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January 05, 2012
Oregon National Guard to hold demobilization ceremony for 1249 Engineer Battalion
 
SALEM, Ore. -- Governor John Kitzhaber, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, and Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General Oregon, are scheduled to attend a demobilization ceremony for the returning Soldiers with the 1249 Engineer Battalion Saturday, Jan. 7 in Salem.
 
The demobilization ceremony is scheduled to be held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion at 9:30 a.m.
 
The unit mobilized for the deployment to Afghanistan in May 2010, conducting pre-deployment training at Fort McCoy, Wis., as part of a 400-day total mobilization.
 
The battalion was in charge of all types of engineer operations.   They conducted  construction projects, well digging, route clearance and assisted in opening schools and orphanages. 
 
The battalion included approximately 175 Oregon National Guard Soldiers who worked alongside more than 800 Soldiers from units from California, Georgia, Mississippi and Nebraska.
 
"The deployment highlighted the incredible capability of our citizen-soldiers," said Lt. Col. Kevin Dial, Commander of the 1249 Engineer Battalion.  "It is awesome to be back."
 
The event is open to the public, and media is encouraged to attend.
 
 
111212-A-6497H-005.JPG:  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-A-6497H-003.JPG:  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).
 
 
Contact Info: Contact Info: For more information contact Capt. Stephen Bomar, Oregon Military Department, Public Affairs Officer 503-584-3885.