News from the Oklahoma National Guard

Oklahoma National Guard’s STARBASE OKC hosts STEM summer camp
June 14, 2024
Larry Tettleton, an instructor with STARBASE Oklahoma City, teaches campers how to program a small robot during the STARBASE OKC summer camp at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, June 10, 2024. More than 50 children of Oklahoma National Guard members and Will Rogers Air National Guard base employees attended the camp where they took part in science experiments, built and coded robots to complete simple tasks, learned about computer aided design, and met with National Guard members to hear how STEM education helped propel them on successful careers in the military. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Anthony Jones)

Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade welcomes new commander
June 14, 2024
Maj. Gen. Thomas Mancino, adjutant general for Oklahoma, passes the unit colors to Col. Khalid Hussein, incoming commander of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard, during a change of command ceremony held at Camp Gruber Training Center near Braggs, Oklahoma, June 11, 2024. Command of the 45th IBCT passed from Col. Andrew Ballenger, who led the unit since 2022 through numerous deployments and training exercises. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Cpl. Danielle Rayon)

1st Lt. Makya Stell wins NetWars, continues OKGuard legacy of cyber excellence
June 12, 2024
Oklahoma Army National Guardsman 1st Lt. Makya Stell, assigned to the 205th Network Signal Company, 45th Field Artillery Brigade, wins the annual “NetWars” games during the Cyber Shield training event held at the Virginia National Guard State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach on June 8th, 2024. Stell was the first woman to have ever won the “NetWars” games as an individual player. SANS NetWars focuses on the practical application and assessment of hands-on cybersecurity training. The cyber range enables individuals to apply the knowledge they gained during training week in an isolated environment that prepares them for exercise week. Cyber Shield is the longest-running and largest Department of Defense cyber exercise composed of approximately 900 N.G. and Army Reserve Soldiers, Airmen, civilian cyber professionals, and international partners from across the globe. (North Carolina National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Hannah Tarkelly).

Oklahoma National Guard breaks ground on trench warfare lane
June 5, 2024
Leaders from the Oklahoma National Guard break ground on the Oklahoma National Guard’s new one-way attack trench warfare lane at Camp Gruber Training Center, Oklahoma on June 2, 2024. After reviewing how the war in Ukraine has developed over the last two years, Oklahoma National Guard leadership elected to construct a trench warfare lane to ensure its Citizen-Soldiers are ready to face large-scale combat operations against near-peer enemies like Russia and China. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Sgt. Conner McBride)

Oklahoma Guardsman named US National Guard Region V NCO of the Year
May 29, 2024
Staff Sgt. Brock WIlson, an Oklahoma City resident and Oklahoma Army National Guard member is recognized as the US National Guard Region V Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Gauret Stearns)

Oklahoma National Guard breaks ground on new museum
May 16, 2024
(Left to right) Chris Benge, president, Oklahoma National Guard Museum Foundation, Denise Neil, executive director, Oklahoma National Guard Museum, Rep. Judd Storm, Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Mancino, the adjutant general for Oklahoma, Sen. Brenda Stanley, Rep. John Talley, and Sen. Julia Kirt break ground during a ceremony to commence the construction of the Oklahoma National Guard Museum in Oklahoma City, May 16, 2024. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by 1st Sgt. Mireille Merilice-Roberts)

Oklahoma National Guard holds annual Wellness Day event
May 15, 2024
Capt. Essence Campbell, human relations/equal opportunity officer, participates in the “Social Wellness: Mentorship” breakout session during a Wellness Day event at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Oklahoma, May 7, 2024. Planned annually during mental health awareness month, the Wellness Day aims to educate and equip Soldiers and community partners with tools to promote holistic health and readiness for its service members.  (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Cpl. Danielle Rayon)

Oklahoma National Guard assists in Sulphur tornado relief
May 13, 2024
Sgt. Andrew Serna, a Dallas, Texas resident serving with Delta Company, 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard, operates a forklift during tornado recovery efforts at the Murray County Expo Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma, May 9, 2024. Serna is one of the Oklahoma National Guard members activated to assist in warehouse operations supporting the emergency relief effort after an EF3 tornado devastated Sulphur on April 27. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Sgt. Haden Tolbert)

Oklahoma Guard recruiting battalion hosts fitness challenge for local CTE schools
May 13, 2024

45th FAB conducts inaugural Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Ruck March
May 13, 2024
Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen march during the 45th Field Artillery Brigade’s inaugural suicide prevention ruck march held at Wild Horse Park in Mustang, Oklahoma, May 5, 2024. The 45th FAB hosted the ruck march to raise awareness about suicide prevention and the resources available to Guardsmen, veterans and the local community. (Oklahoma Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Elliot Kim)

Video by Sgt. Haden Tolbert
Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade welcomes new commander
Oklahoma National Guard
June 11, 2024 | 1:30
The 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard, held a change of command ceremony at Camp Gruber Training Center near Braggs, Oklahoma, June 11, 2024, marking the end of Col. Andrew Ballenger's tenure and welcoming Col. Khalid Hussein as the new commander.

Ballenger, a native of Pryor, Oklahoma, has led the 45th IBCT since August 2022. Under his command, the brigade has seen numerous deployments and training exercises, including the 2023 deployment of Task Force Tomahawk, a task force made up of multiple units of the 45th deployed to support the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. That deployment was the single largest deployment of 45th IBCT Soldiers since the brigade’s Afghanistan deployment in 2011.

Hussein brings extensive experience to his new role, having served in numerous command and staff positions, including deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, and support operations during Hurricane Katrina. He holds a Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

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Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Mancino; Adjutant General for Oklahoma

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Col. Andrew Ballenger; Outgoing Commander, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

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Col. Khalid Hussein; Incoming Commander, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
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