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News Release
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Ontario National Guard Tankers Mobilize for Kuwait Deployment (Photo) - 08/07/22

ONTARIO, Ore.-A Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment (Combined Arms Battalion), Oregon Army National Guard, held a mobilization ceremony for 16 Soldiers deploying to the country of Kuwait Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Ontario National Guard Armory. The Soldiers will augment the 2nd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment from Idaho National Guard for a one-year deployment. The 16 are assigned to the same company and will leave soon for Fort Bliss, Texas, located near El Paso.

While in Kuwait, the deploying group will be part of Operation Spartan Shield (OSS), a joint mission under the U.S. Central Command, and part of Operation Enduring Freedom. OSS focuses on providing theater security, all while strengthening and building defense partner relationships in Southwest Asia.

The deploying Soldiers are all tank crew members led by 1st Lt. Matthew Booher and Staff Sgt. James Hawley have been in training to prepare for this deployment. Booher said, " We've been assigned to Bravo Company, 2-116 and participated with their battalion drilling and operating with them for the past three or four months."

"The training is not complete," Hawley said, "and there is still more to do. We'll be at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, for two months and then to Kuwait, where we will fall in on our tanks."

The group of Soldiers are all traditional guard members who drill one weekend a month and train for two weeks annually, typically in the summer. Most are from surrounding communities and have full-time civilian employment, attend college, or are between jobs.


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Members of Adder Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment (Combined Arms Battalion), Oregon National Guard deploying to Kuwait in front of their armory in Ontario, Ore. Aug. 7, 2022. The group of armor crew members will be on a one-year deployment as part of Operation Spartan Shield in Southwest Asia.

(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs)

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1st Lt. Matthew Booher stands in front of the deploying 16 guard members of Adder Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment (Combined Arms Battalion), Oregon National Guard, as 3-116 CAV Commander Lt. Col. Seth Musgrove addresses the crowd assembled for the unit's mobilization ceremony in Ontario, Ore. Aug. 7, 2022. The group of armor crew members will be on a one-year deployment as part of Operation Spartan Shield in Southwest Asia. 

(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs)

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Staff Sgt. James Hawley, part of the deploying group of Adder Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment (Combined Arms Battalion), Oregon National Guard, bows his head in prayer as Chaplain (Cpt.) Jeffrey Parker prays for the group's success during their yearlong deployment to Kuwait in Ontario, Ore. Aug. 7, 2022. The group of armor crew members will be on a one-year deployment as part of Operation Spartan Shield in Southwest Asia.

(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs)

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Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel The Oregon National Guard Adjutant General shakes hands with deploying Adder Company members, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment (Combined Arms Battalion), Oregon National Guard after their mobilization ceremony in Ontario, Ore. Aug. 7, 2022. The group of armor crew members will be on a one-year deployment as part of Operation Spartan Shield in Southwest Asia.

(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs)

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1st Lt. Matthew Booher stands in front of the deploying 16 guard members of Adder Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment (Combined Arms Battalion), Oregon National Guard, during the unit's mobilization ceremony in Ontario, Ore. Aug. 7, 2022. The group of armor crew members will be on a one-year deployment as part of Operation Spartan Shield in Southwest Asia.

(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs)

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