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Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
Published on Sunday June 6, 2021 - 5:53 AM
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Oregon Army National Guard Col. Eric J. Riley was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 2:00 p.m., during a ceremony at Heritage Park in Salem, Ore.

Riley is scheduled to become the Oregon National Guard's Joint Deputy Operations Commander after completion of his assignment as commander of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team. He led the unit during a mobilization to Kosovo in 2020 along with subordinate battalions mobilizing across the world, which became the second largest call up of Oregon troops since World War II. The prior mobilization of the 41st IBCT was in 2009-2010, commanded then by Col. Daniel R. Hokanson, now Gen. Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau.

In his new role, Brig. Gen. Riley will be assigned as the Assistant Adjutant General, Oregon Army National Guard, and will be responsible for assisting in formulating, developing and coordinating programs, policies and plans affecting the Oregon Army National Guard. Col. Riley received his commission from California Polytechnic State University Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in 1993. He holds a master's degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

Col. Riley serves as the Executive Director, Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers, Roseburg, Oregon, where leads a staff of six at the non-profit organization responsible for restoring salmon habitat and monitoring water quality throughout the Umpqua River Basin. In his role, Col. Riley establishes, builds and maintains relationships with state, federal and non-governmental organization stakeholder groups to accomplish the organization's mission. He reports to a board of 18 local community members representing a diverse natural resource perspective, and is responsible for managing fundraising while administering funding for the 100% grant funded organization.