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Holidays bring new role for Clackamas soldiers

Camp Withycombe soldiers received information about their unit’s new role as they celebrated the holiday season on Dec. 2 with family and friends in Clackamas.

The 3670th Maintenance Company of Oregon Army National Guard now has Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package capabilities.

That training now includes incident-site search of damaged buildings, rescuing trapped casualties, providing decontamination and performing medical triage and initial treatment to stabilize patients for transport to medical facilities.

In addition to the maintenance they give the Oregon National Guard, the 3670th will now be able to provide immediate response in emergency situations across Oregon.

After months of preparation for the party, there was a raffle table, special area for children to make ornaments and get their faces painted, four re-enlistments during the holiday event and a feast for everyone to enjoy.

“The food’s the best part,” said Spc. Charles Reese, who returned from deployment last year.

Soldiers and their loved ones discussed expanding military capabilities and holiday plans, while excited children got a “special visitor” named Santa who came to see all the good boys and girls.




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