News from the Oklahoma National Guard

“The Longest Exchange Ever”
September 9, 2022
men stand in front of airplane

New STARBASE Oklahoma classroom opens at Fort Sill
August 19, 2022
Steven Schraner, deputy director of STARBASE Oklahoma - Fort Sill, Melanie Powers, STARBASE Oklahoma business manager, and James Skrapka, director STARBASE Oklahoma, cut the ribbon at the new STARBASE Oklahoma classroom at Fort Sill, Thursday, August 11, 2022. STARBASE Oklahoma, a program sponsored by the Department of Defense and administered by the Oklahoma Military Department, focuses on introducing fifth grade students to science, technology, engineering, and math through hands-on experiments done in a classroom setting. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Pfc. Haden Tolbert)

Oklahoma Guard recruiting battalion ranked first in nation for July
August 18, 2022
Oklahoma Army National Guard recruiting logo. A black shield with the words Oklahoma Army National Guard written in white and gold lettering with a star at the bottom of the shield.

Oklahoma National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade honors commanders
August 18, 2022
Col. Colby Wyatt, outgoing commander of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma National Guard, passes the unit colors to Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino, adjutant general for Oklahoma, at a change of command ceremony, Camp Gruber Training Center, Oklahoma, Aug. 14, 2022. Wyatt served as the commander of the 45th IBCT for three years and relinquished command to Col. Andrew Ballenger. (Oklahoma Army National Guard photo by Spc. Danielle Rayon)

Special Operations Storytellers
August 15, 2022
plane cockpit at night

Michigan Airmen, Partners Achieve Milestone During Northern Agility
August 12, 2022
U. S. Air Force Airmen from the 127th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, (SANGB) Mich. perform Agile Combat Employment (ACE) training while loading bombs onto an A-10 Thunderbolt II also from SANGB during an Integrated Combat Turn (ICT) during Northern Agility 22-2/Northern Strike 22, at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Mich., Aug. 8, 2022.

OKNG senior leader goes extra mile for 50th birthday
August 3, 2022
Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Jolly, the command sergeant major for the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, completes a 50 kilometer trail run near Quanah, Texas, May 14, 2022. Jolly ran 50 kilometers to celebrate his 50th birthday. (Photo provided by Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Jolly)

Soldiers from 700 Brigade Support Battalion conduct annual training at the Sustainment Training Center
August 3, 2022
An Oklahoma Army National Guardsman with Company B, 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, works on a vehicle at the  Sustainment Training Center at Camp Dodge near Johnston City,  Iowa, July 18, 2022.  Soldiers at the STC received specialized, hands-on training to refresh and enhance both individual and unit collective skills. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Spc. Danielle Rayon)

Oklahoma Guard units conduct airborne operations with Nebraska, Indiana
August 3, 2022
Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 134th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Nebraska Army National Guard, board a C-130 “Hercules” in preparation for a high performance jump above Rattlesnake Drop Zone, Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, July 23, 2022. The 2nd Battalion is the newest unit to join the 45th IBCT, bringing with them airborne capabilities that the 45th has not had in more than 50 years. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Pfc. Haden Tolbert)

Oklahoma National Guard Supports Wildland Firefighting
August 2, 2022
An Oklahoma National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk prepares to refill the attached Bambi Bucket in order to continue fighting a wildfire in Blaine County, Oklahoma July 16, 2022. The Oklahoma National Guard assisted the Oklahoma Forestry Services in attempting to control the blaze with the use of a UH-60 Black Hawk. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Spc. Caleb Stone)

Video by Pfc. Anthony Ackah-Mensah
Oklahoma Army National Guard Soldiers compete in the Sergeant Major’s Match and Governors Twenty Marksmanship Competition
Oklahoma National Guard
Sept. 15, 2023 | 1:06
The Oklahoma Army National Guard’s top marksmen were locked, loaded and aimed for excellence for the Sergeant Major’s Match and Governor’s Twenty marksmanship competition, Sept. 14-17.

The competitions consisted of accuracy matches on the M4 carbine and the M17 pistol, and tests a Citizen-Soldier’s ability to shoot from various positions and distances, taking them out of their comfort zone.

The Sergeant Major’s Match includes closer targets, faster reloading, and more weapons manipulation. The Governor’s Twenty focuses more on long-distance precision and accuracy.