Gov. Brown, military officials in St. Helens for troop sendoff
Gov. Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, adjutant general for Oregon, spoke at two military mobilization events on Sunday, Oct. 13, including an event held at St. Helens High School.
The ceremony was hosted to honor units from Bravo Company, 741st Brigade Engineer Battalion and the 141st Brigade Support Battalion, as they depart for the Middle East.
The two units being deployed, which include the two St. Helens' battalions, as well as the 1-186th Infantry Battalion and the 141st Brigade Support Battalion, who were celebrated in a ceremony in Ashland on Sunday, are part of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team now being deployed to five different countries, including Djibouti, Jordan, Kosovo, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
"These ceremonies offer an opportunity for our communities to show support for not only our service members, but also for our families and employers," said Col. Eric J. Riley, Commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, in a press release from the National Guard. "We are proud to represent Oregon and the Oregon Army National Guard as we mobilize for overseas missions."
During the ceremony in St. Helens, numerous groups like the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Auxiliary, American Heritage Girls and others supported the event.
Handmade signs were on display outside the ceremony and yellow ribbons have been tied to several street posts and telephone poles around St. Helens. Yellow ribbons tied around trees are often meant to symbolize support for military troops. Gov. Kate Brown presents the flag to Capt. Jake Allbright, commander, Bravo Company, 741st Brigade Engineer Battalion, during the unit's mobilization ceremony held at St. Helens High School on Oct. 13
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