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February 3, 2011 at 10:17am

Aviation Guard unit to deploy Saturday

CAMP MURRAY - The Washington National Guard will bid farewell to the 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation in a ceremony on Saturday, February 5 at 2:00 pm in the Army Aviation Support Facility #1 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The unit will serve in support of Operation New Dawn and will be based in Kuwait. Approximately 180 Army National Guard aviators, support personnel and staff from all over the State of Washington will comprise the deploying force.

"The air warriors from the Raptor Battalion are well known throughout the military aviation community for their professionalism and record of excellence.  They will represent our state and nation well, and accomplish their mission," said Major General Timothy J. Lowenberg, the Adjutant General and commander of the Washington National Guard.

Commonly referred to as "The Raptor Battalion" the 1/168 Aviation is headquartered at JBLM, under the Washington Army National Guard's 66th Theater Aviation Command.  Their mission will focus on the synchronization of aviation assets, senior leader movement and general support missions in the Operation New Dawn Theater.  The Raptor Battalion flies and maintains UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters.

The unit recently completed a portion of their mobilization training and certification at the Yakima Training Center.  They will spend a couple of months training at Fort Hood, Texas and then deploy to Kuwait.  They will be mobilized for 12 months, plus any leave time they accrue.  The Raptor Battalion previously served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from May 2007 to May 2008.    

January 13, 2011 at 11:31am

Ex-soldier in Lacey fights deportation to Pakistan

This from The News Tribune: A disabled former Washington National Guard soldier got to go home to Lacey after his immigration hearing ended Wednesday, but he still could be deported to his native Pakistan later this year.

Muhammad Zahid Chaudhry, 37, brought about 30 supporters from the Olympia area with him for his hearing before an immigration judge on charges that he lied on visa documents. He sat in his wheelchair, wore his National Guard dress uniform and appealed to stay in the U.S. based on his service in the military.

"I have served with honor and dignity," Chaudhry, who was discharged a year ago for medical reasons, said before his hearing began.

For more on the story, click here.

October 1, 2010 at 3:49pm

Guard EOD soldiers depart on year-long deployment

CAMP MURRAY - The Washington Army National Guard bid farewell today to approximately 25 citizen soldiers from the 319th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) headquartered at Camp Murray.  The 319th will be deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The 319th transitioned onto federal active duty status Thursday. Their mission will be to respond to, analyze, attack and mitigate explosive hazards and improvised explosive device threats throughout the Central Command Theater.

"The 319th is embarking upon a vital mission that will be crucial to the safety of those they serve with overseas.  They are very well trained and will make our state and nation proud," Maj. Gen. Timothy J. Lowenberg, the Adjutant General and Commander of the Washington National Guard, said in a release.

The 319th will receive pre-deployment training at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, before deploying to the CENTCOM Theater later this fall.  319th teams will serve throughout CENTCOM including Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. The deployment is scheduled for 12 months plus any leave time they accrue, and are slated to return home in the fall of 2011.  

The unit previously served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2004 to December 2005.  The 319th consistently trains with local, state and federal jurisdictions here in the U.S. 

September 30, 2010 at 9:35am

Camp Murray gate relocation plan scrapped

This from The News Tribune: In a tersely worded letter announcing the decision, Maj. Gen. Timothy Lowenberg blamed Lakewood officials for withholding a permit required for the project to move forward. He then placed the onus on them to solve neighborhood traffic woes, now that the city has spurned his agency's proposal and millions of dollars in related construction funding.

For more on the story, click here.

July 1, 2010 at 4:02pm

Local military family featured in PBS documentary

A public-television documentary, "In Their Boots," which begins airing at 12:30 a.m. Friday on KCTS, will feature the story of one Tacoma woman.

The Seattle Times has more on the series here

June 30, 2010 at 9:24am

Guard band begins summer concert series

CAMP MURRAY - The Washington Army National Guard's 133rd Army Band will perform a series of free community summer concerts through July 8.  Concert venues range from Tacoma and Olympia areas to the peninsula.

The 133rd Band will be performing works by contemporary composers Julie Giroux and Leonard Bernstein, and many patriotic favorites during the course of their concert schedule:

June 30 - Huntamer Park in Lacey at noon.

