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More Oregon Army National Guard Return from Afghanistan this Weekend

Oregon Guard soldiers have had a long, slow ride home.

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Major Geoffrey Liljenwall of the Oregon National Guard, shown here working with Mongolian soldiers in the repair of left behind Soviet weapons in Afghanistan, is among the returning soldiers. Photo by: Tim King

(SALEM, Ore.) - More soldiers from the 41st Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard are scheduled to return to Oregon Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

The first flight with 140 soldiers and Brig. Gen. Douglas Pritt, who commanded the unit during the deployment, will arrive at Portland Air National Guard Base at approximately 4:00 PM. A second flight with 112 soldiers will arrive Sunday morning at approximately 6:00 AM.

Immediately after their arrival, the soldiers will then be transported to the Jackson Armory, located at 6255 NE Cornfoot Road in Portland, where families and friends are invited to reunite with them.

There will be a formal welcome home ceremony at the Oregon National Guard's Salem Armory Auditorium located at 2310 17th Street NE in Salem at 11:30 AM Sunday. Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski, U.S. Rep. Darlene Hooley and Major General Raymond F. Rees, the Adjutant General, will welcome the soldiers home in a brief ceremony.

Following any processing that may need to be completed these men and women will begin a block leave prior to returning to duty as a member of the Oregon Army National Guard.

These soldiers were mobilized for training last year in February and deployed in June to Afghanistan with the primary mission of training the Afghan National Army and later received the secondary mission of also training the Afghanistan Police Force.

While in the theater of operation they also performed many humanitarian missions to include rebuilding schools, clinics and providing medical care to the citizens of Afghanistan.

This deployment marked the largest wartime deployment of Oregon Army National Guardsmen since World War II when the 41st Infantry Division was mobilized for service.

Soldiers arriving Saturday:

