Vol. 37, No. 1  ~  Jan/Feb 2019

Airman kneels at north pole with country flags surrounding in back

Staff Sgt. John S. Worcester, a communications navigations and defensive systems technician with the 179th Airlift Wing, worked to maintain the LC-130 — a ski-equipped variant of the C-130 Hercules operated by the U.S. Air Force in the Arctic and Antarctica — in support of Operation Deep Freeze earlier this year at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Operation Deep Freeze is a partnership between the Air Force and the National Science Foundation that provides logistical support to the scientific research being conducted in Antarctica.



Ohio Army National Guard Spc. Adam Slabodnick poses for photo in full uniform with instructor

‘Don’t let the thought of being too old stop you’

When Ohio Army National Guard Spc. Adam Slabodnick reported for his first day of basic training last summer, he was nearly twice the age of most of the new recruits. Slabodnick, who is a health and physical education teacher as well as the tennis coach at Avon Lake High School, took a nontraditional path to joining the military.



Col. Rebecca L. O’Connor being pinned in ceremony to Brig. Gen. Rebecca L. O'Connor

Ohio Air National Guard promotes first woman to rank of brigadier general

Brig. Gen. Rebecca L. O’Connor is the first woman in Ohio Air National Guard history to become a general officer, and currently serves as the OHANG’s chief of staff.



twin sisters in airguard camo hug
Isabella (left) and Austin Galindo, of Massillon Ohio, pose for a photo after enlisting.
Twins sit back to back for photo.

#KNOWYOURMIL: Twins in the Guard

The U.S. military is an all-volunteer force that serves to protect America's security and its way of life, but service members are more than a fighting force. They are leaders, humanitarians and your fellow Americans. Get to know more about the men and women who serve, who they are, what they do, and why they do it.



Leadership Message


Maj. Gen. John C. Harris, Jr. was sworn in as the 83rd Adjutant General of Ohio earlier this year by Gov. Mike DeWine. In a recent video interview, Harris discusses his organizational priorities, leadership and the reason he has been a member of the Ohio National Guard for more than 30 years.




Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Mann, Ohio Army National Guard historian, looks over flag from the historical archives.
Preserving the past with 'Sgt. History' Passion for history runs in Army Guard member's family
Lt. Col. Jennifer Ludwig, a dentist assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, conducts a routine exam for Senior Airman Carly Sommers during a monthly unit training event.
Military dentistry 'full-filling' career choice for woman who always felt drawn to serve
U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel McCall, assigned to the 3rd Infantry Divison at Fort Benning, Ga., in or near Salman Pak, Iraq during a deployment in support of Operation Iraq Freedom. McCall was killed in action in 2007. Wife Brittnay superimposed in front of photo.
Gold Star to Gold Star:
How one survivor works every day to help others cope
Staff Sgt. Arsenio H. Hernandez, a cyber security specialist at the 179th Airlift Wing Communications Squadron, poses for photo in control room.
From Mexico to Mansfield:
An Ohio Air National Guard member's story
Nate and Irene Miller, husband and wife, pose with recruiters Sgt. 1st Class James Youngdahl (left) and Sgt. Noah Siegner after enlisting together into the Ohio Army National Guard.
Husband and wife become Citizen-Soldiers together
State partnership logo
2 Guard members prepare for new service overseas

Ohio Army National Guard Medical Detachment

HOME STATION: Columbus ~ Date and Place of Birth: 1 January 1904, Columbus, Ohio

The state medical command will plan, program, provide and sustain health force protection and medical/dental support to meet operational, training and mobilization medical readiness requirements of ARNG units and Soldiers.

Historical Highlight

General Pershing visits 37th Division

On Jan. 28, 1919, the 37th Division was inspected by Gen. John J. Pershing, commander in chief of the American Expeditionary Forces, in France during World War I. He presented several awards including the Distinguished Service Cross.