Vol. 38, No. 5 ~ November-December 2020

Cover of Buckey Guard online publication - November-December 2020

Two Ohio National Guard Soldiers passed the Special Forces Assessment and Selection earlier this year, qualifying them to attend the 53-week Special Forces Qualification Course. The two spent about six months with 19th Special Forces Preparatory Detachment, conducting physically demanding training prior to the 21-day SFAS.

KC-135 Stratotanker on tarmac.

121st ARW Airmen innovate to help solve Air Force-wide aircraft battery testing failure

Members of the 121st Air Refueling Wing recently partnered with active-duty Airmen to help revise outdated procedures for testing the condition of aircraft batteries on the KC-135 Stratotanker and C-130 Hercules aircraft, providing significant cost savings for the Air Force.



Master Sgt. Kristin VanFossan in full camo with orange vest and cap in woods.

Guard members play role in conservation of Northeast Ohio training facility

The Ohio National Guard, Ohio Division of Wildlife and Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center environmental office work together to facilitate controlled deer hunts at Camp Garfield as a conservation effort to preserve the training facility’s natural resources.

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

180th FW Airman holds leadership post in BGSU student veterans chapter

Meet Staff Sgt. Kathryn Dobbs, a member of the 180th Fighter Wing and vice president of the Bowling Green State University chapter of the Student Veterans of America organization, which supports the university’s nearly 700 military-affiliated students through educational, financial and career support programs.

Leadership Message

Honoring all those who’ve served

Generations of patriots have dedicated themselves to the defense of our country. They’ve made us stronger and far more resilient as a nation. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II; the Ohio National Guard answered the call, and was in every theater the American Army fought in. Ohio National Guard Soldiers and Airmen continue to answer the call today, for duty overseas as well as protecting the homeland and serving their communities. Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., Ohio adjutant general, presents this year’s Veterans Day message and video.


Video by Staff Sgt. George B. Davis, Ohio National Guard Public Affairs


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

Soldiers in desert walk in line to board open  chinook.
Ohio aviation unit continues support of U.S. Central Command overseas
Heroes of Hope: Helping with COVID-19 testing
Wife, son and daughter pin second star on Maj. Steve Stivers shoulder epaulettes.
Newly promoted Maj. Gen. Stivers pins on second star during ceremony
Airmen salute during CTD ceremony.
123rd Air Control Squadron deploys overseas
Ohio Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. Gregory Sprowls explains the process of receiving and repacking COVID-19 vaccines. Sprowls, an air transportation specialist with the 121st Air Refueling Wing in Columbus, Ohio, said his military skills have helped in working with partners from the Ohio Department of Health to develop the logistics plan for the vaccines that the state will soon have at its Receive, Store and Stage warehouse.
Preparing for COVID-19 vaccine distribution
Team running on dirt road at sunrise with mountains in distance.
ONG Endurance Team members compete at spectacular race locales, mark successful overall season

Company H, 134th Support Battalion

PARENT UNIT:  Troop I, 1st Cavalry Regiment
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: 18 November 1921, Akron, Ohio

To provide direct and habitual sustainment support to itself and the Combined Arms Battalion, Armor.

Ohio Army National Guard 323rd Military Police Company insignia
Soldiers on the docks waiting to board ship.
Historical Highlight text

Heading home from the war on Thanksgiving Day

Nov. 22, 1945: About 2,000 Soldiers of the 37th Infantry Division embarked a ship in the Philippines to return to the United States on Thanksgiving Day 1945. The 37th had been overseas since May 1942 and had accumulated 592 days of combat on New Georgia, Bougainville and Luzon.