Oregon's historical 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team continues forward

41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team
Story by Spc. Cory Grogan

Date: 07.10.2010
Posted: 07.12.2010 02:23
News ID: 52687
Oregon's Historical 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team Continues Forward

Salem, Ore. – The 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Oregon National Guard honored its outgoing commander, Col. Dan Hokanson, and incoming commander, Col. Eric Bush, during a change of command ceremony at the Salem Armory, July 10.<br /> <br /> The ceremony was attended by dignitaries, family members, former brigade commanders, Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, the Adjutant General, Oregon, and Gov. Ted Kulongoski.<br /> <br /> "This event embodies all the values of citizen soldiers and their professionalism. There is a lot pride and history here and I just like being a part of it," said Kulongoski.<br /> <br /> The brigade has a long history including the longest deployment of any division during WWII, and recently returned from a year-long deployment to Iraq.<br /> <br /> When adressing the members of 41st IBCT, Maj. Gen. Rees stated, "Everyday in every way, you make us proud to be members of the Oregon National Guard."<br /> <br /> In addition to taking command of the 41st IBCT, Bush is also the Prineville Chief of Police.<br /> <br /> Hokanson is scheduled to be promoted to Brigadier General, where he will be assigned as the Deputy J5, Plans and Policy, for the U.S. Northern Command<br />