Oregon’s military heritage goes back thousands of years with native warrior traditions. From 1847 to 1880 Army and volunteers units engaged Oregon’s native peoples in eight major conflicts. The Army built several forts from Oregon’s coast to the Snake River. The Oregon Militia was first created in 1843 and this led to creation of the Oregon National Guard in 1887. As the Pacific Northwest’s well-trained National Guard unit, the 41st Infantry Division served commendably from 1941 to 1945. Oregonians served heroically in Korea and Vietnam. Recently Oregon Army and Air National Guard units have been serving in Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. All are welcome.