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This day in Thunderbird history.

The 45th Infantry Division, with support from the 191st Tank Battalion, takes Nuremberg.

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Spc. Austin Campbell, a native of Edmond, Oklahoma, and a new Soldier with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-279 Infantry, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, receives his Thunderbird patch and is welcomed into the brigade by Maj. Neal Harvey, operations officer with the 545th Brigade Engineer Battalion, during a ceremony at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Oklahoma, April 15.

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***UPDATE 7:40 p.m. April 18***

Since 11 a.m. on Wednesday, the Oklahoma National Guard has provided more than 60,000 gallons of water for firefighters fighting wildfires. Black Hawk helicopters remain on standby in multiple locations and are ready to support the fire suppression mission if called on.

Mooreland, Okla. – Oklahoma’s historic wildfire conditions led to fires spreading fast and firefighters scrambling to extinguish the blazes and mitigate the damage.

As the high winds and dry conditions continued, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management requested support from the Oklahoma National Guard to help augment local firefighters in containing and snuffing out fires. Nearly 400,000 acres have burned so far.

“We have provided air wildfire suppression over the last few days,” said Col. Hiram Tabler, director of military support for the Oklahoma National Guard. “We’ve used Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters to support those efforts.”

For the first time ever, the Oklahoma National Guard is also assisting the firefighters on the ground with the transportation of water through the use of an Army water supply tank called a “hippo.”

“We haven’t done this mission before,” Tabler said. “It’s the first time we’ve partnered with forestry and the emergency management office to really get ground forces [for] support.”

Coordination for and providing ground support using the hippo is a new operation for Oklahoma Guardsmen.

“We’ve pushed some of our hippo water trailers out to support some of the fire task forces out of the Mooreland area,” Tabler said. “They’re carrying water to the task forces to support the fire trucks that don’t hold as much water as the hippos do.”

As of Sunday, the hippos have delivered nearly 9,000 gallons of water to fire line brush pumpers and continue to work around the clock.

“We’ve heard great things about supporting the effort there,” Tabler said. “They’re able to fight the fires quicker than they have in the past.”

Since 8:00 a.m. on Monday, the Oklahoma National Guard has provided more than 32,000 gallons of water for firefighters fighting wildfires near Taloga, Oklahoma.

Black Hawk helicopters remain on standby in multiple locations and are ready to support the fire suppression mission if called on.

Video by Staff Sgt. Christopher Bruce. Story by Sgt. Bradley Cooney

National Guard @OklahomaDepartmentofEmergencyManagement Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry @OklahomaForestry #OklahomaWildfires #AlwaysReady #AlwaysThere #AlwaysForward #CitizenSoldier

Oklahoma National Guard responds to wildfires in Western Oklahoma

***UPDATE 7:40 p.m. April 18***Since 11 a.m. on Wednesday, the Oklahoma National Guard has provided more than 60,000 gallons of water for firefighters fighting wildfires. Black Hawk helicopters remain on standby in multiple locations and are ready to support the fire suppression mission if called on.Mooreland, Okla. – Oklahoma’s historic wildfire conditions led to fires spreading fast and firefighters scrambling to extinguish the blazes and mitigate the damage. As the high winds and dry conditions continued, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management requested support from the Oklahoma National Guard to help augment local firefighters in containing and snuffing out fires. Nearly 400,000 acres have burned so far.“We have provided air wildfire suppression over the last few days,” said Col. Hiram Tabler, director of military support for the Oklahoma National Guard. “We’ve used Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters to support those efforts.”For the first time ever, the Oklahoma National Guard is also assisting the firefighters on the ground with the transportation of water through the use of an Army water supply tank called a “hippo.” “We haven’t done this mission before,” Tabler said. “It’s the first time we’ve partnered with forestry and the emergency management office to really get ground forces [for] support.” Coordination for and providing ground support using the hippo is a new operation for Oklahoma Guardsmen. “We’ve pushed some of our hippo water trailers out to support some of the fire task forces out of the Mooreland area,” Tabler said. “They’re carrying water to the task forces to support the fire trucks that don’t hold as much water as the hippos do.” As of Sunday, the hippos have delivered nearly 9,000 gallons of water to fire line brush pumpers and continue to work around the clock. “We’ve heard great things about supporting the effort there,” Tabler said. “They’re able to fight the fires quicker than they have in the past.”Since 8:00 a.m. on Monday, the Oklahoma National Guard has provided more than 32,000 gallons of water for firefighters fighting wildfires near Taloga, Oklahoma. Black Hawk helicopters remain on standby in multiple locations and are ready to support the fire suppression mission if called on.Video by Staff Sgt. Christopher Bruce. Story by Sgt. Bradley CooneyNational Guard @OklahomaDepartmentofEmergencyManagement Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry @OklahomaForestry #OklahomaWildfires #AlwaysReady #AlwaysThere #AlwaysForward #CitizenSoldier

