News from the Oklahoma National Guard

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)

137th SOW celebrates 2023 Oklahoma Women in Aviation
December 8, 2023
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Maj. Gen. Thomas Mancino's Veterans Day message to the OKNG
November 8, 2023
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Video by Spc. Danielle Rayon
Oklahoma National Guard 45th Field Artillery Brigade holds change of command ceremony
Oklahoma National Guard
Jan. 6, 2024 | 0:59
MUSTANG, Okla. – Friends and family gathered alongside members of the 45th Field Artillery Brigade to bid farewell to outgoing commander Col. Thomas Gibson, and welcome incoming commander Col. Johnnie Moss, during a change of command ceremony at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Mustang, January 7, 2024.

Gibson’s career with the Oklahoma National Guard began in 1990 as an enlisted Soldier and he commissioned three years later. He was assigned as commander for the 45th FAB in 2022.

“I have to thank our outstanding command teams for being so great," Gibson said. "There’s no way I could fail with this outstanding leadership and Soldiers.”

During the ceremony, Gibson was presented the Legion of Merit in recognition of his leadership and guidance while on deployment, as well as his dedication to the Soldiers of the 45th FAB.