News from the Oklahoma National Guard

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)

Oklahoma Guard transportation unit awarded Meritorious Unit Commendation
May 8, 2024
Master Sgt. Robert Yates, first sergeant of the 1245th Transportation Company, 345th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 90th Troop Command, Oklahoma Army National Guard during the company’s 2018-2019 deployment, attaches a Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon to the company’s guidon during a ceremony at the Ada Readiness Center, Ada, Oklahoma, May 4, 2024. The unit was awarded the commendation in recognition of their accomplishments during their 2018-2019 deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Cpl. Danielle Rayon)

Oklahoma National Guardsmen face new adversary as they compete for the state's Best Warrior
May 8, 2024
A unmanned aircraft systems operator pilots a UAS over the 2024 Oklahoma Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition at Camp Gruber Training Center, April 26, 2024.  This year's competition saw UAS from the OKARNG's counter-UAS school integrated into the Best Warrior Competition for the first time. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Anthony Jones)

Oklahoma National Guard hosts inaugural Culinary Excellence Challenge
May 3, 2024
An Oklahoma Army National Guard cook and culinary specialist serves food to a Guardsman during the inaugural OKARNG Culinary Excellence Challenge at Camp Gruber Training Center, April 27, 2024. The OKARNG hosted its inaugural state-level culinary competition to bring Soldiers together to demonstrate their proficiency in a variety of culinary tasks and drills, fostering a culture of esprit de corps, resiliency, and personal growth for OKARNG Culinary Specialists. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Sgt. Elliott Kim)

Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen compete for the state’s Best Warrior
April 30, 2024
Cpl. Tommy Ratliff, a Bartlesville, Oklahoma resident and member of the 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, fires a M240 during the 2024 Oklahoma Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition at Camp Gruber Training Center, April 26, 2024. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Anthony Jones)

Oklahoma Army National Guard recruiter shows strength in community connection
April 23, 2024
Sgt. McCale Biley, the Oklahoma National Guard's top recruiter for 2023, fills out paperwork in his office.

Oklahoma Army National Guard Chaplain Corps welcomes new candidate
April 18, 2024
Oklahoma National Guard 2nd Lt. Dakota Carrington swears in as a chaplain candidate during an oath of office ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City, April 16, 2024. Carrington is the newest addition to a chaplain corps dedicated to serving a two-fold mission by providing religious support to individual Soldiers as well as advising commanders on the religious impact of missions. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Cpl. Danielle Rayon)

Video by Cpl. Danielle Rayon
45th Field Artillery Brigade change of command
Oklahoma National Guard
June 15, 2024 | 1:34
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Army National Guard’s 45th Field Artillery Brigade held a change of command ceremony at the Mustang Armed Forces Reserve Center in Mustang, Oklahoma, June 15, 2024, signifying the end of Col. Johnnie Dale Moss’ tenure and welcoming Lt. Col. William Kale Rogers as the new commander. “I never had to worry about it with you in command,” said Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Mancino, adjutant general for Oklahoma, “I just couldn't be happier, more proud of you, for successfully completing this assignment.” Moss’ military journey began in February 1991, when he enlisted into the OKARNG as an infantryman. He later commissioned in 1994 and served in multiple positions throughout his career, including deployments to Kuwait, Azerbaijan and Germany. During the ceremony, Moss was presented with the Legion of Merit, recognizing him for his exceptionally outstanding conduct and meritorious service to the United States.