News from the Oklahoma National Guard

137th Special Operations Wing supports Tinker Air Show
July 11, 2023
The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, perform at the Tinker Air Show on July 1, 2023, at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City. The Blue Angels joined members of the joint and total force at the Tinker Air Show to showcase the diverse aspects of aviation. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Erika Chapa)

Oklahoma ANG TACPs support Air Defender 2023
June 30, 2023
From right: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Richie Thammavongsa, Staff Sgt. Henry Castagnetta, and Senior Airman Jarret Tyra, all tactical air control party specialists with the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron, 137th Special Operations Wing, Oklahoma National Guard, determine the distance to a point using a pocket laser range finder as the team rehearses reconnaissance operations during exercise Air Defender 2023 (AD23) in Germany June 19, 2023. Exercise AD23 is a German-led exercise that integrates both U.S. and Allied air-power to defend shared values, while leveraging and strengthening vital partnerships to deter aggression around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)

45th FAB Soldiers take on Western Strike 2023
June 29, 2023
An Oklahoma Army National Guard Soldier with the 45th Field Artillery Brigade, provides security from the turret of a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during exercise Western Strike at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, June 21, 2023. Western Strike is a highly immersive and fully instrumented training comparable to a combat training center that aims to prepare units like the 45th FAB for overseas operations. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Spc. Danielle Rayon)

Oklahoma state senator joins OKANG
June 26, 2023
U.S. Air Force Maj. Rex Alan Star, left, Arkansas Air National Guard, issues the oath of enlistment to Tom Woods, an Oklahoma state senator, at the Oklahoma State Capitol on June 26, 2023, Oklahoma City. Woods said he enlisted into the Oklahoma ANG for the opportunity to serve more Oklahomans than who he currently serves in his congressional district. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Erika Chapa)

Oklahoma Guardsmen win Cyber Shield; a modern cyber warfare training exercise
June 16, 2023
Members of the Oklahoma National Guard cybersecurity team work together to defend networks during Cyber Shield 2023, held at the Professional Education Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, June 10, 2023. With technology continuing to advance at an unprecedented pace along with its associated threats, members of the Oklahoma National Guard joined approximately 800 military and civilian cyber professionals from 35 states, including international partners, for this year’s Cyber Shield, June 2-16, 2023. This year's exercise, won by the Oklahoma team for the second year in a row, was centered on critical infrastructure protection, incident response, network defense with a specific tie to U.S. Transportation Systems Sector and other crucial aspects of cybersecurity. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mireille Merilice-Roberts)

1-158th Field Artillery Regiment prepare HIMARS for Western Strike 2023
June 14, 2023
Oklahoma Army National Guard Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 158th Field Artillery Regiment, 45th Field Artillery Brigade, back a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) into a C-17 aircraft in preparation for transport at the Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport June 14, 2023. The Soldiers were loading the HIMARS into C-17 aircraft assigned to the 97th Air Mobility Wing out of Altus Air Force Base as part of a joint exercise to practice the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s skills to rapidly and safely transport the launchers and equipment across large distances. (Oklahoma Army National Guard photo by Spc. Caleb Stone)

Oklahoma Army National Guard engineers begin Innovative Readiness Training mission in Hawaii
June 12, 2023
Sgt. Hunter Konemann, a Mustang, Oklahoma resident serving as a carpentry and masonry specialist with the 3120th Engineer Support Company, 120th Engineer Battalion, 90th Troop Command, Oklahoma Army National Guard, builds support beams for a deck at the Girl Scouts of Hawaii's Camp Kilohana near Pahokuloa Training Area, Hawaii, June 14, 2023.

The Soldiers of the 3120th ESC are taking part in an Innovative Readiness Training program to improve their skills as Army engineers while providing the Girl Scout camp with improvements. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Sgt. Anthony Jones)

Task Force Tomahawk arrives in Africa, assumes responsibility of crisis response mission
June 7, 2023
Lt. Col. Brent Weece, commander, Task Force Tomahawk, shakes hands with the commander of Task Force Wolfhound, New York National Guard, during the transfer of authority ceremony between the two units at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, June 3, 2023. (photo provided by Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa)

219th Engineering Installation Squadron Stays Mission Ready With Tower Rescue Training
June 6, 2023
Airman 1st Class Gregory Crowder and Joe Kuhn, 219th Engineering Installation Squadron cable and antenna systems technicianans, right, climb up an antenna tower during tower rescue training at Tulsa Air National Guard Base, Okla., June 3, 2023. The training simulates a scenario where an Airmen would pass out while still attached to the tower, requiring their wingmen on the ground to pull them away from the tower as they are lowered to safety. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Airman 1st Class Addison Barnes)

137th SOW Airmen unite for wing change of command
June 4, 2023
a crowd of airmen stand in orderly formation for a change of command

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.
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