Via Flickr: Maj. Gen. Dan Hokanson (right), Adjutant General, Oregon, speaks to members of the Senate Interim Committee on Veterans and Emergency Preparedness during a hearing at the State Capitol in Salem, Ore., Nov. 20. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
Col. William J. Edwards, commander of the Oregon Army National Guard’s 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, salutes Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, as guidon bearers of the various units in the Oregon National Guard pass the reviewing stand during the Veterans Day Parade in Albany, Ore., Nov. 11. The event, Hokanson’s first as Oregon’s new adjutant general, is touted as the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi. Hokanson was joined in the reviewing stand by Brig. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, Commander of the Oregon Air National Guard; Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Lake, State Command Sergeant Major; Chief Master Sgt. Patrick A. Gauntz, State Command Chief Master Sergeant; and several other military dignitaries. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.
A dedication ceremony was held at Keizer Station in Keizer, Ore., Nov. 8, to name a park in honor of Army Pfc. Ryan J. Hill who was killed in the line of duty while serving in Iraq in 2007.
In attendance at the ceremony was Pfc. Hill’s mother, Shawna Fenison, as well as Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.); Keizer Mayor Lore Christopher; Department of Veterans Affairs representative, Mike Allegre; and Maj. Gen. Dan Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon.
Shawna Fenison, mother of Army Pfc. Ryan J. Hill, speaks to a crowd during the memorial park dedication ceremony in honor of her son at Keizer Station in Keizer, Ore., Nov. 8. (Photo by Sgt. Betty Boyce, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
Spc. Rachael Washburn, with the 1186th Military Police Company, Oregon Army National Guard, explains how a .50 caliber machine gun works to children visiting the Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore., during the Veteran’s Day Open House, Nov. 7. The event featured Oregon’s military history from the Civil War to present with displays and actors from the Oregon Military Museum as well as equipment displays from the Oregon National Guard. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)