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U.S. Troops Ssgt. Arron (cq) McDaniel, of Broken Arrow, holds his 21-month-old son, Anthony, while he and fellow soldiers bow their heads for the invocation delivered by Chaplain Maj. Brad Hanna at the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team deployment ceremony.
U.S. Troops Second Lt. James Brown of Binger, Okla., conducts a shura with elders in the Saygal Valley during clearance operation Brass Monkey, Sept. 15.
U.S. Troops Spc. Alyssa Rainville of Ponca City, Okla., is a member of the Personal Security Detail to the commander of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team currently deployed to Afghanistan.
U.S. Troops Members of 138th Fighter Wing of the Oklahoma Air National Guard say goodbye to their families before boarding a plane for deployment from Tulsa, OK Sept. 28, 2011, to Iraq to help support the drawn down of forces.
U.S. Troops SFC Joe Van Ausdall, Stillwater, OK, hugs Esmei Negron, 7, of Ada, OK, the daughter of a fellow soldier as he says goodbye to his friend's family after the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Deployment Ceremony in downtown Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011.
U.S. Troops Cody Black, of Oklahoma City, hugs his daughter Keagan Black, 3, as he meets his family outside the OKC Arena following a deployment ceremony for members of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
Paige Collins, 3, of Davis, OK, lays her head against her grandfather's uniform. The girl's father was serving in Iraq when she was born. Four months after he returned home from duty, he was killed in a motorcycle crash. This will be Collins' third deployment in the last 20 years. Collins said that at one point, he and three sons were serving in the military. One of his sons is deploying with the Guard group today.
U.S. Troops Oklahoma National Guard soldiers from the 45th Infantry Brigade sweep through villages in the Saygal Valley of eastern Afghanistan during recent Brass Monkey operation.
1st Lt. Kerri Keck, Female Engagement Team member for Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 45th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, provides security and over-watch in the Tenga Valley, Laghman Province Afghanistan, while the Afghan National Army and Coalition Forces search local villages for caches.
This Thanksgiving, members of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team along with other units stationed at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, were able to enjoy the traditional meal with their military family and friends for both lunch and dinner. Spc. James Morrions of Moore, Okla. is a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th IBCT.
Warrant Officer 2 Todd Warrington, left, and Maj. Casey Reed are part of the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Afghanistan.
SPC Josh Green of Moore, OK, gets a hug from his girlfriend, Sydney Schaer (c q) as she arrives to attend the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team deployment ceremony inside the Cox Convention Center, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011.
Staff sgt John Norris. Del City native. One of 12 outstanding airman of 2011.
Pvt. Raquel Aguilar of Oklahoma City, Okla., with Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team smiles for the camera as she works with a Simple Key Loader July 16, at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan.
Clutching her doll, Anna Belle Carr, 20 months, leans her head against her dad's face as his family gathers outside the Oklahoma City Arena after the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Deployment Ceremony.
Spc. Alyssa Rainville of Ponca City, Okla., is a member of the Personal Security Detail to the commander of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team currently deployed to Afghanistan.