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SLIDESHOW: Oregon National Guard Unit Trains at Yakima Training Center

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Oregon National Guard Units have concluded their annual training in Yakima at the Yakima Training Center. Oregon National Guard Units have concluded their annual training in Yakima at the Yakima Training Center.
YAKIMA, WA. - Oregon National Guard Units have concluded their annual training in Yakima at the Yakima Training Center. The descriptions posted below go in order of the pictures in the slideshow.

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 162nd Engineer Company, 1249th Engineer Battalion, set off a charge of 128 pounds of ammonium nitrate and C4 explosive as a "cratering charge" during their annual training at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 20. The explosion had an equivalent of 220 pounds of TNT. The unit spent two weeks training with different types of explosives, and conducted weapons qualification on the M240 "Bravo" machine gun and the M2 .50-caliber machine gun. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 162nd Engineer Company, 1249th Engineer Battalion, prepare C-4 charges during their annual training at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 20. The unit spent two weeks training with different types of explosives, and conducted weapons qualification on the M240 "Bravo" machine gun and the M2 .50-caliber machine gun. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Michael R. Polley, 1249th Engineer Battalion Command Sergeant Major, speaks to Soldiers of the 162nd Engineer Company, during their annual training at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 20. The unit spent two weeks training with different types of explosives, and conducted weapons qualification on the M240 "Bravo" machine gun and the M2 .50-caliber machine gun. "Missions like these are what keeps us as Soldiers coming back year after year," Polley said of the Soldiers' training. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Two Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with Golf Troop, 141st Brigade Support Battalion, guard an entry control point at the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion compound at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 21. Several Oregon Army National Guard units converged on the training site for their two-week annual training cycle. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Sheria Pitman (left), and Sgt. David McCabe, with Bravo Co., 141st Brigade Support Battalion, work on a HMMWV ambulance at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 22. Pitman, a welder, and McCabe, a mechanic, were joined by fellow Citizen-Soldiers from several Oregon Army National Guard units at the training facility for their two-week annual training cycle. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Michael Burghart (left), commander of the 141st Brigade Support Battalion, fires an M240 "Bravo" machine gun, while assisted by Maj. Brian Stramel, on the weapons qualification range at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 22. Berghart and the Battalion Command Sergeant Major Allen Holland toured the training facility, visiting with Oregon Citizen-Soldiers who were conducting their annual training. The units will conclude their training cycle over the next week and head back to Oregon. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Alexandria Davidson, treatment platoon leader for Charlie Co., 141st Brigade Support Battalion, works on a computer program in the Troop Medical Clinic (TMC) during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 21. The unit's TMC supports medical needs of service members with a full complement of doctor, nurse, dental, x-ray, and administrative services. The Soldiers recently completed three weeks of training at Orchard Combat Training Center, in Idaho, before gearing up for their annual training cycle in Yakima. Davidson, a recent graduate of the University of Oregon, received her commission through the school's ROTC program. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Derek Hotchkiss (right), battle captain with the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, and Staff Sgt. Nick Valleton, assistant S3 non-commissioned officer, conduct a battle drill in the Tactical Operations Center (TOC), during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 23. Several Army National Guard units from Oregon converged on the training center for their two-week annual training cycle, and worked alongside other Army units from Washington State and several Marine Corps detachments. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathan Stocker (left), gun crew section chief for Alpha Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, yells out the command to fire a 105mm Howitzer, during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 23. The gun crews fired high-explosive and phosphorus charges as part of their annual training cycle. Stocker, from Keizer, Ore., is joined by number one man on the gun, Spc. Cody Shepherd (second from left), of Milwaukie, Ore.; gunner Spc. William McKnight (seated), of Vancouver, Wash.; assistant gunner, Pfc. Jordan Pena (right), of Portland, Ore.; and ammunition team chief, Sgt. David Tully (not pictured), of Gresham, Ore. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathan Stocker (left), gun crew section chief for Alpha Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, explains fire coordinates and trajectory tables to gun crew member, Spc. Cody Shepherd, during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 23. The gun crews fired high-explosive and phosphorus charges as part of their annual training cycle. Stocker, who is from Keizer, Ore., and Shepherd, from Milwaukie, Ore., were joined by Soldiers from several Army National Guard units from Oregon and Washington, in addition to several Marine Corps detachments who converged on the training center for their two-week annual training cycle. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Pfc. Justin Simonson, number one man on the gun crew for Bravo Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, listens to a briefing before the start of a Direct Fire Competition at the end of their unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 24. Simonson, of McMinnville, Ore., was joined by Soldiers from several Army National Guard units from Oregon and Washington, in addition to several Marine Corps detachments who converged on the training center for their two-week annual training cycle. Winners of the battalion's Direct Fire Competition will be announced at the unit's family day in July. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard's 1st Platoon, Gun #2, of Bravo Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, scores a direct hit on a target using a 105mm Howitzer during a Direct Fire Competition at the end of their unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 24. The gun crew is comprised of Staff Sgt. Richard Moisa, gun chief; Sgt. Daniel Hyde, gunner; Sgt. Michael Whalan, gunner #2; Spc. Nathan Livingood, ammunition team chief; Spc. Derek Becker, number one man; and Pfc. Blake Smith, number two man. Moisa's gun crew was joined by Soldiers from several Army National Guard units from Oregon and Washington, in addition to several Marine Corps detachments who converged on the training center for their two-week annual training cycle. Winners of the battalion's Direct Fire Competition will be announced at the unit's family day in July. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Matthew Sanderson, assistant S4 for the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, organizes a weapons check exercise for a platoon of U.S. Marines during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 24. Sanderson, who is from Portland, Ore., and another Oregon Soldier were tasked as the liaison non-commissioned officers between the Oregon Army National Guard unit and the Marines who were embedded with the Oregon unit. The Marines planned daily and nightly tactical raids on the Army compound in order to test their defenses against adversaries. Sanderson, who has worked closely with members of other branches of the military over the years said embedding the Marines with the Oregon Army National Guard unit was a big win for both organizations, from a cross-cultural standpoint, and for strategic joint training and readiness. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.
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