Vol. 37, No. 6 ~ November/December 2019

Cover of Buckey Guard online publication - Governor sits at desk signing while others stand around him.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation forming the Ohio Cyber Reserve Oct. 25, 2019, during a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio Cyber Reserve will be a civilian volunteer cyber force under the direction and supervision of the Ohio Adjutant General’s Department, and will assist eligible small governments affected by cyberattacks.




Fitzgerald saluting in front of flags.

First female commander takes charge of 178th Wing

Col. Kimberly Fitzgerald became the first female commander of the 178th Wing during a Nov. 3, 2019, change of command ceremony in Springfield, Ohio. Her career spans 26 years of service and includes more than 4,000 flight hours as a KC-135 Stratotanker navigator, KC-135 pilot, MQ-1 Predator pilot and MQ-9 Reaper pilot.



National Red Ribbon Month

Several members of the 179th Airlift Wing work full-time for the Ohio National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, which provides support to law enforcement agencies and community-based organizations in order to enhance efforts to counter drug threats and anticipate, deter and defeat threats of illegal substances, trafficking and violence in Ohio.

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

Giving Back: Guard member volunteers at wildlife center

Meet Maj. Gwendolyn Hoogendoorn, a logistics, operations and plans officer with the Ohio National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters, has volunteered with the Ohio Wildlife Center for the past two decades, helping rehabilitate injured wild animals and getting them reintroduced back into nature.



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Leadership Message

Implementing the National Defense Strategy

Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief, National Guard Bureau, talks about the 2020 National Guard Posture Statement, which outlines how the organization will continue executing its three core missions of fighting America’s wars, protecting the homeland and building enduring partnerships.




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

Sgt. Natalie Flory, a health care noncommissioned officer with the Ohio Army National Guard Medical Detachment, administers a flu shot during a periodic health assessment (PHA) at Defense Supply Center Columbus in Columbus, Ohio.
Ensuring health of force critical element of Soldier readiness
Airman sitting at computers.
178th Wing IAA team skills prove crucial during disaster response
Soldiers in ceremony unfurling flag.
New, nontraditional Army signal company activated
NASA Guppy aircraft on ground view from crowd.
What Does Mansfield, Ohio have to offer NASA?
F-16s lined up from view of boom operator.
Ohio ANG wings work together during aerial refueling
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter addresses  competitors on bleachers from mat.
2019 Ohio Army National Guard Combatives Tournament

Company B, 1st Battalion, 145th Armored Regiment

HOME STATION: North Canton ~ Date and Place of Birth: 4 December 1875, Akron, Ohio

To close with and destroy enemy forces using fire, maneuver and shock effect, or to repel his assault by fire and counterattack.

Group photo on gym floor.
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Nov. 25, 1940: Company C, 192nd Tank Battalion inducted into federal service

Company C, 192nd Tank Battalion was inducted into federal service on Nov. 25, 1940, at the unit armory in Port Clinton, Ohio. In November 1941, the unit was mobilized to the Philippines where it was stationed on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked the island and it became the first American tank unit to engage enemy armor in tank-to-tank combat during World War II.