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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. Capt. Marcus Williams, former commander of the B-52 engineers, reflects on the incidents.
"I am very thankful of the soldiers of B-52 for being the highest quality of citizen soldiers," he said. "They made the deployment a success." Williams feels pride at the memory of commanding the B-52 in Iraq. 
Williams now works for the Oregon Military Department as a construction project inspector – a job in which his engineering experience puts him at a great advantage. According to Williams, the experience of the engineers was reflected in their Iraq deployment.
"The soldiers of B-52 had a direct impact on the civilians in Iraq and the U.S. forces stationed there. The civil military projects we worked on were focused to rebuild or better the conditions for all."
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. 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.
Capt Mouser current commander of the 224 Engineer Company addresses the unit.jpg
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