OKLAHOMA CITY – Approximately 500 members of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) are scheduled to deploy this fall to provide training support in Ukraine.
“It’s a great opportunity for the soldiers of the 45th to use the experiences we’ve gained through our training and deployments,” said Col. David Jordan, commander of the 45th IBCT. “We will assist the Ukrainian forces with their training from squad level to staff level. We will be shoulder to shoulder with them as they train on small unit tactics, security, defensive operations and establish their own combat training center.”
The soldiers will provide support to Ukraine within the U.S. Security Cooperation agreements.
The 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th IBCT, Oklahoma Army National Guard (OKARNG) will be on the first rotation where they will conduct two different training cycles for Ukrainian Forces. They will be followed by members of the 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th IBCT, OKARNG, who will be on the second rotation conducting similar training missions.
The deployment will be approximately six months per rotation. Both rotations will attend training here in Oklahoma before finalizing their requirements at their mobilization site.