  • ALBANY 1LT DENNIS STAHLNECKER
  • ALOHA SPC RONALD GARCIA
  • ALOHA SFC GEORGE GORDON
  • ALOHA SSG DOUGLAS VANAKEN
  • ASHLAND SPC DON REYNOLDS
  • ASTORIA MAJ GEOFFREY LILJENWALL
  • ASTORIA CW2 GLENN RUSSELL
  • BANKS SPC MICHAEL PHILBROOK
  • BEAVERCREEK CW3 DAVID WILLIS
  • BEAVERTON 1LT VINCENT HABECK
  • BEAVERTON 1LT TIMOTHY MERRITT
  • BEAVERTON SPC KYLE NELSEN
  • BEAVERTON SPC SHAWN O'BRYAN
  • BEND SPC LOUIE BUCKLES
  • BEND SGT RYAN WILSON
  • BONANZA SPC DIEGO ALANIZ
  • BORING SSG JOSEPH LEON
  • BROOKINGS SPC DEVIN ESKRIDGE
  • CARLTON SPC JOHN DEHART
  • COOS BAY SPC MIKA HENDY
  • CORNELIUS SGT TIMOTHY PYATT
  • DALLAS SGT DANIEL MCKINNON
  • EAGLE POINT MSG SCOTT BAGDAN
  • ECHO SPC NATHAN CORBIN
  • EUGENE 1LT JOSEPH BRADFORD
  • EUGENE SGT TYSON DEFRANCE
  • EUGENE SFC JON HUDSON
  • EUGENE 1LT RYAN MCBRIDE
  • EUGENE SPC JOHN SANUY
  • FOREST GROVE SPC JEREMIAH GRIFFITH
  • GLADSTONE SSG BRANDON BUSCHBACH
  • GLADSTONE PV2 ALLEN LAZARUS
  • GLENDALE PFC DUSTIN LEETCH
  • GRANTS PASS PFC CARL SCHOTTHOEFER
  • GRANTS PASS SPC JOEY SHELLHART
  • GRANTS PASS SGT EVAN WRIGHT
  • GRESHAM CPL CHRISTOPHER BROSSEAU
  • GRESHAM SPC ALEXYA HARTER
  • GRESHAM SPC LORENZO KNAPP
  • GRESHAM SFC KATHY WILBURN
  • HILLSBORO MAJ BRIAN FLYNN
  • HUBBARD SPC GAREN HART
  • JACKSONVILLE 1LT DENDRA HAECKLER
  • JACKSONVILLE 1LT KARL HAECKLER
  • KALAMATH FALLS SGT JAMES BARNES
  • KLAMATH FALLS SPC SCOTT BALSZ
  • KLAMATH FALLS SPC DANIEL BOWMAN
  • KLAMATH FALLS SPC KENNETH BURNETT
  • KLAMATH FALLS PFC KEVIN COLLINS
  • KLAMATH FALLS SGT SAMUEL GATES
  • KLAMATH FALLS SGT JESSE GINESTAR
  • KLAMATH FALLS SPC AARON HASKO
  • KLAMATH FALLS SGT CORY HELGOE
  • KLAMATH FALLS SPC BENJAMIN LOCKHART
  • KLAMATH FALLS SPC COREY PARKS
  • KLAMATH FALLS CPL JEREMIAH SANDBERG
  • LAKE OSWEGO SPC GRANT KELLER
  • LEBANON PFC CHAD EVANS
  • MCMINNVILLE PFC DYLON MYRON
  • MEDFORD MAJ CHESTER CARY
  • MEDFORD SSG JUSTIN DOREN
  • MEDFORD SPC DANIAL GARRISON
  • MEDFORD PFC DAVID JOHNSON
  • MEDFORD SGT STEVEN LUTHI
  • MEDFORD SPC NICHOLAS O'NEIL
  • MEDFORD 1LT JOSHUA RAPP
  • MILWAUKIE SFC DAVID COOK
  • MILWAUKIE PFC ERIC FINGER
  • NEWPORT SGT KEITH ENGLE
  • OREGON CITY MAJ TIMOTHY DECKERT
  • OREGON CITY SPC NICHOLAS SOULE
  • PORTLAND SPC DOMINIC ABRAMSON
  • PORTLAND SPC LEE BRASHER
  • PORTLAND SGT PATRICIA CHAUSOW
  • PORTLAND CSM ROBERT FOESCH
  • PORTLAND SPC NOAH GUYMON
  • PORTLAND SPC KARLA HOOVER
  • PORTLAND SPC DANIEL HORNDASCH
  • PORTLAND SGT JEREMY LANIER
  • PORTLAND 2LT JAMES MCCORMICK
  • PORTLAND SPC MAE MILLER
  • PORTLAND SSG MICHAEL PEARSON
  • PORTLAND SGT ROSITA SUTTON
  • PORTLAND SGT BRUCE TOWNLEY
  • ROSEBURG SPC DANIEL BENNETT
  • ROSEBURG SPC STEVEN MOSER
