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The Oregon National Guard celebrates Armed Forces Day (Photo) - 05/18/17

SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon National Guard honored all military members in an Armed Forces Day commemoration, May 18, at the State Capitol Mall in Salem, Oregon. In addition to honoring all military members, the event also honored Vietnam veterans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

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170518-Z-YP317-070: The Oregon National Guard celebrates Armed Forces Day with a Howitzer salute and a two-aircraft F-15 flyover at the State Capital Mall on Thursday, May 18, in Salem, Oregon. Armed Forces Day was originally created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in all branches of the U.S. military, and was designated as an official holiday in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170518-Z-YP317-058: The Oregon National Guard celebrates Armed Forces Day with a Howitzer salute at the State Capital Mall on Thursday, May 18, in Salem, Oregon. Armed Forces Day was originally created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in all branches of the U.S. military, and was designated as an official holiday in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170518-Z-YP317-037: Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, delivers remarks to the audience in attendance at the Armed Forces Day celebration at the State Capital Mall on Thursday, May 18, in Salem, Oregon. Armed Forces Day was originally created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in all branches of the U.S. military, and was designated as an official holiday in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170518-Z-YP317-030: Governor Kate Brown offers her thanks to the veterans of Oregon at a ceremony to honor Armed Forces Day at the State Capital Mall on Thursday, May 18, in Salem, Oregon. Armed Forces Day was originally created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in all branches of the U.S. military, and was designated as an official holiday in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170518-Z-YP317-006: Children flocked to the Oregon National Guard military equipment displays during Armed Forces Day at the State Capital Mall on Thursday, May 18, in Salem, Oregon. Armed Forces Day was originally created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in all branches of the U.S. military, and was designated as an official holiday in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Armed Forces Day celebration at State Capitol to honor Oregon's military (Photo) - 05/16/17

SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon National Guard is scheduled to honor all military members in an Armed Forces Day commemoration, May 18, at the State Capitol Mall in Salem, Oregon. In addition to honoring all military members, the event will also honor Vietnam veterans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, are scheduled to attend the ceremony. The public and the media are encouraged to attend.

The official ceremony will begin at 12:00 p.m. and will feature music from the Oregon Army National Guard's 234th Army Band and a Howitzer salute by the "Governor's Own" Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment. The ceremony will be followed by an F-15 flyover by the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing.

Military equipment from various units throughout the Oregon National Guard will be on display from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Armed Forces Day was originally created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in all branches of the U.S. military, and was designated as an official holiday in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy.

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Oregon Army National Guard Howitzers with the Governor's Own Honor Battery, Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, fire a salute in honor of Armed Forces Day at the State Capital mall in Salem, Oregon, May 14, 2015. Armed Forces Day pays tribute to the U.S. military from all branches of service.(Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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142nd Fighter Wing to conduct temporary night flying operations (Photo) - 05/09/17

PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions, May 9-11, 2017.

Night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based at the Portland Air National Guard Base to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. Night flying is conducted almost monthly as it provides essential training for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:30 p.m.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community.

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Assistant Adjutant General retires from Oregon Army National Guard (Photo) - 05/06/17

CLACKAMAS, Oregon -- Oregon Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Steven R. Beach retired after 33 years of military service in a ceremony, May 6, 2017, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon.

Beach most recently served as the Assistant Adjutant General -- Army. In this role, he was responsible for synchronizing, coordinating and directing the Oregon National Guard's Army and Joint enterprise functions in support of the strategic plan, vision and guidance of the governor and the adjutant general. He ensured that the organization fulfilled its assigned missions and priorities, while adhering to all statutory, regulatory and policy requirements. He made strategic contributions with his work on the Oregon National Guard's Strategic Direction, the State Partnership Program, as well as his passion to preserve organizational history with the Oregon Military Museum.

Beach was presented with a letter from Governor Kate Brown on the occasion of his retirement, "In your years of service you have brought proficiency and expertise to challenging assignments and have been a tremendous asset to the Guard," the letter read. "Your presence and skills will be missed by many. May you continue to find challenge and reward in the years ahead."

Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, presented Beach with the Oregon Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and his Certificate of Retirement during the ceremony. He was also presented with several gifts from Oregon National Guard units that he led and supported throughout his career.

"Brig. Gen. Beach has been a superior leader and mentor throughout his career and has emulated the definition of what a senior leader should be," said Stencel. "His contributions have made a lasting impact on the organization and will continue to do so for many years to come."

Beach graduated from the United States Military Academy in May 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Math, and he earned a Master's in Business Administration from George Fox University in 2002.

