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Oregon soldiers return from Middle East deployment

SALEM, Oregon — The Oregon Army National Guard’s aeromedical helicopter unit was welcomed home in a demobilization ceremony yesterday in Salem.

“Approximately 70 soldiers returned to Oregon from an overseas deployment, where they provided air ambulance support using HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to save lives in support of efforts to defeat ISIS in the Middle East,” the Oregon Military Department said in a release.

Golf Company, 1-189th Aviation also conducts medical evacuations, search and rescues, as well as wildland fire suppression operations throughout the state of Oregon.

The unit has previously deployed to Bosnia for Operation Joint Forge 7, three times to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn, to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian.

Another platoon from this unit with Detachment 3, Golf Company, 1-189th Aviation, deployed in September 2017 for another one-year deployment to the Middle East.

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