Airmen train for space operations during Vulcan Guard exercise

Personnel from all seven NGB states that currently conduct space operations, U.S. Space Command and the Brazilian military participated in Vulcan Guard, an exercise hosted at the 178th Wing in Springfield, Ohio.


Ohio’s Soldier of Year reflects on Region IV Best Warrior Competition

Pfc. Max Walls, of the 324th Military Police Company, is the Ohio National Guard Soldier of the Year and placed second in the 2023 Army National Guard Region IV Best Warrior Competition.


Ohio runners tops in National Guard for first time, earn ‘The Cob’

For the first time in program history, the Ohio National Guard Marathon Team won the team title, earning “The Cob” traveling trophy, during the 46th Annual Lincoln Marathon and National Guard Marathon Trials in Lincoln, Neb.


'No wrong door’ policy opens possibilities to improve service member, family well-being

The J9 Directorate is a comprehensive wellness program specifically focused on prevention, risk reduction and resiliency for Ohio National Guard members and their families.



Closeup of Taylor smiling

State command chief leads through strong
support from family, fellow Airmen

Female airman sits at computer.

A matter of life or death:
Seeking help and overcoming

Senior Airman Kristina Schneider poses in front of a firetruck

Air Force names Ohio ANG member one of 12
Outstanding Airmen of the Year

Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Mann places ribbon on table for photographing.

A Day in the Life:
Ohio National Guard historian

Snowy country road with car on fire with visable tracks from where it slid off road, and female Soldier in uniform super-imposed holding award.

OHMR member’s nursing skills,
quick actions save life

Identical twin sisters pose with awards on either side of female guardmember.

Twin sisters serve, retire together at 178th Wing

Group shot of team in uniforms

Ohio nets top 3 finish at
All Guard Endurance Team competition

Female Airman poses in uniform by tree.

Staff Sgt. Cherelle Hines
121st ARW Airman: A passion to serve

Female Airman poses in uniform with aircraft and firetruck behind her.

Airman First Class Sophie Tridico
Airman tops in her class at basic training,
DOD Fire Academy

Henry in uniform holding certificate.

Spc. Matthieu Henry
Radiology specialist with the
285th Medical Company

Two soldiers pose in front of military vehicles.

Staff Sgt. Geffry Gehrlich &
Master Sgt. Shaun Ruvoldt ~
Ohio Army National Guard namestop
recruiters for 2021

Arrozal shakes hands as he receives plaque.

Staff Sgt. Roumel Arrozal ~
Hot Shot: Soldier earns Distinguished
Pistol Shot Badge

Lt. Col. Albito Lopez and family composite.

Lt. Col. Albito Lopez ~ ‘Mi casa es su casa’:
Hispanic heritage instills hard work, importance
of inclusion for veteran Airman

Ohio Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Jordan Hopson in uniform.

Tech. Sgt. Jordan Hopson ~
121st Airman is Ohio Air National Guard
Recruiter of Year

Spc. John Owen provides overwatch security at window.

Spc. John Owen ~
Living the American Dream: Military has provided
family, friends, career for South Korean immigrant

Senior Master Sgt. Mark Schneider with construction equipment in background

Senior Master Sgt. Mark Schneider ~
200th RED HORSE member is senior
NCOof year for Air National Guard

Davis family outside

Staff Sgt. George Davis ~
Brick by Brick: Father, Soldier
builds family and career

Sgt. 1st Class Kindra Elder standing by tree.

Sgt. 1st Class Kindra Elder ~
Longtime victim advocate answers
calling to help her fellow Soldiers

Senior Master Sgt. Jacob Bridges.

Senior Master Sgt. Jacob Bridges. ~
Airman’s personal story motivates him
as victim advocate

Master Sgt. Aaron Foy in uniform by tree.

Master Sgt. Aaron Foy ~ Formerly in
military police, Soldier now trains others
in sexual assault awareness, prevention

Senior Master Sgt. Brianne Forrester in uniform

Senior Master Sgt. Brianne Forrester
Air Guard victim advocate strives for
safe space for those who need help

Brig. Gen. Rebecca O’Connor speaks with medai from stands of arena.

Brig. Gen. Rebecca O’Connor
Dual-status commander unifies forces

Butler poses with mask at convention with stage in background.

