The Oklahoma National Guard 1-180 Cavalry Regiment based in Durant will be moving its headquarters to McAlester later this year.
Col. Max Moss, chief of public affairs for the Oklahoma National Guard, said the move will happen in May or June, and that there will still be a significant troop presence in Durant.
Moss said the reason for the move is to allow the guard to better respond to emergencies in the state because it will be located closer to the I-40 corridor which will allow for a better response throughout the state.
“The critical thing to understand is that there is still going to be a significant troop presence in Durant,” Moss said. “We will still have 92 soldiers drilling there and some full-timers who will be working throughout the week.”
The total number of soldiers who are based at the Durant Armory is 229.
There are 137 members of the headquarters who will be moving to McAlester, according to Moss, who said he was once a full-time guard soldier in Durant.
“Durant is an outstanding guard community,” Moss said. “We will continue to support the community of Durant just as Durant has supported us.
“This was a move that was made to make sure the guard can most effectively respond in emergency situations.”
The Alpha Troop A, 1-180 from Ada has already moved to Durant, and these troops will be staying in Durant, according to Moss.
Moss described the upcoming move as a reorganization of the Oklahoma National Guard that happens every year.
“This move makes the most sense not only for the guard but for the citizens of Oklahoma,” Moss said.
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