Posted by 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Pvt. Jacob Cabe, a native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and a new Soldier with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-279 Infantry, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, receives his Thunderbird patch and is welcomed into the brigade by Maj. Neal Harvey, operations officer with the 545th Brigade Engineer Battalion, during a ceremony at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Oklahoma, April 15.

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Pvt. Jesse Brown, a native of Oklahoma City, and a new Soldier with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, receives his Thunderbird patch and is welcomed into the brigade by Maj. Neal Harvey, operations officer with the 545th Brigade Engineer Battalion, during a ceremony at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Oklahoma, April 15.

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1st Squadron, 180th Cavalry Regiment Unit Ministry Team deliver donated school supplies, children's clothes and food to Afghanistan National Police personnel and their families in support of the Kabul Security Force commander's intent to bridge the gap between coalition forces.

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Pfc. Jacob Crawford, a native of Moore, Oklahoma, and a new Soldier with Echo Company, 700 Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, receives his Thunderbird patch and is welcomed into the brigade by Maj. Neal Harvey, operations officer with the 545th Brigade Engineer Battalion, during a ceremony at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Oklahoma, April 15.

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Col. Chris Chomosh presents Lt. Col. Shane Riley, incoming commander of the 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, with the battalion's colors during the 1-279 Infantry change of command ceremony at Camp Gruber on April 14.

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Company commanders from the 1-279 Infantry go through an annual training rehearsal at Camp Gruber on April 15. (U.S. National Guard photo by Col. Chris Chomosh)

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A Walk with the Vikings

A Walk with the #Vikings: Deployed #180CAV Troopers and Soldiers from the #US, #UK, #Denmark, #Mongolia, and civilian contractors walk together in the grueling 25 kilometer #Danish Contingent “#Dancon” March on April 6 in #Kabul, #Afghanistan, as part of a more than 45-year tradition with the Danish Defence that represents the Royal Danish Army deployment to Cyprus in 1972. The march requires service members to participate in their field uniform and carry a pack that weighs at least 22 pounds. #moleskinwasused #WeAreNATO #okguardCheck out the Dancon photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oklanationalguard/albums/72157694630369964Video and photos by Capt. Leanna Litsch

Posted by 1st Squadron, 180th Cavalry Regiment on Saturday, April 7, 2018

"We're all about shoot, move and communicate and it's better if we're faster at it," said Staff Sgt. Justin Hewitt, a member of Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion 160th Field Artillery.

Answer to yesterday's Medal of Honor question:

The 180th Infantry Regiment, now the 1st Squadron, 180th Cavalry Regiment, has the most Medal of Honor recipients in the 45th! Of the 10 Thunderbirds who have been awarded the medal, five were assigned to the 180th. The 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment has one recipient and the 1-157th Infantry - Mountain, Colorado Army National Guard, a part of the 45th during World War II, has four.

