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Maj. Gen. Thompson, Adjutant General - Oklahoma National Guard talks with local first responders in Taloga, OK, during a visit of areas devastated by the recent wildfires. Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management #okfire #OKGuard

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1-180th Iron Stetson

180th Troopers compete in #IronStetson with iron heartsOklahoma National Guard Troopers with 1st Squadron, 180th Cavalry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, compete in the grueling Iron Stetson, a competition designed to test strength, endurance, knowledge and heart April 20, 2018 while deployed to Kabul, #Afghanistan in support of the #NATO-led train, advise and assist Resolute Support Mission. The competition included a series of events where 10 members from each troop competed together for time and required mass amounts of physical exertion mixed with knowledge of medical, various weapons systems, radio communications equipment and more. In the end, the 180th’s Headquarters Troop came out as the victor and prideful recipient of the Iron Stetson.See photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oklanationalguard/sets/72157666000279167Video and photos by Capt. Leanna Litsch

Posted by 1st Squadron, 180th Cavalry Regiment on Saturday, April 21, 2018

23 years later, we remember. We remember the 168 lives lost, the hundreds injured, the thousands of 1st responders and #OKGuard that answered the call, and the scar left forever. We remember the resilience of our great state and nation. #WeRemember
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Oklahoma Governor, Mary Fallin, has proclaimed April 2018 as "Oklahoma National Guard & 45th Infantry Division Appreciation Month."

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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 as of 15 April.

“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 had 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 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.

Video by Staff Sgt. Christopher Bruce. Story by Sgt. Bradley Cooney
https://www.dvidshub.net/news/273127/oklahoma-national-guard-responds-wildfires-western-oklahoma

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 as of 15 April. “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 had 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 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. Video by Staff Sgt. Christopher Bruce. Story by Sgt. Bradley Cooneyhttps://www.dvidshub.net/news/273127/oklahoma-national-guard-responds-wildfires-western-oklahoma

Posted by Oklahoma National Guard on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Since April 13th, #OKGuard HIPPO teams from 45th IBCT and 45th FAB delivered nearly 60,000 gal of water to firefighters. Last night (17APR) they provided 17,500 gal of water to forward deployed brush pumpers. 90th TC AVN crews with water buckets on standby. #okfire

100% State Tuition Waiver deadlines for #OKGuard members are fast approaching:
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15JUN - Summer Semester
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Oklahoma National Guard Recruiting and Retention

Upon request of Oklahoma Emergency Management, Soldiers from Oklahoma National Guard respond in support of firefighting efforts in NW Oklahoma.
Aviation crews from 90th Troop Command are providing ongoing aerial support with water bucket capabilities to help suppress fires. Member of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 45th Field Artillery Brigade, Oklahoma Army National Guard mobilized with equipment to provide rapid water refill of fire trucks working on the fire line. #OKGuard
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More photos of #OKGuard Aviation water rescue training with OK TF-1 here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmhrnZGh

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OKC Dodgers “Hometown Hero” Military Celebration Night
OKC Dodgers invite #OKGuard out Fri 18May at 7:05pm against Nashville Sounds. Tickets include ltd edition camo OKC Dodgers hat! and a firework show immediately following game. Buy tickets: http://ow.ly/caub30jrCkj

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FULL STORY & PICTURES HERE: http://ow.ly/sV0t30jrekl
#OKGuard aviation and firefighter of OK TF-1 trained together on air water rescue last week at Riversport OKC. Task Force One officially began operations last year and specializes in rescuing civilians from deadly situations - like open and swift water; lost hiker; collapsed trench; roof top; and post-natural disaster rescues, among others.
Together, the firefighters and National Guard aviators comprise what is known as an HSRT, or Helicopter Search and Rescue Team, which is overseen, funded and dispatched by Oklahoma’s Office of Emergency Management. Oklahoma City Fire Department
Tulsa Fire Department
Norman Fire Department
Verdigris Fire District

Video from today’s hoist water rescue training with members of Oklahoma Task Force 1 at RIVERSPORT Adventure Park in Oklahoma City. Aviators from the Oklahoma Army National Guard and firefighters from Oklahoma City, Norman, Verdigris and Tulsa took part in the dynamic, real world training, preparing them for future emergency response.

Video from today’s hoist water rescue training with members of Oklahoma Task Force 1 at RIVERSPORT Adventure Park in Oklahoma City. Aviators from the Oklahoma Army National Guard and firefighters from Oklahoma City, Norman, Verdigris and Tulsa took part in the dynamic, real world training, preparing them for future emergency response.

Posted by Oklahoma National Guard on Thursday, April 5, 2018

Members of Oklahoma Task Force 1 splashed down with water rescue training at RIVERSPORT Adventure Park in Oklahoma City. Aviators from the Oklahoma Army National Guard and firefighters from Oklahoma City, Norman, Verdigris and Tulsa took part in the dynamic, real world training, preparing them for future emergency response. #OKGuard
Oklahoma City Fire Department
Tulsa Fire Department
Norman Fire Department
Verdigris Fire District
Riversport OKC

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This #OKGuard team took 1st place in the Team Division at the Sooner Strong 5K at University of Oklahoma. Members of the team were CPT David Swanson, #OKGuard officer and Assistant Professor of Military Science for Army ROTC at #OU, Staff Sgt. Christopher Key, OKARNG’s top Recruiter for the state, OU Cadets Andrew Patterson and Tate Mason of 1-179th Infantry Battalion, and OU Cadet Austin Minson of 2-245th Aviation Battalion. All three ROTC cadets are simultaneous membership program (SMP) cadets with the Oklahoma Army National Guard. Congratulations! Oklahoma National Guard Recruiting and Retention

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#ORU National Guard Appreciation Night on April 13th! The 17 time Summit League Champs take on Ft. Wayne live on ESPN3! Free tickets for #OKNG members (or valid military ID)! Visit the #OKGuard recruiter booth to grab our tickets. Oklahoma National Guard Recruiting and Retention

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Still on the fence about OCS? Check out this video for some insights and encouragement from MG Thompson, OKNG Adjutant General.
Last call. The window to join the upcoming 2018 OCS class is closing quickly! Interested but not ready just yet? Find out more and start the process here: http://ok.ng.mil/ocs
#OKGuard #OCSOK

Still on the fence about OCS? Check out this video for some insights and encouragement from MG Thompson, OKNG Adjutant General. Last call. The window to join the upcoming 2018 OCS class is closing quickly! Interested but not ready just yet? Find out more and start the process here: http://ok.ng.mil/ocs #OKGuard #OCSOK

Posted by Oklahoma National Guard on Tuesday, April 3, 2018
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