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 | June 14, 2024

Oklahoma National Guard’s STARBASE OKC hosts STEM summer camp

By Anthony Jones, Oklahoma National Guard

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma National Guard’s STARBASE Oklahoma City hosted a science, technology, engineering and math summer camp at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, June 10-14, bringing excitement and educational opportunities to the children of Oklahoma National Guard members living in the Oklahoma City area.
01:00
VIDEO | 01:00 | Oklahoma National Guard’s STARBASE OKC hosts STEM summer camp

"This camp is for all the military families here on Will Rogers Air National Guard Base and the National Guard," said Larry Tettleton, who is one of the instructors at STARBASE OKC. "This camp is about letting them have fun with science, technology, engineering, and math, and just give them a break from the doldrums of summer."

More than 50 children of Oklahoma National Guard members and Will Rogers Air National Guard base employees attended the camp where they took part in science experiments, built and coded robots to complete simple tasks, learned about computer aided design, and met with National Guard members to hear how STEM education helped propel them on successful careers in the military.

STARBASE OKC is part of the Department of Defense-funded STARBASE education program that focuses on inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators by offering challenging “hands-on, minds-on” activities and exposing students to real-world applications of STEM.
The Oklahoma National Guard and Oklahoma Military Department operate four STARBASE locations in Oklahoma at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base, Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Fort Sill and the Oklahoma Air and Spaceport in Burns Flat, Oklahoma.
Larry Tettleton, an instructor with STARBASE Oklahoma City, teaches campers how to program a small robot during the STARBASE OKC summer camp at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, June 10, 2024. More than 50 children of Oklahoma National Guard members and Will Rogers Air National Guard base employees attended the camp where they took part in science experiments, built and coded robots to complete simple tasks, learned about computer aided design, and met with National Guard members to hear how STEM education helped propel them on successful careers in the military. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Anthony Jones)
SLIDESHOW | images | 240610-A-RH707-4008 Larry Tettleton, an instructor with STARBASE Oklahoma City, teaches campers how to program a small robot during the STARBASE OKC summer camp at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, June 10, 2024. More than 50 children of Oklahoma National Guard members and Will Rogers Air National Guard base employees attended the camp where they took part in science experiments, built and coded robots to complete simple tasks, learned about computer aided design, and met with National Guard members to hear how STEM education helped propel them on successful careers in the military. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Anthony Jones)
A STARBASE Oklahoma City camper experiments with a non-Newtonian fluid during the STARBASE OKC summer camp at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, June 10, 2024. More than 50 children of Oklahoma National Guard members and Will Rogers Air National Guard base employees attended the camp where they took part in science experiments, built and coded robots to complete simple tasks, learned about computer aided design, and met with National Guard members to hear how STEM education helped propel them on successful careers in the military. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Anthony Jones)
SLIDESHOW | images | 240610-A-RH707-8142 A STARBASE Oklahoma City camper experiments with a non-Newtonian fluid during the STARBASE OKC summer camp at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, June 10, 2024. More than 50 children of Oklahoma National Guard members and Will Rogers Air National Guard base employees attended the camp where they took part in science experiments, built and coded robots to complete simple tasks, learned about computer aided design, and met with National Guard members to hear how STEM education helped propel them on successful careers in the military. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Anthony Jones)
STARBASE Oklahoma City campers take part in a science experiment during the STARBASE OKC summer camp at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, June 10, 2024. More than 50 children of Oklahoma National Guard members and Will Rogers Air National Guard base employees attended the camp where they took part in science experiments, built and coded robots to complete simple tasks, learned about computer-aided design, and met with National Guard members to hear how STEM education helped propel them on successful careers in the military. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Anthony Jones)
SLIDESHOW | images | 240610-A-RH707-3217 STARBASE Oklahoma City campers take part in a science experiment during the STARBASE OKC summer camp at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, June 10, 2024. More than 50 children of Oklahoma National Guard members and Will Rogers Air National Guard base employees attended the camp where they took part in science experiments, built and coded robots to complete simple tasks, learned about computer-aided design, and met with National Guard members to hear how STEM education helped propel them on successful careers in the military. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Anthony Jones)
STARBASE Oklahoma City campers watch a small robot they programmed to move to a target location during the STARBASE OKC summer camp at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, June 10, 2024. More than 50 children of Oklahoma National Guard members and Will Rogers Air National Guard base employees attended the camp where they took part in science experiments, built and coded robots to complete simple tasks, learned about computer aided design, and met with National Guard members to hear how STEM education helped propel them on successful careers in the military. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Anthony Jones)
SLIDESHOW | images | 240610-A-RH707-2164 STARBASE Oklahoma City campers watch a small robot they programmed to move to a target location during the STARBASE OKC summer camp at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, June 10, 2024. More than 50 children of Oklahoma National Guard members and Will Rogers Air National Guard base employees attended the camp where they took part in science experiments, built and coded robots to complete simple tasks, learned about computer aided design, and met with National Guard members to hear how STEM education helped propel them on successful careers in the military. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Anthony Jones)

The summer camp is part of STARBASE’s summer outreach to keep kids engaged in learning. During the school year, the program is aimed at motivating fifth-grade students to explore STEM opportunities, offering a 25-hour curriculum spread over five days or five weeks.

Tettleton, who taught physical education at Sequoyah Middle School in Edmond, Oklahoma for 27 years, joked that he’s learned as much about STEM as his STARBASE students do and said the impact of the camp is self-evident on the faces of students at the end of the camp.

“It's awesome to see a kid at the start of STARBASE who doesn’t like science. I can just see it in his eyes. He's like, 'Oh, great. It's another science class.' You know?,” Tettleton said. “By the time we're done, they're smiling. They don't want to go. They want to know what other experiments they can do or activities. It just makes me feel really good, like I've done my job as a teacher to get them excited about something,"
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.

CG INFO
00:00:14:05
Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Mancino; Adjutant General for Oklahoma

00:00:38:14
Col. Andrew Ballenger; Outgoing Commander, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

00:01:03:29
Col. Khalid Hussein; Incoming Commander, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
More