News from the Oklahoma National Guard

Oklahoma Guardsman receives Star of Valor for heroic actions
March 7, 2024
Brig. Gen. Colby Wyatt, director of the joint staff, Oklahoma National Guard, presents the Oklahoma Star of Valor award to Spc. Alexander Weimer, a combat engineer assigned to Bravo Company, 545th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard, 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
Sgt. 1st Class Vincent Humerickhouse, a member of Task Force Tomahawk, reunites with family members 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
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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)

Oklahoma Guard conducts annual Mechanic of the Year competition
February 15, 2024
Oklahoma Army National Guardsman Sgt. 1st Class Cody Swearengin, a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to Bravo Company, 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th IBCT, takes on a mechanical challenge during the Mechanic of the Year competition held at the Combined Support Maintenance Shop in Norman, Oklahoma, Feb. 7, 2024. The Guardsmen gathered to put their mechanic skills to the test in the third annual competition, working in four-man teams to beat out the competition while also getting to network amongst fellow competitors. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Cpl. Danielle Rayon)

National Guard Bureau Leaders Say Taking Care of Guardsmen Key to Meeting Mission at Home, Abroad
February 9, 2024
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, meets with Arkansas Guardsmen assigned to Task Force Bowie, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, on rotation overseeing training with the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine, Grafenwoehr, Germany, Oct. 21, 2023.

Oklahoma National Guard hosts inaugural Domestic Operations Symposium
January 23, 2024
Oklahoma Army National Guardsman Capt. John Schatz, a nuclear medical officer with the 63rd Civil Support Team, talks with members from emergency response agencies at the inaugural Domestic Operations Symposium at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Oklahoma, Jan. 23, 2024. More than 20 emergency response agencies from across the state gathered for the event to build a shared understanding of roles and responsibilities, encourage collaborative planning, mutual aid, and participation in upcoming training events. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Reece Heck)

Oklahoma Guard aviation unit trains for deployment to Kosovo
January 11, 2024
Soldiers with the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Georgia National Guard and 1st Battalion (Assault Helicopter Battalion), 244th Aviation Regiment, 90th Troop Command, Oklahoma Army National Guard conduct hot load training with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Fort Cavazos, Texas, Jan. 9, 2024. The 244th AHB underwent rigorous pre-mobilization training in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Cpl. Danielle Rayon)

Oklahoma aviation unit deploys to Kosovo
December 30, 2023
Loved ones gather alongside nearly 50 Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen during a deployment ceremony held Saturday, Dec. 30, 2023, at the Army Aviation Support Facility 2 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Members of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion (Assault Helicopter Battalion), 244th Aviation Regiment, 90th Troop Command, will deploy overseas to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian (KFOR). KFOR is a NATO-led international peacekeeping force in Kosovo that is comprised of 27 partner nations. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Reece Heck)

Retired Guardsman strengthens the future of aviation by honoring its past
December 30, 2023
Retired Col. Robert Prater, a former 137th Special Operations Wing Guardsman, shows 137th SOW Command Chief Master Sgt. Lawrence DeSalle, left, his T-6G Texan aircraft at the Tinker Air Show on July 1, 2023, at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City. Prater has been flying World War II-style aircraft for over 20 years and shares military history with future generations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Erika Chapa)

Video by Leanna Maschino
63rd Civil Support Team trains alongside Yukon first responders
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Aug. 8, 2023 | 1:53
Members of the Oklahoma National Guard's 63rd Civil Support Team train alongside the Yukon Police Department and Yukon Fire Department during an exercise held in Yukon, Oklahoma, Tuesday, August 8, 2023. The exercise focused on the discovery of an unknown substance where the CST was called to utilize their experience and equipment to detect the substance—in this case, the substance discovered was (notional) fentanyl. As the fentanyl epidemic increases, members of the CST are working with local law enforcement to help train and educate agencies on their capabilities and equipment.

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