  • ROSEBURG SPC HENRY VANNARATH
  • SALEM SPC JACKIE BLANCHARD
  • SALEM 1LT RASHAN CLARK
  • SALEM CPT HEATHER COLLEE
  • SALEM COL ROBERT ELLIOT
  • SALEM SGT RODOLFO FLORESMEDRANO
  • SALEM LTC FRANK FLUX
  • SALEM CPT SEAN O'DAY
  • SALEM BG DOUGLAS PRITT
  • SCAPPOOSE SGT RICHARD GRAU
  • SCIO SSG DANIEL BENNETT
  • SEASIDE 1LT EDDIE ABRAMS
  • SELMA SPC NATHAN BARKER
  • SHERIDAN SPC THOMAS WHITE
  • SHERWOOD MAJ VERL MILLER
  • SHERWOOD SSG RODOLFO WIDOWS
  • SISTERS CW4 VERN JOHNSON
  • SPRINGFIELD SPC BRENIN BLOOM
  • ST HELENS SPC NATASHA BAY
  • ST HELENS SFC JOHN MCKNIGHT
  • STAYTON SPC IRA BURGESS
  • STAYTON SFC JANIE GILLEY
  • SUTHERLI SPC STEPHEN NOVAK
  • TIGARD SFC RICHARD REED
  • TUALATIN SGT THOMAS BERVIN
  • TUALATIN SPC NOAH FISCUS
  • TURNER 1LT DANIEL FAY
  • WEST LINN SGT CHERYL LOCKLEAR
  • WHITE CITY SFC JEFF DINTLEMAN
  • WHITE CITY SSG SCOTT STRAUB
  • WILLAMINA SGT JAMES MORTON
  • WILSONVILLE SSG JON KEAS
  • WILSONVILLE SGT AMANDA MORRILL
  • WILSONVILLE SFC BRIAN WALL
  • BATTLEGROUND,WA CPT WILLIAM GILLENTINE
  • BATTLEGROUND,WA SGT ALEXANDER OGREN
  • KELSO,WA SSG CHRISTOPHER BAKER
  • VANCOUVER,WA SPC CASEY ALLEN
  • VANCOUVER,WA CPT DARRELL BECK
  • VANCOUVER,WA SSG JEFFREY GALLARDO
  • VANCOUVER,WA SSG DERRICK GLEASON
  • VANCOUVER,WA PFC TRAVIS GRANDE
  • VANCOUVER,WA SSG KEVIN HARGREAVES
  • VANCOUVER,WA SFC BARRY HESKETH
  • VANCOUVER,WA SGT ANTHONY JOHNSON
  • WOODLAND,WA SGT JAMES HAY
  • FOUNTAIN,CO MAJ RAMON ANGELUCCI
  • BIRD ISLAND,MN PFC SHANE MONTELLO
  • CHARLOTTE,NC SPC ANDREA FROHMAN
  • SPC SEAN CRAWFORD
  • SFC ELIZABETH HALL
  • 1LT STEPHANIE NOELL
  • 2LT TRAVIS OSTREM
Soldiers arriving Sunday:
  • ALBANY SGT DERRYL JAMES
  • ALOHA PFC BRADLEY TRIPP
  • BANDON SPC SHI HERRIN
  • BEAVERTON SPC CHRISTOPHER CHILDERS
  • BEAVERTON MAJ BENJAMIN FRISON
  • BEAVERTON MAJ NATHAN POTTER
  • BEAVERTON SPC JULIE STAUB
  • BEND SPC KEVIN WATSON
  • CENTRAL POINT SPC MITCHELL HENSLEY
  • CENTRAL POINT SPC CHRISTOPHER MOORE
  • CENTRAL POINT 1SG ROBERT PRUITT
  • CENTRAL POINT SGT ARRON RABINOWITZ
  • CLACKAMAS PFC BRIAN MILLER
  • COLUMBIA CITY SSG MICHAEL WOJCIK
  • COOS BAY SPC MICHAEL PERRY
  • CORVALLIS COL JAMES LYMAN
  • CORVALLIS MAJ STEVEN MCLAY
  • CORVALLIS SPC MEGAN SPEAR
  • CORVALLIS MAJ THOMAS WIRTH
  • DONALD 2LT MICHAEL HEINSCH
  • EAGLE POINT SFC RONALD ERHARD
  • EUGENE SGT ANTHONY RASMUSSEN
  • EUGENE MAJ KIMBERLY YORK
  • FOREST GROVE SPC CHAD KIMMERLING
  • FOSTER SFC LONNIE TENBUSCH
  • GRANTS PASS PFC SPEEDY ORTIZ
  • GRESHAM SSG JASON BLAIN
  • GRESHAM CPT DENNIS LINDSAY
  • GRESHAM 1LT TOBIN MARTIN
  • GRESHAM PFC KIMBERLY WEST
  • HILLSBORO PFC JUSTIN ALSMAN
  • HILLSBORO CPT DAWOOD LUQMAN
  • HILLSBORO SPC EDDIE MOUNIVONG
