Our Guardsmen

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Specialist (SPC) Justin Miller of the Oregon National Guard

Hello my name is Specialist (SPC) Justin Miller. When I decided to join the Oregon Army National Guard at the age of 30 I knew I was behind the curve. When I joined I set a plan with my recruiter to achieve the goals that I wanted in the next couple years of my new military career. With the help of Sergeant First Class Siebold and the guidance of family and friends I was able to pick the correct MOS to put myself in a position to become a full-time federal technician within the Oregon Army National Guard. Throughout the last 2 1/2 years of my service in the Oregon Army National Guard I have achieved two Military Occupational Specialty qualifications, participated in Soldier of the year, attended 7 military schools, received two promotions and earned the Oregon State Meritorious Service Medal. Joining the Oregon Army National Guard was the best decision I have ever made for myself, my wife and my family. If you come in with a plan and have the right mind set, anything is possible. You will get out of the Army what you’re willing to put in. Though it is hard work, it is the most rewarding career choice any person can make.

Private (PVT) Geovanna Alvarado of the Oregon National Guard

My name is Private (PVT) Geovanna Alvarado and I recently joined the Oregon National Guard during my Junior year in high school. I joined for several reasons, one being because I want to go to college and this is going to help minimize my college costs while I pursue something in the medical field. But the biggest reason for why I joined was to help my parents gain their legal residency through the Parole in Place program. I have always appreciated the hard work both my parents have done to take care of my brother and I. So when I saw the opportunity to give back to my parents through the Oregon National Guard as well as doing a great service to the country that has become a new home to my family I immediately took advantage of it. Prior to officially joining I was able to go to a couple of the weekend trainings through a program called Guard For A Day (GFAD). I’m not going to lie, the first time I went to GFAD I was very scared. I was a 17 year old Latina female going in to some military training without knowing anyone there. While I was at that first training and the following ones I began to feel more and more comfortable with the environment. I never once felt left out, I actually felt included and was expected to push myself during the training, not just be there. The Oregon National Guard has given me new experiences already and has really pushed me to be a stronger more confident person. For example, one of the training weekends involved rappelling down the second tallest rappel tower in the nation, 65 feet. I have always had an intense fear of heights, and although I wasn’t forced to go down the rappel tower I knew that it was something I wanted to overcome. With the encouragement of the cadre and my own personal determination I was able to overcome that fear.

Private First Class (PFC) Brian Rangel of the Oregon National Guard

Hello my name is Private First Class (PFC) Brian Rangel. I joined the Oregon Army National Guard in August of 2017 at the age of 22 as 25B Information Technology Specialist. The biggest reason I joined was to use the Parole the Place Program to assist my parents with their immigration status as well as continue my education. Before enlisting I wasn’t doing much with my life and needed a sense of purpose, something that made me proud. Remembering back to when I was 17 and attending the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program which was one of the best experiences of my youth. I decided to search out the Military. After meeting with some other branches of Military I decided to join the Oregon National Guard. Wearing the uniform gives me a great sense of pride for my state, country and family.  Throughout my career in the National Guard I have accomplished more than I would have ever thought of. I have had the opportunity to make many relationships which have opened many opportunities to further my career. Most recently I have been hired on as a Federal Technician working as a Program Analyst for the Oregon National Guard Diversity and Immigration Team. Being a part of the Oregon Army National Guard has been one of the best experiences of my life. I wish would have done it sooner.

A Year in Review

A look back at some of the events of the Oregon National Guard during training

Mentorship for Minorities

National Guard's Parole In Place Program


Noncitizen spouses, parents, and unmarried minor children of U.S. citizen members of
the U.S. military (current or past) who are in the U.S. after an unlawful entry may have a
path to a U.S. green card that is not available to others.