Major General returns home for Veterans Day
When Maj. Gen. Randall Ogden serves as the grand marshal of the Estacada Veterans Day Parade, it won't be the first time he's been in town.
Ogden, who has served as commander of the Fourth Air Force since February 2017 and previously worked as deputy director for Global Policy and Partnerships on the Joint Staff at The Pentagon in Washington, D.C., graduated from Estacada High School in 1979.
In addition to being the grand marshal of the Estacada Veterans Day parade on Sunday, Nov. 11, Ogden will speak during a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial. The parade through downtown Estacada will begin at 11 a.m., and the ceremony will start at noon.
Ogden is happy to participate in this year's event.
"I always enjoy going home," he said, noting that he tries to return once a year. "It's the people. I have great friends."
As commander of the Fourth Air Force, Ogden collaborates with other staff members to ensure that all units of the reserve command are combat ready. The Fourth Air Force has 34,000 airmen in 22 locations.
"My day-to-day is leadership and communication. The big push is to ensure that we're taking care of our airmen and that they're ready to answer our nation's calls," he said.
Ogden joined the Air Force in 1983, crediting an interest in flying and
military history with a role in the decision.
He was promoted to major general in December 2016. Prior to this, he helped craft military strategy and national security as he spent two years as the deputy director for Global Policy and Partnerships on the Joint Staff, which consists of leaders from all five branches of the county's armed services who advise the President, Secretary of Defense, Homeland Security Council and the National Security Council.
During his time in the military, Ogden has appreciated serving others and developing relationships.
"I've stayed because of the people, being part of a bigger thing and serving my country," he said.
Ogden is looking forward to spending Veterans Day in Estacada.
"I'm looking forward to running into old classmates and teachers," he said.
He spoke highly of the values that he learned while living in a small town.
"Taking care of people and working hard, our teachers really instilled that," he said.
Veterans Day in Estacada
From 7-11 a.m. Sunday, Nov, 11, the Estacada American Legion Carl Douglas Post will hold their annual Veterans Day Breakfast at Odd Fellows Hall, 267 Second Ave. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 or younger.
At 11 a.m., the Estacada Area Support Our Troops Foundation will host a parade for Veterans Day and a ceremony at noon at the Estacada Veterans Memorial, 267 Second Ave. A fly-over with a C-17 globemaster is scheduled for 12:05 p.m.