News from the Oklahoma National Guard

OK Legislature honors Oklahoma National Guard Day
April 10, 2024
Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Mancino, adjutant general for Oklahoma, receives a standing ovation after his speech during Oklahoma National Guard Appreciation Day held at the Oklahoma State Capitol, April 9, 2024. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by 1st. Sgt. Mireille Merilice-Roberts)

137th SOW makes history with first female wing commander
April 6, 2024
U.S. Air Force female colonel takes guidon from U.S. Air Force male general in dress uniforms in front of crowd

Students and community leaders attend 137th SOW’s Student Flight Fest
March 29, 2024
An attendee listens intently as an MC-12W pilot with the 185th Special Operations Squadron, Oklahoma Air National Guard, explains the capabilities of the aircraft during the 137th Special Operations Wing 2024 Student Flight Fest Invitational event held at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Oklahoma, March 28, 2024. The invitational allowed for students, educators and other visitors from across the state to broaden their understanding of what the OKANG has to offer through aircraft displays, interactive stations, and discussions with Airmen and Soldiers from diverse career fields.

Oklahoma National Guard to assist McCurtain County amid influx of eclipse tourism
March 18, 2024
Oklahoma National Guard Logo

Future of drone defense takes flight at inaugural Oklahoma National Guard Counter-UAS Symposium
March 14, 2024
Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Mancino, adjutant general for Oklahoma, speaks during the inaugural Oklahoma National Guard Counter-Unmaned Aircraft Systems Symposium in Oklahoma City, March 12, 2024. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Reece Heck)

Oklahoma National Guard Counter-UAS School trains with industry
March 13, 2024
The Oklahoma National Guard, in collaboration with various industry partners from across the state, conducted a test of the cutting-edge capabilities of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at Camp Gruber Training Center, Feb. 22, 2024. The budding program addresses the National Guard’s need to adapt to the ever-changing battlefield technologies, including the integration of artificial intelligence, countering the unmanned systems threat, and countless other emerging technologies. This initiative aims to equip and train the OKNG alongside civilian aerospace industry experts and local partners to enhance mission readiness in aviation and aerospace technologies of the future. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Cpl. Danielle Rayon)

Oklahoma Guardsman receives Star of Valor for heroic actions
March 7, 2024
Spc. Alexander Weimer, assigned to Bravo Company, 545th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard, speaks with Col. Andrew Ballenger, commander of the 45th IBCT at his Oklahoma Star of Valor Ceremony at the Muskogee Armed Forces Reserve Center, Muskogee, Oklahoma, March 3, 2024. Weimer was recognized for his bravery and compassion while assisting civilians involved in a vehicular collision while on his way to drill. (Oklahoma Army National Guard by Cpl. Danielle Rayon)

Task Force Tomahawk welcomed home from Horn of Africa
March 2, 2024
A member of Task Force Tomahawk reunites with their family during a welcome home ceremony at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, Feb.  23, 2024. Task Force Tomahawk returned from a nine-month deployment in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, where the Citizen-Soldiers provided security at multiple sites across the Horn of Africa as well as manned the East African Response Force. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Anthony Jones)

Oklahoma National Guard publishes 2023 Governor's Report
February 23, 2024
Oklahoma National Guard Logo

Task Force Tomahawk returns to US after deployment to Horn of Africa
February 20, 2024
Lt. Col. Brent Weece, commander, Task Force Tomahawk, (right) shakes hands with Lt. Col. Micheal Scanlon, state operations officer, Oklahoma Army National Guard at Fort Bliss, Texas, Feb. 18, 2024, after Weece returns from a nine-month deployment to the Horn of Africa. Task Force Tomahawk is made up of units of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team - primarily of the 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment as well as companies from the 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 134th Infantry Regiment (Airborne). TF Tomahawk was responsible for security at multiple locations across several countries in the Horn of Africa as well as manning the East African Response Force. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Anthony Jones)

Video by Spc. Daniellean Rayon
Oklahoma Guard's Civil Support Team assists local first responders in full-scale exercise
Oklahoma National Guard
May 23, 2023 | 2:07
In a joint effort to enhance emergency response capabilities, the Oklahoma National Guard's 63rd Civil Support Team (CST) collaborated with local first responders during a full-scale exercise held in Custer and Washita County and the City of Weatherford, May 23-25, 2023.

The training was designed and controlled by US Army North in order to assess the capabilities of both the first responders as well as the CST, including helping reinforce tactics and relationships between participating agencies for any broad spectrum of potential threats.
More