March 25 is National Medal Of Honor Day. There have been 10 Thunderbirds awarded the Medal. Do you know which unit of the 45th has the most recipients?

We will post the answer tomorrow at 11 a.m.

1st Squadron, 180th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 1-279 Infantry, 1st Battalion 160th Field Artillery, 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th BSTB (OKARNG) #NationalMedalOfHonorDay #ArmyStrong #AlwaysReady #AlwaysThere #AlwaysForward

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"The recent deployment of the 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), Oklahoma Army National Guard, was a little like a plot from the popular HBO series “Game of Thrones”: ample amounts of fire and ice. There was fire – not dragon fire, but instead brave Oklahoma Soldiers saving Ukrainians from an apartment fire. And there was ice – not from the dreaded White Walker characters that have gained huge notoriety on the show, but from an epic spontaneous snowball fight that helped forge a bond between the members of two armies."

1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment / 1-279 Infantry / Oklahoma National Guard

The Soldiers shown below seem very familiar...

“The Thunderbird is here in my heart, just like it’s in the hearts of all the people we’ve ever helped in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Ukraine, Germany, Italy and France,” said Jordan of the lineage of the Thunderbirds. “Anywhere we’ve ever been or anywhere we’ll ever go, when we leave it’s in our heart.”

#Partnership

Kabul Security Forces conduct Aerial Reaction Force training exercise

U.S. and U.K. coalition partners with #KabulSecurityForces train together on an Aerial Reaction Force exercise utilizing #British helicopter assets with the Toral Aviation Detachment, British Royal Air Force, at Camp Qargha in #Kabul, #Afghanistan, January 2018, as part of their Quick Reaction Force mission in support of the #NATO-led train, advise and assist Resolute Support Mission. Soldiers for the exercise also included those from Alma Company, 2nd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, British Army, and members of the Oklahoma National Guard's Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 180th Cavalry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. #KSF #180CAV #okguard #ResoluteSupport #WeAreNATOCheck out photos here: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/4120343/kabul-security-forces-conduct-aerial-reaction-force-training-exercise

Posted by 1st Squadron, 180th Cavalry Regiment on Monday, February 5, 2018

Pvt. Jayquan Gant, a native of Oklahoma City, and a new Soldier with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, receives his Thunderbird patch and is welcomed into the brigade by Maj. Joshua Page, a brigade headquarters staff officer, at a ceremony at the 45th Infantry Division in Oklahoma City, Jan. 7.

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Pvt. Brett Cornman, a native of Moore, Oklahoma, and a new Soldier with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, receives his Thunderbird patch and is welcomed into the brigade by Maj. Joshua Page, a brigade headquarters staff officer, at a ceremony at the 45th Infantry Division in Oklahoma City, Jan. 7.

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Spc. Mason Morris, a native of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and a new Soldier with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, receives his Thunderbird patch and is welcomed into the brigade by Maj. Joshua Page, a brigade headquarters staff officer, at a ceremony at the 45th Infantry Division in Oklahoma City, Jan. 7. Morris was promoted to the rank of specialist during the ceremony.

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“The patching ceremony was always a really big deal to me because now I’m able to wear the same combat patch that my grandfather wore,” Bolgrin said. “For me it has a lot of sentimental value and tradition behind it, knowing that I’m serving alongside Thunderbirds like my grandfather.” -Sgt. Michael Bolgrin, religious affairs non-commissioned officer, 1st Squadron, 180th Cavalry Regiment

Read more at: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/263656/more-than-350-thunderbirds-formally-don-their-combat-patch

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Pfc. Dalton Toothman, a native of Cleveland, Oklahoma, and a new Soldier with Company G, 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, receives his Thunderbird patch and is welcomed into the brigade by Maj. Joshua Page, a brigade headquarters staff officer, at a ceremony at the 45th Infantry Division in Oklahoma City, Jan. 7. Toothman also received a brigade coin in recognition of becoming an honor graduate during his basic combat training.

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