milton-Freewater, Ore. 97862
Contact Info: Stephen Bomar
Oregon Military Department
Public Affairs Officer