Oregon’s military history will be the focus of a presentation Sept. 8, at the Blue Mountain Conference Center.
Author Warren Aney is the keynote speaker during a reunion for those who have served as members of the Oregon National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment.
Aney, a former La Grande National Guardsman who lives in Tigard, is the co-author of “Oregon Military,” a 2016 book that is part of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series. The book covers Oregon’s involvement in military conflicts ranging from the Spanish American War to Operation Enduring Freedom, and the United States’ Global War on Terrorism.
The book also discusses the creation of the Oregon State Militia, which became the Oregon National Guard in 1887, and much more. Aney teamed with Alisha Hamel, a retired National Guard member who now lives in Western Oregon, to write the book, which contains many photos.
Aney’s military background dates back to 1953 when he enlisted in Pendleton’s Company G, 2nd Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment. He graduated from what is now Oregon State University in 1958 with an Army ROTC Commission and served on active duty at Fort Benning, Georgia, and Fort Lewis, Washington.
Aney moved back to Oregon in 1963 and for about the next decade served in infantry units in Oregon City, Portland and Forest Grove, according to biographical information provided by Lou Gerber, an organizer of the reunion.
See more in Wednesday's edition of The Observer.