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April 28, 2015 at 8:04am

225th to activate Saturday

New names for those units making our skies friendly and clear at the Western Air Defense Sector on McChord Field takes place Saturday.

The 225th Air Defense Group and Support Squadron will stand up, and the 225th Air Defense Squadron redesignates with a ceremony on JBLM-Main at 2 p.m.

Colonel Ronald "Dave" Harmon will assume command of the 225th Air Defense Group, Colonel Paige Abbott will assume command of the 225th Air Defense Squadron, and Colonel William Krueger will assume command of the 225th Support Squadron, according to a release from the Western Air Defense Sector public affairs office.

The three organizations will execute the mission of WADS commanded by Col Gregor Leist.  Leist assumed command last week.

April 28, 2015 at 8:08am

Saigon airlift remembered here

(Washington National Guard) Eight-hundred Vietnamese Americans from around Washington state came to Camp Murray yesterday for the 40th Anniversary of the journey from Vietnam to America after the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War.

In the summer of 1975, more than 500 Vietnamese refugees came to Washington through invitation from then Gov. Dan Evans and made a temporary residence at Camp Murray.

Former Sec. of State Ralph Munro, who was honored at the event played an instrumental role in bringing the refugees to Washington state, which is now home to more than 70,000 Vietnamese Americans.

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