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Remains of Oregon National Guardsman returned home to Oregon (Photo) - 07/23/20

PORTLAND, Ore.  - Members of the Oregon National Guard paid honors to a fellow service member, Private First Class Alexander B. Klass as his remains were returned home to Oregon with an honor flight and funeral procession from the Portland International Airport (PDX) to McMinnville. He was deployed with the 162nd Infantry Regiment at Camp Novo Selo, Kosovo, during the time of his death on July 4, 2020.

Pfc. Klass will be laid to rest during a graveside memorial service on Sunday, July 26.  His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Oregon Meritorious Service Medal, and Oregon Superior Soldier Ribbon.

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Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon (far right) and other senior leaders to include Brig. Gen. William Prendergast IV, Land Component Commander, Oregon Army National Guard (center right) and Command Sgt. Major Robert Foesch (center left) Senior Enlisted Leader for the Land Component, render a salute as the remains of Private First Class Alexander Klass are returned to the Portland International Airport, Oregon, July 23, 2020. Pfc. Klass was deployed with the 162nd Infantry Regiment at Camp Novo Selo, Kosovo, during the time of his death on July 4, 2020. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

200723-Z-CH590-0218:

Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon (far right) and other senior leaders to include Brig. Gen. William Prendergast IV, Land Component Commander, Oregon Army National Guard (center right) and Command Sgt. Major Robert Foesch (center left) Senior Enlisted Leader for the Land Component, pause for an honor flight with the remains of Private First Class Alexander Klass, to the Portland International Airport, Oregon, July 23, 2020. Pfc. Klass was deployed with the 162nd Infantry Regiment at Camp Novo Selo, Kosovo, during the time of his death on July 4, 2020. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Private First Class Alexander Klass: File photo of Pfc. Klass during his recent deployment. 

Video: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/760813/pfc-alexander-b-klass-procession

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Army Lt. Gen. Daniel Hokanson confirmed as National Guard Bureau Chief (Photo) - 07/23/20

SALEM, Ore. - Army Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the next Chief of the National Guard Bureau, on July 21. Currently Hokanson is the Director of the Army National Guard and previously served as the Vice Chief for the National Guard Bureau from November of 2016 to June of 2019. 

A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy in 1986, Hokanson began his active duty service as he began training at the U.S. Army Aviation Center and School at Fort Rucker, Alabama, becoming an Army helicopter pilot upon completion of training in July 1987. He served on active duty until 1995 before joining the Oregon Army National Guard where he held a variety of positions from Aide-de-Camp, to Aviation Operations Officer, Commander of the 641st Medical Battalion, Commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team and eventually as The Adjutant General, Oregon, from August 2013 through August 2015. 

“Dan and I worked together serving our fellow Oregonians from Cascadia plans and exercises through state and federal mobilizations of our Oregon Guard members," said Oregon Governor Kate Brown.  "If he performs half as well as he did here in Oregon, our nation will be in good hands with him on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Congratulations to him and his wonderful family."

Lt. Gen. Hokanson has been deployed to support OPERATION JUST CAUSE in Panama, OPERATION EDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan (Aug. 2006 to July 2007), and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, in Iraq (Mar. 2008 to July 2010). He also holds Masters Degrees from the Naval Post Graduate School, the U.S. Naval War College and attended the Senior Service College Fellowship at Harvard University. 

In total, Hokanson has over 33-years of military service which includes; more that 2,600 total flight hours with over 50-hours in combat. He is qualified on the AH-64 Apache, OH-58 Kiowa, UH-1 Iroquois “Huey,” and UH-60 Blackhawk airframes.

He will replace Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, who has served as the Chief of the National Guard since August 2016 and will retire later this year. 

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Military [stock] photos of Daniel Hokanson in Oregon: 

200112-Z-FS713: Lt. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Director of the Army National Guard, addresses members of C Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment after a reenlistment ceremony where he swore-in three Soldiers at the Woodburn Armory in Woodburn, Ore., Jan. 12, 2020. The day before, Hokanson attended a mobilization ceremony for Soldiers with the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team who are deploying to Kosovo. Hokanson is the former commander of the brigade, and was also the Adjutant General, Oregon, after an aviation career in the Oregon National Guard. (National Guard photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160806-Z-NJ272-006: Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, presents Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson with the Oregon 30-Year Faithful Service Medal, Aug. 6, 2016, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. Lt. Gen. Hokanson, the former Oregon Adjutant General, now serves as the Deputy Commander for, U.S. Northern Command, and Vice Commander, for U.S. Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (National Guard photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

