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Oklahoma Delegation Thanks National Guard for U.S. Capitol Service

February 11, 2021
Press Release

Moore, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) joined members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation this week in sending a letter thanking the Oklahoma National Guard for their exemplary service in guarding the U.S. Capitol last month. Led by Congresswoman Stephanie Bice (OK-05), the letter was also signed by U.S. Senator and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee Jim Inhofe and Senator James Lankford along with Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03), Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) and Congressman Kevin Hern (OK-01).

“I am deeply grateful for the service of hundreds of members of Oklahoma’s own National Guard who were recently stationed in our nation’s capital to support and reinforce security during the presidential inauguration,” said Cole. “The brave members of our state’s National Guard truly live up to their motto of ‘Always Ready, Always There.’ I am proud to join Oklahoma’s congressional delegation in expressing my appreciation for their efforts and congratulating them on a mission completed well.”

“It was an honor to have the Oklahoma National Guard in Washington to ensure the safety and security of all who work within the Capitol complex. The sacrifices of these men and women are truly appreciated and will not be forgotten,” said Bice.

“The Oklahoma National Guard has a special place in all of our hearts and I am proud to have such outstanding men and women wearing the uniform of their nation,” said Inhofe. “The service members of the armed forces deserve a thank you for their commitment, and I’m glad to sign on to Representative Bice’s letter to show them a small token of our gratitude.”

“It was my highest honor to personally thank our Oklahoma National Guard members, who kept everyone safe during President Biden’s inauguration,” said Lankford. “Their families shared them with us to ensure the peaceful transition of power, and they did so with distinction. Thank you for how you keep us safe and for letting me show you around the US Capitol.”

“Following the unfortunate events last month, the Oklahoma National Guard showed one of Oklahoma’s brightest qualities- the Oklahoma Standard,” said Lucas. “We owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to the Guardsmen and women who put their lives on hold back home to ensure the safety and security of the U.S. Capitol. Thank you to every member of the Oklahoma National Guard for your service and sacrifice in our times of need.”

“I was honored to be able to spend some time with OK National Guardsmen while they were in Washington and thank them for their service,” said Mullin. “The sacrifices they made, including being away from their loved ones back home, to help protect our Capitol will not be forgotten.”

“I am deeply grateful to the Oklahomans who answered the call to serve with the Oklahoma National Guard and have been diligently working to keep us safe in our nation’s capital,” said Hern. “In-person attendance at this year’s inauguration was severely limited, but Oklahoma National Guard members were among the few onsite for the ceremony and will forever be a part of this chapter in our history. I am glad to know that we have such impressive men and women protecting us.”

Read the Oklahoma congressional delegation’s letter to the Oklahoma National Guard here.

In addition, Cole recently co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution, led by Congressman Steve Womack (AR-03) and Congressman Seth Moulton (MA-06), honoring the service of all National Guard members who provided a safe and secure environment for the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies. Learn more here.