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Press Release
May 24, 2007
More Oregon Army National Guard return from Afghanistan tonight
More than 60 soldiers from the 41st Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard are scheduled to return to Oregon tonight between 11:30 p.m. 12:30 a.m. The contract flight will land at the Portland Air National Guard Base. The soldiers will then be transported to the Jackson Armory located at 6255 NE Cornfoot Road in Portland, Ore. where their families and friends are invited to await their arrival for the initial welcome home.

These soldiers, were mobilized for training last year in February and deployed in June to Afghanistan with the primary mission of training the Afghan National Army and later received the secondary misison of also training the Afghanistan Police Force. While in the theater of operation they also performed many humanitarian type missions to include rebuilding schools, clinics and providing medical care to the citizens of Afghanistan.

This deployment marked the largest wartime deployment of Oregon Army National Guardsmen since World War II when the 41st Infantry Division was mobilized for service.

There will be a formal welcome home ceremony at the Oregon National Guard's Anderson Readiness Center located at 3225 State Street SE in Salem at 1 p.m. Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski and Major General Raymond F. Rees, the Adjutant General, will welcome the soldiers home in a brief ceremony. Following any processing that may need to be completed these men and women will begin a 90-day block leave prior to returning to duty as a member of the Oregon Army National Guard.

Media who wish to cover the arrival should arrive at Jackson Armory at 11:00 p.m. to allow for the possibility of an early arrival.

Aloha: Pfc John O'Keefe
Astoria: Sgt. Jeffery D. Jeremiah
Beaverton: Spc. Joseph Mcnamara, Spc. Evan Topinka
Camas Valley: Sgt. David Myers
Central Point: Spc. Christopher J. Hewitt
Clackamas: Spc. Aaron Staples
Coos Bay: Spc. Fawn Mathis, Spc. Paul Scriven
Dayton: Spc. Jose Rangel
Eagle Point: Spc. Charles Jackson
Eugene: Spc. Paul Knickerbocker
Forest Grove: Spc. Daniel Jay Stevens
Gaston: Spc. Warren Moreno
Gladstone: Staff Sgt. James Braun
Hillsboro: Sgt. Colleen Koch, Spc. Aaron Lehman
Indevendence: Staff Sgt. Paul Fults
Keizer: Spc. Justin Voiss
Klamath Falls: Spc. Lee Tran
Lake Oswego: Spc. Douglas Ashby
McMinnville: Spc. Joseph Loiselle, Spc. Daniel Mabry
Medford: Spc. Mathew Butler, Spc. Brian Heil, Spc. Shaun Hendry, Staff Sgt. Zachary Phillips, Spc. Christopher Schmidt
Milwaukie: Pfc. Marcus Kim
Monmuth: Pfc. Anders Dreizsus
Mulino: Spc. Jordan Varmette
Newberg: Pfc. William Franklin, Spc. Paul Marciniuk, Spc. Russell Young
Portland: Spc. Josh Boehm, Spc. Carl Clark, Pfc. Brian Miller, Spc. David Pearson, Sgt. Derrick Preston, Spc. Timothy Schregardus
Roseburg: Spc. Marcus Smith, Spc. David Staeb
Saint Helens: Spc. Jayson Hester
Salem: Pfc. Adam Contreras, Sgt 1st Class Scott Delapp, Spc. James Montgomery, Spc. Angel Morrow, Pfc. Joseph Munch
Silverton: Sgt. Brooke Welborn
Springfield: Sgt. Robert Evans
St Helens: Spc. Sean Ellis, Pfc. Mitchell Espinoza
Waldport: Spc. Jeffrey Wagner
Warren: Spc. Gregory Mannen

Bingen: Sgt. Mark Fuwell
Eatonville: Spc. Andrew Lukowski
Federal Way: Spc. Tyler Ross
Pasco: Spc. Patrick Strand
Vancouver: Spc. Joseph Tranchsel

Kenneth Jackola
Maj. Timothy Williams
Contact Info:
Media who wish to attend should call Capt. Mike Braibish to gain access to Jackson Armory. Cell phone 503-932-5805