US Ambassador Visits Oregon Air National Guard

Oregon Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Dan Gruber, of the 125th Special Tactics Squadron, shows U.S. Ambassador Dan Mozena some of his unit's equipment during Mozena's visit to the Portland Air National Guard Base in Portland, Ore., June 27. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs

The U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, Dan Mozena, began his visit to Oregon with a tour of the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Ore., June 27.

Mozena is scheduled to meet with key leaders from the Oregon National Guard, Oregon’s Governor John Kitzhaber, and the Portland Police Bureau during his Oregon tour, June 27-30.

While at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon, briefed the Ambassador on the overall mission of the Oregon National Guard. Rees stressed the emergency response capability of Oregon National Guard units–something the Bangladeshi government is interested in training through the ongoing State Partnership Program with Oregon.

Col. Michael Stencel, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander briefed Mozena on the mission capability of the F-15 Eagle, highlighting the Aerospace Control Alert mission and the unit’s relationship with North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM).

Mozena also toured the Wing’s Alert Facility, maintenance hangar, and Fighter Wing Operations areas. Mozena said he was impressed with the overall ability of Oregon’s Citizen-Airmen to support such a demanding mission to protect the skies over the Pacific Northwest.

During his visit to Oregon, Ambassador Mozena is scheduled to meet with key personnel at the Portland Police Bureau, where the discussion will center on the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program, or ICITAP. The program, endorsed by the Department of Justice, concentrates on community policing and training opportunities between the Portland Police Bureau and policing partners in Bangladesh.

Ambassador Mozena is also scheduled to meet with the Oregon Business Development Team to discuss business and economic opportunities. Later, he is scheduled to meet with officials at Columbia Sportswear in Portland, Ore.

This is Mozena’s first visit to Oregon in his new role as U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh.

Oregon’s State Partnership Program with Bangladesh supports U.S. national interests and security cooperation goals by engaging partner nations via military, socio-political and economic conduits at the local, state and national level. For more information on Oregon’s State Partnership Program, visit the National Guard Bureau SPP page at: http://www.nationalguard.mil/features/spp/default.aspx.