Monday, August 17, 2015

SFC (Ret.) Richard Floyd Moore Mar 10, 1966 – Aug 7, 2015


The Oregon Army National Guard is deeply saddened by the passing of Sergeant First Class (Ret.) Richard Floyd Moore.

He passed away August 7, 2015 in Salem, Oregon, at the age of 49. He was born March 10, 1966 in Salem, Oregon, to Sandra Cook and John Moore.  He graduated from South Salem High School.

After Rick graduated from high school in 1984, he immediately joined the U.S. Marine Corps. It was here that Rick served on the U.S.S. Ranger as s security detail member, and was later stationed at Camp Pendleton, California in 1988. Rick was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marines.

During Rick’s enlistment, he met, fell in love with, and married Lori Slusser in 1987. Shortly after their marriage they started raising a family and had two children, Kylie and Dylan Moore. Though Rick was now a “civilian” and he had many opportunities for work, his heart called him back to serving his country through military service.

He joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1992. It was there that Rick excelled and made many life-long friends. Rick served in the Infantry as a unit clerk, human resource specialist, and in the Recruiting and Retention Battalion. Rick was also a volunteer in the Oregon Army Funeral Honors Guard and enjoyed his military career until he retired in August of 2009.

Aside from being a husband, service man, and father, Rick enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and traveling. Rick also ensured he was at family functions and attended his children’s sporting events. You would also, almost always see Rick working the BBQ during summer or just about any time of the year making sure his family and friends were taken care of, having a good time, and enjoying some great food.

He leaves behind his wife Lori Slusser Moore, daughter Kylie Moore, son Dylan Moore, parents Sandra Cook and John Moore, sisters Terry Shipley, Kathy Kiselicka and Sean Doobian, and brothers Jim Moore, Michael Moore, and Steven Moore plus many nieces and nephews.

Burial Services will be held at Willamette National Cemetery, located at 11800 SE Mount Scott Blvd., Portland, OR 97086, on August 18, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Many Oregon National Guard members are now returning from deployments throughout the world, with several other units heading out the door, even this week! One concern many returning Soldiers and Airmen have is jobs.

Author and military fitness guru Pauline Nordin came up with several tips for entrepreneurs, which may be helpful to those who are contemplating starting a business. These are also helpful to those looking for employment, or a job upgrade, or simply for self improvement, and we thought we'd pass them along...

1. Have a personality. Don't find one, don't try to make up one, BE one from the bottom of your soul and just display it.

2. Offer something there's a need for, not something you wish there was a need for.

3. Avoid looking for stardom overnight. Do what you are passionate about, then have long patience and it will pay off.

4. Do NOT do what everyone else does. If you do your USP drops to anonymous and averagely interesting.

5. Be prepared to get 1,000 NO thanks and be prepared to DO it YOUR way without any help.

For more information on Pauline's career advice, visit her Facebook page at: www.Facebook.com/FDfighterdiet or follow her on Twitter at @fighter_diet


Speaking of career opportunities and jobs, Hero to Hired, ESGR, Worksource Oregon and the Oregon National Guard are putting on a Career and Education Fair, June 26, at Camp Withycombe.  The address is: 5530 SE Minuteman Way Clackamas, OR 97015. You can find an event listing on our Facebook page, here.

Employment Workshop: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m

Career and Education fair: 1 – 4 p.m

For more information, contact Jason Phelan at 503)280-6041 or Pete Pringle at 503)669-7112 Ext 264

Pre-register for the event here.

Some of the highlights for employment and education available to service members include:

EMPLOYMENT

Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs Jobs Page: Includes military skills translator, resume assistance, job postings, etc.

WorkSource Oregon - Veteran Services Page: Local assistance in communities around utilizing Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS). Can assist with resumes, job placement, interview skills, etc.

Oregon.Gov Employment Page: List of POCs across Oregon (both LVERs and DVOPs)

Military One Source: Resume assistance/job preparation for federal and civilian jobs

My Next Move: Assist Service Members in finding careers that correlate with their military skill set or totally unrelated career field they are interested in (has interest profiler for those who are undecided).

Veterans Administration:  Assists Service members with career assessment based upon their previous education and future goals

Helmets to Hard Hats: Information specifically on building and construction careers for Service Members

Goodwill Industries: Goodwill Industries can assist with resumes, interviewing, job placement, application help

EDUCATION

Veterans Administration Education & GI Bill: Education information, GI Bill comparison tool, choosing schools, etc.

Veterans Administration Careerscope: Assists Service members with career assessment based upon their previous education and future goals

Military One Source K-12 scholarship & college info: Scholarship and financial assistance information for children/spouses of Service Member (includes FAFSA/Pell Grant info.