Lt Col. Thomas Butler
Career paths contribute to diverse
journey for Guard member

Airman superimposed portrait on top of backdrop of fires in  California mountains.

California wild fires: 178th Wing sensor
operator’s support saves hundreds of
lives during California wildfires

Collage with Staff Sgt. Kathryn Dobbs standing in front of VFW marquee and holding food to veteran in vehicle line.

Staff Sgt. Kathryn Dobbs
180th FW Airman holds leadership post
in BGSU student veterans chapter

Amsden in full gear, rifle in hand, doning an orange vest with the number 24, running on road during competition.

Sgt. Aaron Amsden
1-145th Soldier earns ARCENT NCO
of Year title on deployment

Nemec leans on vehicle in row while on an overseas deployment.

Staff Sgt. Nemec
Soldier’s path to service began
in Argentina

Second Lt. Colleen O’Callaghan stands with arms crossed.

Second Lt. Colleen O’Callaghan
Ohio’s first female infantry officer serves on
the front lines during COVID-19 pandemic

Spcs. Gabriel Kirk and Javier Roman stand in uniform and masks posing at food drive up tent.

Spcs. Gabriel Kirk (left) and Javier Roman
Ohio Guard members build bridges over
language barriers at food bank

Head shot of Pfc. Dal Sum with mask in hospital lobby

Pfc. Dal Sum
Guard member helps family friend, pregnant
COVID-19 patient at Columbus hospital

Spc. Jacque Elama stands in warehouse

Spc. Jacque Elama
Ohio National Guard Soldier shares story
of becoming U.S. citizen

Hailey and Lexi Ireton with fall decorations.

Hailey and Lexi Ireton
Sisters embark on NG carareers together

Bah accepts award in front of Soldiers standing at attention.

Capt. Sulaiman Bah
A commander's uncommon journey

African-American Soldier in front of US and Ohio flags.

Sgt. Kouami Honkpo
Freedom and Opportunity

Tucker stands with TAG and Lt Gov holding award.

Master Sgt. Ryan K. Tucker
A Lifesaver: Right Place, Right Time

OU footbal player in uniform on field with super imposed image of him in military uniform.

2nd Lt. Devin King
Excelling on the gridiron

Man and woman capture fox and man and woman release eagle.

Maj. Gwendolyn Hoogendorn
Giving Back: Wildlife Warrior

Before and after pics of guy who lost 145 pounds

Spc. Matt Logsdon
A case study in motivation

Staff Sgt. Michael Ginikos, in Air Guard camo, stands in front of firetruck.

Staff Sgt. Michael Ginikos
ANG Firefighter of the Year

Staff Sgt. Ken Keller with wife and 6 adopted children sit for photos on farm.

Staff Sgt. Ken Keller
Celebrating Adoption

Brandt in uniform with young daughters.

Capt. Chris Brandt
Cherokee heritage sets life�s foundation

Col. Kimberly Fitzgerald at podium.

Col. Kimberly A. Fitzgerald
Leading the way at 178th Wing

Portrait of Lovelace in front of Cincinnati enforcement flag.

Tech. Sgt. Chel sea Lovelace
Finding purpose through tragedy

Stearns poses with Maj. Gen. Harris while displaying her belt

1st Lt. Valerie Stearns
Challenging herself in order to grow


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A look in the attic.

A Look in the Attic: Dec. 4-10

In Through the Lens, Soldiers of the 1-145th Armored Regiment train during Exercise Iron Union in the United Arab Emirates in 2019; in Week in Review, the shoulder sleeve insignia for the 16th Engineer Brigade is approved in 1969; and Connecting to the Connections features an improvised rocket launcher captured in Iraq in 2004 by Soldiers of the 1-107th Cavalry.



Cover of July-Sept. 2023 Buckeye Guard Online Publication.


July - September 2023


  • Air Force chief of staff visits 179th Cyberspace Wing
  • Ohio hosts Region IV Best Warrior Competition
  • Stow armory, named for Civil War hero, gets an upgrade
  • Ceremony between state command sergeants major
  • Airmen train for space operations during Vulcan Guard
  • Ohio runners tops in National Guard for first time
  • 121st tested at Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspection
  • 371st Sustainment Brigade, 137th Signal Company deploy


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