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May 03, 2010
Oregon Army National Guard aviation unit set to deploy to Iraq
SALEM, Ore. – Eight soldiers from a Salem-based Oregon Army National Guard aviation unit received mobilization orders to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn.

Alpha Company, 641st Aviation, will command about 35 soldiers from Oregon, Washington, South Dakota and Oklahoma, during a 400-day deployment set to begin in early October, 2010.

The four-state contingent will fly C-23 Sherpa cargo airplanes, performing airlift missions throughout the country.

"We are deploying with extraordinary talent, and a wealth of experience in such an austere environment," said Capt. Adam McCarthy, Commander, Alpha Company, 641st Aviation. "This team has some of the brightest aviators in the business, so it's a huge honor to command the four state detachments. That said, I think the real honor for all of us is our relevance in serving the overseas effort."

The unit's C-23 Sherpa will remain in Oregon for what will be the unit's third deployment to Iraq.
Photo: C23_Sherpa.jpg
Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar
Oregon Military Department
Public Affairs Officer