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  • National Guard gets ceremonial send off

  • About 1,500 people in Ashland today attended a mobilization ceremony for about 275 soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team headed to Afghanistan in September for a nine-month deployment.
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  • About 1,500 people in Ashland today attended a mobilization ceremony for about 275 soldiers from the Oregon Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team headed to Afghanistan in September for a nine-month deployment.
    Headquartered in Ashland, the 1/186th comprises citizen-soldiers from units in Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass, Roseburg, Coos Bay and St. Helens.
    The ceremony, which featured speeches from U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown and Adjutant Gen. Dan Hokanson was held inside McNeal Pavilion at Southern Oregon University.
    The solders will leave Saturday for pre-deployment training at Fort Hood, Texas, before heading to Afghanistan.
    The Bend-based 1st Squadron of the 82nd Cavalry and the Springfield-based 2nd Battalion of the 162nd Infantry Regiment are also being deployed to Afghanistan.
    The three Oregon units are part of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, which is expected to deploy about 950 soldiers to Afghanistan this year.
    In June President Obama said about 9,800 U.S. troops will stay in Afghanistan for about a year after the end of 2014, when combat operations end, which means the 1/186th soldiers could be some of the last in the country.
    — Sam Wheeler
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