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Victor and Irene Struznik would love to hear from former neighbors and his National Guard colleagues

REGAL COURIER PHOTO: BARBARA SHERMAN - Irene and Victor Struznik are doing well after getting settled in Riverwood Assisted Living in Tualatin.Victor and Irene Struznik, who lived in King City for 32 years, would love to hear from their friends and neighbors since moving a few months ago.

The couple, who recently moved to Riverwood Assisted Living in Tualatin, also would love to hear from Victor's associates from his 30-plus years serving in the Oregon Air National Guard.

Victor, 97, joined in 1946 when it was formed and spent his career there until he retired in 1979. His technical ability was recognized early when he was assigned as crew chief and flight mechanic on the unit's first C-47.

Victor rose up through the ranks, promoted to flight chief, scheduled maintenance supervisor and organizational maintenance superintendent, and he acted as the senior non-commissioned officer of the maintenance complex. In this capacity, Victor served as a technical advisor to the chief of maintenance, advising on personnel morale and welfare, and he was liaison between staff and production supervisors.

His career paralleled the growth and development of the Oregon Air National Guard. During this period, 15 different types of aircraft were assigned to the flying program, and Victor was instrumental in the unit's successful transition into these aircraft. COURTESY OF OREGON AIR NATIONAL GUARD - Chief Master Sergeant Victor Struznik celebrates at his retirement party following 33 years with the Oregon Air National Guard from the time it was organized in 1946 until he left in 1979.He spent many off-duty hours studying the intricacies of their various systems.

Victor managed a section of more than 100 people, of which two-thirds were non-technicians. He continually emphasized and expanded programs to makes all Guardsmen feel they belonged.

Chief Master Sergeant Victor Struznik received the Major General Chester E. McCarty Superior Performance Award, which was established to honor the outstanding military representatives who consistently utilize professional skills in developing and maintaining unit operational readiness postures.

"No one in the Oregon Air National Guard has been more consistently dedicated to these precepts for such a long period of time than Chief Master Sergeant Victor Struznik," stated a press release from the Oregon Air National Guard, which provided the information about Victor's career for this article.

Victor was born and raised in Portland and was on the wrestling team at Benson High School, while Irene was born and raised in Modesto, Calif., before moving to the Portland area.

She was divorced with three daughters when they met at a dance in Gresham in 1976 and were married Feb. 8, 1982. They moved to King City in 1985 because Victor said, "I liked the idea of living with seniors."

He served on the KCCA landscaping committee and the King City Planning Commission and transportation committee, and they went dancing a lot. They also took a lot of road trips around Oregon, Washington, California and Canada.

"We really enjoyed living in King City," Irene said. "One thing I remember is all the kids roller-skating on the streets to cut through to go from one place to another."

They would welcome hearing from people at their current address: Riverwood Assisted Living, 18321 S.W. Pacific Highway, No. 117, Tualatin 97062.

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