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Press Release
March 09 2004
Bravo Company Demobilization Ceremony Set for March 11th
Salem, OR - The demobilization ceremony for Bravo Company 52 Engineers, Oregon Army National Guard based in Albany, Ore., with a Detachment in Warrenton will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 11, 2004 at the Linn County Expo Center, Willamette Events Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road in Albany. The unit is commanded by Capt. Marcus Williams of Salem, Ore., and the unit First Sergeant is 1SG Gary Warnock of Lebanon.
Congressman Peter DeFazio, Craig Campbell, Sr. Policy Advisor for Governor Kulongoski, Bill Ward, Military Liaison for Congresswoman Hooley, Lt. Colonel Michael Teague, Active Duty Commander for the 52nd Engineer Battalion, and Brig. Gen. Raymond C. Byrne, Jr., Acting Adjutant General will be on hand to welcome these men and women back after a successful deployment.
Activated on Feb. 11, 2003,Bravo 52 then trained at Ft. Carson, Colo. prior to departing for the receiving station in Kuwait. From there they downloaded their equipment and convoyed from Kuwait into Mosul, Iraq. Projects they performed in country included, Task Force Graffiti - removal of anti- American graffiti and pro Bath Party Symbols; Freedom Road Project - Reconstruction of a road system connecting remote villages to humanitarian aid supplies; House/Village of Hope - teaching former Iraqi soldiers how to become construction workers, building homes for the homeless, remodeling orphanages, making needed repairs to existing facilities, and providing backup power and air conditioning: Sulfur Fire - Extinguishing a sulfur mine fire, oil line pipe fires and rapidly extinguishing fires caused by Iraqi's attempting to stop the rebuilding of the oil supply lines; KBR escort - Assuming the role of military police to escort supply trucks into Iraq.
Bravo 52 is a combat construction unit which returned from a tour of duty in Mosul, Iraq, arriving at Ft. Carson, Colo. on Feb. 28, 2004.
They arrived back in Oregon on March 6, 2004 to a welcome put together by family, friends and members of the local communities and surrounding counties.
For more information contact:
Kay Fristad