Vets Viewpoint: County resident named commander of combat team

Congratulations to Douglas County resident Eric Riley. A lieutenant colonel in the Oregon National Guard, Riley has been selected as the new commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team. A change of command ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 1, at the brigade headquarters in Clackamas.

Riley has served in the National Guard since 1996 and has held several important positions, including command of the 2/162 Infantry Battalion. He has deployed twice to Iraq, once as a company commander from 2003 to 2005, and another as a battalion operations officer from 2009 to 2010. Locally, Riley is the executive director of the Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers.

The Partnership is a local nonprofit dedicated to restoring and enhancing water quality and fish habitat within the Umpqua Basin of Southwest Oregon. For more information about the Partnership, visit their website at[1]. Honor Flight of Oregon is looking for WW2 veterans.

Honor Flights offer veterans an opportunity to visit memorials in Washington, D.C., that are dedicated to honoring their service and sacrifices. Eligibility is open to all men and women serving stateside or overseas between the dates of Dec.

7, 1942 (or earlier), and Dec.

31, 1945, who have not seen their memorials. The flight is offered at no cost to the veteran.

However, each veteran is required to be accompanied by a guardian, minimum age of 18, who is able to pay their own expenses. Expenses vary depending on the rates at the time of the trip, but have averaged £910 over the past two years. The next flight will depart the Medford Airport on Friday, Sept.

29, and return Sunday, Oct.

1. For more information, or to submit an application, call 541-955-4544, or visit[2]. Source One Serenity is an information session and fundraiser on Thursday, March 23, at 5 p.m., at Loggers Tap House in Roseburg.

The event begins with Toby Mogavero, a post-9/11 combat veteran, talking about how he found a new way to serve his country. A fly-tying presentation will follow at 5:30 p.m. Finally, a silent auction, with proceeds going to conservation and fly-fishing programs for veterans.

Source One Serenity was founded in 2016, for the purpose of providing veterans with comprehensive programs centered around fly-fishing and conservation. Their programs are intended to enable veterans to experience mindfulness and serenity, with the goal of reducing the stress and anxiety associated with post traumatic stress disorder. For more information about the event or their organization, contact Source One Serenity at 541-580-5655 or visit their website at[3].

Last reminder about the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Dinner, being held at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Elks Lodge at 749 S.E. Jackson St. in downtown Roseburg.

Tickets are £25 per person, and must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets, contact Linda Mooney at 541-817-7646 or stop by the Vietnam Veterans of America Umpqua Chapter 805 office on the Roseburg VA campus. God bless our veterans and God bless America.

Do you have information of interest to Douglas County veterans?

Contact me at [email protected][4] or 541-580-6178.


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