June 30 - Pioneer Park in Steilacoom at 6:30 p.m.

July 1 - Capital Campus Lawn in Olympia at 7:00 p.m.

July 2 - James Center of the Performing Arts in Sequim at 6:00 p.m.

July 3 - McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Warden Park in Port Townsend at 6:30 p.m.

July 4 - City of Port Angeles 4th of July Celebration at 6:00 and 8:30


July 6 - Skansie Park in Gig Harbor at 7:00 p.m.

July 7 - VA Hospital in Lakewood at 1:00 pm and 6:30 p.m.

July 8 - Curran Apple Orchard in University Place at 6:30 p.m.

The 133rd Band is comprised of 41 citizen-soldiers who serve as musical ambassadors to our communities, in addition to providing music throughout the full spectrum of military operations.   

February 11, 2010 at 3:43pm

Guard welcomes home EOD unit

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. — The Washington National Guard will welcome home from Afghanistan approximately 25 citizen soldiers on Saturday.

The soldiers belong to the Washington Army National Guard's Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment of the 741st Ordinance Battalion (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) based in Tacoma. They are returning home after a year-long deployment serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  

"The members of the 741st provided critical support to our forces in Afghanistan and we congratulate them on a job well done," said Major General Timothy J. Lowenberg, the Adjutant General and Commander of the Washington National Guard.

Their missions in Afghanistan primarily focused on providing command and control to assigned forces, coordinating tactical support and conducting assessments and analysis to determine EOD priorities of support. 

(Courtesy Camp Murray Public Affairs)

September 27, 2009 at 10:55am

Guard: an enduring partnership



The Washington National Guard is busy.

Dedicated to the mission of safeguarding lives and property in Washington state, the Guard also ably serves overseas.

"Citizen soldiers offer a wealth of experience and knowledge," said Maj. Wil Johnston, director, State Partnership Program (SPP).

Created in 2002, the SPP maintains a long-term relationship designed to share the military's "best practices" with civilian authorities, emergency management, disaster planning, port security, hazardous materials/weapons of mass destruction (HAZMAT/WMD) response initiatives and airport security.

Specific to Washington, the Kingdom of Thailand is the other half of the partnership program.

The State Partnership Program began in 1821 when American envoy Edmund Roberts oversaw the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the two countries.

Since then, the relationship between the two countries has grown.

Of vital interest to both countries is the protection of the ports of Bangkok and Leam Chabang.

"Helping the Thais to protect their ports from a terrorist attack or natural disaster is of vital concern to us," said Col. Scott Elder, a ranking member of the Joint United States Military Advising Group – Thailand (JUSMAGTHAI).

Over 90 percent of the country's gross national product (GNP) comes through the ports.

The SPP facilitates economic, commercial, social and cultural government interactions in addition to military-to-military exchanges.

For the visiting 16 civilian (firefighters and medical personnel) and government officials (national security council) from Thailand, the program offers an opportunity to share information specific to disaster and terrorist response.

"Thailand and the United States help each other," continued Elder.

"They've been very cooperative in helping us with humanitarian aid efforts and in fighting terrorism."

As for the present, the Thai delegation recently traveled to the HAMMER (Hazardous Materials Management And Emergency Response) training facility at Hanford.

"This experience has been good for us," commented Mr. "Bobby," an emergency medical service officer.

"In Thailand we make a lot of assumptions when we train; here in America you make it real."

He had hit the nail on the head.

Opened in 1997, the 586 square mile HAMMER center is utilized by law enforcement, members of the first responder community and other agencies that require specific training.

"We accomplish a lot of very important and good training here," pointed out Brad Jackson, a program manager for civil support team training, as he showed the Thai delegation around the facility.

Everything from radioactive detection training and fire suppression to decontamination procedures, weapons training and rescue from confined quarters was viewed.

The cooperation between the Washington National Guard and the Kingdom of Thailand has benefited both entities.

As the Thai delegation boarded a Chinook to make the trip back to Fort Lewis, one Thai delegate turned and said, "This has been very good for us, and we are honored to have been here."

Photo: Members of a civilian and governmental delegation from the Kingdom of Thailand board a Washington Army National Guard Chinook after a visit to the HAMMER (Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response) training facility at Hanford. Photography by J.M. Simpson

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