News from the Oklahoma National Guard

137th SOW hosts students, community partners for fly-in
May 4, 2023
high school students look through night vision goggles excitedly

Oklahoma Guardsmen compete to be Best Warrior
May 2, 2023
Spc. Matthew Giudice II, a fire fighter assigned to Camp Gruber Training Center, Oklahoma Army National Guard, climbs a ladder on the Tough One obstacle during the Best Warrior Competition held at Camp Gruber Training Center, April 21, 2023. The annual competition brings Soldiers together to demonstrate their proficiency in a variety of warrior tasks and drills such as land navigation, marksmanship, an obstacle course, and a 12-mile ruck march, all culminating in an interview with a panel of sergeants major. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Spc. Danielle Rayon)

137th SOW hosts Oklahoma JROTC state drill championships
April 17, 2023
two junior rotc cadets exhibit color guard drill demonstration skills

South African native earns US naturalization before military deployment
April 12, 2023
Private 1st. Class Dewald Ekron, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 179 Infantry Regiment, Oklahoma National Guard, stands before conducting actions on the objective during pre-moblization training at Ft. Riley, Kan., 25 March 2023. Ekron, a South Africa native, moved to the United States in 2017 to pursue farming. More than 1,000 Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen, including a company each from Nebraska and Indiana, will deploy overseas as Task Force Tomahawk in support of operations within U.S. Africa Command’s area of responsibility. While there, they will provide security support at five installations across multiple East African countries. (Oklahoma National Guard by Sgt. 1st Class Mireille Merilice-Roberts)

Oklahoma's Task Force Tomahawk prepares for Africa deployment
April 12, 2023
Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard, fire an AT4, a shoulder fired, recoilless anti-tank weapon, at Fort Riley, Kan., March 26, 2023. 45th IBCT Soldiers conducted pre-mobilization training in preparation for their upcoming deployment as Task Force Tomahawk supporting operations across three East African countries. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Spc. Danielle Rayon)

Oklahoma National Guard Soldiers compete at the 2023 Bataan Memorial Death March
April 7, 2023
zCol. Brian Coleman, Oklahoma Army National Guard, competes in the military light division at the 2023 Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, March 19, 2023. Coleman competed in the military light division, which is 26.2 miles in a full military uniform and finished 7th overall with a time of 5:59:51. (U.S. National Guard photo by Sgt. Gauret Stearns)

Siblings create total force success stories
February 24, 2023
siblings pose for a photo

Top Air Force honors for Tulsa Civil Engineers
February 21, 2023

137th SOW, OKC first responders conduct tornado response exercise
February 21, 2023
two people watch as firefighters examine crashed cars during training exercise

Oklahoma National Guard breaks ground on new joint operations center
February 17, 2023
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (center), Representative Kevin Wallace (third from left), Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Mancino (second from left) and other state leaders break ground for the Oklahoma National Guard Joint Operations Center in Chandler, Oklahoma, Feb. 17, 2023. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Anthony Jones)

Video by Cpl. Danielle Rayon
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