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National Guard Mobilization Ceremony

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The Oregon Army National Guard gathered Sunday at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for a mobilization ceremony of the 186th Infantry 1st Battalion and the 141st Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepared to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.

More than 450 soldiers are being sent to Djibouti for nine months. National Guard armories in Medford, Ashland and Grants Pass are among the units contributing soldiers to the effort.

Djibouti is home to a strategic port near the Red Sea on Africa’s eastern side, close to the Middle East.

Oregon Army National Guard Mobilization Ceremony at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for Citizen-Soldiers from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Oregon Army National Guard Mobilization Ceremony at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for Citizen-Soldiers from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Oregon Army National Guard Mobilization Ceremony at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for Citizen-Soldiers from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Oregon Army National Guard Mobilization Ceremony at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for Citizen-Soldiers from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Oregon Army National Guard Mobilization Ceremony at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for Citizen-Soldiers from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Oregon Army National Guard Mobilization Ceremony at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for Citizen-Soldiers from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Oregon Army National Guard Mobilization Ceremony at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for Citizen-Soldiers from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Oregon Army National Guard Mobilization Ceremony at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for Citizen-Soldiers from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Oregon Army National Guard Mobilization Ceremony at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for Citizen-Soldiers from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Oregon Governor Kate Brown speaks to family and community at Raider Stadium, for their part in supporting National Guard troops from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR
Oregon Army National Guard Mobilization Ceremony at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for Citizen-Soldiers from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Oregon Army National Guard Mobilization Ceremony at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for Citizen-Soldiers from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Oregon Army National Guard Mobilization Ceremony at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for Citizen-Soldiers from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Oregon Governor Kate Brown receives the standard for the 1-186 Infantry Battalion, as part of the Mobilization Ceremony at Raider Stadium.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Oregon Army National Guard Mobilization Ceremony at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for Citizen-Soldiers from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Oregon Army National Guard Mobilization Ceremony at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for Citizen-Soldiers from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Oregon Army National Guard Mobilization Ceremony at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for Citizen-Soldiers from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Major General Michael E. Stencel, the Adjutant General for Oregon, speaks to family and community at Raider Stadium, for their part in supporting National Guard troops from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR
Oregon Governor Kate Brown shakes hands with members of the 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, at the conclusion of the Mobilization Ceremony at Raider Stadium.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR
Oregon Army National Guard Mobilization Ceremony at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for Citizen-Soldiers from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Oregon Army National Guard Mobilization Ceremony at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for Citizen-Soldiers from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Oregon Congressman Greg Walden speaks to family and community at Raider Stadium, for their part in supporting National Guard troops from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR
Oregon Army National Guard Mobilization Ceremony at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for Citizen-Soldiers from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)
Oregon Army National Guard Mobilization Ceremony at Southern Oregon University’s Raider Stadium in Ashland for Citizen-Soldiers from 1-186 Infantry Battalion and the 141 Brigade Support Battalion, as they prepare to depart to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.(PHOTO BY: LARRY STAUTH JR)