Soldiers of the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are gearing up for their deployment in support of Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine. Several Thunderbirds are in the process of loading and escorting equipment the Citizen-Soldiers will need during their time in Eastern Europe. Units of the 45th will spend 2017 working alongside their Ukrainian partners to develop a combat training center for the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.
Taken: 12.18.2016 | Video by Sgt. Anthony Jones
A Soldier with Company A, 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, fires a PKM machine gun during instructor standardization training at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, near Yavoriv, Ukraine, on Jan. 19. Company A, along with Canadian service members under Operation UNIFIER, took part in the training to familiarize themselves with the AKM and PKM weapons before partnering with Ukrainian combat training center staff as mentors (Photo by Sgt. Anthony Jones, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team)
Taken: 01.19.2017 | Photo by Sgt. Anthony Jones
Building relationships is key to the success of any mission, but cooperation and understanding is especially essential when working in a multinational environment. Col. David Jordan, commander of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard, recently assumed command of the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine. Jordan, along with several members of his staff, spent time this week meeting with military and community leaders to discuss plans for future partnership. The mission of the JMTG-U, which falls under U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army Training Command, is to provide assistance in strengthening Ukraine’s internal defense. Jordan met with Ukrainian Lt. Gen. Pavlo Tkachuk, the chief of the...
01.21.2017 | L'VIV, UA | Story by 1st Lt. Kayla Christopher