Oregon Guard Readies for Iraq Deployment

Found this in Tim King’s article in the Salem News. 

Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon National Guard, and Col. Dan Hokanson, 41 IBCT commander, conduct a pass and review of the 41 IBCT as they prepare to depart for deployment to Iraq, July 3rd 2009.

Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon National Guard, and Col. Dan Hokanson, 41 IBCT commander, conduct a pass and review of the 41 IBCT as they prepare to depart for deployment to Iraq, July 3rd 2009.

(FORT STEWART Ga.) – Oregon National Guard soldiers with the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team were honored during a special sendoff ceremony Friday in Fort Stewart Georgia.

 

Fort Stewart and Fort Benning, Georgia, are typically the last stateside bases for U.S. Army soldiers headed to Iraq, where final preparations, training and mobilization take place.

The roughly 3,500 41st IBCT Oregon soldiers are preparing to spend about a year in Iraq, where the U.S. presence is quickly drawing back after the recent July 1st deadline to vacate Iraq’s major cities.

The soldiers with the 41st will be responsible for convoy escort duty in what will obviously be a very different Iraqi landscape from what most U.S. troops have seen here.

Many of these soldiers have deployed to Iraq in the past, and almost a thousand were activated and sent to Afghanistan in a deployment that saw their return in 2007.

While deployed in the war theaters, Oregon soldiers like those of the 41st IBCT are known for providing humanitarian aid for local people and in one case that I witnessed first-hand, members of the 41st were spending their one “low tempo” day a week helping out with the restoration of a Women & Children’s Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, as shown in the story to the immediate left.

It is also worth noting that a large percentage of these “citizen soldiers” comprising this Tigard, Oregon based National Guard unit, are highly experienced and decorated combat veterans.

In fact several books could be written about the accomplishments of these tried and proven soldiers.

Read more of this article here > SALEM NEWS

What they didn’t mention in the article is how Soldiers’ Angels will be helping.  If you live in Oregon, join Soldiers’ Angels  and help support the brave men and women who serve our Country and essentially the world.  We have a great team here in Oregon!

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2 Responses

  1. Thank you for your information and support!
    The Nikkila Family

  2. Thank you Teresa!

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