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August 07, 2006
Oregon Army National Guard Engineers Awarded for Combat Action in Iraq
Thirty-four soldiers of the former Bravo Company, 52nd Engineers were awarded the Combat Action Badge in a ceremony Saturday, for encountering combat action while deployed to Iraq.
Spec. Brandon Pedigo, a Silverton resident, witnessed a rocket attack which impacted in the unit's vehicle area on base, roughly 100 meters from the sleeping area. The attack occurred at roughly midnight on Aug. 20, 2003.
"I can't remember what I was doing at the time," said Pedigo. "I can't remember if I was reading or sleeping, but I know it woke everyone up." He recalls searching the surrounding area the next morning to discover shrapnel from two 107mm Heavy Explosive rockets.
Capt. Mouser, current commander of the 224th, swelled with pride at the thought of his unit.
"I am very proud of the engineers; they performed excellent out in Iraq," said Mouser. "I think the engineers have done great things in the Albany, as well as in the Salem area. This community really embraces the engineers and we're going to continue that tradition," Mouser affirmed
Many of these soldiers are now a part of the 224th Engineer Company, located in Albany. The B-52 was consolidated and transformed into the 224th recently. The 224th falls under the command of the 1249th Engineer Battalion, which has been involved in numerous community projects throughout the state. This summer, the 1249th has worked on such projects as the renovation of Camp Meriwether, located 20 miles southwest of Tillamook, and the construction of a septic system at the Morrow County OHV Park in Heppner, Ore.
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Capt Mouser current commander of the 224 Engineer Company addresses the unit.jpg
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