Oklahoma National Guard unit changes command

Monday, December 6th 2004, 5:58 am
By: News On 6

BRAGGS, Okla. (AP) -- The chief of staff for the Oklahoma National Guard has become the new commander of the guard's 45th Infantry Brigade.

Colonel Myles Deering assumed command of the unit during a formal ceremony Sunday.

Deering was handed the command from Brigadier General Thomas P. Mancino during an event at the Camp Gruber training site, just north of Braggs.

Mancino, who has commanded the Brigade since April 2001, is taking an assignment at the National Guard Bureau in Washington, DC.

Deering has served as Chief of Staff for the Oklahoma National Guard since May 2003.

Deering's assignments have included Battalion Training Officer for the 1st Battalion 180th Infantry, Administrative Officer for both the 700th Support Battalion and the 45th Infantry Brigade.

He has also served as well as director of human resources for the Oklahoma National Guard.