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The Oklahoma National Guard's first Black commander apologized Monday for their role in the Tulsa Race Massacre.

Speaking at a soil collection ceremony to memorialize unknown victims of the massacre, Adjutant Gen. Michael Thompson said he's proud of the uniform he's worn for 37 years, but 100 years ago wasn't the guard's proudest day.

Thompson took a moment to regain his composure before continuing.

Sen. Jim Inhofe

Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, released a late Thursday statement expressing strong disapproval of a request from the U.S. Capitol Police to keep thousands of National Guard troops stationed there to continue defending the building after January's deadly insurrection.

Sgt. Anthony Jones / Oklahoma National Guard

Two days after the Oklahoma National Guard activated personnel to assist the Oklahoma Highway Patrol with severe winter weather response, two soldiers were injured Monday when the driver of a semi-truck struck their Humvee from behind on the Will Rogers Turnpike near Vinita.

National Guard / Staff Sgt. Bryan Myhr

The Oklahoma National Guard is deploying personnel to both Washington, D.C., and Oklahoma City to support law enforcement efforts to defend the state and national capitols after last week's deadly insurrection during a joint session of Congress.

Oklahoma National Guard Tech. Sgt. Kasey Phipps

The leader of the Oklahoma National Guard is imploring citizens to take proper COVID-19 precautions amid rapidly worsening trends in the state's pandemic trajectory.

"In the last three weeks in Oklahoma, we have had over 57,000 cases of COVID-19. Of that number, over 1,500 people have been hospitalized," says Adjutant General Michael Thompson in a new public service announcement

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — As many as 250 Oklahoma Army National Guard soldiers are being activated to help provide security during President Donald Trump’s campaign rally Saturday in Tulsa, authorities said Wednesday.

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said the guardsmen will be used as a “force multiplier” to help secure safety zones around the downtown BOK Center where the rally is to be held.

The guardsmen will be unarmed but will carry shields, batons and pepper spray in case they need to protect themselves, said Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Geoff Legler.

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Friday morning his pick for a new interim director of the State Department of Health.

Col. Lance Frye, a Tulsa resident, is currently serving as the State Air Surgeon of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, a role he said he will continue in during his time as health commissioner. Frye is also an OB/GYN and professor at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.

"Col. Frye is the right leader at the right time," Stitt said in his announcement from the Capitol on Friday.

Tech. Sgt. Kasey M. Phipps / Courtesy Oklahoma Air National Guard

The head of the Oklahoma National Guard said Wednesday that the Guard will ramp up its mission to provide assistance to the state's nursing homes and longterm health care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We started out with two teams that were going out to disinfect nursing home facilities across Oklahoma," said Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson, the adjutant general of the Guard. "I think those teams have grown to four, and potentially might go a little higher because you know that's an incredibly vulnerable population we have with our elderly citizens."

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The Oklahoma National Guard receives a tribute from the Oklahoma legislature. The lawmakers gathered in a special session to honor the guard members just back from Afghanistan.

Oklahoma General Miles Deering addressed the lawmakers and asked for help. He says 30-percent of the returning citizen-soldiers are either out of work or underemployed.

General Deering also offered praise to the service men and women who died during the deployment.  The fallen received a standing ovation from the lawmakers.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Friends and family have welcomed home about 200 more soldiers with the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat team. The soldiers who were deployed last June arrived Friday morning at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City after serving in Afghanistan and Kuwait. About 500 soldiers with the 45th have returned this week and about 180 more are to arrive on Saturday. Nearly 2,200 soldiers from the 45th deployed to Afghanistan last June and about 800 more were sent to Kuwait at the same time.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dozens of Oklahoma National Guard soldiers have returned to the state from deployments in Afghanistan and Kuwait.

Family members and friends were on hand at the Army National Guard Base at Will Rogers World Airport to welcome home more than 150 members of the 45th Infantry Brigade on Sunday.

Their return is the latest in a series of homecomings for nearly 2,200 Oklahoma National Guard troops who deployed in June to Afghanistan and another 800 to Kuwait.

Officials say more soldiers are expected to return by the end of March.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Another group of Oklahoma National Guard soldiers are due to return home.

The guard says about 170 soldiers with the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are to return Sunday to Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City.

The soldiers have spent about nine months deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait.

More Oklahoma National Guard troops to return

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Another group of Oklahoma National Guard soldiers are to return to Oklahoma.

The guard says about 45 soldiers with the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are to arrive at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base on Thursday.

The group is the third to return to Oklahoma this week.

The soldiers are among about 2,200 who were deployed to Afghanistan nine months ago. Another 800 were deployed to Kuwait.

The guard has said about half of those soldiers are now home and all are expected back in the next three to four weeks.