MEDFORD, Ore.– National Guard soldiers from the Rogue Valley are preparing for deployment overseas next month with one final training. The citizen-soldiers gathered in cities from Grants Pass to Ashland to load up and head out to bases in northern Oregon and Washington. The Oregon National Guard 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry is one of several getting ready for their overseas deployment in October. For some, this isn’t their first rodeo. Other’s – there’s a first time for everything. “I think this will be a good experience for me,” said Pvt. Jacob Schwartz, who recently graduated from basic training in May. “I just
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