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News from the Oklahoma National Guard

NEWS | April 6, 2024

137th SOW makes history with first female wing commander

By Staff Sgt. Caitlin Carnes 137th Special Operations Wing

WILL ROGERS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Okla. - Airmen of the 137th Special Operations Wing gathered to usher in a new era of leadership as Col. Shelby Dreyer assumed command as the first woman wing commander during a change of command ceremony April 5, 2024. 

Outgoing commander Col. Jason Davis passed the guidon to Dreyer, entrusting her with the responsibility of the wing and upholding the “Oklahoma Standard.” 

U.S. Air Force female colonel takes guidon from U.S. Air Force male general in dress uniforms in front of crowd
SLIDESHOW | images | 137th SOW makes history with first female wing commander U.S. Air Force Col. Shelby Dreyer, 137th Special Operations Wing commander, Oklahoma Air National Guard, middle, receives the guidon at the 137th Special Operations Wing change of command, April 5, 2024, at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Oklahoma City. As the 20th commander of the 137th SOW, Dreyer will develop and lead 1,200 Citizen Airmen as they set the Oklahoma Standard around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Erika Chapa)
A crowd of Airmen gather in formation for a change of command ceremony in an aircraft hangar
SLIDESHOW | images | 137th SOW makes history with first female wing commander Members of the 137th Special Operations Wing salute U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Davis, outgoing wing commander, and incoming wing commander Col. Shelby Dreyer during a change of command ceremony April 5, 2024, at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Oklahoma City. Dreyer made history as the first woman to command the 137th Special Operations Wing, beginning a new chapter for the wing parallel to a shift throughout Air Force Special Operations Command to a faster-paced, collaborative and adaptable fighting force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)
U.S. female colonel in dress uniform salutes a crowd of Airmen in OCPs with U.S. flag in background
SLIDESHOW | images | 137th SOW makes history with first female wing commander U.S. Air Force Col. Shelby Dreyer, 137th Special Operations Wing commander, salutes members of the 137th Special Operations Wing during the change of command ceremony April 5, 2024, at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Oklahoma City. The 137th Special Operations Wing welcomed Dreyer as its 20th commander and first female wing commander, making history as it continues to be at the forefront of the ever-evolving realm of multi-domain conflict. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigette Waltermire)
a U.S. Air Force female colonel in a dress uniform greets a female Airman in OCPs
SLIDESHOW | images | 240405-Z-SS025-1377 137th Special Operations Wing Airmen congratulate U.S. Air Force Col. Shelby Dreyer, 137th Special Operations Wing commander, after a change of command ceremony April 5, 2024, at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Oklahoma City. The 137th Special Operations Wing welcomed Dreyer as its 20th commander and first female wing commander, making history as it continues to be at the forefront of the ever-evolving realm of multi-domain conflict.

“I am proud to hand the guidon and the responsibility of these amazing people to you today,” Davis said. “You are absolutely the leader this wing needs.”

Dreyer joined the Air National Guard as a commissioned officer in 2001. Her career includes over 19 years in intelligence, both within the Air and Army National Guard. She has served as a senior intelligence officer, 285th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron commander, 137th SOW chief of staff, 137th Mission Support Group commander and 137th SOW deputy commander.

“Being the first isn’t anything new, especially here at the 137th,” said Dreyer. “Firsts are vital for any type of growth. We are problem solvers and proof-of-concept builders paving the way for others and always answering the call.”

Davis was presented with the Legion of Merit for his outstanding service as a group and wing commander, including overseeing more than 5,000 deployed flying hours during 1,031 combat missions. 

“I cannot articulate how blessed and thankful I am to have served alongside, deployed with and led the amazing men and women of the 137th SOW,” Davis reflected. 

Dreyer’s appointment to wing commander coincides with an overarching shift throughout Air Force Special Operations Command to a faster-paced, collaborative and adaptable fighting force. Under Dreyer’s leadership, the 137th SOW will continue to embody the “Oklahoma Standard” as a force provider organized, trained and equipped to support combatant commanders across the spectrum of conflict projecting airpower anytime, anywhere.

“We are the ‘Oklahoma Standard,’” Dreyer affirmed. “We take the Oklahoma flag everywhere we go.”

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.

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Denise Neil; Executive Director of the Oklahoma National Guard Museum
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