A M1A2 SEP Abrams Main Battle tank assigned to Eastern Oregon’s 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, Oregon Army National Guard, rumbles down a gunnery range at the Orchard Combat Training Center south of Boise, Idaho, Saturday. Members of a nationwide organization dubbed “The Brotherhood of Tankers” was on hand during the weekend to watch tanks like the one above navigate through gunnery exercises. (PAT CALDWELL photo)
Eastern Oregon National Guard unit gives former tankers chance to witness training
It all started with a phone call.
One day, seemingly out of the blue, Master Sgt. Dan Ishaug, a member of Eastern Oregon’s Army National Guard unit, the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, picked up the phone and began a conversation with Ken Osborne.
Osborne, of Roseburg, delivered a simple request: What was the possibility that members of his nonprofit organization — dubbed the U.S. Army Brotherhood of Tankers — could participate in a weekend training event at the Orchard Combat Training Center south of Boise.
Then Osborne provided Ishaug with background information on his organization. After that, Ishaug said, he was sold on the idea.
“It started with a cold call,” said Ishaug, a La Grande resident.
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