130801-Z-OT568-028: Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber (left) administers the oath of office to Oregon’s new adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (right), as Kelly (center), the general’s wife, and looks on during the investiture ceremony at the state capitol, in Salem, Ore., Aug. 1, 2013. Hokanson will direct, manage, and supervise the administration, discipline, organization, training and mobilization of the Oregon National Guard, the Oregon State Defense Force, and the Office of Oregon Emergency Management. (National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

100710-A-9578G-005: Oregon's Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, presents Col. Dan Hokanson with the distinguished Legion of Merit award during the change of command ceremony for the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team at the Salem Armory, June 10, 2010. The Legion of Merit is one of the highest honors bestowed upon members of the U.S. Army. (National Guard photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

146007-Z-FS713-001: From left to right: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, adjutant general, Oregon, Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader, Col. William Edwards, commander of 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and Lt. Col. Scot Caughran, commander of 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment (2-162), stand prior to the singing of the national anthem June 7, 2014, during a mobilization ceremony at the Salem Armory Auditorium in Salem, Ore. The 2-162 Infantry Battalion is scheduled to replace units in Afghanistan as part of the regular rotation cycle of forces. (National Guard photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

140825-Z-CH590-002: Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon (far left), and Oregon Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Conner (left), welcome Vice Adm. Pham Ngoc Minh, center, Deputy Chief of General Staff of Vietnam People’s Army and Vice Standing Chairman of Vietnam’s National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM) and other members of the Vietnam delegation to the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Aug. 25, 2014. A delegation from Vietnam’s VINASARCOM visited facilities throughout the state of Oregon to increase their understanding emergency and disaster response preparedness in conjunction with the Oregon National Guard’s State Partnership Program. (National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

130809-F-CH590-040: Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, (center) takes time to talk with a group of Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron during a USO event held at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Aug. 9, 2013. A total of 26 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing spent six months in Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

130910-Z-NV612: Oregon Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Joseph Robeson, 173rd Fighter Wing Aircrew Flight Equipment, describes the various flight equipment used by the pilots to Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, the adjutant general of Oregon, during Hokanson's visit to Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, Ore., Sept. 10, 2013. Col. Jeremy Baenen, 173rd FW commander, hosted Hokanson during his first visit to the base as Oregon's new adjutant general. (National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar, 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

140902-Z-CH590-064: Oregon Air National Guard Master Sgt. Mike Larner (center) and Staff Sgt. Christopher Curtis (right), aircraft life support Airmen with the 142nd Fighter Wing, talk with Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson after his F-15 Eagle flight, Sept. 2, 2014, at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. Maj. Gen. Hokanson is the Adjutant General of Oregon and has over 2,400 flight hours as a helicopter pilot but was able to experience flying in an F-15 Eagle aircraft with his flight with the 142nd Fighter Wing. (National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

140607-Z-CH590-010: Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Christopher Lantagne, 142nd Fighter Wing Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander (left), gives Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon (right), some insights to the Air Force 1.5 mile route they are about to run during the 142nd Fighter Wing Air Force Fitness test, June 7, 2014, at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. During the run, Lantagne was the only runner able to finish ahead of Hokanson, a running enthusiast, on this element of the Air Force fitness test. (National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

U.S. National Guard Print Article: 

https://www.nationalguard.mil/News/Article/2280954/army-lt-gen-daniel-hokanson-confirmed-as-ngb-chief/

 

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Oregon National Guard prepares for fires, conducts annual red card training (Photo) - 07/15/20

SALEM, Ore. - Approximately 400 Oregon National Guard (ORNG) Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen will be completing red card training, which began July 11, 2020 at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), and concludes on July 17.

“This has truly been a successful partnership between the Oregon Guard, DPSST and ODF (Oregon Department of Forestry) for many years,” said Maj. Stephen Bomar, Director of Public Affairs for the Oregon Military Department.

The training at DPSST certifies “Red Card" ORNG members for the upcoming wildfire period. Since March, the Oregon National Guard has been assisting the Oregon Health Authority deliver personal protective equipment (PPE) as part of the COVID19 response, while also preparing for the upcoming fire season. 

