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Press Release
February 29, 2012
Oregon Soldiers set to mobilize in support of CENTCOM missions in the Middle East
SALEM, Ore.—Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers are scheduled to participate in a mobilization ceremony in Salem, Ore., Mar. 2 prior to heading to the Middle East in support of Central Command (CENTCOM) missions throughout the region for approximately one year.
The ceremony is scheduled for 3:00 p.m., on Mar. 2, at Hangar #1 at the Army Aviation Support Facility #1, located at 1921 Turner Road SE, in Salem, Ore.  Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, Salem Mayor Anna Peterson and Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon, are scheduled to attend the ceremony.
Nineteen Oregon Soldiers from Charlie Co., 7-158 Aviation, based in Salem, Ore., make up a Forward Support Medical Team (FSMT).  They will take two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, which are configured for MEDEVAC missions, and join Soldiers from Charlie Co., 1-126 Aviation, Maine Army National Guard for mobilization training at Fort Hood, Texas, before heading to the Middle East.
The Oregon Soldiers have just completed two weeks of pre-mobilization training at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Ore.
The FSMT will fall under the command and control of the Maine Army National Guard unit, which will report to CENTCOM once they arrive in the region.  The group leader for the Oregon contingent is Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Tyler Eikenberry.
"We are excited for the opportunity to work with our sister unit out of Maine," said Eikenberry. "It is extremely beneficial for us to be able to cross-train with another aviation unit that shares our specific mission, and are looking forward to supporting current operations being conducted in the Middle East."
The public and the media are invited to attend the ceremony.
For more information, contact the Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office at: 503-584-3885.
The Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter, which is utilized by the Oregon Army National Guard during MEDEVAC missions.  Photo courtesy of Aviation Week.
Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office: 503-584-3885.