The mission of the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 145th Army band is to provide music that promotes troop morale, unit spirit, and civil/military relations in support of military operations.

Lineage and Honors

Organized and Federally recognized 31 August 1918 in the Oklahoma National Guard at Oklahoma City as the Band Section, Headquarters Company, 2d Infantry

Reorganized and redesignated 20 April 1921 as the Band Section, Service Company, 179th Infantry, an element of the 45th Division

Reorganized and redesignated 1 May 1940 as the Band, 179th Infantry

Inducted into Federal service 16 September 1940 at Okalhoma City

(45th Division redesignated 23 February 1942 as the 45th Infantry division)

Disbanded 1 December 1943 in Italy

Band, 179th Infantry, reconstituted 25 August 1945 in the Oklahoma National Guard and consolidated with the 45th Infantry Division Band (see Annex); consolidated unit designated as the 45th Infantry division Band

Inactivated 21 November 1945 at Camp Bowie, Texas

Reorganized and Federally recognized 11 September 1946 at Okalhoma City

Ordered into active Federal service 1 September 1950 at Oklahoma City

(45th Infantry Division Band organized and federally recognized 17 March 1953 at Enid)

45th Infantry Division band released from active Federal service 30 April 1954 and reverted to state control at Enid (Federal recognition concurrently withdrawn from the 45th Infantry Division Band

45th Infantry Division Band consolidated 1 september 1961 with Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 45th Infantry Division Trains (oraganized and federally recognized 1 May 1959 at Oklahoma City) to form Headquarters and Headquarters detachment, 45 Infantry Division Trains and 45th Infantry Division Band at Oklahoma City

Reorganized and redesignated 1 April 1963 as Headquarters, Headquarters and Band, 45th Infantry Division Support Command

Reorganized and redesignated 31 march 1964 as Headquarters, Headquarters Company and Band, 45th Infantry Division Support Command

Reorganized and redesignated 1 Februray 1968 as the 145th Army Band and relieved from assignment to the 45th Infantry Division

Designated "The Governor's Own", 7 May 1997

More recently, they served as a ceremonial band for Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom deployments.

The band has traveled across the nation for various events, and in 1988 deployed to Torino, Italy for the 45th celebration of the Alpini-45th Alliance. The band has had the honor of performing for Vice President Gore, The Duchess of York, Sarah Furguson, Presidents George H. Bush and also George W. Bush.

Always in demand, the 145th Army Band is called the "Governors Own" and performs at the Governor's request, while still maintaining their role as an active recruiting force for the Oklahoma National Guard.


Constituted 12 October 1943 in the Army of the United States as the Band, 45th Infantry division

Redesignated 1 December 1943 as the 45th Infantry Division Band and activated in Italy

HOME STATION: Oklahoma City


World War II - EAME
Sicily (with arrowhead)
Naples-Foggia (with arrowhead)
Southern France (with arrowhead)
Central Europe

Korean War
Second Korean witner
Korea, summer-fall 1952
Third Korean winter
Korea, summer 1953


Meritorious Unit Commendation, Streamer embroidered KOREA 1952

Meritorious Unit Commendation, Streamer embroidered KOREA 1952-1953

French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II, Streamer embroidered ACQUAFONDATA

Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered KOREA

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

Distinctive Unit Insignia