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Press Release
September 11, 2003
Three Oregon National Guard Soldiers ambushed in Iraq
Albany-based unit heavily involved with rebuilding effort outside Mosul

Three soldiers assigned to Bravo Company, 52nd Engineers, an Albany, Oregon, based unit in the Oregon National Guard, were attacked yesterday outside of Mosul, Iraq. Two of the soldiers were hit with direct small arms fire. All were listed in stable condition. Names are being withheld pending notification of family members.
Soldiers in stable condition
According to Capt. Caroline Rush, commanding officer of the 52nd Engineers Rear Detachment, based at Fort Carson, CO, the three soldiers were part of a water re-supply convoy when they were ambushed from the passenger side of the vehicle. Capt. Rush advised at 1215 today that both soldiers immediately underwent surgery, were in stable condition and receiving excellent medical care.
52nd Engineers part of rebuilding effort in Iraq
The unit, a combat construction heavy engineer company, is deeply involved in rebuilding critical infrastructure in war-torn Iraq. The unit recently finished building the House of Hope Orphanage for boys in Mosul. Additionally, they are building house for homeless families, roads and have assisted in extinguishing several oil fires. “This unit is an example of the daily contributions the Oregon National Guard is making to the people of Iraq,” said Maj. Gen. Alexander H. Burgin, Adjutant General of the Oregon National Guard. “Our heartfelt support goes out these citizen-soldiers and their families, as well as our hopes that their extraordinary work will continue,” he concluded.
Please contact Maj. Arnold V. Strong at the numbers above for all media inquiries.
For more information contact:
Maj. Arnold V. Strong
503-584-3917 or 503-932-2832