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Press Release
April 28, 2008
Oregon Army National Guard 234 Engineer Company Returns from Iraq
The unit arrived at Ft Lewis, Washington on April 24, 2008 and is completing their out processing with the Army. They should finish up early next week and then travel by bus to their home station on April 30 to complete their demobilization paperwork, medical checks and equipment turn in. Home Station for the 234 Engineer Company is at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton on the north Oregon Coast.

The formal demobilization ceremony has been set for Friday, May 2, at 10 a.m. at the Warrenton High School Gymnasium, 1700 S. Main Ave., Warrenton, Ore.

Gov. Theodore R. Kulongoski, The Adjutant General of Oregon Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees and 82 Brigade Commander Brig. Gen. Charles L. Yriarte will be on hand to welcome these men and women home from their tour of duty in Iraq. Family, friends, supporters and members of the community and media are welcome to attend.

Success for Company Commander Maj. Jeffrey S. Brown of Keizer, Ore. meant being "the best security company that the 234 Engineers could be." By the end of its mission, the 234 Engineer Company had escorted nearly 6,000 vehicles for 350,000 miles across Iraq; conducted 260 convoys; and maintained the fleet of vehicles.

The 144 engineers, 131 men and 13 women return after a two-month mobilization at Camp Shelby, Miss. and an eight-month deployment to Balad, Iraq. The primary mission for this unit was to conduct security escort missions along supply routes throughout the country of Iraq. Today, the 234 Engineer Company provides crucial vertical construction assets to the Oregon Army National Guard and the state of Oregon.

This was the first deployment in the 234 Engineer Company's history since its re-organization in 2006 when it was previously known as Charlie Company, 1249 Engineers. Charlie Company had previously deployed Soldiers to conduct homeland security missions in the United States in support of Operation Noble Eagle. Today, the 234 Engineer Company provides crucial vertical construction assets to the Oregon Army National Guard and the state of Oregon.

The engineers come from various areas around the state including the following cities: Albany, Aloha, Astoria, Athena, Aumsville, Beaverton, Bend, Boardman, Brownsville, Canby, Charleston, Cheshire, Clackamas, Cloverdale, Colton, Cornelius, Corvallis, Cove, Dallas, Damascus, Donald, Elkton, Eugene, Fairview, Forest Grove, Gales Creek, Garibaldi, Grants Pass, Gresham, Hammond, Hermiston, Huntington, Independence, Irrigon, Keizer, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Lake Oswego, Lebanon, Merlin, Mill City, Milton-Freewater, Milwaukie, Newberg, North Bend, Oregon City, Pendleton, Portland, Princeton, Prineville, Rainier, Rhododendron, Roseburg, Scio, Seaside, Sherwood, Springfield, St. Helens, Stayton, Sutherlin, The Dalles, Tigard, Tillamook, Troutdale, Tualatin, Turner, Umatilla, Union, Warren, Warrenton, Williams, Wilsonville and Woodburn. Soldiers from areas outside of Oregon included the following towns: Amboy, Camas, College Place, Kelso, Kennewick, Kent, Spokane, Vancouver and Walla Walla, Wash; Payette, Idaho; and Sidney, Mont.

Media should contact the Public Affairs Office of the Oregon Military Department to arrange for specific interviews with the returning men and women of this unit. 503-584-3917
Contact Info:
Kay Fristad
Major Braibish