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Oregon Army National Guard welcomes new commander in formal ceremony (Photo) - 08/04/18

CLACKAMAS, Oregon – The Oregon Army National Guard welcomed a new Land Component Commander as Brig. Gen. William J. Prendergast IV replaced Brig. Gen. William J. Edwards during a change of command ceremony, August 4, 2018, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon.

The Oregon National Guard’s Land Component Command oversees all Army operations for the State of Oregon and is responsible for more than 6,000 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers. The Land Component has oversight over the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the 82nd Brigade (Troop Command) and a number of other tenant units from other commands located in Oregon.

Prendergast most recently served simultaneously as the Deputy Commander and Army Reserve Component Integration Advisor for U.S. Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, as well as the Assistant Adjutant General - Army for Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon National Guard in Salem, Oregon.

In his civilian career, Prendergast works at Nike IHM Inc. as the director of manufacturing logistics and planning. He began his career with Nike in January 1989 in Freeport, Maine. 

Prendergast graduated from Wilson High School in Portland, Oregon, in 1986. In 1990, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He graduated from the resident U.S. Army War College with a Masters in Strategic Studies in 2011. 

He first joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1992 as a combat engineer with the 162nd Engineer Company in Portland. He attended State Officer Candidate School at the Oregon Military Academy and received his commission in 1994. 

Throughout his career in the Oregon Army National Guard, he has served as a mortar and infantry platoon leader for C Company (Roseburg) 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment; commander of D Company (Grants Pass) 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment; and commander of E Troop (Woodburn) 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment. He was the operations officer for 1st Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment (Forest Grove) and deployed with the battalion in 2003 in support of the Global War on Terrorism. 

In 2005, he was assigned as the executive officer for the adjutant general at Joint Force Headquarters in Salem. In 2006, he became the executive officer for 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment (Bend) and took command of that squadron in 2007. He deployed the squadron to Iraq with the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team in 2009. 

In 2011, he assumed command of the 82nd Rear Operations Center in Clackamas, Oregon. In October 2012, he took command of the 249th Regional Training Institute in Monmouth, Oregon, where he led the RTI's move to Camp Umatilla near Boardman, Oregon. In 2014, he became the commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) headquartered in Clackamas, Oregon, before becoming the Assistant Adjutant General – Army in 2017.

Brig. Gen. William J. Edwards will transition to his next assignment as the Commander for Joint Domestic Operations Command (Assistant Adjutant General). He served as the Land Component Commander since April 2016, supporting successful deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, as well as state missions here at home. He remains dual-hatted as Deputy Commanding General – Operations, for all training, certification and validation of Army National Guard and Reserve Forces as the personal representative of the Commanding General, First United States Army Training Support Division (West).


Bios are available at the following links:
Brig. Gen. William J. Prendergast IV http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/NGB-GOMO/bio-show/2989/

Brig. Gen. William J. Edwards http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/NGB-GOMO/bio-show/2891/

PHOTO CAPTIONS:
180804-Z-OT568-004: Brig. Gen. William J. Edwards (left), outgoing Land Component Commander, and Brig. Gen. William J. Prendergast, incoming Land Component Commander, listen to remarks from the Adjutant General, Oregon, during a change of command ceremony, August 4, 2018, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. Edwards served as the Land Component Commander for the Oregon Army National Guard since April 2016 and relinquished command to Prendergast during the ceremony. The Land Component Command oversees all Army operations for the State of Oregon and is responsible for more than 6,000 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

180804-Z-OT568-006: Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, presents Brig. Gen. William J. Edwards, outgoing Land Component Commander, with the Oregon Distinguished Service Award during a change of command ceremony, August 4, 2018, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. Edwards was honored for his service as the Land Component Commander for the Oregon Army National Guard since April 2016. The Land Component Command oversees all Army operations for the State of Oregon and is responsible for more than 6,000 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

180804-Z-OT568-010: Brig. Gen. William J. Edwards (right), outgoing Land Component Commander, gives a final salute to Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, as he relinquishes command of the Oregon Army National Guard during a change of command ceremony, August 4, 2018, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. Edwards served as the Land Component Commander for the Oregon Army National Guard since April 2016 and relinquished command to Brig. Gen. William J. Prendergast during the ceremony. The Land Component Command oversees all Army operations for the State of Oregon and is responsible for more than 6,000 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
 
180804-Z-OT568-012: Brig. Gen. William J. Prendergast (right), incoming Land Component Commander, salutes Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, as he assumes command of the Oregon Army National Guard in a ceremony, August 4, 2018, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The Land Component Command oversees all Army operations for the State of Oregon and is responsible for more than 6,000 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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