Soldiers Say Goodbye to Loved Ones

EUGENGE, Ore. — Families filled a conference room at the Hilton Friday night to say goodbye to their loved ones. The 970th Transportation Detachment, a Eugene based U.S. Army Reserve unit made up of about 20 soldiers will leave for Afghanistan in less than 36 hours. “We’ve got everything from brand new soldiers that just … Continue reading »

Fallen Soldier Buried

PORTLAND, Ore. – Since the start of the war in Afghanistan in 2002, 33 Oregonians have lost their lives while serving. Monday, the latest, 22-year-old army specialist John Pelham, was laid to rest. Pelham died in a firefight in Afghanistan earlier this month. His body was brought back to Oregon Friday with flags lining his … Continue reading »

Honoring PFC Cody Patterson

PHILOMATH, Ore. – A community came together Thursday afternoon to honor Private First Class Cody Patterson as a motorcade procession passed through Philomath. Hundreds of community members lined the streets, showing their support not only for the fallen soldier, but for his family as well. Patterson, a 24-year-old Philomath High School graduate, was killed less … Continue reading »

Philomath Soldier’s Memorial Service Set

PHILOMATH, Ore. — A Philomath soldier recently killed in Afghanistan will be honored at a public memorial service this Sunday. Pfc. Cody Patterson, a Philomath High School grad, will be remembered at LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus. The service starts at 2 p.m. and is open to the public. In a … Continue reading »

Local Marines Return Home

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 »

Oregon Solider Killed in Afghanistan

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.

National Guard Prepares for Mission

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 »

Local Soldier Returns from Afghanistan

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 »

Facebook Tribute Honors Soldiers

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 »