It’s just training: Oregon National Guard in Portland

Training exercises happened between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. on August 17

20160817-Z-PL933-088: Members of the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) rush to get on board an Oregon Army National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter, from Detachment 1, Company A, 1-112th Aviation, at the airport in Troutdale, Oregon, August 17. The aircraft transported police officers to the top of a high-rise building in downtown Portland. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — If you saw the Oregon Army National Guard, Lakota helicopters, the PPB SERT unit and some troops in downtown Portland, it was nothing to worry about.

Members of the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) disembark an Oregon Army National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter, from Detachment 1, Company A, 1-112th Aviation, during a joint training exercise, August 17, in Portland, Oregon. The aircraft transported police officers to the top of a high-rise building in downtown Portland. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven Conklin, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
Members of the Portland Police Bureau’s Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) disembark an Oregon Army National Guard UH-72 Lakota helicopter, from Detachment 1, Company A, 1-112th Aviation, during a joint training exercise, August 17, in Portland, Oregon. The aircraft transported police officers to the top of a high-rise building in downtown Portland. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven Conklin, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

It was just training.

Joint training exercises took place in and around Portland on Wednesday, August 17. Helicopters dropped police officers on the roofs of Portland buildings including “Big Pink,” The US Bankcorp Tower on 5th Ave.

In a statement, Brigadier General Mark Crosby said, “Conducting joint training helps us build stronger relationships between local law enforcement and the Oregon National Guard.”

 

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