Oklahoma ranks third in deployed troops

Monday, January 7th 2008, 12:52 pm
By: News 9

Staff and Wire Reports

Oklahoma ranks third in the nation in the number of its military troops deployed, according to the Department of Defense.

The figures show Oklahoma has 3,368 members of its National Guard and Reserves on federal status, behind Indiana's 4,515 troops and California's 3,914.

The Tulsa World reports from its Washington bureau that eight Guard and Reserve units in Tulsa, eight in Broken Arrow and one in Sapulpa were among those listed by the Defense Department.

Rep. Dan Boren, D-Okla., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said the state ranks high despite its relatively small size.

Oklahoma National Guard officials say the deployment of 2,600 members of the 45th Infantry Brigade boosted the state's numbers.

The Department of Defense says Oklahoma has just about 34-hundred members of its National Guard and Reserves on federal status. Only Indiana and California have more troops serving.