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The 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment will perform a number of high-tempo training exercises in August as the unit prepares for a rotation during the summer of 2015 at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. (PAT CALDWELL/WesCom News Service)
The 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment will perform a number of high-tempo training exercises in August as the unit prepares for a rotation during the summer of 2015 at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. (PAT CALDWELL/WesCom News Service)

Eastern Oregon unit to prepare for rotation to National Training Center 

The leader of Eastern Oregon’s biggest National Guard outfit says this summer’s annual training stint on the high desert south of Boise, Idaho, will be one of the most important since the unit prepared to deploy overseas during the war on terror.

Lt. Col. Brian Dean said that the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment will perform a number of high-tempo training exercises in August as the unit prepares for a rotation during the summer of 2015 at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. 

The 3rd Battalion consists of Guard units from Woodburn, Hood River, The Dalles, Hermiston, Pendleton, La Grande, Baker City and Ontario. 

“(Annual training) will be very intense,” he said.

The 20-day annual training stint in August will be very much the opening round in a year-long training schedule to prepare the 3rd Battalion for the NTC rotation in 2015. Dean said one of the key features of this summer’s training regimen will be what is known as a Table 12 tank gunnery exercise. That drill 

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