Oregon Army National Guard Aviation has also completed Bambi Bucket training in June to support potential firefighting incidents. Bambi Buckets are specialized containers suspended on a cable and carried by helicopters to distribute water for airborne firefighting operations. The Oregon National Guard has HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and the newer F-Model CH-47 Chinook helicopters to support the Oregon Department of Forestry if needed. 

Since 2015 to 2020, a total of 1,767 Oregon Guardsmen will have been trained to assist the state. Many have been activated during this time period following Governor Kate Brown’s emergency declaration orders to include the Canyon Creek Complex in the Malheur National Forest in 2015, the Chetco Bar Fire in 2017 in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, and the Garner Complex Fire near Grants Pass in 2018.

The training provided to the members of the Oregon National Guard by DPSST is the same training required of all public and private wildland firefighters, which includes classroom, hands-on, and live-fire elements. This training is being proactively offered to have members of the Oregon National Guard ready to quickly respond in case their assistance is needed this summer by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

“This is what we do,” Bomar said. “We train to be prepared, so when we’re needed we are there.”

The ORNG has an ongoing agreement with ODF known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the specifics of how Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen can be utilized to assist in firefighting efforts.

The media is invited to view a live-fire training at the DPSST site in Salem, Thurs., July 16, at 1 p.m., and to interview service members in training. Please RSVP with POC below.

POC: Sgt. 1st Class Amy Elker, NCOIC, JFHQ Public Affairs, 503-584-3154, .mil@mail.mil">amy.j.elker.mil@mail.mil.

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Photos:

170805-Z-NJ272-004: An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, dips a 2,000-gallon capacity Bambi Bucket into the water during firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area on August 5, 2017. Oregon Governor Kate Brown's state of emergency order on August 2, allowed the Oregon National Guard to deploy requested assets in support of the Oregon Department of Forestry’s firefighting efforts. Two Chinook helicopters are currently assigned to the fire. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

170805-Z-NJ272-007: An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter, with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, carries a 2,000-gallon capacity Bambi Bucket above the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area in support of firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire on August 5, 2017. The Oregon National Guard was called upon following Governor Kate Brown's emergency order on August 2. Approximately 25 personnel and two Chinook helicopters are currently assigned to assist Oregon Department of Forestry with the fire. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

170828-Z-OT568-140: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers practice containing wild land fire during a field training exercise at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, August 28, 2017. Nearly 125 Citizen-Soldiers from the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team volunteered to join the second iteration of personnel, also known as NG-2, activated by Governor Kate Brown to assist with wildfires across the state of Oregon. The Oregon National Guard is currently assigned to three different fires in central and southern Oregon; the Whitewater, High Cascades Complex, and Chetco Bar fires. (National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170815-Z-CH590-006: Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen conduct refresher training on how to use an emergency fire shelter at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training academy, in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017. More than 100 Oregon National Guardsmen are being deployed to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. (National Guard photo Master Sgt. John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

180806-A-LM216-918: Soldiers with the Oregon Army National Guard fight the Garner Complex Fire side-by-side with firefighters from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) north of Grants Pass, Ore., Aug. 2. Support from the Oregon National Guard is adding much needed capacity to ODF to fight fires. (National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Zach Holden, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

200712-A-UF867-006: Oregon Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Donna Prigmore, Air Component Commander, speaks with one of the service members of the wildland firefighter training for the Oregon National Guard, at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, Salem, Ore., July 12. Prigmore was there to observe the training, which included more than 400 Oregon National Guard Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen taking part of the state’s coordinated and comprehensive effort to suppress wildfires. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Amy Elker, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

200712-A-FS713-001: Oregon Senator Ron Wyden visited the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training July 12, to observe wildland firefighter training for the Oregon National Guard. The state’s coordinated and comprehensive wildfire suppression efforts include training more than 400 citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen from the Oregon National Guard as wildland firefighters. (National Guard photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

200712-A-FS713-002: A member of the Oregon National Guard participates in wildland fire training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training July 12. The state’s coordinated and comprehensive wildfire suppression efforts include training more than 400 citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen from the Oregon National Guard as wildland firefighters. (National Guard photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

200712-A-FS713-003: Service members of the Oregon Air and Army National Guard participate in wildland fire training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training July 12. The state’s coordinated and comprehensive wildfire suppression efforts include training more than 400 citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen from the Oregon National Guard as wildland firefighters. (National Guard photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)