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December 12, 2011
Second group of Oregon Army National Guard engineers return to Oregon following a 400-day mobilization
 
The last group of Soldiers with the Oregon Army National Guard's 1249 Engineer Battalion are scheduled to arrive at Salem Municipal Airport in Salem, Ore., Dec. 12, following a 400-day deployment to Afghanistan.
 
Approximately 124 Soldier Engineers are scheduled to return directly to the Salem airport at approximately 2:30 p.m. via civilian contracted aircraft.  This is the first time the 1249 Engineers have used the airport for returning from a deployment.
 
Members of the public and the media are invited to attend.
 
"We were very excited to be able to provide this opportunity," said John Paskell, Salem Municipal Airport Administrator, about the Soldiers' arrival at the airport.
 
Approximately 175 Soldiers from throughout Oregon deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit's primary role was command and control, while providing support for Task Force Gridley.
 
"Overall this was an extremely successful mission," said Maj. Russell Gibson, 1249 Engineer Battalion Operations Officer.
 
The unit took part in construction projects as well as command and control missions throughout eastern and northern Afghanistan, said Gibson.
 
"Our Soldiers were well trained and prepared for the mission, and understood the impact to both U.S. and Afghanistan forces, and more importantly to the people of Afghanistan," Gibson said.
 
Soldiers from the unit live in cities and towns across Oregon, specifically; Albany, Aloha, Amity, Astoria, Aumsville, Bay City, Beaverton, Bend, Camas, Canby, Corvallis, Dallas,  Eugene, Florence, Gladstone, Gresham, Harrisburg, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hines, Independence, Jefferson, Julian, Keizer,  La Grande, Lakeview, Lebanon, Lincoln City, Milwaukie, Molalla, Monmouth, Mt. Angel, Myrtle Creek, Newberg,  Newport, Oregon City, Portland, Redmond, Rockaway Beach, Saint Helens, Salem, Scio, Silverton, Springfield, Sweet Home, Troutdale, Talent, Tualatin, Turner, Vancouver, Wash., Waldport, Warrenton, West Linn, Wilsonville and Woodburn.
 
Video footage of the initial arrival of Oregon Soldiers is available at: http://www.youtube.com/user/oregonmildep?feature=mhee#p/a/u/0/7sDKCOaN5ps
 
 
Contact Info: For more information, or media inquiries, please contact the Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office; 503-584-3885.