Oklahoma National Guard Helps with Sulphur Tornado Relief

By Sgt. Haden Tolbert, Oklahoma National GuardMay 13, 2024

Sgt. Andrew Serna, a Dallas, Texas, resident serving with Delta Company, 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard, operates a forklift during tornado recovery efforts at the Murray County Expo Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma, May 9, 2024. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Sgt. Haden Tolbert)
Sgt. Andrew Serna, a Dallas, Texas, resident serving with Delta Company, 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard, operates a forklift during tornado recovery efforts at the Murray County Expo Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma, May 9, 2024. (Oklahoma National Guard photo by Sgt. Haden Tolbert) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Haden Tolbert) VIEW ORIGINAL

SULPHUR, Okla. - Members of the Oklahoma Army National Guard are helping Sulphur residents recover from a devastating tornado that tore through the town on April 27.

“I’m helping the people in Oklahoma, because that’s what I joined to do,” said Pfc. Michael Wade, a cavalry scout in Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 180th Cavalry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “It’s extremely fulfilling. It feels like I’m doing what I was meant to do with my life by helping people and trying to make it a little bit easier for them when they’ve gone through something so difficult.”

The Soldiers are working with disaster relief specialists at the Murray County Expo Center in Sulphur to ensure residents have food and water.

Pam Chitwood, a Sulphur resident and Expo Center volunteer whose son serves in the Oklahoma National Guard, praised the Guardsmen for their help tracking and moving many pallets and containers of dry goods, water, clothes and other donations from across the nation in and out of the center.

“The Oklahoma National Guard has been awesome. They have helped us move pallets and pallets and pallets of water and food and diapers and paper towels,” Chitwood said, adding that thanks to the assistance, residents are already looking at how they can help other Oklahoma towns affected by tornados on April 27 and May 6.

“Marietta has put out a call that they need help because they were also hit by a tornado, and now Barnsdall,” Chitwood said. “We can send something to them if we need to, or we ask people to take their donations to others that may need it. It’s people helping people and I just cannot thank everyone enough that have done that. Thank you, thank you.”

Sgt. Andrew Serna of the Oklahoma Army National Guard’s Delta Company, 700th Brigade Support Battalion, said it is an honor to volunteer to help the community.

“Put your boots on, lace them up and, and get to work because the community needs us. And that’s what we’re here to do. That’s what we signed up for,” Serna added.

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