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Yriarte earns promotion; to lead 82nd ROC in Lake Oswego

by: Submitted photo, Yriarte

Charles Yriarte was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in a ceremony held recently at the St. Charles Hospital in Bend.

The ceremony was conducted in the hospital because Yriate's father was undergoing treatment at that location.

Yriarte will serve in the duty position of deputy commander for Oregon as well as commander of 82 Brigade, Troop Command, headquartered in Lake Oswego.

A formal promotion celebration will take place Friday at 3 p.m. at the Anderson Readiness Center, 3225 State St. in Salem. Family and friends are invited to attend.

Yriarte served as squadron commander of the Third Battalion 116th Cavalry headquartered in La Grande, prior to commanding the 82 ROC of Lake Oswego and deploying to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

He was born in Burns, on Dec. 3, 1949. He enlisted in the Oregon Army National Guard in 1971. He served nine years as an enlisted soldier before graduating from the Idaho Military Academy in June 1980. Upon his commission as a second lieutenant, Yriarte became an armored cavalry officer.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in general studies from Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande, and a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advance Course, Armor Pre Command Course, Command and General Staff College and is a 2000 graduate of the United States Army War College.

Before Yriarte's selection as the 82 Brigade commander, Yriarte served as the director of personnel at the Joint Force Headquarters in Salem from June 2004 until February 2006. In February 2003 he was mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving first as the G3 of V Corps Kuwait from May 2003 until June 2003, and then as the base commander of LSA Anaconda, Balad, Iraq from June 2003 until April 2004.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), the Army Achievement Medal (4th Award), the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (7th Award), the National Defense Service Ribbon (3rd Award), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, the Overseas Combat Service Bar (2nd ward) and the Army Reserve Components Over Seas deployment Ribbon (5th Award) and the Combat Action Badge, Overseas Ribbon.

Yriarte is married to the former Christine Ruff of Hines. They have two sons - Darren lives in Portland and Jamin resides in Fresno - and one daughter Shelesha Kelso in Wilsonville. The Yriartes make their home in Canyon City. Yriarte is currently employed by the Joint Forces Headquarters located in Salem.