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Press Release
January 14, 2005
Guard relocates helicopter while unit deploys
The Oregon Army National Guard will station a UH-60 Blackhawk from Salem in Pendleton while Detachment 1, D Co., 113th Aviation Battalion is deployed to Afghanistan.
Ninety-three of Oregon’s citizen-soldiers from Det.1, D Co., 113th Avn. Bn., better known as the Dust Devils, mobilized Jan. 3 and departed for training at Fort Sill, Okla. prior to going overseas The unit mobilized and will deploy with five of its CH-47 Chinook helicopters.
Sending a Blackhawk to Pendleton, said Oregon National Guard officials, will ensure mission continuity while the Dust Devils are gone.
“The primary reason is to have an aviation asset to help cover down on missions in Eastern Oregon,” said Maj. Tom Lingle, a spokesperson from AASF #2.
There are nearly 1,600 soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard who are mobilized for duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and detainee operations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Nearly 4,500 citizen-soldiers and 2,200 citizen airmen remain on duty in Oregon to meet state needs.

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