News from the Oklahoma National Guard

45th Infantry Division Museum to hold annual Memorial Day Ceremony
May 28, 2021
The 45th Infantry Division Museum annually hosts the Memorial Day Ceremony to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending the freedom of the United States. The ceremony also recognizes the families of those who served, veterans, and those who continue to wear the uniform as many gathered to pay tribute and pass along the tradition of remembrance.

Oklahoma National Guardsman honored at inaugural Oklahoma Medal of Valor and Oklahoma Purple Heart award ceremony
May 19, 2021
Governor Kevin Stitt presents Oklahoma Army National Guard Sgt. Pedro Gonzales III with the inaugural Oklahoma Medal of Valor during a ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City, May 18, 2021. The Oklahoma Medal of Valor is the state of Oklahoma’s highest award of honor presented to a member of a public safety agency or member of the public. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Anthony Jones)

137th SOW welcomes new commander
May 13, 2021
Col. Christopher D. Gries assumes command of the 137th Special Operations Wing from Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson, adjutant general for Oklahoma, at a change of command ceremony at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base (WRANGB) in Oklahoma City, May 1, 2021. Gries was formerly the 137th Operations Group commander and became the 18th wing commander at WRANGB. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Andrew M. LaMoreaux)

Oklahoma Army National Guard aviation practices for the worst
May 12, 2021
Firefighters from the Tulsa, Oklahoma Fire Department and EMSA personnel extract a simulated casualty played by an Oklahoma Army National Guard Citizen-Soldier from a mock helicopter crash during pre-accident training at the Oklahoma National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility 2 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 12, 2021. Pre-accident training prepares Army aviation units to respond to accidents ranging from slip and falls to mass casualty events. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Anthony Jones)

63rd Civil Support Team trains with City of Altus
May 6, 2021
Members of the 63rd Civil Support Team, Oklahoma National Guard, partner with first responders as part of a 72-hour field exercise in Altus, Oklahoma, May 4-6, 2021.

This multi-day training event is one of several exercise scheduled around the state this year designed to test Guard members, emergency management personnel and first responders ability to quickly work to together during natural and man-made disasters. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Geoff Legler)

Chief details National Guard contributions in a year of trial
May 5, 2021
The Louisiana National Guard's 3rd Battalion of the 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, take part in their deployment ceremony in Lafayette, La., Nov. 10, 2020. This unit joins the approximately 2,000 Louisiana guardsmen deploying to the Middle East to support U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) operations.

Oklahoma National Guard helps at federal vaccination clinic
April 29, 2021
Oklahoma National Guard Airman 1st Class Jaquee Dixon, medical technician, 138th Fighter Wing, prepares COVID-19 vaccines at a community vaccination clinic in Tulsa April 21, 2021. The clinic runs from April 21 to June 15.

Phillips 66 honored by Department of Defense for extraordinary support
April 28, 2021
(L to R) Kerry Creager, Phillips 66 Manager Indirect Tax and Bartlesville Veterans Network Local Sponsor; Maj Larry Murray, Phillips 66 Nominator and Oklahoma Air National Guard Officer; Colonel Robin Cavanaugh, Vice Commander, 138th Fighter Wing, Oklahoma Air National Guard; Brian Mandell, Phillips 66 Executive Vice President of Marketing and Commercial; Ben Hur, Phillips 66 Vice President Midstream Commercial and Business Development; Raymond Knapp, Chair, Oklahoma Committee, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (photo credit: Phillips 66, Shaan Ahmad)

45th Infantry Soldiers provide aid following multi-vehicle accident
April 28, 2021
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Oklahoma World War II and Korean War Veteran receives Thunderbird Medal
April 14, 2021
Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson, adjutant general for Oklahoma, presents the Thunderbird Medal to Lt. Col. (Ret.) Oren L. Peters, World War II and Korean War Veteran from the renowned 45th Infantry Division, Saturday, April 10, 2021 in Edmond, Oklahoma. The Thunderbird Medal is the Oklahoma National Guard’s highest award presented to a civilian. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Geoff Legler)

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Oklahoma National Guard breaks ground on new museum
Oklahoma National Guard
May 16, 2024 | 1:42
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma National Guard broke ground on the new Oklahoma National Guard Museum in Oklahoma City in a ceremony attended by veterans and current National Guard members on May 16.

“Today is a milestone for us as we kick off [construction of the new museum],” said Denise Neil, executive director of the Oklahoma National Guard Museum. “It’s an exciting time, shoveling the dirt forward as a symbolic way to show our kick-off.”

Neil said the new 39,375-square-foot building, located at 3301 NE Grand Blvd in Oklahoma City, will provide the Museum with the space and tools needed to tell the Oklahoma National Guard’s story from its founding through modern times.

Denise Neil; Executive Director of the Oklahoma National Guard Museum