45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team


Hometown: Norman, OK, US

45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
Content Online
(45IBCT)
190

4

25

1,258

4


DVIDS Media Specialist:
Media Managers
mediamanager@dvidshub.net



8


Featured Video



Recent Video

Guardsman Uses Tragedy to Help Others Guardsman Uses Tragedy to Help Others
Capt. Richelle Treece of the Oklahoma Army National Guard uses a family tragedy and her athletic ability to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. Package...
Thunderbirds honor fallen Guardsman Thunderbirds honor fallen Guardsman
After a shooting in Oklahoma City, Soldiers from 700 Brigade Support Battalion attend a memorial to support each other and honor their fallen comrade. Also...
Guardsmen Use Training to Help their Community after a Car Accident Guardsmen Use Training to Help their Community after a...
Right place, right time. Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment and 700 Brigade Support Battalion stepped up to assist first responders on the scene of...
Interview with Spc. Blake Patterson Interview with Spc. Blake Patterson
Engineers from the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team built a grueling obstacle course so hundreds of Soldiers could get a little dirty and see who was the toughest....
B-oll - Oklahoma Guardsman prove tougher than mud B-oll - Oklahoma Guardsman prove tougher than mud
Engineers from the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team built a grueling obstacle course so hundreds of soldiers could get a little dirty and see who was the toughest.
Oklahoma Guardsman prove tougher than mud Oklahoma Guardsman prove tougher than mud
Engineers from the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team built a grueling obstacle course so hundreds of soldiers could get a little dirty and see who was the toughest....


Featured Photo


Thunderbirds tackle Southwest Blizzard

Recent Photos

Thunderbirds tackle Southwest Blizzard Thunderbirds tackle Southwest Blizzard
Sgt. Joseph English, of Newalla, Oklahoma, ties a fluorescent ribbon to a wrecked car's antenna, marking it as searched and cleared of passengers while he and other...
Thunderbirds tackle Southwest Blizzard Thunderbirds tackle Southwest Blizzard
An Oklahoma Army National Guardsman prepares to leave the Oklahoma Highway Patrol station near Perry, Okla., to search for stranded motorists in northern Oklahoma....
Oklahoma Guardsmen live up to 'Always Ready, Always There' motto Oklahoma Guardsmen live up to 'Always Ready, Always...
First Sgt. Brent Pearce, of Edmond, Okla., and a member of Company E, 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is awarded the Army...
Oklahoma Guard Soldiers honor fallen Thunderbirds Oklahoma Guard Soldiers honor fallen Thunderbirds
Soldiers and civilians begin the fifth annual Fallen Heroes Half Marathon in Norman, Oklahoma, Oct. 9. The Fallen Hero Half Marathon was started in 2011 to honor 14...
Bronze Order of Mercury002 Bronze Order of Mercury002
Master Sgt. Robert White (center), stands with Col. Van Kinchen (left), commander of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and Command Sgt. Maj. Dannie Meek (right),...
Shadow Unit provides overwatch for Oklahoma National Guard Shadow Unit provides overwatch for Oklahoma National Guard
Spc. Keith Baucom (left rear), of Midwest City, Oklahoma, and Pfc. Chris James (right rear), of Moore, along with two other members of Detachment 1, Company B, 45th...



Oklahoma Guardsmen rescue stranded motorists and assist local communities


Story by Sgt. Anthony Jones

PERRY, Okla. – More than 130 Oklahoma National Guardsmen, many of them from the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), were activated on Saturday as one of the worst winter storms to hit western Oklahoma dropped several inches of ice and snow causing nearly impossible driving conditions and knocking out power to more than 250,000.

Working closely with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the Guardsmen were strategically deployed late Saturday evening, Sunday and Monday along high traffic areas where motorists were expected to have the most difficulty. Working in Stranded Motorists Assistance Recovery Teams (SMART) utilizing High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, commonly known as the Humvee, Soldiers are more easily able to travel in the dangerous weather conditions.

So far, the Citizen Soldiers, which included members of 45th Field Artillery Brigade, have assisted more than 170 people and provided wrecker support to several motorists who accidentally slid into ditches. The Guardsmen worked areas from Guthrie, Oklahoma, to the Kansas border along I-35 and throughout western Oklahoma along I-40.

But helping fellow Oklahomans is something many of these men and women in uniform signed up to do.

Several times this weekend Soldiers were forced to react to multiple crises in the worsening conditions.

Sgt. Corey Greenwood, of Cache, Oklahoma, said his group was transporting a family to a hotel after they had been involved in a serious accident involving their vehicle being struck by a tractor-trailer, when a van lost control and flipped onto its side.

“The three of us jumped out,” said Greenwood, a military policeman with the 45th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 45th IBCT. “I climbed on top of the van and pulled the door open. Everyone had been wearing seatbelts and we got them out safely.”

Greenwood and other Soldiers were assigned to help the Highway Patrol near Perry, Oklahoma, had volunteered for the mission, exemplifying what the National Guard brings to the community.

“I like helping people,” said Greenwood. “It makes you feel needed. It’s nice to see the appreciation in people’s faces when you have helped them.

“This is something the Guard [was] founded on,” Spc. Darren Redford said. “That is what we do.” Redford, a Wayne, Oklahoma, resident is assigned to the 700th Support Battalion, 45th IBCT.

In addition to helping motorists, the Army and Air National Guard provided more than a dozen, 15 to 100 kilowatt generators to El Reno, Kingfisher, Apache, Gracemont and Oklahoma City to help local officials maintain essential services while electricity was being restored. Portable water containers, known as Hippos and Water Buffaloes, were deployed to Broken Bow, Oklahoma, to provide potable water to the citizens there.

The mission for the Guardsmen is expected to conclude later this week.

Recent News Stories

Oklahoma Guardsmen rescue stranded motorists and assist...
More than 130 Oklahoma National Guardsmen, many of them from the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), were activated on Saturday as one of the worst winter...
Thunderbirds honor fallen Guardsman
Soldiers and family members gathered Sunday at the Norman Armed Forces Reserve Center to honor the loss of Sgt. Devin Fuller .
Oklahoma Guardsmen live up to 'Always Ready, Always There' motto Oklahoma Guardsmen live up to 'Always Ready, Always...
Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen have time and time again answered their state’s call for help in times of disaster, and when a car crashed through the crowd...
Oklahoma Guard Soldiers honor fallen Thunderbirds Oklahoma Guard Soldiers honor fallen Thunderbirds
More than 300 people spent their Friday morning participating in the fifth annual 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Fallen Heroes Half Marathon honoring the 19 fallen...
Oklahoma Guardsmen prove to be tougher than mud Oklahoma Guardsmen prove to be tougher than mud
More than 470 Oklahoma Army National Guard Soldiers participated in the first-ever Thunder Mudder at Camp Gruber, near Braggs, Oklahoma, Sept. 12
Bronze Order of Mercury awarded to Tulsa Guardsman Bronze Order of Mercury awarded to Tulsa Guardsman
The Signal Corps Regimental Association awarded an Oklahoma Army National Guardsman with the Bronze Order of Mercury last week during the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat...