The Edmond Sun

Local News

May 23, 2013

Oklahoma National Guard coordinates tornado relief support

MOORE — Oklahoma National Guard members, who work side-by-side with local responders to aid in recovery efforts during domestic operations such as the May 20 tornado that tore through Oklahoma City and Moore, are given their tasks through the Guard's Joint Operations Center.

The JOC, located in the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is primarily responsible for the collection, dissemination and tracking of information to increase the situational awareness for leadership as well as the National Guard Bureau, said Lt. Col. Hiram Tabler, the director of military support for Oklahoma's Joint Force Headquarters.

Once an incident has occurred, first responders will arrive on scene and use their resources to carry out their mission. If more resources are needed, the State Office of Emergency Management is alerted. The state will contact the JOC with information pertaining to requested assets. The JOC will then make vital decisions to begin tasking Guard members with specific jobs and goals.

Thus far, the JOC has tasked aviation support overall situational awareness; a military liaison on the ground; Air National Guard security forces and air support operations squadron; civil support teams to open military communications and command posts; and search and rescue teams to support civilian agencies on the ground, said Tabler.

The JOC also tasked the National Guard response force and the quick reaction force to aid in the initial recovery, he said.

“We’re here to support the first responders with whatever they need,” said Tabler.

The JOC has several elements including the message center where information is collected; the Common Operating Picture manager, who displays information centrally and disseminates it to the appropriate areas; and the battle captain, who directs and coordinates events.

All of this tasking is done through interactive computer programs that allow the JOC to send and receive real-time, current information.

There are approximately 230 Guard members on state active duty orders including those on site as well as a support element at JFHQ.

The JOC's main on-site command post is located at the Target store on 19th Street and Telephone Road in Moore. However, there are two additional command sections in Moore and Oklahoma City, representing both jurisdictions in the tornado's path.  

Major Gene Mastin is in charge of the on-site command. He said the communication link in the field is important because they are essentially the eyes and ears for the command.

“What we’ve had here in this tornado event is several impassible roads,” Mastin said. “By having a unit with the ability to communicate situations like that, it’s enabled us to maintain our freedom of movement as well as accomplish our mission.”

The JOC operates daily on a smaller capacity, but is normally able to prepare for an incident such as weather, said Tabler. In the case of the tornado, the JOC was able to increase manning in JFHQ ahead of time.

“We start leaning forward, especially with weather," he said.

This ability to change illustrates an important characteristic of the JOC — its flexibility in a time of disaster.

“We expand and grow as the incident expands and grows,” Tabler said.

Direct link to the video package:

Text Only
Local News
  • Judge sends Edmond teen to next step in federal case

    A federal judge has ordered a detention hearing for an Edmond teen charged with making alleged illicit sexual contact with residents ages 4-9 while he was staying at a children’s home in Kenya.  
    Last month, the office of U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats unsealed a criminal complaint charging Matthew Lane Durham, 19, of Edmond, with traveling to Kenya to engage in illicit sexual conduct with underage children, both male and female, from April to June.

    August 1, 2014

  • Election board absentee voting deadline nears

    Voters who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the runoff primary election Aug. 26 should apply now. Although the County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. Aug. 20, voters who want to vote by absentee ballot are urged to apply early.
    Absentee ballot application forms are available at the County Election Board office, located at 4201 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City.

    August 1, 2014

  • spts-Weber St. Anthony Morales.jpg Bulldog grad a Carolina Panther

    Former Edmond Memorial linebacker Anthony Morales is not going to attend school this fall at Weber State University.
    Instead, he signed an NFL contract with the Carolina Panthers Thursday morning.
    “I’m on the 90-man roster and I've got to make the cut, so I’ll be in the preseason games and then after the third one, they do the cut to 55 and then after the last game, they go down to 53,” Morales said. “(The Panthers)” have 10 linebackers, including myself.”

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Edmond Santa Fe hosting Punt, Pass & Kick competition

    Young pro football fans will have the opportunity to exhibit their football skills when the Edmond Santa Fe Touchdown Club hosts an NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Edmond Santa Fe Football Stadium, 1901 N.W. 15th St. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the competition kicking off an hour later. Punt, Pass & Kick is free and open to boys and girls ages 6-15. Entry forms and rules are available online at For competition information, contact Kelly Kay at

    August 1, 2014

  • pm_eagle scout John Giachino .JPG Scout earns Eagle rank

    John Bernard Giachino, 16, of Edmond, was awarded his Eagle Scout rank March 26. He is a member of Venture Crew 2021 chartered by St. John the Baptist in Edmond. John is the son of Phillip and LaDonna Giachino, grandson of Linda and the late John Giachino of Oklahoma City and Fred and Joanne Horinek of Newkirk.
    John’s Eagle Scout service project was designing and building a gaga pit for Camp Dakani in Oklahoma City for future Boy Scouts of America to play and enjoy for years to come.
    John will be a junior at Bishop McGuinness High School, where he is a member of the golf team and National Honor Society. He attends St. John the Baptist Church and participates in Life Teen. John recently visited Peru on a mission trip.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • State Education Department looking to develop new academic standards

    The Oklahoma State Department of Education is encouraging Oklahoma educators, parents and others interested in public education to consider taking part in the development of new academic standards for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Coordinated by OSDE, the standards-creation process is designed to be as inclusive and comprehensive as possible.

    August 1, 2014

  • Edmond fire chief resigns amid internal review

    Embattled Edmond Fire Chief Jake Rhoades, in a letter sent to the media, stated he is resigning out of necessity for his health and the best interests of his family.

    August 1, 2014

  • 1,000th baby group.jpg INTEGRIS welcomes 1,000th birth since opening in October 2011

    Being the father of a new baby boy is pretty exciting, but being the father of INTEGRIS Health Edmond’s 1,000th baby made it even more special.
    “When we got to the hospital, the night-shift nurse told us we were in a race with another couple who had gotten there at 7 a.m.,” said Bryan Lane, the new baby’s father.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • okco fair 100.jpg Oklahoma County Free Fair offers competition, free fun

    Oklahoma County residents are invited to compete in the 100th annual Oklahoma County Free Fair as they take part in many activities scheduled just for them.
    The county fair will get underway Aug. 21-23 at the Oklahoma State Fair Park and will be highlighted by its open adult and youth along with 4-H and Oklahoma Home and Community Education categories, as well as its special contest and activities.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Great Expectations names 4 Edmond public schools ‘Model Schools’

    Great Expectations, a non-profit foundation that provides intensive professional development to teachers and administrators, announces four Edmond Public Schools have earned the organization’s highest distinction: Model School. Based on Great Expectations theory implementation, there are three categories of recognition, including Transitional School, Progressive School and Model School.

    July 31, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Video
Under Armour Launches Biggest Women's Campaign with Inspiring Ad NYPD chokehold death of Eric Garner was homicide: medical examiner Christina Aguilera Pulls a Demi Moore! Man with no arms throws first pitch Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Is Justin Bieber Dating a Model? Guardians of the Galaxy (Trailer) 'Sharknado 2:' Hottest Memes Surfing The Net Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Recapping a Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2"

The runoff race for the 5th District congressional seat is set for Aug. 26. If the voting were today, which candidate would you support?

Al McAffrey
Tom Guild
     View Results