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December 10, 2004
Oregon soldiers return from tour of duty in Iraq
Fifty three of Oregon's citizen-soldiers return home to southern Oregon Friday after serving on active duty in Iraq.
The Oregon Army National Guard will welcome them back to the state and their families at a demobilization ceremony at the Medford Armory on Dec. 11 at 2:00 p.m.
 Brigadier General Raymond C. Byrne Jr., the acting Adjutant General for Oregon, will be on hand to welcome the soldiers back to Oregon.
“I'm incredibly proud of each soldier,” said Byrne. “They've performed their duty with the utmost skill, poise, and dedication to their nation and the people of this great state. I'm honored to welcome them home.”
Each of the soldiers has accumulated 24 months of federalized, active duty in the last five years. In accordance with Department of Defense policy, the soldiers were permitted to come off active duty and return to the Oregon National Guard.
The soldiers served in the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry in Baghdad, Iraq. More than 700 soldiers with the 2nd Bn., 162nd In. continue to serve in Baghdad, and they are scheduled to return in the spring of 2005.
Oregon has another 400 soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry as well as another 150 soldiers with G Troop of the 82nd Cavalry deployed to Kuwait in preparation for operations in Iraq.
Nearly fifty soldiers from the 1186th Military Police Company are supporting detainee operations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sixteen soldiers are currently on duty in Afghanistan supporting an embedded training team with the Afghan National Army.
In addition, there are 100 soldiers with F Troop, 82nd Cavalry and nine soldiers with A Company, 249th Aviation Battalion in training at Fort Bliss, Texas. They will deploy to Iraq early in 2005.
Another 110 soldiers with Detachment 1, D Company, 113th Aviation Battalion will mobilize in January.
Dozens more of Oregon's citizen soldiers and airmen are deployed around the world in support of the Global War on Terror.
More than 4,500 soldiers and 2,200 airmen remain in Oregon to support state needs.
Contact Info: Media should plan to arrive approximately 15 minutes before the ceremony for set up.

Maj. Arnold Strong, 503-584-3885
Capt Mike Braibish 503-584-3886, cell 503-932-5805
Kay Fristad 503-584-3917, cell 503-931-5179