Soldiers Prep for Deployment Ceremony

ASHLAND, Ore. — About 300 soldiers of the 186th Infantry in Southern Oregon will attend a deployment ceremony on Friday before leaving for Fort Hood in Texas on Saturday. On Thursday, preparations for the ceremony were under way after the soldiers just returned from their annual training. The troops will spend 60 days at Fort … Continue reading »

Soldier Letters Returned

WARRENTON, Ore. — During the Memorial Day weekend, a Corvallis woman and her family discovered a box full of soldiers’ letters while she was cleaning out her aunt’s house in Forest Grove. She tracked down the widow of the of the soldiers online, and on Sunday, Father’s Day, she hand-delivered the letters to the soldiers’ … Continue reading »

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 »

Families Welcome Soldiers Home

EUGENE, Ore. — Hugs, tears and a welcome embrace at the Eugene airport Thursday night, as soldiers returned home following a lengthy deployment. About six members of the 971st Transportation Detachment returned to their waiting families. Our cameras were there as the returning soldiers hugged those they hadn’t seen in a year. The unit was … 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,” said Specialist … Continue reading »

Family Supports Soldier Memorial Signs

The families of two fallen soldiers from western Oregon are trying to get parts of Highway 34 named after their loved ones. Lance Cpl. Tyler Troyer of Tangent and Spc. Eric McKinley of Philomath both lost their lives in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. Troyer’s family members say it would be an extreme honor to … 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 »