Vol. 37, No. 5 ~ September/October 2019

Cover of Buckey Guard online publication - Soldiers and EMS gather under tent with EMS vehicles in background.

Vigilant Guard 19-4 largest disaster response exercise in Ohio’s history

Vigilant Guard 19-4 — a national-level disaster response and emergency management exercise involving more than 3,000 personnel and over 90 local, state and federal agencies and co-sponsored by U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and the National Guard Bureau — tested Ohio’s ability to respond to various disaster simulations, challenging those involved to their very limits. The exercise was conducted Aug. 5-8 at more than 10 locations around the state.




Soldiers record observations of an enemy position in forest.

1-148th Infantry Regiment tackles combat during AT

Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment trained to maintain their combat readiness over a two-week period this summer at Camp Atterbury Joint Training Center near Edinburgh, Indiana. This training served to greatly enhance the cohesion and battle readiness of the participating companies, growing them into an even more lethal fighting force.



Airmen give a child immunization shots.

GuardCare 2019 helps citizens in eastern Ohio

Ohio Air and Army National Guard health care specialists teamed together with local medical personnel Aug. 10-11, 2019, to provide free health services to residents of Tuscarawas County and the surrounding area during GuardCare 2019. The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio National Guard partner each year to hold GuardCare for one or two weekends in a medically underserved community.



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

121st Air Refueling Wing hero is Air National Guard Firefighter of the Year

Meet Staff Sgt. Michael Ginikos, a crew chief in the fire department at the 121st Air Refueling Wing, who won the 2018 Chief Albert Fitzpatrick Award for Air National Guard Firefighter of the Year.



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Leadership Message

Command Sgt. Maj. Jones provides final thoughts before retirement

As he prepares to retire Nov. 30, Command Sgt. Maj. Rodger Jones, the eighth Ohio Army National Guard state command sergeant major, reflects on his nearly 40 years with the U.S. Army and Army National Guard in his farewell message to the force. Command Sgt. Maj. Dwight S. Chambliss accepted responsibility as the OHARNG state command sergeant major from Jones during a change of responsibility ceremony Sept. 30, 2019, at the Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler Armory in Columbus, Ohio.




A look at some of the Soldiers, Airmen and civilians who make up the Ohio National Guard Family.

Motorcyles lead the caravan of humvees and buses while family and friends line the street.
637th Chemical Company returns home from deployment
Airmen in gym walking together on device requiring them to be in unison.
2nd annual Ohio Enlisted Leadership Symposium
Soldiers stand at attention in auditorium carrying 145th flag.
1-145th Armored Regiment Soldiers deploy overseas
Ohio, Serbian military partners participate in aeromedevac familiarization event
Commanders hold flag.
Change of command at 179th Airlift Wing
Soldier present folded flag to man saluting.
37th DVA, 148th Infantry veterans hold annual reunion

1484th Transportation Company

HOME STATION: North Canton ~ Date and Place of Birth: 1 October 1984, Akron, Ohio

To provide transportation support for the movement of bulk cargo, containers and personnel.

Black and white photo of commander reading surender.
Historical Highlight text

Sept. 2, 1945 – Yamashita Surrenders

Japanese Gen. Tomoyuki Yamishita, the Tiger of Malaya and commander of all Japanese forces in the Philippines, surrenders to U.S. forces on Sept. 2, 1945. Maj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler, commander of the 37th “Buckeye” Division, who was also serving as commanding general, U.S. Forces in Luzon, Philippine Islands, was there to accept the surrender.