An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

News from the Oklahoma National Guard

NEWS | Jan. 13, 2021

Oklahoma National Guard to support 59th Presidential Inauguration

By Anthony Jones Oklahoma National Guard

The Oklahoma National Guard has announced they will be sending approximately 400 Oklahoma National Guard Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen to our nation’s capital to support the 59th presidential inauguration.
 
The Oklahoma Guardsmen will be joining National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 43 states to augment the District of Columbia National Guard to assist law enforcement with crowd management; traffic control in and around the Capitol, National Mall and White House; as well as communications, logistical and medical support.
 
“When people see the National Guard, they know we are there to help,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson, adjutant general for Oklahoma. “The men and women of the Oklahoma National Guard who will be supporting the inauguration are the same Guardsmen who have been there time and time again for Oklahoma communities.”
 
National Guard involvement in presidential inaugurations dates back to April 30, 1789, when members of local militias, the pre-cursors to the modern National Guard, accompanied the U.S. Army and Revolutionary War veterans in escorting George Washington to New York City - the seat of government for his inauguration ceremony.
 
“The National Guard has a long and proud history of inauguration support. The forefathers of today’s National Guard were present for the inauguration of George Washington, and we have been part of every inauguration since,” said Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau. “We stand ready to support this national event with our interagency partners.”
 
The Guardsmen are expected to depart Oklahoma later this week and be on-station in Washington D.C. for seven to ten days.
 
Video by Sgt. Reece Heck
Oklahoma National Guard American Indian Heritage Month feature - Sgt. Brooke Wasoski
145th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Nov. 22, 2022 | 1:02
This American Indian Heritage Month, Sgt. Brooke Wasoski, a combat medic with the Medical Readiness Detachment, 90th Troop Command, Oklahoma National Guard, reflects on what the month means to her as a Soldier and member of the Choctaw Nation.

Graphic Information:
Sgt. Brooke Wasoski
Combat Medic
Medical Readiness Detachment
(00:06-00:09)

Some footage provided by the Choctaw Nation
More