The Edmond Sun

September 24, 2013

Oklahoma National Guard soldiers returning Saturday

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

NORMAN — More than 100 Oklahoma National Guard soldiers are scheduled to return Saturday from deployment in Afghanistan.

Colonel Max Moss, Oklahoma National Guard spokesman, said the soldiers with the 1245th Transportation Company are returning from a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The event will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, located on Tecumseh Road just east of I-35 in Norman.

Moss said the 1245th deployed to Afghanistan in December 2012 with more than 100 soldiers from Oklahoma and several other states. While deployed to Afghanistan, they were responsible for transporting supplies throughout their area of operation along with providing security for themselves and contracted civilians.

Headquartered in McAlester, the unit is a medium truck company whose Soldiers are trained in the operation of the Army’s Palletized Loading System, Moss said.

In March 2003, the 1245th deployed to Iraq for a one year boots on the ground tour. They deployed to Iraq again in 2008 with the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. | 341-2121, ext. 108