Pendleton, wash. - When there is an emergency the National Guard is called.
Wednesday the Oregon Army National Guard opened their doors to give the community an inside look at what they do.
The Pendleton Airport was very loud with helicopter demonstrations. There were CH-47 Chinook Cargo Helicopters and UH-60 Air Ambulance Helicopters were seen for miles.
National Guard Members demonstrated what they do during fire rescues and parachutes operations.
The Oregon Army National Guard hosted a community open house on Wednesday to show the public what they do.
Mathew Martinez is a junior at Hermiston High School. He said, "I feel like a kid in a candy store. Never thought all this could be in one of these machines."
16-year-old Charlie Cochran said the whole event was pretty awesome.
National Guard Members were also on hand to answer questions.
Oregon National Guard units have been mobilized in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
The governors of each state have the right to call up members of the National Guard in time of domestic emergencies.