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November 18, 2011
Oregon National Guard WWII tank moved to Prineville Readiness Center
 
PRINEVILLE, Ore.-Thanks to a lot of hard work by several individuals within the Oregon National Guard, a WWII tank now graces the entrance of the Prineville Readiness Center in Prineville, Ore.
 
The M60 tank was relocated to the front of the facility on Nov. 15, by a commercial carrier. According to Tracy Thoennes, Oregon Military Museum Curator, there are total of nine tanks in the Museum's collection, which are displayed throughout the state.
 
The tank's paint scheme scheme is based on the Museum's research that showed that prior to 1978 or 1979, Oregon National Guard's M60 tanks were painted solid semi-gloss Olive Drab, Thoennes said.
 
Lt. Col. Cary Miller, Commander of the Oregon National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Command, said the effort to bring the tank to the Prineville Readiness Center was a result of a collaborative effort between several agencies, including Oregon Military Department leadership.
 
"Getting the tank to the Prineville Armory gives the average passerby a visual reference that this is an Oregon National Guard facility," Miller said.
 
According to a memorandum provided by the Oregon Military Museum, "The display of an M60 tank will create a better visual appearance that our building is an Armory.... It will give a good visual to all civilians who drive by our Armory every day."
 
Several Oregon Army National Guard units during the 1970s and 1980s were equipped with the M60 tank, including the 3rd Squadron of the 116th Armored Cavalry Regiment in north eastern Oregon.  During the 1980s, one of its crews received a gunnery award during Annual Training at Gowen Field near Boise, Idaho.
 
The M60 was one of the world's most successful tanks and served as the U.S. main battle tank for two decades.  The armed forces of Israel, Saudia Arabia, Egypt and 19 other countries also used this tank and some of these are still in use today. 
 
For more information on the relocation project, contact Lt. Col. Cary Miller, Commander of the Oregon National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Command: 503-584-3808.
 
For more information on the M60 tank, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M60_Patton.
 
 
Photo captions:
100_0956 / IMAG0120: The Oregon National Guard's M60 tank in place outside the Prineville Readiness Center in Prineville, Ore.
 
 
Contact Info: Lt. Col. Cary Miller, Commander of the Oregon National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Command: 503-584-3808.