PORTLAND, Ore.  – Members of the Oregon National Guard paid honors to a fellow service member, Private First Class Alexander Klass as his remains were returned home to Oregon with an honor flight and funeral procession from the Portland International Airport (PDX) to McMinnville. He was deployed with the 162nd Infantry Regiment at Camp Novo Selo, Kosovo, during the time of his death on July 4, 2020.

Pfc. Klass will be laid to rest during a graveside memorial service on Sunday, July 26.  His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Oregon Meritorious Service Medal, and Oregon Superior Soldier Ribbon.

Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon (far right) and other senior leaders to include Brig. Gen. William Prendergast IV, Land Component Commander, Oregon Army National Guard (center right) and Command Sgt. Major Robert Foesch (center left) Senior Enlisted Leader for the Oregon National Guard, render a salute as the remains of Private First Class Alexander Klass are returned to the Portland International Airport, Oregon, July 23, 2020. Pfc. Klass was deployed with the 162nd Infantry Regiment at Camp Novo Selo, Kosovo, during the time of his death on July 4, 2020. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon National Guard (far right) and other senior leaders to include Brig. Gen. William Prendergast IV, Land Component Commander, Oregon Army National Guard (center right) and Command Sgt. Major Robert Foesch (center left) Senior Enlisted Leader for the Oregon National Guard, pause for an honor flight with the remains of Private First Class Alexander Klass, to the Portland International Airport, Oregon, July 23, 2020. Pfc. Klass was deployed with the 162nd Infantry Regiment at Camp Novo Selo, Kosovo, during the time of his death on July 4, 2020. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

File photo of Pfc. Klass during his recent deployment.