EUGENE, Ore. — A group of local Marines reunited with their families Friday. The men were greeted at the airport by three local VFW posts, freedom rider volunteers and then escorted to the reserve center by many law enforcement officers. Spencer Curtman, Chris Norris, Ben Nelson and Master Sgt. Richard Thomas spent the last seven … Continue reading »
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan — An Oregon soldier serving in Afghanistan died in combat on Friday. Captain James Nehl was from Gardiner, near Reedsport. The Department of Defense says he was killed in small arms fire while on patrol. He was based in fort Riley, Kansas.
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Oregon National Guard is preparing for a possible mission to Afghanistan in 2014. The 41st Infantry Brigade, made up of 1,800 soldiers, includes the 2-162 Battalion. That has soldiers in places like Springfield and Corvallis. But leaders say this notification is very preliminary — the first of three stages before officially … Continue reading »
EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene soldier, whose deployment prompted his girlfriend to make a social media countdown, has returned from Afghanistan. She posted a picture (right) Tuesday saying “Today you are on American soil right here in the U.S.A. and I can finally exhale.” When the soldier deployed to Afghanistan in June, his girlfriend posted … Continue reading »
EUGENE, Ore. — They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, and for Tira Howard that’s just enough to spread overseas. “I like to think of it as spreading a network of goodness, so when people see them and click ‘like’ on them, it’s sending a good thought overseas not only to Logan my boyfriend … Continue reading »