News from the Oklahoma National Guard

Oklahoma Guard cybersecurity team wins national competition
October 1, 2020
From left to right with the Oklahoma National Guard defensive cyber operations element, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Tyson Joachims, Capt. Danny Slusarchuck, Sgt. Sean Singley, Staff Sgt. Rick Raper, Sgt. Brandon Dixon, and Tech Sgt. Craig Brown, mission defense team noncommissioned officer in charge with the 137th Special Operations Communications Flight, won the online 2020 NetWars Cyber Shield competition Sept. 18-19, 2020.

One Team, One Fight: Oklahoma National Guard Family Program Office assists after Hurricane Laura
September 16, 2020
As 2020 proves to be a trying period of time with the ongoing pandemic and the unknown, the drive to help one another has yet to waver. This was the case for contractors, state employees and Guardsmen with the Oklahoma National Guard Family Program Office, when they lent a helping hand to their fellow and familiar State of Louisiana after Hurricane Laura wreaked havoc on their coast.

Oklahoma Guard Soldier aids man injured in car rollover
August 24, 2020
Spc. Clinton Fauss, right, a truck driver with 120th Forward Support Battalion, 120th Engineer Battalion, 90th Troop Command, Oklahoma Army National Guard, helped rescue Lee Harkin after his vehicle rolled into a ditch outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, Aug. 12, 2020.

Responding to COVID-19: the past, present and future of Oklahoma National Guard operations
August 18, 2020
Oklahoma Army and Air National Guardsmen, under direction of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and alongside healthcare workers from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, help conduct COVID-19 testing at the Texas County Activity Center in Guymon, Oklahoma, May 16, 2020. As of May 19, 2020, Guymon had 650 confirmed cases of COVID-19, making it second in the total number of cases in Oklahoma. Oklahoma City, which has the highest number of COVID-19 cases, has the largest population of any city in Oklahoma, Guymon is 40th. The testing site was the first in the hotspot city to be open to all residents and not just those with doctor referrals. (Oklahoma Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Kasey M. Phipps)

Airmen from the 137th SOW, Tinker participate in tactical medical training
August 12, 2020
simulated wounded patient is helped out of airplane

Sen. Inhofe visits the second-largest combat-coded F-16 unit in the Air National Guard
August 11, 2020
138th Fighter Wing

45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducts annual training
July 29, 2020
Spc. Nathaniel Harris, a Mustang, Oklahoma, resident and a cannon crewmember with Battery B, 1st Battalion, 160th Field Artillery Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, adjusts a collimator for a 105mm howitzer during crew drill training at the unit's armory in Holdenville, Oklahoma, July 29, 2020. The Soldiers, along with other units of the 45th IBCT, are taking part in home-station annual training with limited field training exercises while implementing COVID-19 counter measures like social distancing or wearing masks when social distancing is not possible - such as during crew drills. (Oklahoma Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Anthony Jones)

Senate confirms Loh as next director of the Air National Guard
July 21, 2020
U.S. Senate confirms U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Loh as the next director to lead the Air National Guard.  Loh has served nearly 30 years in the Colorado Air National Guard and has experience in various key leadership roles, such as flight, squadron and group commander as well as the Colorado National Guard assistant adjutant general and adjutant general. Loh is a command pilot with more than 3,200 flight hours, including 2,900 hours and 128 combat flight hours in the F-16A/B/C/D Fighting Falcon.

Army Lt. Gen. Daniel Hokanson confirmed as NGB chief
July 21, 2020
Army Lt. Gen. Daniel Hokanson testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services at a confirmation hearing for his appointment to the grade of general and to be chief of the National Guard Bureau, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., June 18, 2020. Hokanson was confirmed by the Senate July 20, 2020.

First airborne ISR operator who enlisted as a 1A8X2 becomes senior noncommissioned officer
July 10, 2020
306th IS emblem

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.

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

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

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