LTC Keith Ensley installed as Regiment Historian by Board
a recent board meeting held via the Internet, board members installed LTC Keith
Ensley, Professor of Military Science at SOU
ROTC with an unanimous vote. LTC Ensley was previously the commander of
the 1-186 Infantry and an active member of the Regiment Association. Upon
learning of his appointment, Ensley said "I am proud to begin the task of
organizing the regiment's history." LTC Ensley will be charged with
filling the gap in Regiment history that has existed since the closing days of
World War 2. "There is tremendous value in maintaining our heritage
so that Soldiers past, present and future can be proud of the accomplishments of
this fine Infantry organization," explained Ensley.
Southern Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers returns
More than 600 citizen-soldiers of the Oregon Army National Guard's
Following out processing at Fort Lewis Washington, the unit participated in a demobilization ceremony in Medford followed by a final demobilization ceremony in Roseburg for a trailing element.
Headquartered in Ashland, the
The Guardian Regimental Association provides financial and in-kind support for
the unit's Soldiers and their families.
The First Battalion 186th Infantry was authorized on the 7th of December, 1921, as a separate Battalion in the Oregon Army National Guard.
purpose of the 186th Infantry
From that purpose
came the motto "Guardians of the
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What's in a Brick?
The Regiment Association is proud to announce our support of the 13th Sustainment Command's Memorial at Fort Hood, TX to honor the memory of those who have sacrificed in support of the 13th COSCOM. The 1-186 Infantry was a subordnate unit to the 13th COSCOM while deployed to Iraq in 2009-2010 as Task Force Guardian. One of the Regiment's missions is to perpetuate the heritage of Guardians and this is a fitting way to commemorate our most recent contribution to our nation's defense. In exchange for the Regiment Association's support a brick depected below will be placed at the memorial.
To learn more about the 13th COSCOM, go here.
Assistance Available for Guard Members Returning from Iraq
About 2,700 members of the Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team will return in April and May from Iraq. Deployed to Iraq early in July to provide security for convoys, the unit includes about 600 Guard members from the 1st Battalion of the 186th Infantry, headquartered in Ashland.
For many of the Oregon soldiers, it is their second, third or fourth deployment, Lambert said, adding that increases the stress on soldiers as well as their families.
"We are going to have returning vets and their family members talk about their experience at the meeting," she said, noting their experiences will shed light on problems that may arise.
Since 2001, more than 11,000 Oregon troops have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, many of whom have served more than one tour.
The Governor's Task Force on Veterans' Services in 2008 determined that multiple tours were resulting in long-term physical, emotional and social consequences for Oregon veterans and their families.
Problems include high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and suicide. With 30 to 40 percent of the returning troops expected to suffer from PTSD, that means up to 1,200 soldiers could be affected, officials said.
Divorce rates among these veterans is two to three times the average rates for military families, the task force found.
It also determined that the average 10-day time frame between leaving combat zones and returning to civilian jobs does not allow enough time for a soldier to decompress, creating crises ranging from self-medicating with alcohol and drugs to suicide.
Oregon Partners in Crisis serves as a forum for those working on criminal justice, mental health and substance abuse issues in Oregon. Formed in 2005, the five-member Oregon National Guard post-deployment reintegration team was organized specifically to help veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The team can be reached at 1-888-688-2264. The team's Web site is www.orng-vet.org.
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Condensed History of the 186th Infantry Regiment or 1-186 Infantry Battalion "Guardians"
The 186th Infantry Regiment was Constituted (authorized) on the 7th of December, 1921, as a separate Battalion in the Oregon Army National Guard. By 31 March 1922, it was re-designated the 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry (1-186), and was made up of companies from Gresham, Portland, Hood River, Cottage Grove and Medford.
For nearly twenty years, soldiers of the Regiment conducted normal peacetime training, but then, in 1940, they were inducted into Federal service for a year of training. When war broke out with the attack on Pearl Harbor, the year extended into the duration. The 186th Infantry (1-186), as a part of the 41st Infantry Division, was one of the first American Combat units to be sent overseas. The Regiment served in the Pacific Theater, with the first year spent in further training in Australia. Papua-New Guinea was the site of the Regiment's first combat. Working with the other Regiments of the Division and elements of the Australian Army, the 186th Infantry (1-186) helped overcome difficult resistance by Japanese troops.
The Papuan campaign lasted from early January into September 1943. The Regiment landed in New Guinea in April 1944 and helped secure that archipelago by late July. Following reorganization, the effort shifted to the invasion of the Phillipines. The 186th Infantry (1-186) went ashore on Palawan Island, in the southern Philippines, in February, 1945. That campaign lasted for the remainder of the war. With the 186th scheduled to take part in the invasion of Japan, planned for November, the end of the war allowed the Regiment to enter Japan peacefully, as occupation troops instead.
In December 1945, the Regiment, and the 41st Division, were deactivated in Japan, and left active service. The Regiment was re-organized in December 1946, with Headquarters originally located in Portland. In 1968, another re-organization reduced the Regiment to a single Battalion, the 1-186 Infantry (1-186), and Headquarters was moved to Ashland.
Units are currently located in Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass, Roseburg and Coos Bay Oregon. The primary mission since WW II has been to train for war. The 1-186 Infantry (1-186) Guardians have been deployed routinely for state emergency missions to include Katrina Relief, training missions in Japan, a peace keeping mission in the Sinai, and most recently training the Afghanistan National Army in Afghanistan. The unit is scheduled to deploy in the summer of 2009 as part of the 41st Brigade Combat Team to Iraq.