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Press Release
May 30, 2006
Oregon Air National Guardsman promoted to Brigadier General
The Oregon Air National Guard's Col. Garry Dean will pin on the rank of brigadier general in a ceremony May 31 at 10 a.m. at the Oregon National Guard Headquarters. Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General of the Oregon National Guard, will officiate the promotion ceremony.
Media are welcome to attend and should contact the Public Affairs Office for coordination.
Dean currently serves as the State Director of Operations in the Joint Force Headquarters - Air Component. In this position he is responsible for evaluating the operational readiness of ORANG units and personnel, particularly a unit's capability to mobilize and deploy in support of contingency operations. In addition he is responsible for guiding more than 2,100 members of the ORANG in the state response to natural disasters and emergencies.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was the Top Graduate from his Pilot Instructor Training course, and he was also a Distinguished Graduate from Fighter Lead-In Training.
The colonel served in several positions and in several locations on active duty from 1978 to 1987, and he then served with the Georgia Air National Guard from 1987 to 1990. He joined the ORANG in 1990 and has been with the organization since then. Dean was the base commander of Portland Air National Guard Base on September 11, 2001 when terrorists attacked the U.S. The 142nd Fighter Wing, under Dean's command, was the first unit stateside to achieve 100% mission readiness in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.
Dean is the first African American member of the Oregon Air National Guard to attain the rank of brigadier general.
The ORNG headquarters is located at 1776 Militia Way in Salem, Ore.
NOTE: a link to Col Dean's Bio is attached
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