Retired Vets Inducted Into Hall of Honor

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Some local retired soldiers were acknowledged today for serving their country. It was a big day for six retired veterans. The 2/162 infantry conducted the ceremony today to recognize vets that the battalion chief says have gone beyond the call of duty. Soldiers, both retired and currently serving, were in the crowd … Continue reading »

Govt. Shutdown Affects Oregon Military

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Lawmakers are back at work trying to resolve the stalemate that’s keeping the government running in a limited capacity. About 11 percent of the Oregon Military Department is furloughed because of the shutdown. The department is made up of about 9,000 citizen soldiers, airmen and civilians, of which about 1,000 were notified … Continue reading »

Soldiers Get Hands-on Flight Training

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Soldiers in the Oregon National Guard took a flight they’ll never forget. Soldiers from B Company 2-162 flew in a CH-47 Heavy Lift Chinook Aircraft. For many of them, this was a first. “Looking forward to riding the chinook helicopter. I’ve never done it before so it’ll be a fun experience,” saidĀ Specialist … Continue reading »

City Prepares for Eugene Marathon Safety

EUGENE, Ore. — When the starter pistol goes off, the last thing any marathon runner or spectator is thinking about is a bomb. But with everything that happened in Boston, local enforcement isn’t taking any chances. ‘In light of that, we decided that we’re going to take some proactive measures to make sure that nothing … Continue reading »

Powder Scare at State Office Building

SALEM, Ore. — A letter containing white powder prompted an evacuationĀ at the Oregon Department of Revenue building in Salem Wednesday. At 7 a.m., an employee was exposed to the substance in the mail room. It drew a heavy response from police, HazMat crews and the Oregon National Guard. HazMat crews quarantined seven employees in the … Continue reading »

Photos for Soldiers Connects Families

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Some local photographers are using their skills to give back to veterans. Photos for Soldiers is a nonprofit organization that started up this past January. Photographers offer their services free of charge to men and women about to be deployed. They also take photos of loved ones that can be sent overseas. … Continue reading »

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 »