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Oregon Guardsmen transport supplies to support medical response (Photo) - 03/26/20

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon National Guard, in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS) is scheduled to provide and deliver 150 military cots along with blankets and hygiene packs to La Grande, Oregon, March 26. The supplies were requested by Union County Emergency Management to support ongoing medical response in Oregon.

“We are all part of one team working together to ensure the safety of our communities throughout Oregon,” said Stephen Bomar, Director of Public Affairs for the Oregon Military Department.

A crew of four Oregon Army National Guardsmen assembled the military cots, blankets and hygiene packs in Salem on March 25, and then loaded and transported the items to be delivered today in La Grande.

In addition to delivering the supplies, the team is scheduled to support a Grant County request by assisting in setting up a temporary structure/s at the Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day, Oregon, to be used to support short-term medial stations if/when needed.

“Our team at Blue Mountain Hospital District is thankful to the Oregon Army National Guard for answering our call for support. We envision using this tent as an important extension of our emergency department in the event there is an influx of patient volume”, said Derek Daly, the Chief Executive Officer for Blue Mountain Hospital District.

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200325-A-LM216-269: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Luke Fox, prepares 150 military cots along with 150 blankets and hygiene packs provided by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, to be delivered by a team of four Oregon Army National Guardsman from Salem to La Grande, Ore., at the request of Union County Emergency Management in response to the COVID-19 situation, March 25, 2020. Additionally, at the request of Grant County, the team will deliver and assist in setting up three large tents to Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day, Ore., to be used, if needed, to support temporary medical stations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Holden, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office) 

200325-A-LM216-290: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Luke Fox, prepares 150 military cots along with 150 blankets and hygiene packs provided by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, to be delivered by a team of four Oregon Army National Guardsman from Salem to La Grande, Ore., at the request of Union County Emergency Management in response to the COVID-19 situation, March 25, 2020. Additionally, at the request of Grant County, the team will deliver and assist in setting up three large tents to Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day, Ore., to be used, if needed, to support temporary medical stations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Holden, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office) 

200325-A-LM216-311: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Luke Fox prepares a trailer and Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) for his team to deliver 150 military cots along with 150 blankets and hygiene packs provided by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services to La Grande, Ore., March 25, 2020. The team of four Oregon Army National Guardsman will travel from Salem to La Grande at the request of Union County Emergency Management in response to the COVID-19 situation. Additionally, at the request of Grant County, the team will deliver and assist in setting up three large tents to Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day, Ore., to be used, if needed, to support temporary medical stations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Holden, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office) 

200325-A-LM216-354: Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Gerod Martin (left) and Sgt. Luke Fox, prepare a trailer and Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) for his team to deliver 150 military cots along with 150 blankets and hygiene packs provided by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services to La Grande, Ore., March 26, 2020. The team of four Oregon Army National Guardsman will travel from Salem to La Grande at the request of Union County Emergency Management in response to the COVID-19 situation. Additionally, at the request of Grant County, the team will deliver and assist in setting up three large tents to Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day, Ore., to be used, if needed, to support temporary medical stations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Holden, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office) 

200325-A-LM216-379: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Luke Fox guides a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) driven by Spc. Gerod Martin as the team of four Oregon National Guardsman depart to deliver 150 military cots along with 150 blankets and hygiene packs provided by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services to La Grande, Ore., March 26, 2020. The team will travel from Salem to La Grande at the request of Union County Emergency Management in response to the COVID-19 situation. Additionally, at the request of Grant County, the team will deliver and assist in setting up three large tents to Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day, Ore., to be used if needed, to support temporary medical stations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Holden, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office) 

200325-A-LM216-398: Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Gerod Martin (right) and Sgt. Luke Fox, prepare a trailer and Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) for his team to deliver 150 military cots along with 150 blankets and hygiene packs provided by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services to La Grande, Ore., March 26, 2020. The team of four Oregon Army National Guardsman will travel from Salem to La Grande at the request of Union County Emergency Management in response to the COVID-19 situation. Additionally, at the request of Grant County, the team will deliver and assist in setting up three large tents to Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day, Ore., to be used, if needed, to support temporary medical stations. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Holden, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office) 

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Oregon Military Department Provides Support with COVID-19 Response (Photo) - 03/18/20

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Military Department/Oregon National Guard is providing assistance to local areas throughout the state in order to provide specialized support when needed with the COVID-19 response. Assistance ranges from Military Department Civilians providing maintenance and mechanical support, to uniformed personnel setting up facilities for civilian medical personnel.

Guardsmen have coordinated with Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the Oregon Military Department (OMD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Department of Corrections (DOC) and other state local and non-governmental agencies.

  • Lebanon, Oregon: On March 17th, The Oregon National Guard CERFP (CBRNE - Enhanced Response Force Package) unit traveled to the Oregon Veterans’ Home here and assisted by setting up large tents to be used as a temporary testing facility for COVID-19. The testing was to screen more than 200 staff and caregivers at the facility.

  • Seaside, Oregon: On March 18th, members of the Oregon Military Department, working with state maintenance staff from Camp Rilea and Providence Seaside Hospital maintenance crews, provided assistance with military tents at the Providence Seaside Hospital. The tents will be used for testing and triaging members of the local community who may have fallen ill from the COVID-19 virus.

  • Salem, Oregon: On March 19th, The Oregon National Guardsmen will be at the Oregon State Fairgrounds to help set up medical station facilities. 

Kelly Fitzpatrick, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, said, “At the Lebanon Veterans’ Home, our highest priority remains the health and safety of our honored residents and hard-working staff. We are grateful to our partners at the Oregon National Guard and the Oregon Health Authority for their ongoing support in helping us continue to follow established infectious disease prevention protocols and public health guidelines.”

Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Matthew McCreery, assigned to the Oregon CERFP was one of the Soldiers on site to set up the tents.  “We’re glad to be here to start supporting the communities of Oregon,” he explained. “As a National Guard, our mission is really to be a rapid ready force to respond to the municipalities of Oregon in any emergency or incident. Whether it’s manpower, or trucks or setting up tents to help support the communities -- we're ready to go,” said McCreery.

The Oregon Military Department is scheduled to continue assisting throughout the state in a support capacity as requested.

 

PHOTO CAPTIONS:

200317-Z-LM216-001 and 200317-Z-LM216-004: Soldiers with the Oregon National Guard CERFP set up large tents at the Oregon Veterans' Home in Lebanon, Oregon to provide shelter for a temporary COVID-19 testing site, March 17, 2020. The site will be used to test the more than 200 staff and caregivers that work at the Lebanon facility. (U.S. Army National Guard photos by Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Holden, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office)

200318-Z-CM403-006, 200318-Z-CM403-033, and 200318-Z-CM403-059: Workers from the Oregon Military Department, state maintenance staff from Camp Rilea, and Providence Seaside Hospital maintenance crews, help erect military tents at the emergency entrance parking lot at the Providence Seaside Hospital, March 18, 2020. The tents will be used for testing and triaging members of the local community who may have fallen ill from the COVID-19 virus. (Oregon National Guard photos by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Perkins, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs)

 

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142nd Fighter Wing to conduct temporary night flying operations (Photo) - 03/15/20

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 Eagle night training missions March 16-19, 2020.

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 as an essential training requirement for nighttime maneuvers. Training flights will be completed each evening before 10:00 p.m.

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About the 142nd Fighter Wing:

The Portland Air National Guard Base employs around 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, 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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A 142nd Fighter Wing F-15 taxis onto the runway for night flying, September 11, 2019, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. Night training allows Citizen Airman pilots to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Steph Sawyer, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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