Vol. 38, No. 1 ~ January/February 2020

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Airmen from all over the state gathered in early January in Columbus for the Ohio Air National Guard Outstanding Airman of the Year awards ceremony. The program is used to recognize members who go above and beyond — demonstrating leadership, strong work ethic and commitment to giving back to their communities.




Before and after pics of guy who lost 145 pounds

A case study in motivation: Shedding pounds, unhealthy habits to become a Citizen-Soldier

By changing his diet and exercising two hours a day, six days a week for a year, Matt Logsdon lost 145 pounds and improved his body fat percentage from 52% to 20%, enabling him to meet a goal of joining the Ohio Army National Guard.



Tucker stands with TAG and Lt Gov holding award.

A Lifesaver:
Airman earns Ohio Cross for heroic rescue

Master Sgt. Ryan K. Tucker of the 178th Wing received the Ohio Cross — the state’s highest military award — for lifesaving actions he took to help rescue a woman at a gas station after she had been critically wounded.

Collage of King playing in game and image of King from commissioning day.

#KNOWYOURMIL ~ Warrior-Athlete:
Guard member experiences college gridiron success at Ohio University

Meet 2nd Lt. Devin King, who recently graduated with his second degree from Ohio University, where he also was the long snapper on the football team, helping the Bobcats to another winning season and a victory over Nevada in the 2020 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.



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Leadership Message

Fostering, rewarding innovation within the Ohio National Guard

Maj. Gen. John Harris Jr., Ohio adjutant general, discusses innovation within the Ohio National Guard. The Ohio National Guard SPARC (Systematic Problem Analysis and Resolution Challenge) program was created to foster and reward a culture of innovation within the organization.



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

Staff Sgt. Ken Keller with wife and 6 adopted children sit for photos on farm.
Love still stands:
Ohio couple adopts six foster care children
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nathaniel Carter, a production controller with the 121st Air Refueling Wing Maintenance Group, stands outside a hangar at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, Aug. 4, 2019. As a production controller, Carter's job is to coordinate the flight line between the Operations Group and Maintenance.
Airman aspires to inspire
Brandt in uniform with young daughters.
Cherokee heritage sets life’s foundation for Soldier
Collage of Chapman in hall, with children and in uniform.
A Teacher at Heart: Airman educates, advocates
FChou in front of National Guard Plaque
Chaplain channels personal adversity to help Military Families
Hartzell poses for a photograph with medals.
Avid runner goes the distance

220th Engineering Installation Squadron

HOME STATION: Zanesville ~ Date and Place of Birth: 27 February 1948, Zanesville, Ohio

To train and provide teams of skilled technicians to install wire, radio and navigational aid equipment in support of live projects at Air Force bases throughout the world.

A 37th Infantry Division Soldier uses a flame thrower on a Japanese position during the battle for the walled city of Intramuros, Manila, Philippine Islands in late February 1945.
Historical Highlight text

75th anniversary: 37th Infantry Division in the Luzon Campaign

On the morning of Jan. 9, 1945, the 37th Infantry Division was one of four divisions of the Sixth Army that made the assault landing on Lingayen Gulf on the main Philippine island of Luzon. The two-month campaign was ultimately a success for the Allies, but would be the most costly of the war for the Buckeye Division and earn them the nickname “Heavyweight.”