Posted by Nick Choy,
Oregon Military Department Social Media Manager

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Oregon Army National Guard medevac unit trains with Canadian Armed Forces


The Aurora Borealis “Northern Lights” color the night sky, May 13, behind an Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter from Charlie Company, 7-158 Aviation, at Canadian Forces Base Wainright, in Denwood, Alberta, Canada. The Oregon Guard medevac unit is providing air support to the Canadian Armed Forces during Maple Resolve 2015. (Photo by Sgt. Arthur Maldonado, Charlie Company, 7-158 Aviation)

Story by Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Erin J. Quirke, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

CANADIAN FORCES BASE WAINWRIGHT, Alberta, Canada – The Oregon Army National Guard’s aeromedical evacuation unit, Charlie Company, 7-158th Aviation (C-7/158 AVN), traveled to Canada, April 29-May 20, to participate in the Maple Resolve 2015 training exercise at Canadian Forces Base Wainwright in Denwood, Alberta.
Maple Resolve is the Canadian Armed Forces’ annual, joint force training exercise and is the culminating collective training event to validate the Canadian Army’s High Readiness task forces. This year’s exercise was comprised of approximately 5,200 Canadian Army soldiers, 700 Royal Canadian Air Force members, 700 U.S. Army and Marine Corps troops, and 150 British Army soldiers.
The Canadian Maneuver Training Centre (CMTC) requested a Forward Support Medical Team (FSMT) to provide medical evacuation (medevac) operations in support of Maple Resolve this year. The Oregon Army National Guard provided three HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters and 26 personnel to support both medevac training, as well as real medical emergency evacuations during the exercise.

Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Michael Buchan (right), a flight medic with Charlie Company, 7-158 Aviation, escorts members of the Canadian Armed Forces transporting a patient away from an HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter during Exercise Maple Resolve at Canadian Forces Base Wainright, May 7, in Denwood, Alberta. The Oregon Army National Guard medevac unit is providing support during the Canadian Armed Forces' largest annual exercise. (Photo by Sgt. Erin J. Quirke, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)
The FSMT, also known as a “Dustoff” team, consisted of 12 flight crewmembers and 14 additional support personnel to include operations, maintenance crews, an additional flight crew, as well as two weather technicians from the Oregon Air National Guard.
“The team has worked tirelessly to establish a working rapport with the Canadian forces,” said Chief Warrant Officer-2 Jeremy Andrews, an aeromedical evacuation pilot with C-7/158 AVN. “We’re establishing the procedures for how both real world and exercise medevac assets would be used.”
The Oregon Army Guard aviators logged more than 120 flight hours during the exercise, conducting 17 medevac training missions and multiple training flights for the exercise. They provided air support for simulated mass casualty situations, which tested the Canadian Armed Forces’ response time to field injuries and medevac procedures. The FSMT also conducted nine real-world emergency medical evacuations for injured personnel during the training exercise.

A Canadian Army medic with 5 Field Ambulance Valcartier, Quebec, treats a simulated patient in a mass casualty training exercise during Exercise Maple Resolve 2015 at Canadian Forces Base Wainright, May 5, in Denwood, Alberta. The simulated mass casualty exercise tested the Canadian Armed Forces’ response time to field injuries and medevac procedures with aeromedical evacuation support from the Oregon Army National Guard’s Charlie Company, 7-158 Aviation. (Photo by Sgt. Erin J. Quirke, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)
Upon arrival in Camp Wainwright, four Canadian flight medics were assigned to the FSMT. The Canadian medics integrated with the Oregon Guard team, participating in both real world and exercise medevac missions throughout the duration of the exercise.
“It was a great learning experience,” said Canadian Army Cpl. Sean Gauthier, a medical technician with 5 Field Ambulance, Valcartier, Quebec. “It was very beneficial to see the difference in the medical protocols, and answered a lot of my questions on how to process a medical evacuation.”

Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Sarah Wickenhagen (center), an aviation medicine Nurse Practitioner with Charlie Company, 7-158 Aviation, and Master Cpl. Stefan Morissette, a medic with 5 Field Ambulance Valcartier, Quebec, oversee an IV procedure given by Cpl. Sean Gauthier, a medic with 5 Field Ambulance, Valcartier, Quebec, during Exercise Maple Resolve at Canadian Forces Base Wainright, May 2, in Denwood, Alberta. Exercise Maple Resolve is the Canadian Armed Forces’ largest annual exercise and involves more than 6,500 military personnel from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. (Photo by Sgt. Erin J. Quirke, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)
In between medevac missions, the FSMT conducted aircraft inspections, maintenance and gave mission briefings to visiting dignitaries, including a visit from U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman. The team also taught Medevac 101 classes to members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
“Maple Resolve was an outstanding success for the medevac unit,” said Lt. Col. Mark Ulvin, State Army Aviation Officer for the Oregon Army National Guard. “The exercise allowed Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers to interact with our international partners by introducing the critical lifesaving mission of the medevac HH-60M helicopter capabilities and their vital importance to the battlefield.”


Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Michael Buchan (center), a flight medic with Charlie Company, 7-158 Aviation, explains medevac procedures for the HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter to members of the Canadian Armed Forces during Exercise Maple Resolve 2015 at Canadian Forces Base Wainright, May 11, in Denwood, Alberta. The Oregon Army National Guard medevac unit is providing support during the Canadian Armed Forces' largest annual exercise. (Photo by Sgt. Erin J. Quirke, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Nathan Edgecomb, commander of C-7/158 AVN, said the chance to work with allied partner forces in a combined exercise helped to develop a solid working relationship and delivered invaluable training to all personnel involved.
“It afforded us an opportunity to train for a real-world deployment in a way that cannot be duplicated during a home-station annual training,” said Edgecomb. “Working with the Canadian forces was an incredible opportunity to hone our skills in both relationship and coalition building, as well as in our technical ability to provide the best medevac coverage possible.”
Oregon Soldiers in the FSMT said Exercise Maple Resolve enabled them to train 24-hours a day on mastering their skills in battlefield medicine and medical evacuation; skills they must perform instinctively on a moment’s notice when lives are on the line.
“Being a medic is not for everyone, but these people see us on their worst days,” said Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Sarah Wickenhagen, an aviation medicine nurse practitioner with 2-641st Aviation who served as the flight surgeon for the FSMT during Maple Resolve. “I work with incredible people who would all give their lives in the service of another. There is nothing better than that.”
That’s impression she hopes the Oregon Guard’s medevac unit made on the Canadian Armed Forces during Exercise Maple Resolve 2015.
Wickenhagen said she is proud to be part of a team that embodies the “Dustoff” legacy and remains true to the C-7/158 AVN unit motto to selflessly do whatever it takes “so that others may live.”
Oregon Army National Guardsmen with Charlie Company, 7-158 Aviation practice dust landings with a HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter during Exercise Maple Resolve at Canadian Forces Base Wainright, May 3, in Denwood, Alberta. The Oregon Army National Guard medevac unit is providing support during the Canadian Armed Forces’ largest annual exercise, involving more than 6,500 military personnel. (Photo by Sgt. Erin J. Quirke, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day is not a time to thank Veterans

You see it all the time... well-meaning folks with outstretched hands thanking people in uniform for their service. It happens on Main Street USA, at the local grocery store, or in your hometown. At no time do you see more of this kind gesture of gratitude than on holidays which honor military service members such as Armed Forces Day, Veterans Day, and in this case, Memorial Day.

While most personnel in uniform appreciate the kindness and recognition, most of them are humble enough to prefer to simply go about their business. When queried, many will say "I'm just doing my job." Even those who have been involved in heroic acts tend to say the same thing. But if you watch them carefully, after the handshake, you'll see a little added 'pep' in their walk, and a smile on their face. This is especially true if the person thanking them is a retired veteran themselves.

This alone is worth all the effort. But it begs a deeper question; what exactly is Memorial Day all about?

A colleague who is in the military recently posted a Memorial Day photo to her Facebook page. Depicted is a number of uniformed U.S. Army Soldiers, kneeling down, with their helmets removed, obviously honoring one of their fallen comrades. In the background of the photo is a large American Flag, obviously "Photoshopped" into the image. But it's the words that adorn this photo which inspired me to write this post.  They say:

"Memorial Day is for the Fallen. Please don't thank me this weekend."

Truly, Memorial Day is for those military members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, and laid down their lives for their fellow Marine, Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Coast Guardsman. Framed in this light, the aforementioned Facebook post should take on a new significance. Yes, those service members and veterans still here with us deserve society's gratitude. Yes, their contributions do matter. Yes, it is because of their choice to give up birthdays and holidays in order to keep watch over our interests that most Americans can live a free, content existence.

But Memorial Day is really about the fallen, and we as a nation, cannot forget that fact. THAT is the point of my colleague's Facebook photo, and the inspiration behind this blog post.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States. Over two dozen towns and cities claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, but Waterloo, New York was officially declared the birthplace of the holiday by President Lyndon Johnson in May, 1966.

Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear--Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor the country's dead. It was originally proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by Gen. John Logan, a national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic in his General Order No. 11.

"The 30th of May, 1868 is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in the defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land," Logan proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he referred to it, was chosen specifically because it wasn't the anniversary of any particular Civil War battle.

So on Monday, May 25, 2015, as we as a nation fire up our barbecue grills, or take the boat to the lake, or pack up the family for the long holiday weekend of fun, keep in mind not just the sacrifice of those you see out and about who wear our nation's uniform, but for those you don't see.

Yes, go ahead and thank them. By all means, shake their hand. But tell them that you appreciate not only their sacrifice, but that of those in uniform who no longer walk this Earth. Those comrades-in-arms are gone, but will never be forgotten. Those service members who volunteered their service to this great nation, and gave their lives so that we could all live in the land of the free.

To see a really good historical overview of Memorial Day by the History Channel, go here.

--Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Social Media Manager