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News from the Oklahoma National Guard

NEWS | Oct. 19, 2023

OKNG RTI first in nation to use female mannequins for medical training

By Staff Sgt. Reece Heck, Oklahoma National Guard

The Oklahoma National Guard's Regional Training Institute is the first National Guard RTI in the nation to field female mannequins to prepare military medics and first responders better to treat female trauma patients.

Master Sgt. Chris Dent, with the OK RTI, said after reading research that female trauma patients had higher rates of mortality on the battlefield because medics and Soldiers were not used to treating female body types, he and other medical trainers at the OK RTI wanted to find resources to train medics and first responders better in order to combat those statistics. (Oklahoma National Guard video by Staff Sgt. Reece Heck)
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