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December 12, 2011
PHOTO RELEASE: Soldiers of the Oregon Army National Guard's 1249 Engineer Battalion return to Salem Municipal Airport following Afghanistan deployment
 
 
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111212-A-6497H-001: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Clifton Fox, of the 1249 Engineer Battalion, is welcomed home by his family shortly after his unit's return to the Salem Municipal Airport, in Salem, Ore., Dec. 12.  Fox, of Salem, Ore., and approximately 175 of his fellow Soldiers returned to Oregon following a 400-day deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  The unit's primary role was command and control, while providing support for Task Force Gridley.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Zach Holden, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment).
 
111212-A-6497H-002: Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Joshua Martin, of the 1249 Engineer Battalion, is welcomed home by family members shortly after his unit's return to the Salem Municipal Airport, in Salem, Ore., Dec. 12.  Martin, of Beaverton, Ore., and approximately 175 of his fellow Soldiers returned to Oregon following a 400-day deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  The unit's primary role was command and control, while providing support for Task Force Gridley.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Zach Holden, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment).
 
111212-A-6497H-003: Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Cory Larivee, of the 1249 Engineer Battalion, is welcomed home by his family shortly after his unit's return to the Salem Municipal Airport, in Salem, Ore., Dec. 12.  Larivee, of Salem, Ore., and approximately 125 of his fellow Soldiers were part of the second group to arrive on a direct flight to the Salem airport.  The first group of 51 Soldiers arrived in Salem on Dec. 8.  The unit's primary role during their 400-day deployment to Afghanistan was command and control, while providing support for Task Force Gridley.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Zach Holden, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment).
 
111212-A-6497H-004: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Peter Fritsch, of the 1249 Engineer Battalion, is welcomed home by his wife Dori, shortly after his unit's return to the Salem Municipal Airport, in Salem, Ore., Dec. 12.  Fritsch, of Camas, Wash., and approximately 125 of his fellow Soldiers were part of the second group to arrive on a direct flight to the Salem airport.  The first group of 51 Soldiers arrived in Salem on Dec. 8.  The unit's primary role during their 400-day deployment to Afghanistan was command and control, while providing support for Task Force Gridley.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Zach Holden, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment).
 
111212-A-6497H-005: Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Julie Young, of the 1249 Engineer Battalion, holds her nephew Nicholas on her shoulders, shortly after her unit's return to the Salem Municipal Airport, in Salem, Ore., Dec. 12.  Young, of Rockaway Beach, Ore., and approximately 175 of her fellow Soldiers returned to Oregon following a 400-day deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  The unit's primary role was command and control, while providing support for Task Force Gridley.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Zach Holden, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment).
 
111212-F-TK422-049: A chartered flight is framed by the U.S. Flag, held aloft by ladder trucks from the Salem Fire Department, following the Dec. 12 arrival of the second group of Soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard's 1249 Engineer Battalion following their 400-day deployment to Afghanistan.  The flight landed at the Salem Municipal Airport where family and friends waited to greet them.  The unit's primary role during their 400-day deployment to Afghanistan was command and control, while providing support for Task Force Gridley.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).
 
111212-F-TK422-117: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Dustin Clevenger, of the 1249 Engineer Battalion, holds her nephew Nicholas on her shoulders, shortly after her unit's return to the Salem Municipal Airport, in Salem, Ore., Dec. 12.  Clevenger, of Salem, Ore., and approximately 125 of his fellow Soldiers were part of the second group to arrive on a direct flight to the Salem airport.  The first group of 51 Soldiers arrived in Salem on Dec. 8.  The unit's primary role during their 400-day deployment to Afghanistan was command and control, while providing support for Task Force Gridley.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).
 
111212-F-TK422-174: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Peter Fritsch, of the 1249 Engineer Battalion, embraces his wife Dori, shortly after his unit's return to the Salem Municipal Airport, in Salem, Ore., Dec. 12.  Fritsch, of Camas, Wash., and approximately 125 of his fellow Soldiers were part of the second group to arrive on a direct flight to the Salem airport.  The first group of 51 Soldiers arrived in Salem on Dec. 8.  The unit's primary role during their 400-day deployment to Afghanistan was command and control, while providing support for Task Force Gridley.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).
 
111212-F-TK422-200: Oregon Army National Guard Col. Kevin Dial, Commander of the 1249 Engineer Battalion, is framed by the U.S. Flag, as he speaks to family members shortly after his unit's arrival at the Salem Municipal Airport, in Salem, Ore., Dec. 12.  Dial, of Keizer, Ore., and approximately 125 of his fellow Soldiers were part of the second group to arrive on a direct flight to the Salem airport.  The first group of 51 Soldiers arrived in Salem on Dec. 8.  The unit's primary role during their 400-day deployment to Afghanistan was command and control, while providing support for Task Force Gridley.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).
 
 
Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs: 503-584-3887.