Thursday, May 25, 2017

Oregon Army National Guard military police unit mobilizes for Afghanistan (Photo)

OREGON ARMY NATIONAL GUARD MILITARY POLICE UNIT MOBILIZES FOR AFGHANISTAN (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Military Department
Posted on FlashAlert: May 25th, 2017 4:11 PM
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SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon Army National Guard's 1186th Military Police Company was honored in a mobilization ceremony, May 25, in Salem, Oregon.

Approximately 30 Soldiers are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel (OFS). The Soldiers will provide Personal Security Detail (PSD), which protects individuals or groups of individuals. The unit is scheduled to complete pre-deployment training at Fort Bliss, Texas, before deploying overseas.

In attendance at the ceremony was Oregon Governor Kate Brown; State Treasurer Tobias Read; Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon; Brig. Gen. William Edwards, Land Component Commander; among other state representatives, community and military leaders.

The 1186th MP Company is based in Salem, Oregon. The unit often partners with local law enforcement agencies for training. The unit partnered with district and federal agencies to provide security, crowd management and traffic control during the 58th Presidential Inauguration, January 18-22, in Washington, D.C.

In August 2015, the unit spent 12 days conducting live-fire exercises and simulated battle scenarios at the National Training Center (NTC), in the Mojave Desert at Fort Irwin, Calif. The unit has previously deployed overseas twice; to Afghanistan in 2011 and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2004. They also provided domestic operations support in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

These Citizen-Soldiers are from the following cities in Oregon; Portland, Salem, Keizer, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Gresham, Monmouth, Eugene, Springfield, Veneta, Central Point, Oakland, Roseburg, Redmond, Milton-Freewater, Ontario, and Nyssa. A few Soldiers are from Washington cities; Vancouver, Aberdeen, and Everett.

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170525-Z-OT568-004: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 1186th Military Police Company stand in formation during a mobilization ceremony honoring their upcoming overseas deployment, May 25, in Salem, Oregon. Approximately 30 Soldiers in the unit are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan where will provide Personal Security Detail (PSD), protecting individuals or groups of individuals. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170525-Z-OT568-012: Oregon Governor Kate Brown accepts a framed guidon from Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Richard Smith, of the 1186th Military Police Company, during a mobilization ceremony, May 25, in Salem, Oregon. Approximately 30 Soldiers in the unit are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan where will provide Personal Security Detail (PSD), protecting individuals or groups of individuals. The guidon will hang in the State Capitol during the deployment and will be returned to the unit upon their return to Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170525-Z-OT568-041: Oregon Governor Kate Brown greets Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of the 1186th Military Police Company to wish them well on their overseas deployment during a mobilization ceremony, May 25, in Salem, Oregon. Approximately 30 Soldiers in the unit are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan where will provide Personal Security Detail (PSD), protecting individuals or groups of individuals. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170525-Z-OT568-073 Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, greets Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of the 1186th Military Police Company to wish them well on their overseas deployment during a mobilization ceremony, May 25, in Salem, Oregon. Approximately 30 Soldiers in the unit are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan where will provide Personal Security Detail (PSD), protecting individuals or groups of individuals. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170525-Z-OT568-045: Brig. Gen. William Edwards, Land Component Commander, greets Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of the 1186th Military Police Company to wish them well on their overseas deployment during a mobilization ceremony, May 25, in Salem, Oregon. Approximately 30 Soldiers in the unit are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan where will provide Personal Security Detail (PSD), protecting individuals or groups of individuals. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170525-Z-OT568-113: Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Nicholas Newson, of the 1186th Military Police Company, receives a hug from his father, Mark, following his mobilization ceremony, May 25, in Salem, Oregon. Newson is among 30 Citizen-Soldiers scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan where will provide Personal Security Detail (PSD), protecting individuals or groups of individuals. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
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