  • INDEPENDENCE CPT CHRISTOPHER GRAVES
  • KEIZER SPC PHILLIP CARLISLE
  • KEIZER SGT DEREK CLEVENGER
  • KEIZER 1LT OLIVER GROVER
  • KEIZER SPC WESLEY JORDAN
  • KEIZER SSG ROBERT SURETTE
  • KENT SGT RICHARD HUNTER
  • LA GRANDE SPC BRENT CADWELL
  • LA GRANDE SPC JONATHAN CARTNEY
  • LAKE OSWEGO MAJ MICHAEL WEGNER
  • LEBANON SFC MATTHEW LAMB
  • MCMINNVILLE SSG ALICIA FULLER
  • MEDFORD SGT JACKI CHADIC
  • MEDFORD SPC MICHAEL MILLER
  • MILL CITY SGT ROBERT LEMKE
  • MOLALLA SSG DAVID MARTELL
  • MONMOUTH SPC BRIAN HAGEDORN
  • MYRTLE CREEK SPC JEREMY LAMBERT
  • MYRTLE CREEK SPC GREGORY PARRIS
  • MYRTLE POINT 2LT ERIC MARTZ
  • NORTH BEND SPC RYAN DEVORE
  • OREGON CITY SPC KEVIN KOCH
  • OREGON CITY 2LT WAYNE PONG
  • PENDLETON SFC ROBERT TAYLOR
  • PORTLAND SPC MATTHEW ARCHER
  • PORTLAND PV1 MOSES BELLE
  • PORTLAND PFC FRANK BOISEK
  • PORTLAND SGT BRIAN CAIRNS
  • PORTLAND PV2 MICHELLE HENCKEL
  • PORTLAND SPC JAVIER HERNANDEZ
  • PORTLAND PV2 RAMONDO MARTINEZ
  • PORTLAND SSG MARCUS MURPHY
  • PORTLAND 1LT DONALD NELSON
  • PORTLAND 2LT JOHN NELSON
  • PORTLAND SGT JEROME PERSON
  • PORTLAND SGT EDWARD REES
  • PORTLAND SGT SHERRI RICHARDS
  • PORTLAND PFC JASON SCOTT
  • PORTLAND SGT IVAN SILVA
  • PORTLAND SPC JENNIFER WAGNER
  • PORTLAND SSG JEREMIAH WASHBURN
  • PORTLAND PFC JONATHAN WEEMS
  • ROSEBURG SGT RONALD DAVIS
  • ROSEBURG SFC JEFFREY SHINN
  • ROSEBURG SPC CRYSTAL SUTPHEN
  • SALEM PV2 CHRISTOPHER BIBBY
  • SALEM SGT JOSEPH CALVO
  • SALEM SPC KEVIN COOLEY
  • SALEM MAJ ROBERT FRASER
  • SALEM 2LT JACOB HOWARD
  • SALEM SSG DAHIR JACOBO
  • SALEM MAJ KENNETH PONS
  • SALEM LTC JAMES RANDOLPH
  • SANDY SSG GLENN YEAGER
  • SCAPPOOSE SPC PATRICK DEAN
  • SEASIDE SPC JOSEPH CLARK
  • SHERIDAN LTC MARK RATHBURN
  • SPRINGFIELD PFC CHRISTOPHER BOND
  • SPRINGFIELD CPT TRACY TAGWERKER
  • SPRINGFIELD MAJ PERRY TANGEN
  • SWEET HOME SGT JOHN PARSONS
  • TIGARD PFC BILLY SHEPARD
  • TUALATIN MAJ KARL POND
  • WEST LINN PFC JOSEPH GHIO
  • WHITE CITY SPC GARY HUDDLESTON
  • WILSONVILLE CPT DANIELLE DELINT
  • WILSONVILLE PV2 NICHOLAS VANDIVER
  • BATTLEGROUND,WA SGT MARC LESPERANCE
  • TACOMA,WA PFC ANDREW FLORES
  • VANCOUVER,WA SFC CYNTHIA FOLLANSBEE
  • VANCOUVER,WA MAJ STEPHEN GRIMES
  • VANCOUVER,WA CPT DANIEL MINER
  • VANCOUVER,WA SSG DONALD OLSON
  • VANCOUVER,WA SSG ANGEL SMITH
  • VANCOUVER,WA PV1 MATTHEW WHITE
  • WASHOUGAL,WA SPC CHRISTOPHER SHANNON
  • PHOENIX,AZ SSG BLAKE MOSER
  • TUCSON,AZ 1SG TERRANCE CURRY
  • SUN VALLEY,CA SFC JOHN CERNA
  • MISSOULA,MT MAJ CHARLES WINGARD
  • SFC JAMES CORTEZ
  • LTC SCOTT JOHNSON
  • CPT KRISTEN KJENSRUD
  • 1LT MARK MCCORKLE
  • SPC FORTUNE ORTIZ




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