His military education includes Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in February 1985; U.S. Army Ranger school in April 1985; Nuclear Biological Chemical and Small Arms Courses in 1986; Public Affairs Officer Course in 1990; Infantry Officer Advanced Course in 1992/93; Combined Arms and Services Staff School in 1996; Information Operations Course in 1999; and Command and General Staff College in 2002. He completed U.S. Army War College through a National Security Fellowship at Harvard in August 2008 to May 2009.

His first military assignments were in the active duty U.S. Army as the fire support team chief and the fire direction officer (1985-87) with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery, at Kirch-Goens, Germany. He then became executive officer for the 42nd Field Artillery Brigade at Giessen Army Depot (1987-88).

Beach joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1989. He served as the brigade public affairs officer for the 41st Infantry Brigade from 1989 to 1992. He commanded Company B, 1st Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment (1992-95). He led B Company to Panama as the opposing force in a training exercise against an 82nd Airborne Division battalion (1993). He also took the company to Operation Northwind in Hokkaido, Japan (March 1994).

He served full-time from 1989 to 1994 in the Counter-Drug Support Program. In 1998, he served for five months at U.S. Army Europe headquarters to plan operations for National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve troops in Bosnia. In 1999, he was selected as the first information operations officer for the 41st Infantry Brigade. He transferred to the Military Department in 2003 as a point of contact for the Strategic Management System and assisted in the train-up of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team for deployment to Afghanistan. He served as Chief of Staff of the Oregon Army National Guard (2004-2006). He was then assigned to Camp Rilea in July 2006 as operations branch chief and subsequently became the post commander.

Following War College, he deployed as the brigade executive officer with the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team from May 2009 to April 2010. He served as the deputy brigade commander of the 82nd Brigade Troop Command (2010-2011) and later assumed command of the brigade in 2013. He has been serving as the assistant adjutant general since June 2014.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf cluster, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with five Oak Leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M and 20 devices, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.

General Beach and his wife, Diane, were married in 1992 and live in Newberg, Oregon. In his civilian employment, he has worked for Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon, since 1994.

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170506-Z-OT568-010: Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, presents Brig. Gen. Steven R. Beach, Assistant Adjutant General -- Army, with a Certificate of Retirement after 33 years of military service during his retirement ceremony, May 6, 2017, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. In his civilian career, Beach works for Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170506-Z-OT568-023: Brig. Gen. Steven R. Beach, Assistant Adjutant General -- Army, speaks to an audience of friends, family and fellow service members during his retirement ceremony, May 6, 2017, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. Beach retired after nearly 33 years of military service. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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142nd Fighter Wing to conduct Weapons Load Competition (Photo) - 05/02/17

PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct their annual Weapons Load Competition, consisting of three aircraft and three teams, May 7, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Portland Air National Guard Base.

"The weapons load competition will demonstrate the capabilities and dedication to strive for perfection of the weapons load crews," said Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Conner, 142nd Maintenance Group Superintendent.

Although speed is a factor, the crews will be evaluated on task assignment accuracy and regulation compliance. The crew that completes the load the fastest with the least amount of discrepancies will be crowned the winner.

"Our F-15 is the perfect platform for our homeland defense mission. It is truly one of the world's most lethal weapons delivery systems," said Conner. "The weapons load crews maintain and load the system. I compare their job to sharpening the sword."

Media is invited to attend this friendly competition. Please R.S.V.P to Senior Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, at 503-335-4347.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing
The Portland Air National Guard Base employs 1,500 Airmen who provide an economic impact of nearly $500 million to the region. The 142nd Fighter Wing defends our homeland with F-15 Eagle fighter jets, guarding the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Their mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place, in service to our nation, state and community.

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Oregon National Guard participates in University of Oregon Spring Game (Photo) - 04/29/17

170429-Z-OT568-003: Oregon National Guard Soldiers greet fans in front of Autzen Stadium where military equipment was on display for the University of Oregon's Spring Game, April 29, 2017, in Eugene, Oregon. Veterans from every branch of service participated in Military Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170429-Z-OT568-010: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Amber LaPerle sings the National Anthem to begin the University of Oregon's Spring Game, April 29, 2017, in Eugene, Oregon. Veterans from every branch of service participated in Military Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170429-Z-OT568-033: Oregon National Guard Soldiers perform a flag folding ceremony in honor of missing and fallen service members during half time at the University of Oregon Spring Game, April 29, 2017, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Military Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170429-Z-OT568-069: University of Oregon football players give their jerseys to members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, after the Spring Game, April 29, 2017, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The players spent time getting to know the Veterans and gave them a tour of their training facilities. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)