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Apr-21-2007 02:04printcommentsVideo

New Oregon Guard Video Features Video From Salem-News.com's Tim King

"Tim's video was invaluable in telling the soldier's story in Afghanistan I can't be everywhere the Guard is, so journalists like Tim who are involved in newsgathering, help paint the picture."- Master Sgt Tom Hovie, Oregon National Guard

Oregon Guard soldiers on patrol in Afghanistan
Oregon Guard soldiers on patrol in Afghanistan
Photo by: Tim King

(SALEM) - A new video produced by the Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Office in Salem, captures the fast paced tempo of the State Military Department's last year of operation.

Master Sergeant Tom Hovie of the Oregon Guard produced the project that features video segments recorded by Tim King, during his time covering the war in Afghanistan over the winter of 2006/07.

Hovie says it is a year long project, "But it takes a month to edit the thing together, the script and all the photos from all over the world."

With a role in the Guard as a soldier and a job with the military department as a federal employee, Hovie's titles include Visual Information Technician on the federal civilian side, and a more catchy "46 Romeo- Broadcast Journalist" on the military side.

The Public Affairs division of a military group walks the line between fighter and observer. While Salem-News.com helped with Afghanistan footage, most of the images in the video are shot by members of the National Guard.

"To get the word out, that's our business. We try to tell the Guard story as much as we can and I think a lot of people don't understand how involved we are in so many different aspects of state national and international levels."

As a senior enlisted soldier, Tom Hovie says he has no trouble supporting the Oregon Guard mission, in his heart.

"It's an amazing organization, it really is, and it is my job to put those pieces together in a palatable way so that people enjoy it. I've been to Korea three times, Japan twice, Panama three times, Guatemala, German four times, Bosnia twice, Iceland twice."

But still the Oregon Guard isn't in every place all the time and that is why Salem-News.com agreed to share clips of video for this program. Hovie says it helped bring it together.

"Tim's video was invaluable in telling the soldier's story in Afghanistan I can't be everywhere the Guard is, so journalists like Tim who are involved in newsgathering, help paint the picture. And you can see that in the video, some of his video is a really nice touch, helped polish it."

Hovie has a decade under his belt working on the Guard's Year in Review. His work has also been seen on 60 minutes, Nightline and McNeil Lehrer Report.

"I'm always calling people and saying 'hey I need scripts and all of that.' I've been doing this for ten years."

Afghanistan is only one aspect of the Guard's work in 2007, which included service in Iraq, Japan, Mongolia and several other nations.

Tom Hovie is a 1988 graduate of the University of Oregon where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunications and Film.

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Hank Ruark April 22, 2007 5:24 am (Pacific time)

O-Tan: Re Royko, from some minor past direct experience, I'll bet he does know ! AND will approve, too...


Osotan; April 21, 2007 7:18 pm (Pacific time)

Sgt. King isn't it? I recall hearing the name. From New Orleans to the Himilayas c/o S-N!. Would you have dreamed it ten years ago?, or five or even two?. Royko would be pleased to know.


Q Madp April 21, 2007 5:19 pm (Pacific time)

Great Job Tim!!!!!!! Q Don't Let The Memory Of Them drift Away www.IraqWarHeroes.org


Hank Ruark April 21, 2007 6:15 am (Pacific time)

To all: Finest technical channels demand strong skills and the will to "tell it true" no matter what the content. Tim's work in Afghanistan is among the best available to all of us, who cannot begin to comprehend the terrible realities without such applied skill under extreme dangers. Proof here is in the viewing provided by this video...which is surely "documentation" of the most valuable kind.

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