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National Guard Prepares For Major Exercise In 2015
By Pat Caldwell
The leader of Eastern Oregon’s biggest Guard outfit says this summer’s annual training stint on the high desert south of Boise will be one of the most important since the unit prepared to deploy overseas during the war on terror.
Lt. Col. Brian Dean said Friday that the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, will perform a number of high-tempo training exercises in August as the unit prepares for a rotation during the summer of 2015 at the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, Calif.
The 3rd Battalion consists of Guard units from Baker City, La Grande, Woodburn, Hood River, The Dalles, Hermiston, Pendleton and Ontario.
“It (Annual Training) will be very intense,” he said.