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Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program graduates 54th class (Photo) - 12/13/17

REDMOND, Oregon - The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) graduated its 54th class on Dec. 13, 2017, at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon. The ceremony drew hundreds of family members, friends and community supporters of the graduating cadets from across the state.

OYCP is a statewide, accredited alternative high school that serves all of Oregon. The program, which is operated by the Oregon Military Department out of Bend, Ore., helps students who are struggling in school or have dropped out to recover their credits through a rigorous military style residential program. In addition to academics, the students learn other core strengths such as personal fitness, good citizenship, job skills and self discipline. The students will return home and continue with one year of active mentorship following their graduation.

About OYCP:
OYCP is one of 37 nationwide National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Programs and has been recognized as one of the premier programs in the country. The OYCP program is cost-free to cadets and their families and has successfully graduated more than 4,600 cadets since its inception in 1994. The voluntary, 17-and-a-half-month program provides youth who are at risk of not completing their high school education, both male and female, ages 16 to 18, from urban and rural areas of Oregon, with another opportunity to succeed.

Cadets work through a two-phase program, beginning with an intensive five-and-a-half-month residential program during which they develop life-coping skills, perform volunteer community service work and attend academic classes. While in the program, cadets continue their education, develop life skills and create a plan, outlining clear and organized steps to keep them along the path of success following graduation. The second phase of the program consists of one year of mentorship. During this phase, cadets receive encouragement and support as they implement their plans to re-enter their home environments.

Details about the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program are available at www.oycp.com.

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Dave Stuckey, Deputy Director of the Oregon Military Department, conveys his pride in the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) and the students' accomplishments during a graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on Dec. 13, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) drill team performs with their rifles during a graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on Dec. 13, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Cadet Ali Alhejab, gives a before and after picture of his life and the difference the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) has made during opening remarks at the graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on Dec. 13, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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142nd Fighter Wing to conduct temporary night flying operations (Photo) - 12/05/17

PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions December 5-7, 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.

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142nd Fighter Wing to conduct combat readiness exercise (Photo) - 11/21/17

PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct a 24 hour combat readiness exercise November 21-22, 2017.

This exercise tests the wing's ability to generate air power within roughly 24 hours after being notified. This allows the wing commander to evaluate the wing's ability to respond with minimal notice and meet or exceed the tasking timelines. The exercise will end after 12 F-15's take off on the morning of November 22nd.

B-roll will be available to download after 3:00 p.m. at https://www.dvidshub.net/search/?filter%5Bunit%5D=142FW&filter%5Btype%5D=video&sort=date

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Oregon hosts 13th annual U.S. -- China Disaster Management Exchange - 11/14/17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2017

WHO: Soldiers from U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), Oregon National Guard and the People's Republic of China (PRC) People's Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command.

WHAT: U.S. and PLA Soldiers will participate in a Disaster Management Exchange (DME) in Portland and Camp Rilea, Oregon, from Nov. 13-19 2017. This is the 13th iteration of this exchange between the PLA and USARPAC. The DME is designed to maximize hands-on, side-by-side interaction with the PLA on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations and enable sharing of real world lessons learned. The DME consists of an expert academic discussion (EAD), a table-top exchange (TTE) and a practical field exchange (PFE).

WHERE: Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, 33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, OR, 97146 (Meeting at front gate).

MEDIA DAY: 18 November 2017
Media link up time is 8:00 a.m. at the front gate to Camp Rilea. Media will be credentialed onsite and transported by bus to the training sites and returned to their vehicles. Bus departs at 8:30 a.m., time is 45 minutes at each site, and returns journalists to their vehicles at 11:00 a.m. Training sites are all outside, so please come prepared in case of rain. Media invited are limited to no more than two personnel.

Media Day visit includes an opportunity for photos, b-roll and interviews with Soldier participants at two sites of the event's PFE. U.S. and PLA Soldiers will be working together through a Multinational Coordination Center as part of their scenario response to a simulated flood disaster in which both armies have been requested to support an impacted third nation.

CLOSING CEREMONY AND PRESS CONFERENCE: 19 November 2017
Media link up time is 10:15 a.m. at the front gate to Camp Rilea. Ceremony and press conference run together from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Closing ceremony includes opportunity for photos, b-roll of the ceremony and participation in the Press Conference featuring U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General, Gen. Robert B. Brown and the People's Liberation Army- Southern Theater Command Commanding General, MG Zhang Jian. No interviews will be provided beyond the press conference.

BACKGROUND:
- Base access is required, so please RSVP by 1:00 p.m. on 17 November 2017.

- Interviews with People's Liberation Army personnel require their concurrence.

- In order to focus on training, no additional media interviews or attendance to the event other than Media Day and Closing Ceremony/Press Conference will be allowed during the execution of the DME per the agreement between the U.S. and PLA coordinators.

- 2017 U.S.-China Disaster Management Exchange participants include: U.S. Army Pacific, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, the Oregon National Guard, the United States Military Academy (USMA), the 351st Civil Affairs Command, the 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), the 571st Sapper Company, the U.S Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Pacific Disaster Center, an applied research center managed by the University of Hawaii.

- Coverage of the event will be on the following Facebook sites:
- Pacific Resilience
- 8th Theater Sustainment Command
- U.S. Army Pacific

- Products when released will also be on DVIDs https://www.dvidshub.net/ with the tag "US CHINA DME 17"